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What's on

in the ACT

14 December- Members Christmas Party

Policy & Advocacy

The ACT Chapter undertakes a range of advocacy activities on behalf of its members. We make submissions to government, meet with  public officials and parliamentarians, and undertake public education campaigns and events on the value of good design and using local architects. 

ACT Chapter: Year of Housing

In June 2017, the Chapter President, Rob Henry,  launched the ACT Chapter Year of Housing, providing a focus for chapter advocacy and education activities around the creation of places for people, particularly around housing.

The activities being undertaken include: 

  • Launching a dedicated platform on our public website for housing, with useful articles, reviews, and exemplar projects that are currently being built in community - Housing Choice: Canberra
  • Assisting our newly founded Housing task force, currently led by Allan Spira, in its goals around advocacy and education on housing choice
  • Distilling the work of the Housing task force and making it available for use in advocacy
  • Engaging with MLA’s and taking them on a bus tour of exemplar projects in the ACT to illustrate new directions in housing affordability, liveability and diversity
  • Delivering a public forum as part of the Design Canberra Festival, where we hosted three seminars on ‘Developing Housing Affordability’, ‘Planning for Affordability’, and ‘Delivering Affordability’
  • Showcasing exemplar Housing Projects in the Design Canberra Festival through an Awards Bus Tour, an Solar House open home day, and the popular Living Rooms program, that brings architecture and art together
  • Contributing to a Public Meets Government initiative, led by MLA Suzzane Orr, appropriately named Making Spaces, where the core topic is "Home"
  • Continuing to work with the ACT Government on the realisation of the NEAT Housing Initiative and future Nightingale Housing developments
  • Continuing discussions with the Planning Authority regarding simplified approvals processes and regulatory reform

Please see below for details of these initiatives. 

Affordable Housing Seminars

The Chapter hosted a lecture series on designing, planning and delivering affordable housing. Speakers with extensive experience in housing development and affordable housing provision presented talks on the topic of designing, planning for and delivering affordable housing in green field or brown field developments. They referenced current case studies demonstrating leading initiatives in affordable housing as well as drawing on their broader experience. The seminars provided an opportunity to learn more from industry peers and other exemplar projects.

Week One, 8 November 2017: Designing for Affordability

Andrew Collins, Director Collins Caddaye Architects
"Design for community managed affordable housing – Common Ground Gungahlin - the architects perspective"
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Steven de Pasquale, Head of Development City West Housing
"Design for community managed affordable housing – Platform Housing - the community managers perspective"
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Week Two, 15 November 2017: Planning for Affordability

Professor Peter Phibbs, Chair of Urban Policy and Planning University of Sydney
"Securing Affordable Housing through Inclusionary Zoning"
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Dr Lindsay Taylor, Senior Partner Lindsay Taylor Lawyers
"Securing Affordable Housing through Voluntary Planning Agreements"
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Week Three, 22 November 2017: Delivering Affordable Housing

Tony Carey, Director Tony Carey Consulting
"Affordable Housing through Development – Planning and Partnerships"
Presentation available soon

Hoa Luu, Design Manager Riverview Projects
"Affordable Housing through Development –Design and Delivery of Affordable Housing"
Presentation available soon