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Affordable Housing Forum 2017


Close to 200 Local and State government, community housing, investors and developers, planners, and leading academics came together to develop real-world solutions to Sydney’s affordable housing crisis.

The one-day Affordable Housing Forum, which was held on 24 July 2017 at UTS, focused on how stakeholders can better work together to deliver affordable housing to low and moderate income earners. Delegates contributed to the development of a Communique based on workshops held after each session during the day.

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The Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) and the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), in collaboration with Community Housing Providers, hosted this one-day Affordable Housing Forum on Monday, 24 July 2017.

A Communique has been compiled and you can download a copy here:

Affordable Housing Forum Joint Communique (PDF)
– Affordable Housing Forum Abridged Communique (PDF)
Affordable Housing Fact Sheet (PDF)
 Affordable Housing Forum releases Communique on actions and solutions_Media Release – 23 August 2017



The key objectives of the Forum were to develop collaborative practice between local government and the community housing sector; advocacy for affordable housing targets in major development precincts and sites; exploring best practice models; and establishing coherent strategies for negotiating affordable housing contributions. There will be ongoing work, complemented by the Communique, by members of the planning committee, including establishing an Affordable Housing Network.

Affordable Housing Forum 2017 Program

Presentations by experts & industry leaders

Presentations will be uploaded and hyperlinked as they are made available

Panel Facilitator: Jenny Rudolph Heather Nesbitt | Social Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission
Cr Sally Betts | President SSROC, Mayor Waverley Council
Steven Mann | CEO Urban Development Institute Australia
Wendy Hayhurst | CEO NSW Federation of Housing Associations
Dr Marcus Spiller | Principal & Partner, SGS Economics and Planning

Local government and affordable housing: Issues and opportunities
Tony McNamara | Director, Planning & Environment, City of Canada Bay
Affordable housing: Role of planning mechanisms and value capture
Dr Judith Stubbs | Principal, Judith Stubbs & Associates
Effective council and community housing provider collaboration
Rebecca Richardson |Managing Director, Urbanista
Affordable housing and the case for reform of planning mechanisms
John Brockhoff | Principal Policy Officer, Planning Institute Australia

Property developer perspective
Richard McLachlan | Development Director, Frasers Property Australia
The Affordable Housing program at the City of Sydney
Monica Barone | CEO, City of Sydney
Urban renewal and affordable housing: UrbanGrowth
NSW experience Steve Driscoll | Head of CBD Projects, UrbanGrowth NSW
Urban renewal and affordable housing: the evolving Sydenham-Bankstown experience
Ann-Maree Carruthers | Director, Urban Renewal, Department of Planning & Environment

Value capture, planning mechanisms & the market
Dr Marcus Spiller | Principal & Partner, SGS Economics and Planning
The Greater Sydney Commission and affordable housing opportunities
Troy Daly | Senior Adviser, Affordable Housing, Greater Sydney Commission
Community Housing Providers sector perspective on housing finance
Presented by Wendy Hayhurst on behalf of Scott Langford & John Nicolades | Community Housing Provider CEOs

Keynote Speakers

– The Hon Anthony Roberts MP | Minister for Planning, Minister for Housing, Special Minister of State
– Heather Nesbitt | Social Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission
– Marcus Spiller | Principal and Partner, SGS Economics and Planning
– Steve Mann | CEO, Urban Development Institute of Australia
– Richard McLachlan | Development Director, Frasers Property Australia
– Wendy Hayhurst | CEO, NSW Federation of Housing Associations
– Cr Sally Betts | President SSROC, Mayor Waverley Council
– Dr Judith Stubbs | Principal, Judith Stubbs & Associates

Click HERE to see the full list of speakers and read their biographies.

Proudly supported by:

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SSROC_Logo_Crop The Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) is an association of eleven councils, south of Sydney harbour covering a third of Sydney’s population. We provide a forum for the exchange of ideas between member councils, engage in advocacy and undertake regional projects that contribute to the sustainability of our member councils and communities.
pia_national_3col_LG Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) is the national body representing planning and the planning profession. Through education, communication and professional development, PIA is the pivotal organisation serving and guiding thousands of planning professionals in their role of creating better communities. PIA currently represents approximately 5300 members nationally and internationally, and connects with more than 7500 planners annually.


NFHA_colour logo Community Housing Providers in the Sydney area are among the leading community housing providers in NSW, providing housing and tenancy services to many thousands of households in Sydney. The housing providers are: Bridge Housing, Evolve Housing, City West Housing, SGCH (St George Community Housing), Hume Community Housing Association and Link Housing. They are members of the NSW Federation of Housing Associations.





This is an exciting and challenging time for the Sydney housing sector. We are delighted to announce our Sponsors for the 2017 Affordable Housing Forum, hosted by SSROC, PIA and our partners.

