What’s on

Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) organises and participates in a number of activities to support and inform our policy, advocacy, consumer and capacity building programs.

Below is information on current and upcoming events. CHP has also produced a 2017 Calendar of Events outlining relevant awareness weeks/days and a list of conferences. Contact Lanie if you have any events you’d like added.

28th June 2017

CHP Consultation: 'Reforms to Human Services'

The Productivity Commission's recently released draft report 'Reforms to Human Services' is open for consultation. You're invited to help develop CHP's position.

The draft report makes a number of recommendations, including:

  • Removing dedicated Commonwealth funding for public and community housing
  • Increasing Commonwealth Rent Assistance by 15% and linking it to (national) rent costs
  • Providing longer term contracts to homelessness services (seven years)
  • Allowing private companies to competitively tender against specialist homelessness services

CHP consultations are for homelessness sector workers, supervisors, policy-makers, management, consumers and other interested parties. By providing your view on the proposed changes you can help ensure that CHP's submission reflects the best knowledge of the sector.

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29th June 2017

AHURI conference: Affordability and liveability in our cities

Almost two thirds of Australians live in our capital cities and that percentage is projected to grow considerably over the next 40 years. Affordability continues to be a significant issue at all stages of the housing continuum, from those living in social housing, through to private renters, and home owners. Our next AHURI conference, to be held in Melbourne - Australia’s fastest growing city - on Thursday 29 June, will focus on the importance of affordable housing to developing and sustaining productive and liveable cities.

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21st August 2017

The International Mental Health Conference

The 18th International Mental Health Conference will focus on the range of complex mental issues affecting the elderly including depression, dementia, delirium, paranoid disorders and anxiety. It will also explore the mental health issues of young Australians (aged 18 – 24 years) struggling with schizophrenia, depression, suicidal thoughts, bipolar, anxiety disorders and drug use and drug induced psychosis.

The conference will also examine state, federal, international and COAG initiatives, early intervention strategies, validated treatments, suicide prevention and the effectiveness of mental health preventive measures.

To confirm your space this year, download the prospectus and return the booking form at the back:

Date: 21-23 August 2017

Where: Sea World Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland


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13th September 2017

Victorian Homelessness Conference 2017

SAVE THE DATE! 13 & 14 September

The Victorian Homelessness Conference is an outstanding professional development opportunity for practitioners, policy makers, researchers and consumers of homelessness services.

Held bi-annually, the Victorian Homelessness Conference has earned a reputation as the leading event of its kind in Australia.

This year, running in parallel to the regular conference programming there will be a youth-specific conference stream thanks to joint conference partners, Melbourne City Mission. The keynote speaker: Professor Eoin O'Sullivan from Trinity College Dublin is a leading academic on homelessness in Europe, and editor of the European Journal on Homelessness. You can listen to Prof. O'Sullivan talk in this video about the Irish homelessness crisis, which has so many parallels with what we are seeing in Australia.

Register here. Early Bird pricing ends 17 July

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13th October 2017

The 9th Australian rural & remote mental health symposium

The 2017 Symposium will be held at the Commercial Club, Albury, NSW from Wednesday 11 – Friday 13 October 2017. The optional half day of workshops will be held on the Wednesday, with the 2 full symposium days being held on the Thursday and Friday. Join us for keynote presentations, concurrent sessions, panel discussions, poster presentations the networking function and so much more.

When: 11th - 13th October 2017

Where: Commercial Club, 618 Dean St, Albury

For more information please visit the website

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29th November 2017

AHURI National Housing Conference

AHURI will convene the National Housing Conference 2017 – Building for better lives, in Sydney, in partnership with the NSW Department of Family and Community Services from 29 Nov – 1 Dec 2017 at the brand new International Convention Centre. With Sydney as the destination, and NSW leading the way in social housing policy reform, NHC 2017 is expected to be our biggest conference ever, with more than 1000 delegates from across the country expected to join us in Australia’s largest city.

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The May 2017 edition: Revisiting Homelessness Data

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