Throughout the year, Shelter WA holds community forums and other events to highlight housing issues in WA.  Forums, workshops and network meetings provide an opportunity for the affordable housing sector to share information with others in the sector, learn about new policy initiatives, identify problems and feed into Shelter’s policy work.  If you would like to be notified of upcoming events, subscribe to our newsletter.  If have a suggestion for a future event, send us your suggestion at

Upcoming Events

Shelter WA Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 13 October 2015, 2:30 – 3:30pm at Claisebrook Lotteries House, East Perth

Members and stakeholders are invited to Shelter WA’s AGM, to hear about key Shelter WA successes for the 2014/15 year as well as participate in the formalities of electing members to the Shelter WA Board for 2015/16.

Following the Welcome to Country, Lisa Kazalac, Executive Manager Advocacy and Policy at REIWA, will be providing an overview of the current rental market in Western Australia.

Nominations are called for the following positions on the Shelter WA Board:

  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Three (3) Board Positions

All members are entitled to nominate for positions on the Board if:

  • The individual, or the organisation, has been a financial member of Shelter WA for at least one year; or
  • The individual, or the organisation, submits a nomination that includes two signatories of others eligible for election.

To nominate for any of these positions, please complete a Nomination Form and return to the Returning Officer, Sei Hwee Lee by 2pm on Tuesday 6 October at

If you are unable to attend, please complete a Proxy Form so another member can vote on your behalf.

Please note, only financial members of Shelter WA are eligible to vote at the Shelter WA AGM. Please confirm your membership status with Shelter WA prior to the Nomination Closing Time.

Places are limited for the AGM. Please confirm your attendance by contacting us at or (08) 9325 6660.


Shelter WA  Intersector Breakfast “Under One Roof” – Thursday 22 October 2015

In partnership with the Property Council of Australia (WA Division), Shelter WA is hosting a breakfast event on Thursday 22 October from 7:30 – 9:00am, to bring together representatives from government, the community housing sector and industry “Under One Roof”.

The breakfast will provide an opportunity for intersector partnerships to be developed across government, the community housing sector and industry, relating to social and affordable housing.

The event will be formally opened by the Hon Colin Holt MLC, Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming and will feature an inter-sector panel, including:

  • Gail McGowan, Director General of the Western Australian Department of Planning;
  • Joe Lenzo, Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia (WA Division);
  • Kathleen Gregory, CEO of Foundation Housing; and
  • Scott Cameron, General Manager, Project Coordination at Finbar Group Limited.

Our expert panel will focus on identifying barriers and solutions to the development of social and affordable housing across Western Australia.

This event will be held on Thursday 22 October from 7:30 – 9:00am at the Duxton Hotel, 1 St Georges Terrace in Perth.

To register, please visit:

If you have any questions, please contact Shelter WA at or call (08) 9325 6660.


Shelter WA Training for Community Housing Providers – November 2015

Shelter WA conducted a series of community housing capability workshops in May to gauge the training and development needs of the community housing sector.

The workshops identified areas of critical need for training in the sector. The priority needs include: rental income management, tenancy management and managing contracts and head leasing. Training modules have been developed by Shelter WA to address these priority sector development needs.

Rental Income Management – Wednesday 4 November, 9:00am – 12:00pm

This training module will focus on rental income management, including rent setting and rent reviews, in accordance with the latest Department of Housing Community Housing policies.

Cost: $75.00 (Members)
$110.00 (Non Members)

To register for this workshop, please click here.

Contracts and Head Leasing Training – Wednesday 4 November, 1pm – 4pm

This training module will explore organisations’ obligations under State Housing Authority contracts and head leasing arrangements to ensure understanding and ongoing compliance.

Cost: $75.00 + GST (Members) and $110.00 + GST (Non Members)

To register for this workshop, please click here.

Tenancy Management Training – Thursday 5 November, 9am – 4pm

This training course will focus on tenancy management and will incorporate organisations’ rights and responsibilities under the RTA. This course will also address legal requirements, including essentials for court action and appearances and the role of tenant advocates.

Cost: $150.00 + GST (Members) and $220.00 + GST (Non Members)

To register for this workshop, please click here.

Please note, for stakeholders who have previously registered and paid for the postponed Tenancy Management training, your registrations will be transferred over to this training course.

