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
9.00amDelegate Registration, Exhibition and Cardno Welcome Morning Tea
National President’s Welcome Address
Darren Cooper, National President, UDIA
Case Study: Homes 4 Homes - The Big Issue Initiative
All people have a right to safe and secure accommodation, yet Australia has a chronic shortage of 200,000 social and affordable houses. Due to a severe lack of suitable funding, the shortage is projected to exceed 600,000 houses by 2030.

Working with developers across the country, Homes for Homes, an independent social enterprise created by The Big Issue, is pioneering a generational change in housing investment.

Hear from Capital Airport Group, PEXA and Homes for Homes on how this exciting program is funding social and affordable housing for the future.

Peter Danks, Advisor, Homes for Homes
Mike Cameron, Chief Operating Officer, PEXA
Nick McDonald Crowley, Director – Project Delivery, Capital Airport Group
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

Additional information about the Diversity Breakfast.
8.30am - 9.00amDay 2 Registration
9.00am - 11.00amState President's Opening Address
International KeynoteVia live Skype - Tackling affordable housing - global best practice.
Population growth in Australia is happening at an unprecedented rate, and the time has come to address what this means for the provision of housing in a wholistic way.

Places for People UK is one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK. No stranger to affordable and social housing shortage issues, the UK is currently showcasing global innovation, with not-for-profits such as Places for People leading the way.

Places for People UK own or manage 182,725 homes and provide services to over 500,000 people. With assets of £3.7 billion, their vision is to create aspirational homes and inspirational places.

Recently partnering with the National Affordable Housing Consortium in Australia, David will join us to share his insights from 30 years of experience of tackling affordable and social housing in the UK.

David Cowans, Chief Executive, Places for People (UK)
International Insights New Urbanism: Creating healthy, productive, affordable and sustainable communities
The concept of new urbanism is finding its way into global thinking around improving our cities liveability and tackling long standing issues of traffic congestion, housing affordability and the need to create jobs closer to where people live.

Join our international experts as they share their insights on the new urbanism revolution, creating healthy, productive, affordable and more sustainable communities.

Rahul Mital, Director, Cistri (Singapore)
Neal Payton, Principal, Torti Gallas (Los Angeles, US)

Facilitated by: Dean Landy, Architect & Entrepreneur
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.

Steven Jennings, General Manager Vic, Townliving by Metricon
George Argyrou, Director, Hickory Group
11.00am - 11.30amCardno Coffee & Morning Tea Break
1.00pm - 1.15pmMove to Study Tour Departures
1.30pmStudy Tours
See the Now
Tour 1: Greenfields
Tour 2: Smart Cities
Tour 3: Made in Melbourne
Tour 4: Going up and Going Down
Tour 5: Urban Tour
7.30pm - 9.30pmDay 2 – Social Networking Night
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
8.30am - 9.00amExhibition Opening & Delegate Registration
9:00am - 10.45amDay 3 Congress Opening
10.45am - 11.15amCardno Coffee & Morning Tea Break
12.15pm - 1.15pmNetworking Lunch
Federal Government Insights Cities Policy
The Hon. Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities
Closing Keynote – Be Bold Technology and the urban cities of our future
Jordan Nguyen, Founder, Psykinetic NB
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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