At a time when the great Australian dream of owning a home remains challenging, Western Australia has emerged as a national leader in developing innovative solutions to improve the supply of affordable housing.
Housing Minister Colin Holt said the return of the nation's principal housing forum to Perth, for the first time in a decade, was as welcome as it was topical.
Housing affordability and undersupply has monopolised debate in 2015, and the biennial National Housing Conference (NHC) is where Australia comes together to canvass solutions.
This month, more than 800 delegates will converge on Perth to hear from 100 international and Australian experts in 40 sessions. Keynote speakers will include Christian Porter, Federal Minister for Social Services; Dr David Paul Rosen, principal of David Paul Rosen & Associates, and RMIT housing and urban studies expert Professor Gavin Wood.
Mr Holt said Western Australia was a national leader in developing innovative solutions to improve the supply of affordable housing.
"The Liberal National Government's Affordable Housing Strategy was an Australian-first and has delivered more than 20,000 homes since 2010," he said.
"The conference provides an opportunity for delegates to tour this Government's award-winning developments and allows our housing experts to canvass ideas on how we intend to achieve our revised target of 30,000 homes by 2020."
Convened by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) and the Western Australian Housing Authority, the conference will include sessions ranging from housing and labour markets, to urban growth and indigenous economic participation.
Sessions on the NHC program include examining how current tax settings impact upon house prices and rents and what reforms would likely result in improved housing affordability. Also, delegates will discuss the implications of the sharing economy and internet technologies, such as Airbnb, and their implications for provision and consumption of housing, now and into the future.
"The 'What does a future Australian city look like' session will examine what the future holds for Australian cities as our national population grows toward 62 million by 2100," the Minister said.
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