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Housing Forum

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Gain valuable insights and explore innovative strategies at the WA Housing Forum and join industry experts, professionals, and thought leaders in residential construction.


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  • Date
    Wednesday 29th May
  • Time
    8:00AM to 4:00PM
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* Prices include GST.


The Westin Perth


Monday 20 May 2024

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Explore the blueprint of residential construction. This one-day conference confronts the task of shaping the residential construction of tomorrow and undertaking the industry of today while approaching the journey with practical methods.

Stay ahead in the ever-evolving sector with meaningful discussions and practical solutions to the sector's challenges.

Time Agenda
7.15am Registration opens
8.00am - 8.15am Official welcome address
Tony Ricciardello, HIA WA President
8.15am - 9.30am HIA iZone WA Industry Outlook Breakfast
Tim Reardon, HIA Chief Economist

The residential building industry is currently navigating a challenging landscape. While there is some relief from inflationary pressures, the persistence of high interest rates and the fragility of consumer confidence continue to pose challenges. To shed light on these crucial market dynamics, HIA's Chief Economist, Tim Reardon, offers a comprehensive analysis of the international, national, and local housing markets.
9.30am - 10.30am Are you ready for the NCC?
Aaron Sice, HIA WA Assistant Director Building, Planning and Environment

The approaching transition period for the implementation of NCC2022 represents the most substantial set of changes since 1990. Ensure you are well-prepared and up-to-date by familiarising yourself with the key updates. Don't let these important changes catch you off guard - take the opportunity to refresh your knowledge and stay informed.
10.30am – 11.00am Morning tea break
11.00am – 12.00pm

Choose one of the following seminars:

Managing Psychosocial Hazards - Where Are All the Good Workers?
Dean Laplonge, Director, Factive Consulting

In this interactive workshop we challenge the practice of an individualistic approach to managing psychosocial hazards in workplaces. Participate in activities that will help you gain a better understanding of a more holistic approach to mental health. Learn about good practice and tap into some available resources to help you create a safer and healthier workplace.

Penalties, Powers and Positive Duties: Demystifying the IR Reforms
Libby Pracilio, HIA Manager Workplace Services WA / SA
And panellists: Lynn Wolfe, Legal Counsel, Five Group & Mark Vallence, Consultant, Heelan & Co Industrial Relations and Management

From the spreading gig economy, to criminalised wage theft, to broadened union rights and skyrocketing penalties – there is a lot to sensationalise about the IR Reforms. But what do the changes really mean for your day-to-day business? This session will help you cut through the hype and explain the changes that actually impact the residential building industry, the key dates you need to know and gain practical tips to navigate the system.

12.00pm – 12.45pm Choose one of the following seminars:

Practical Approach to Achieving 7 Stars and Beyond
Griff Morris, Director, Solar Dwellings

With WA set to adopt 7 stars under NCC2022 next year, discover how excellent housing performance can be achieved by using existing industry know-how and established construction methods. This practical session studies simple, effective and common-sense methods to achieve energy efficient and seasonally passive homes.

Working with Government to deliver Housing
Warren Phillips, Manager Housing Delivery, Development WA & David Leszenko, Director, Department of Communities

Exciting opportunities exist to work with the WA Government to deliver community, social, affordable and regional officer housing throughout the state. Find out how to get involved, what you need and how your business could benefit.
12.45pm – 1.45pm Lunch break
1.45pm - 2.45pm Artificial Intelligence: Disrupter and Innovator
David Smith, Programs and Digital Executive, CERI

Dive into the fascinating world of Artificial Intelligence. Join us for an electrifying presentation that delves into the realms of fact versus fiction. Get ready to explore the disruptive advancements and innovative solutions that AI could bring to residential construction. From automated processes to predictive analytics, this session will unveil how AI could reshape traditional practices and revolutionise the way you run your business.
3.05pm – 4.05pm Delivering Diversity under new MD codes
Moderator: Michael McGowan, HIA Executive Director
Panellists: Matt Delroy-Carr, Principal, MDC Architects
Daniel Paton, Managing Director, Developed
Hamish Gleeson, Planning and Approvals Manager, Summit Homes Group
Kate Fitzgerald, Director, Whispering Smith