For further information please contact Louise on or Jennifer on

National Housing Conference – 28-30 October 2015   

We invite you to join us at the biennial gathering of the ninth National Housing Conference in Perth from Wednesday 28 October to Friday 30 October 2015.  As a strong support of affordable housing in Western Australia, Shelter WA has been chosen to be a key ambassador for this important event.

For further information on the National Housing Conference, please click here.


Previous Events 

Shelter WA Social Impact Investing Seminar – 15 July 2015  

Shelter WA is hosting a seminar on Wednesday 15 July to bring together Social Impact Investing conversations in Western Australia.

Social impact investing has been used as a vehicle nationally and internationally to combine private sector investment with public sector expertise to improve social outcomes. This seminar will explore the potential of social impact investing in a Western Australian context.

Shelter WA has invited special guest, David Wirrpanda to discuss how The Wirrpanda Foundation has applied innovative investment solutions to improve social outcomes for Aboriginal Australians.

David will be joined by other keynote speakers, including the NSW Office of Social Impact Investment and Social Ventures Australia who will share their experiences of the NSW Social Benefit Bonds and social impact discussions occurring in WA.

The formal presentations will be followed by a panel discussion which will explore how social impact investing could operate in WA to improve social outcomes for disadvantaged Western Australians.

We would like to invite you to partner with Shelter WA as a Sponsor of this Seminar. For further information, please click here to view our Sponsorship Brochure.

For further information, please contact Melissa at or Jennifer at or call Shelter WA on (08) 9325 6660.

Homelessness Prevention Week – 3-9 August 2015 

Homelessness Prevention Week (HPW) is a national week of events aiming to raise awareness and encourage the community to step up to prevent homelessness. Shelter WA will be coordinating HPW this year and is organising a series of events and exhibitions during the week, as well as working with our stakeholders to fund other sector events and host collection drives.

Registrations are open for our main events during HPW:


Official Launch of Homelessness Prevention Week – Monday 3 August

The Official Launch of HPW will be held on Monday 3 August at Central Park Theatrette from 8.30am. Please complete the registration form and return to

To find out more, please download an event flyer and registration form.


HPW Industry Breakfast: Creative Housing Solutions – Wednesday 5 August

The HPW Industry Breakfast will be held on Wednesday 5 August at the Novotel in Perth from 7am. Please register here:

To find out more, please download an event flyer.


Jammin’ at Brookfield Place with Ella Munroe – Friday 7 August

To wrap up HPW, Ella Munroe will play at our lunchtime music event, Jammin’ at Brookfield Place from 12pm at Brookfield Place in Perth CBD.

To find out more, please download an event flyer.


To find out more and to get involved in HPW, please contact Rob on or Jennifer on


Scheduled Discussion Forum on The Cost of Youth Homelessness – Tuesday 17 March 2015     

Shelter WA is pleased to announce the first in a series of Shelter WA scheduled discussion forums on the WA Housing Hub, the new online platform developed by Shelter WA for the housing community, on Tuesday 17 March from 2.30pm.

To kick off this new discussion series, Professor Paul Flatau, Chair of the Centre for Social Impact, will lead a discussion on the recently released The Cost of Youth Homelessness in Australia report, which Professor Flatau co-authored.

The discussion forum will be publicly available through the WA Housing Hub discussion forum page. To participate in this discussion, please register for the WA Housing Hub by clicking here.

WA Affordable Housing Development Summit – 26-27 February 2015  

The WA Affordable Housing Development Summit is a comprehensive, state-specific summit is an exclusive platform that brings together key stakeholders from government, housing providers and private industry together to gain latest insights to strategies and practices advancing affordable housing in Western Australia. Key housing industry leaders will reflect on what has worked in the past, what should be done differently and discuss practical solutions to advance affordable housing in Western Australia.

Shelter WA will also be presenting at this event. To find out more, please click here.


Launch of the WA Housing Hub – 25 February 2015  

Shelter WA will launch the WA Housing Hub, an innovative and interactive online platform for the WA housing community, on the morning of Wednesday 25 February.

The WA Housing Hub is designed to foster information sharing, generate discussion and promote collaboration and partnerships among stakeholders across the housing continuum. It also includes an online directory of housing and homeless services and supports across WA to assist housing consumers, and housing practitioners.

