Melbourne, 20-22 March 2018

Be Curious

Our keynote speakers and city tours will spark your curiosity. Explore the position of your business in 2018, how to harness emerging technologies, global solutions to affordable housing and the rise of new urbanism.


Our expert speakers and interactive panel discussions will challenge your comfort zones with disruptive thinking around urban policy, social housing and security, affordable housing, population and immigration. Are you interested?

Connect Together

The sponsors’ exhibition, social events and UDIA Awards will energise your industry connections by showcasing new products and thinking, expanding your business networks and highlighting industry leading work.

Day 1 – Tuesday, 20 March 2018 – See the power of emerging technologies in property

TimesProgram Items
8.00am - 9.00amDelegate Registration
9.00amExhibition Opening and Cardno Welcome Morning Tea
National President’s Welcome Address
Darren Cooper, National President, UDIA
1.00pm - 2.00pmNetworking Lunch
3.30pm - 4.00pmCardno Coffee & Afternoon Tea Break
5.30pmDay 1 Congress Close
7.00pm - 9.00pmOliver Hume Welcome Reception The Great Hall, National Gallery of Victoria, Southbank

Day 2 – Wednesday 21 March 2018 – See the development solutions

TimesProgram Items
7.00am - 8.30amLeadership and diversity breakfast Diversity in Australia’s sporting capital
The importance of addressing leadership and diversity in the property industry will is a crucial issue for every organization. Drawing on the experiences of the sporting industry, the Congress Leadership and Diversity Breakfast will showcase exciting research and inspiring discussions around the opportunities for growing diversity in our industry.

Chelsea Roffey, Journalist and Professional AFL Umpire
Adam Fennessey, Partner, Ernst & Young
Gabrielle Trainor, AFL Commissioner & Director, Infrastructure Australia
8.30am - 9.00amDay 2 Registration
9.00am - 11.00amCongress Opening
State President's Address
International Insights New Urbanism: Creating healthy, productive, affordable and sustainable communities
The Federal Government’s Cities and Digital Transformation portfolio was created to improve city liveability and tackle long standing issues of traffic congestion, housing affordability and the need to create jobs closer to where people live.
Join The Hon. Angus Taylor, Assistant Minister and our international experts as they share their insights on the new urbanism revolution, creating healthy, productive, affordable and more sustainable communities.

The Hon. Angus Taylor, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation
Rahul Mital, Director, Cistri (Singapore)
Neal Payton, Principal, Torti Gallas (Los Angeles, US)
Insight Keynote and panel discussion Practical Solutions – Innovative Construction Methodologies: Meeting demand and maximizing cash flow
Technological advances and clever ideas have been key to the construction industry and it’s improved fast-paced movement. With the need to boost efficiencies and meet increasing demands to allow businesses to grow, these exciting examples of innovative construction and methodologies offer practical solutions your business can implement now to stay ahead of the game.

George Argyrou, Director, Hickory Group
11.00am - 11.30amCardno Coffee & Morning Tea Break
International Keynote Beyond Home Ownership: Social housing, welfare and society
In 2000, The inequalities and inequities that housing markets generate have become a cross-national issue in the last decade or so. In Australia, the UK and the US, discussions of “Generation Rent” have taken center stage.
Dr. Ronald’s extensive research across Europe and East-Asia particularly seeks to understand these developments in housing markets and how housing has come to play a lead role in shaping contemporary social conditions.

Dr Richard Ronald, Associate Professor at the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Housing Policy (international)
1.00pm - 1.30pmNetworking Lunch
1.30pmSite Tours – See the NowTour 1: Greenfields Victoria’s biggest masterplanned communities showcasing innovation
Tour 2: Smart Cities Emerging technologies changing everyday interactions
Tour 3: Made in Melbourne World class construction technology
  • Stop 1 – Hickory Building Systems Factory and Training Facility, 55 Leakes Road, Laverton North VIC 3026 (stopping for 1.5 hour walk through and presentations)
  • Stop 2 – will be advised in January 2018
  • Return to MCEC
Tour 4: Going up and Going Down Urban Renewal MAXXED
  • Stop 1 – Melbourne Quarter, 655 Collins St, Melbourne (stopping for 1.5hour walking tour and presentations)
  • Stop 2 – Metro Tunnel (CBD location TBA)
  • Return to MCEC
Tour 5: Urban Tour How cities can accommodate growth?
7.30pm - 9.30pmDay 2 – Social Evening
The Forum Theatre, Corner Flinders St & Russel St, Melbourne.
9.30pm OnwardsLaneway Bar Tours

Day 3 – Thursday 22 March 2018 – See the now

TimesProgram Items
8.00am - 9.00amExhibition Opening & Delegate Registration
9:00am - 10.45amDay 3 Congress Opening
Victorian CEO Address
Danni Addison, CEO, UDIA Victoria
10.45am - 11.15amCardno Coffee & Morning Tea Break
12.15pm - 1.15pmNetworking Lunch
Closing Keynote – Be Bold
Technology and the urban cities of our future
3.30pm - 3.45pm Congress Official Close
3.45pm - 4.00pm2019 Congress Launch
7.00pm2018 National UDIA Awards For Excellence Gala Dinner
Veris Proud Platinum Partner, Peninsula at Atlantic, Docklands

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