Perth city at night

Waves of inspiration

Meet the headlining speakers, and take a tour through the events on offer at the HIA 2019 National Conference, to be held in Perth from 23–25 May.


Laura Valic and Kate Veteri

In just a few short months HIA members will have the opportunity to gather together on Australia’s beautiful west coast for the HIA 2019 National Conference.

To be held in Perth from 23–25 May, this unrivalled event will treat members and their families to the best HIA and the industry has to offer. The carefully planned three-day program will offer plenty of opportunities for delegates to enjoy the destination, and at the same time, to learn and share with likeminded members from across the country.

The HIA–Holcim Welcome party, to be held on Thursday 23 May, will take arriving delegates to the picturesque Sandalford Winery in the Swan Valley. The evening event kicks-off the conference celebrations, giving delegates a taste of Western Australia’s culinary delights, beer and wine. The rolling hills of the vineyard landscape will offer the ideal setting to party in style with other HIA members as the sun sets.

Perth city harbour
Get a taste of Western Australia’s culinary delights
Explore the local sights of Perth during the HIA 2019 National Conference

For the Business Building Sessions (partnered by James Hardie) on the Friday, HIA has locked in four high-profile speakers with diverse backgrounds and expertise. Get up to speed on industry issues and trends, upskill your business knowledge and be inspired by the speakers’ unique journeys. Their success strategies will no doubt open your mind to new possibilities for your business and help you to stay ahead of the competition.

Delegates will also get the opportunity to hear from writer and comedian Ben Elton at the Business Lunch (partnered by Bluescope).

Following the motivational sessions there will be free time to explore the local sights before coming together again that Friday evening for the HIA–Brickworks Networking party. This year’s event will be hosted at one of Perth’s newest state-of-the-art venues – Optus Stadium. The home of the reigning AFL premier’s West Coast Eagles offers an impressive stadium experience with all levels open to delegates. Standing beneath the city skyline views, the stadium will be a great place to meet and discuss ideas generated at the day’s Business Building Sessions.

The rolling hills of the vineyard landscape will offer the ideal setting to party in style

Whether you’re a keen golfer or just enjoy a casual hit, the HIA Charitable Foundation Golf Day (partnered by ActronAir) is always a great event to stretch your legs and get involved in. The Vines Resort and Country Club in the beautiful Perth Swan Valley will host the 2019 event on the Saturday. Boasting two of the finest golf courses in the state, delegates can spend the day surrounded by native bush and the magnificent Swan Valley wine region.

For member delegates who would prefer something different, HIA has pulled together a list of optional recreational activities to enjoy for the day. But just make sure you leave enough time to get your glam on for the prestigious HIA–CSR Australian Housing Awards! When Saturday evening lands, the highly anticipated awards gala dinner will get underway at Crown Perth. HIA’s awards night of nights is a fantastic chance to celebrate our industry’s hard work and high achieving nominees; as well as party the night away with other delegates to the evening’s special performance.

Attend the HIA 2019 National Conference to experience a unique getaway, forge new business partnerships and come away brimming with fresh ideas and renewed focus.

HIA 2019 National Conference

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Todd Sampson

Todd Sampson

Business Building Sessions (partnered by James Hardie)

Mount Everest climber, Todd Sampson, is an all-round adventurer, award-winning documentary maker and businessman. Ranked as one of the most influential executives in Australia, the former national CEO of Leo Burnett was also the co-creator of the Earth Hour initiative. Earth Hour has since become one of the largest environmental movements in history, reaching over one billion people in 5500 cities worldwide. Throughout his career Todd has undertaken many TV projects. After starting on the critically acclaimed ABC series Gruen, Todd has since hosted a number of international documentaries including Body Hack and Discovery Channel’s Redesign My

Ben Darwin

Ben Darwin

Business Building Sessions (partnered by James Hardie)

The former ACT Brumbies and Wallabies player Ben Darwin can easily be commended for his talent and hard work on and off the field. From a football player and coach to a participant in two Iron Man triathlons, Ben is now the co-founder and general manager of corporate at GAIN LINE Analytics. Ben has built an exciting and successful methodology on how to recognise and improve team success. It is based on the belief that great teams are constructed on the product of the linkages and connections within the organisation.

Amanda Stevens

Amanda Stevens

Business Building Sessions (partnered by James Hardie)

Amanda is a renowned thought leader on the customer experience. She combines current consumer insights with fascinating research into buying behaviour, delivering organisations and business owners powerful strategies for connecting with their customers. She has consulted to some of the country’s biggest brands, including Lend Lease, Microsoft, Procter and Gamble and the Australian Liberal Party. Recognised as one of the most entertaining speakers on the circuit, Amanda has presented at over 700 conferences in 14 countries, and will be speaking about turning customers into advocates.


Future Crunch

Future Crunch

Business Building Sessions (partnered by James Hardie)

Future Crunch are part of a global movement of scientists, technologists, hackers and creatives that think there are new and better ways of doing things in the twenty-first century. Their expertise ranges from politics, economics and bioinformatics to design, art and music. They use their diverse knowledge to provide unexpected perspectives on the world, through the lenses of science, technology and social theory. Their mission is to foster intelligent, optimistic thinking about the future, and to empower people to contribute to it. Dr Angus Hervey and Tané Hunter will deliver a mind-blowing presentation that shifts perceptions and inspires people to think of new and better ways of doing things.

Ben Elton

Ben Elton

Business Lunch (partnered by Bluescope)

Ben is a hugely successful and influential British stand-up comedian, script-writer, playwright, librettist and novelist whose work includes some of the funniest and most successful comedy of our time. His extensive writing credits include a number of films and fifteen novels, five of which were Number One sellers while a further seven made the Top Five. In 2017 Ben returned to the film industry, directing his ensemble comedy Three Summers; a film embracing the diversity of modern Australia. Ben will share with HIA members about his amazing career and what drives his creativity.

Peter Helliar

Peter Helliar

2019 HIA–CSR Australian Housing Awards MC

Peter has been one of Australia’s favourite comedians since his first appearance on the small screen in 1999 as a core cast member on Rove. Peter has performed stand-up comedy for years, selling out shows right across the country, where he makes ‘the difficult business of being funny look dead easy’. Now the Gold Logie nominee makes Australians laugh from his seat on The Project, as well as starring in his very own series How to Stay Married for Network TEN. Peter created and co-produced the award-winning It’s A Date, an ABC TV series in which he also made his television directorial debut. Best-selling children’s author was also added to his impressive list of credits when Peter released Frankie Fish, his first-ever children’s book series.

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