It is my pleasure to announce that the 9th Affordable Housing Development & Investment Summit will be taking place on 26-28 February, 2024, in Melbourne.  

For the second year running, the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) is very pleased to put together a Summit designed to showcase the best ideas and solutions across social and affordable housing design, investment, place making, and tenancy/asset management.   

The scale of Australia’s housing challenge is immense, and it is the lowest income households who are hardest hit. Analysis of the 2021 census by City Futures Research Centre, UNSW estimates that by 2041, almost one million Australian households will have unmet housing needs*.
Positively, the Commonwealth Government is already introducing a raft of initiatives in response to this challenge. These include the Housing Australia Future Fund, the National Housing Accord and the development of a ten-year National Housing and Homelessness Plan. 

So, join us in February to learn about the latest ideas to tackle Australia’s seemingly intractable housing problems. 

Specific topics we will tackle include how to incorporate affordable housing into market Build to Rent, designing excellent emergency accommodation for women experiencing DFV, models for institutional investment in social housing and making homes climate resilient.  

There will also be invaluable opportunities for your staff to network and learn from the experiences of other housing, property, and finance organisations.
Importantly, CHIA members will again receive a member discount rate throughout the onsale period. As with last year’s Summit, CHIA will also receive a donation from the event as part of the agreement with Aventedge. This donation will be used solely for its advocacy work in the sector. 
I look forward to seeing you there.

 * Social and affordable housing: needs, costs and subsidy gaps by region | City Futures Research Centre (unsw.edu.au)

Forum Advisory Committee: 

  • Wendy Hayhurst, CEO, Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) 
  • Leonie King, CEO, City West Housing 
  • Luke Westenberg, CEO, CHIA South Australia 
  • Karen Walsh, CEO, Venture Housing 

Past Sponsors 

Past Speakers

Wendy Hayhurst



Luke Bo'sher

Executive Director - Housing Policy

Homes Victoria

Sarah Amos

Head of Commercial

Queensland Treasury

Rebecca Oelkers

Chief Executive Officer


Scott Langford

Group Chief Executive Officer


Nathan Dal Bon

Chief Executive Officer


Jude Munro AO


Victoria Planning Authority

Steve Pomeroy

Executive Advisor and Industry Professor, Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor

Canadian Housing Evidence Collaborative (CHEC) McMaster University, Carleton University School of Pu

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Past Event Highlights

  • Examine the lessons learnt from the launch of Canada’s first National Housing Strategy and how this can be applied to Australia with
    Steve Pomeroy, Executive Advisor and Industry Professor, Canadian Housing Evidence Collaborative (CHEC) McMaster University, Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor, Carleton University School of Public Policy Administration
  • Unpack the different affordable housing initiatives across the country and get an update on two of the most ambitious housing programs with National Shelter, City Futures Research Centre  UNSW, Homes Victoria and Queensland Treasury
  • Understand what opportunities lie within the new housing agenda and what attracts superfunds to invest in social and affordable rental housing 
  • Hear from over 6 affordable housing case studies on exploring innovative avenues to increase housing supply
  • Find out more about the launch of Community Housing ESG Reporting Standard and how it will impact the funding sources for affordable housing programs 
  • Unpack the alternative housing models designed to provide flexible home options and attract investment toward affordable housing projects  
  • Engage in our interactive roundtables to review funding models and understand what made the NSW Community Housing Innovation Fund successful  
  • Learn how to efficiently meet the needs of disadvantaged groups within the delivery of affordable housing options 

Who Attends

This forum is ideal for the executives responsible for the planning, funding and developing of affordable housing options and services including:    
  • Chief Executive Officers   
  • General Managers   
  • Managing Director   
  • Executive Directors/Directors  
  • Mayors/Councillors    
  • Heads of Housing, Urban Development, Building, Community and Social Services, Resource, Partnerships    
  • Placemaking Manager 
  • Not-for-profit, Community Care 
  • Social Assistance Services 
  • Individual and Family Services 
  • Local, State and Federal Government