Advocacy, Housing

Homelessness Conference looks at climate change

Written byChristine Tondorf
Published on18 Aug, 2022
Lismore Floods

Social Futures CEO Tony Davies has presented a paper at the 2020 National Homelessness Conference on the impact of this year’s floods on homeliness in the Northern Rivers.

You can view Mr Davies presentation HERE.

The National Homelessness Conference, jointly convened by AHURI and Homelessness Australia, was held as a face-to-face event in Canberra.

Delegates engaged with the nation’s political leaders, and Canberra provided the setting for policy makers, practitioners, researchers and those with lived experience of homelessness from across Australia to learn, engage and network with each other.

Dr Davies was part of the ‘Is the climate crisis an impending homelessness crisis?’  Climate change is generating new challenges for an already pressured homelessness sector. Increasing incidence of natural disasters is displacing whole communities – forcing thousands of people into homelessness.

This plenary session examined the homelessness implications of climate change – what are the ways in which communities and governments can prepare and respond as we face the realities of a changing climate.

The keynote was Andrew Crisp AM APM, Emergency Management Commissioner, Emergency Management Victoria.

The presenters: • Paula Coghill, Lead Aboriginal Specialist Consultant  • Tony Davies, Social Futures • Daniel Taber-Kennedy, Q Shelter Facilitator: Amy Remeikis, The Guardian

The Conference was held from Monday 8 to Wednesday 10 August at the National Convention Centre Canberra and built on the important lessons learned from the 2018 conference in Melbourne and the 2020 virtual event.