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Doing Things Differently – Aboriginal Housing in NSW – Day 1 & 2

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SMC Conference & Function Centre

66 Goulburn Street

Sydney, NSW 2000


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Only Aboriginal Community Housing Providers register at this site - all other delegates go to to register

Hurry, registrations close Friday 22 September.

We are pleased to announce the very talented and gifted Luke Carroll will be the keynote speaker for Day 2.

Luke is well-known for his television, film and theatre roles. Luke credits include Black Comedy, The Gods of Wheat Street and Redfern Now. The latter earned him a 2012 AACTA Award Nomination for ‘Best Actor’ or ‘Supporting Actor’ in a TV Drama.

Luke is also an ambassador for the Cathy Freeman Foundation.

Tickets are selling fast so make sure you get yours before they sell out.

Working in partnership – what works? Join Panel F and yarn with:

  • Uncle Tom Slockee - Director & Co-Chairperson, South East Aboriginal Rental Management Service (SEARMS)

  • Terry Downing - Board Chairperson, Argyle Housing

What are the challenges to growth? Join us on 26 September to listen to:

  • The Aboriginal Interim Peak for Housing

  • Neil Quarmby - Registrar, NSW Registrar of Community Housing

  • Wendy Hayhurst - Chief Executive Officer, NSW Federation of Housing Associations

  • Darren Smith - Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Housing Victoria

Want to expand your services & look at alternative approaches to funding? Join Panel F and yarn with:

  • Wayne Coolwell - Chief Executive Officer and Board Chairperson, The Centre for Aboriginal Independence and Excellence

  • Suzanne Naden - Chief Executive Officer, Bungree Aboriginal Association

  • Andrew Cairns - Chief Executive Officer, Community Sector Banking

  • Rajiv Viswanathan - Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Business Australia

Managing assets: different approaches to maintenance and management. Join us on 26 September and yarn with:

  • Chris Bird - Chief Executive, Twofold Aboriginal Corporation Inc

  • Rebecca Pinkstone - General Manager, Bridge Housing

  • James Butterworth - WA State Manager, Community Housing Limited Group

Plus, hear from many other speakers at this event including Professor Jack Beetson, Vivienne Milligan, Cath Brokenborough and more.

Download the agenda to see the full line-up of speakers at this event.

Download Day 1 Agenda

Download Day 2 Agenda

Event Pricing

$95 + GST per head for a single day pass to attend all sector development discussions, lunch, morning and afternoon tea, and conference dinner on 26 September.

Sign up for the special concessional price of $280 + GST per head to attend both sector development and industry panel discussions on 26 & 27 September.

Concessional tickets include access to all sessions, lunch, morning tea plus attendance at the conference dinner on 26 September and networking drinks at the conclusion of the conference, on 27 September (from 3:30pm).

If you are unable to pay via credit card, or would like to be invoiced for your ticket purchase, please contact Ashleigh Milne at or 02 4324 2254.

Networking Dinner

We are thrilled to announce that one of Australia’s most talented Indigenous entertainers, Casey Donovan, will be lending her powerhouse vocals to the Networking Dinner on Day 1.

After a meteoric rise to fame at the tender age of 16, when she became the youngest ever winner of Australian Idol, Casey Donovan has gone on to make an indelible mark on the Australian theatre and music scenes.

Casey is set to showcase her talent during an exclusive intimate performance during the Networking Dinner which has been specially arranged for our Day 1 attendees. Be sure to book your tickets early.


The Aboriginal Housing Office has partned with selected hotels near the Sydney Masonic Centre who have offered special rates to conference delegates requiring accommodation either before or after the conference.

Vibe Hotel Sydney - 111 Goulburn Street, Sydney
Offer: 10% off best available rate. $20 breakfast (if booked at same time) Reference: AHO Conference

Travelodge - 27-33 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney
Offer: $170 per night. Reference: AHO CONF

Rydges World Square - 389 Pitt Street, Sydney
Offer: 10% off (plus other benefits) if you join the Priority Guest Rewards Program

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SMC Conference & Function Centre

66 Goulburn Street

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