The event will be opened by The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor, Lisa Scaffidi.  Greg Cash, General Manager Service Delivery WA Department of Housing, will officially launch the WA Housing Hub on behalf of Shelter WA.

Registration is essential. To register, please contact or call (08) 9325 6660.

The Future of Homelessness in WA

Book of Proceedings CoverpageOn 20 May 2014, over 95 key stakeholders and community leaders from the community sector, local and state government agencies came together to discuss where we have come from and where we are going in our aims to address homelessness in Western Australia.

The forum was extremely successful in providing a platform for a dialogue on the future of homelessness services and funding in WA, combining thought provoking keynote speakers, informative panel and table discussions, and social media to capture participant views and ideas.

Shelter WA has developed a Book of Proceedingswhich captures the discussions and ideas generated during the forum, and demonstrates the genuine interest within the sector in collaborating, communicating and generating ideas and innovative solutions to the homelessness challenges facing Western Australia.

Shelter WA would also like to hear from you about your thoughts on what the next steps should be, both in terms of this forum and possible future forums, and the themes that have emerged from it.  Your comments are valuable to us, please contact us at

Building Community Support for Affordable Housing

Shelter WA held a community forum on ‘Building Community Support for Affordable Housing’ on 4 December 2013. Presenters included:

Initial feedback from the forum has been very positive, with most people noting that it was interesting to hear about affordability issues from many different perspectives and that the case studies were especially useful.

If you attended this forum and have any comments or questions please forward them to Robert at

Affordable Housing Network

Shelter WA regularly convenes the Affordable Housing Network to provide the housing sector with the opportunity to meet other individuals, service providers and organisations to discuss affordable housing issues that need to be addressed.  These issues inform Shelter’s policy positions in pending submissions and at a variety of meetings and committees such as the Department of Housing, Housing Advisory Roundtable (HART).

Shelter WA recently held an Affordable Housing Network Meeting on 22 October 2013. Jemma Green, delivered a presentation on ‘Low cost and low carbon housing: the impossible Australian Dream?’. Her presentation is available here.

Jemma is a Senior Research Fellow and PhD Candidate at Curtin University’s Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute.

In December 2011, Shelter WA co-hosted an event with WACOSS on Housing and Affordable Living.

National Shelter

In December 2012, National Shelter and Shelter WA convened a roundtable on the future of the National Affordable Housing Agreement.


Shelter WA regularly participates in the Homelessness Reference Group and various regional homelessness action groups.

In August 2011, Shelter WA worked with the Peoples Park Project Working Group to deliver the Perth Metro Homeless Response Workshop.  Shelter WA prepared a background paper and final report for the workshop. 

2013 Election Forum

Shelter WA invited candidates from each major party to outline their policies in relation to housing and homelessness and how they intended to address the current and ongoing housing crisis in WA.  Speakers included Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC, Hon Sue Ellery MLC, and Hon Bill Johnston MLA.

Shelter WA Policy Platform 2013-2015 Synopsis

Shelter WA Policy Platform 2013-2014 Full Document

Disruptive Behaviour Management Strategy

Shelter WA undertook training with the Department of Housing to provide education to the community about its Disruptive Behaviour Management Strategy (DBMS). Shelter then conducted five education forums across the metropolitan area (Guildford, Mirrabooka, Kenwick, Mandurah and Perth) providing an overview of the process of the DBMS including Department of Housing responsibilities, the Residential Tenancies Act, investigations, decision making, and complaints handling. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback regarding their experiences in relation to the DBMS.  Shelter WA has now released its findings and the report is available for viewing SWA Final DBMS Report May2013.

Young People, Housing and Homelessness

Shelter WA held two workshops on Young People, Housing and Homelessness in 2012.  The final report is available here.

Renting in WA

In 2012, Shelter WA ran a series of forums on Renting in WA.  The forums were held in Armadale, Clarkson, Perth and Rockingham.  The final report is available here.

Taxation and Planning

In December 2011, Dr Rachel Ong provided a presentation on How our Tax System Affects Housing Affordability.

Shelter WA hosted two workshops in 2010 on Housing Economics and Planning: Local Responses to the Need for Affordable Housing including a presentation by Dr Steven Rowley, a presentation by Dr Shane Greive, and a presentation by Julian Wright.