Gold Sponsors


About SGCH

Our vision is great places for everyone. Our business is people and places. We  develop and manage sustainable, safe and affordable homes and work in partnership to create vibrant, inclusive communities.

Connecting people to opportunity, we take a place based approach to advocate for, coordinate and partner with the services that people and communities need.

With over 30 years’ experience, SGCH provides a place to call home for more than 8,500 people in 4,500 properties across the Sydney metropolitan region. We are recognised as a Tier 1 provider under the National Regulatory System for Community Housing.

At SGCH, our strength is our partnerships. Working with governments at all levels, the private sector and our network of support services, we have grown to become one of Australia’s largest community housing providers. Through innovative partnerships we are developing and retrofitting our portfolio with environmentally sustainable technology that will benefit low income households by improving the thermal comfort of their homes and reducing energy use.

Recognised as Employer of Choice (Public Sector and NFP) at the 2016 Australian HR Awards, our personalised approach to customer service is underpinned by our values of support, accountability, respect and integrity (SARI).


About Bridge Housing

Bridge Housing’s mission is to improve lives and strengthen communities through the provision of housing and services for low to moderate income households. Our social and affordable housing portfolio of some 1,900 properties spans 20 local government areas across Greater Sydney, including most SSROC areas.

Read our Improving lives, strengthening communities brochure

Learn more about our property portfolio

Our 3,100 tenants and their families come from all walks of life, including from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) communities. We work with 18 support partners to help tenants sustain their tenancies and keep their lives on track.

We are experienced developers of new affordable housing supply. By 2018, we will have built 350 additional homes, including significant new developments in the Blacktown area, Parramatta and Ashfield, financed and developed using innovative models.

Bridge Housing is an award-winning Tier 1 community housing provider under the National Regulatory System for Community Housing. We are recognised for our work by three annual gold awards at the Australasian Reporting Awards and were highly commended as a provider in the 2016 Australasian Housing Institute awards.


About Hume Community Housing

Hume Community Housing Association (Hume) is a Tier 1 Community Housing provider which provides services based on the philosophy that safe and stable housing is essential for everyone to achieve their full potential.

Our vision is to create vibrant, sustainable and cohesive communities through the delivery of outstanding homes and equitable services. We deliver a variety of programmes and support to assist a diverse range of customers in housing need and in varying life circumstances. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do, we are values led, for social justice, generational change and supporting the development of independence and potential in each individual.

Currently Hume manages more than 1,700 affordable and social housing properties across seven local government areas in Western Sydney providing homes and services to more than 4,000 customers.


About City West Housing

Live. Work. Local. City West Housing, established in 1994, is an award winning property developer and affordable rental housing manager. Today, we provide over 720 affordable rental properties in the centre of Sydney for people and families on low to moderate household incomes. Our current development projects will deliver another 310 affordable rental housing properties by the end of 2019.

We have a reputation for delivering high quality projects that are sustainable, energy efficient and accessible. Through providing excellent amenity for our tenants and promoting community-building activities such as our community gardens, we contribute to the diversity and sustainability of our city.

CWH is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation managed by an independent Board of Directors. Our staff of 20 are responsible for the daily operations.

Supporting Sponsors

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About Link Housing

Link Housing Ltd (Link Housing) is one of the oldest not-for-profit community housing providers in NSW having been formed in 1983. We have a history in providing affordable rental accommodation to people on very low to moderate incomes. Link now manages around 1500 homes across Northern Sydney.

We aim to give a compassionate, client-centred service for people who are at risk of homelessness or are unable to afford market priced private rental in the Sydney region. The management services extend from placing tenants into their new home, the collection of rent, coordinating activities with support partners, all the way through to managing the sustainable maintenance of the majority of the dwellings.



About Waverley Council

The Waverley Council Local Government Area, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, has been experiencing gentrification over the past three decades. Median house prices and rents in the area are now some of the highest in the Sydney metropolitan region.

Historically the area was home to large numbers of lower income renters, however gentrification processes, particularly the redevelopment of traditionally lower cost housing, have greatly reduced the supply of affordable rental housing in the area. In this context, Waverley Council has worked to maintain community diversity through the development of social and affordable rental housing.

Waverley Council’s experience in implementing affordable housing programs provides an opportunity to explore key enablers as well as challenges, and to foster insights around policy administration and affordable housing program management.


About Evolve Housing

Evolve Housing is one of the largest community housing providers in Australia. We provide housing assistance to eligible people on low incomes or who are unable to access appropriate housing in the private market. This includes social housing, affordable housing and supported housing.

We currently manage a portfolio of 3000 properties in NSW, housing 7,500 residents in 25 local government areas.

Winner of the Australian Housing Institute NSW Community Housing provider of the year 2015 & 2016, Evolve works to deliver appropriate, accessible and affordable housing to areas of high need such as the disability sector, affordable housing and social housing.