The recent gazettal of the revised R Codes, Part C (Medium Density Code) is making waves across infill suburbs as the opportunities for density concessions for various housing types is being realised across WA. This panel discussion pulls apart the Part C with real life examples from our panellists.
4.05pm Closing remarks
Tony Ricciardello, HIA WA President
4.15pm Networking drinks


Dean Laplonge

Director, Factive Consulting

Dean, a renowned expert for over two decades, supports global efforts to combat gender-based violence in development banks and private sector businesses. He focuses on managing risks in workplaces and affected communities, specifically in extractive industries. Dean's extensive experience includes research on violence prevalence and program development with international agencies.

Griff Morris

Director, Solar Dwellings

Griff, the founder of Solar Dwellings, is an Australian leader in passive solar design with over four decades of experience. He has won numerous national and state housing awards and leads HIA's GreenSmart Professional Course. His interest in creating sustainable communities extends beyond design, as he has actively supported the Hunger Project for over 40 years.

David Leszenko

Director, Department of Communities

David is overseeing the delivery of social, affordable, and GROH housing. With experience in project management and property consultancy, David joined the Department in 2010. He led the Roebourne Rejuvenation Project and established the Business Development division before moving to Construction and Land development.

David Smith

Programs and Digital Executive, CERI

David, a tech professional with a Master's in Architecture and Data Science, specializes in computational design and data science. Formerly at Intensive Fields Labs, he created custom software for pioneering construction methods. Currently, David serves as the Programs and Digital Executive at CERI, offering industry consulting and helping startups commercialize their research.

Matt Delroy-Carr

Principal, MDC Architects

Matt, a Registered Architect in Western Australia, founded MDC Architects with a focus on the residential sector, particularly addressing the "missing middle" in home ownership. As his interest grew, he explored the economic dynamics behind the preference for "volume-built" homes in Western Australia, all driven by his belief in the importance of architecture and quality housing for enhancing quality of life.

Daniel Paton

Managing Director, Developed

Daniel is a qualified Town Planner and Surveyor while also holding multiple other qualifications and board positions. Starting Developed during covid, set the tone of the culture from inception to be solution and problem-solving focused consultancy. Developed has a key focus on infill outcomes delivering solutions throughout Western Australia via our planning, spatial and delivery service offerings.

Hamish Gleeson

Planning & Approvals Manager, Summit Homes Group

Hamish, a Town Planner with nearly 20 years of experience in Local Government and with project builders, excels in navigating the regulatory landscape and facilitating approvals for numerous homes. He actively contributes to innovative housing products, recently collaborating with DPLH to evaluate the cost and design implications of the updated R-Codes.

Kate Fitzgerald

Director, Whispering Smith and New Resident

Kate is advocating for gender equality as Vice President of the ACA WA Committee. She co-founded BoSP to build a community of small practices for business growth and equity, and co-presents 'Indetail' podcast with fellow architects Warwick Mihaly and Mick Maloney.

Lynn Wolfe

Legal Counsel, Five Group

Lynn is the in-house Legal Counsel for The Five Group, providing expertise in commercial agreements, employment, WH&S, and more. With a background in the West Australian construction industry since 1993, Lynn is a seasoned solicitor admitted to both the Supreme Court of Western Australia and the High Court of Australia.

Mark Vallence

Consultant, Heelan & Co Industrial Relations and Management

Mark has over 30 years' experience in Australian industrial relations. He is part of the Heelan & Co team, offering comprehensive services in industrial and employee relations. With extensive knowledge of legislative changes, Mark is well-equipped to contribute to discussions on those topics.

Warren Philips

Manager Housing Delivery, DevelopmentWA

Warren, with 36 years in property, holds a Bachelor of Business in Valuation and Land Economy, and has led transformative projects at DevelopmentWA for 16+ years. As Manager of the Housing Delivery Business Unit, he focuses on delivering higher density social and affordable homes for Western Australia, engaging with industry, government, and the non-profit sector.

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