Prioritising social and affordable housing

Prioritising social and affordable housing

Aug 25
Current economic conditions have increased the rate of housing stress for many and emphasised the need for more supply of social and affordable housing for vulnerable communities and key workers.
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John Brogden AM, Chief Executive Officer, Landcom
Damian Graham, Chief Investment Officer, First State Super (becoming Aware Super as of September 2020)
Rebecca Oelkers, Chief Executive Officer, Brisbane Housing Company
Prof. Rachel Ong ViforJ, Professor of Economics, School of Economics, Finance and Property, Curtin University

Event Overview

Even prior to the pandemic, affordability gaps in housing were increasing and apparent in both regional and metropolitan areas, with the greatest affordability gap in the inner suburbs of capital cities. The economic downturn has only aggravated inequalities in Australia’s affordable housing market which needs serious attention.

This event will examine:
  • How investing in social and affordable housing makes sense in our COVID-19 economic recovery – supporting social safety nets, generating jobs, and maximising consumption;
  • Collaborative approaches to new developments and innovative investment models to drive affordable housing; and  
  • Tailoring the development of social and affordable housing to the needs of communities, to enable people to be close to jobs and to support vulnerable Australians.

Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 12.30pm
WA: 11.00am


Meet the speakers

John Brogden AM
Chief Executive Officer, Landcom

John was appointed to the Board of Landcom in January 2012 as Chairman before accepting the role of CEO in May 2018. Prior to this John was the Managing Director & CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the CEO of the Financial Services Council and the CEO of Manchester Unity.
He is also the Chairman of Lifeline Australia and in January 2014, John was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the community through representational roles with social welfare organisations, to the business and financial sectors and to the Parliament of New South Wales.

Damian Graham
Chief Investment Officer, First State Super (becoming Aware Super as of September 2020)

As Chief Investment Officer, Damian is responsible for the investment strategy of both First State Super and StatePlus, the financial planning company purchased by First State Super in 2016.
Damian brings over 27 years’ experience managing equity portfolios and investment teams. Between 2012-16 Damian was Chief Investment Officer at StatePlus. He previously headed up Private Portfolio Management for the Macquarie Group, where he was promoted to run that business following a successful tenure as Head of Investment within the same division.

Rebecca Oelkers
Chief Executive Officer, Brisbane Housing Company

Rebecca Oelkers is the Chief Executive Officer of BHC, one of the largest Community Housing Providers in Queensland, with over 1,700 homes developed and under management. Rebecca brings to the role a strong vision for strategic growth and a deep understanding of the company, having held Executive roles with BHC over the past 11 years, including as Chief Operations Officer and Business Development Manager.

Meet the facilitator

Prof. Rachel Ong ViforJ
Professor of Economics, School of Economics, Finance and Property, Curtin University

Rachel Ong ViforJ is currently Professor of Economics at the School of Economics, Finance and Property, Curtin University. Her key research interests revolve around housing and ageing issues in Australia. She is particularly interested in analysis of housing markets, the role of housing in the economy, intergenerational housing concerns, as well as the asset and debt decisions of older Australians. Rachel is a member of the National Economic Panel. She is an Australian representative on the Steering Committee for the Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research. She was the recipient of the Young Economist Award in 2018.

Supported by CEDA members

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