Public hearings will occur on May 23 & 24 in Sydney. You can livestream this event by registering here.

Sessions will run for approximately 1 hour. All times listed are AEST.

Day 1 – Thursday May 23

10:00amOfficial startWelcome to Country and opening remarks.
10:30amSession 1: Homes as a foundation of lifeThis session will feature evidence from families in housing stress and at risk of homelessness, including single parent families and women escaping violence. It will highlight the impact on children and families of unstable housing.
12:00pmSession 2: Shaping the futures of young peopleThis session will focus on young people at risk of homelessness, experiencing rental stress or poor housing conditions, the experiences of young people leaving care, and the challenges facing people trying to buy their first home.
2:00pmSession 3: The role of housing in a fair economyThis session will look at the experiences of working people in the housing system, such as those earning the minimum wage and working casually, and essential workers who are priced out of their communities. There is the potential to hear from unions who are supporting members struggling with housing issues, and employers who cannot attract workers due to the high cost of housing.
3:30pmSession 4: Older people and ageing in placeThis session will hear from older people who are struggling in the rental market, people retiring into poverty, and people who are being pushed into aged care before they are ready. There is also the potential to hear from people who are supporting or funding adult children struggling with their own housing issues.

Day 2 – Friday May 24

9:30amSession 5: Income support and housing justiceThis session will hear from people on income support payments, those who have been on waiting lists for social housing and those living in temporary accommodation.
11:00amSession 6: Disability and inclusionThis session will hear from people with disabilities who are struggling in the private rental market, forced into aged care or group homes because they cannot find homes that meet their needs, or are being turned away from homelessness services.
1:00pmSession 7: New migrants and international studentsThis session will hear from new migrants, refugees and international students about the difficulties they face finding housing and their experiences of stigma or prejudice in relation to the housing crisis.
2:30pmSession 8: The benefits of a stable homeThis session will hear from people who gained access to social housing after experiencing instability, and from those who grew up in social housing and hear from them about how it set them up for success in life.

Online hearings will also be scheduled shortly addressing each of the following themes:

  • First Nations housing
  • Impacts on regional and remote communities
  • Disaster impacted regions; and
  • What change looks like

Stay tuned for more information including when these are scheduled and how to participate online.