Empowering First Nations people - focus on housing

Empowering First Nations people - focus on housing

Oct 26
The next session in CEDA’s Empowering First Nations people will explore programs which provide access to home rentals and ownership for people in urban, regional and remote settings.
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Jody Broun, Chief Executive, Aboriginal Housing Office | Group Deputy Secretary, Aboriginal Outcomes, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Leeanne Caton, Chief Executive Officer, Yilli Housing
Kirsty Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Business Australia
Trish Rigby, General Manager, Executive Services, Northern Land Council

Event Overview

Secure housing is critical to wellbeing. From financial security, to maximising education, and ensuring stable employment, housing is the lynchpin to a stable and flourishing life.

What does the future of Aboriginal housing look like? How do the different parts of the housing sector need to come together to ensure Aboriginal Australians and their families can access safe and secure housing?

Join CEDA’s panel for the next session in our series on Empowering First Nations people, to explore programs that have successfully guided and supported Aboriginal people through affordable public and private housing and home ownership, and the continuing barriers faced by individuals, families and communities.

Livestream start times:
SA: 12.30pm
NT: 11.30am
QLD: 12.00pm
WA: 10.00am

Please note all livestream events will be recorded and registered participants will receive exclusive access to the recording following the event, ahead of the general public. Substitutions for the livestream can be made at any time. Please forward details to the event coordinator.


Meet the speakers

Jody Broun
Chief Executive, Aboriginal Housing Office | Group Deputy Secretary, Aboriginal Outcomes, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Before taking on her current role in November 2018, Jody held various senior positions in the government and not for profit sector including: Executive Director Aboriginal Housing and Infrastructure WA; Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment WA; Director General Department of Aboriginal Affairs NSW; and, Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First People. Jody has been responsible for delivery of community and state-wide policy and programs, developing and contributing to national policy reforms, and negotiating national and state government agreements.

Leeanne Caton
Chief Executive Officer, Yilli Housing

Leeanne is a Kalkadoon Woman who grew up in Darwin. She has family and cultural connections throughout the NT, SA, WA and Queensland. Leeanne has worked in the Aboriginal Affairs arena, operationally, strategically and in Senior Management roles across all social indicator areas over the past thirty years, inclusive of Aboriginal Housing. She was the Managing Director of an Aboriginal owned and managed Housing Company in Perth for four years prior to returning to the Territory in 2015. Leeanne is committed to the importance of Indigenous economic development, whilst building and maintaining effective working relationships with stakeholders and strategic partners.

Kirsty Moore
Chief Executive Officer, Indigenous Business Australia

Kirsty joined IBA in 2018 after three years as a director of commercial activity for the WA Government where she was head of both the Business Development and Asset Management Directorates of the Housing Authority. She had the responsibility for the $14.5bn WA social housing asset portfolio, Keystart Home Loans funding, shared equity program and affordable housing development. Prior to joining the public sector, Kirsty worked for PwC and NAB. As head of Products and Markets at IBA, Kirsty manages the program directors to increase alignment across areas, help to develop and drive key strategies to find long-term funding solutions for IBA and support the growth of the business.

Trish Rigby
General Manager, Executive Services, Northern Land Council

Trish is a descendant of the Mitakoodi people from the Cloncurry area in North West Queensland and has lived and worked in Darwin and remote areas of the Northern Territory since about 1980. She worked for the Northern Land Council for over 25 years and has significant experience, networks and corporate knowledge about land council functions.  Prior to going on leave without pay in 2018, Trish was their senior research and policy officer. Trish studied in Darwin and was admitted to the Supreme Court in 2008.  She is currently the General Manager Executive with the Northern Land Council.

Meet the facilitator

Michael Fotheringham
Managing Director, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

Michael is a research and policy development specialist with experience in a wide range of areas including housing and homelessness, public health, urban and community services planning. After joining the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute in 2014, he was appointed Executive Director in 2017 and is now responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Institute and leading the development of a contemporary and policy relevant evidence-base on housing, homelessness and urban issues. He currently serves on a variety of expert advisory panels including the Australian Government’s Smart Cities Reference Group, the Housing Supply Expert Panel, the Queensland Housing and Homelessness Research Alliance, The Urban Futures and Sustainable Living Expert Research Advisory Group, and the Homes for Homes Housing Advisory Group.

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