The Federation is excited to announce that the 2015 NSW Community Housing Conference will be held at Rydges World Square in the Sydney CBD on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 May.

Our industry is on the verge of great potential change and the conference will focus on setting new directions. Come, celebrate and network at the conference dinner on Tuesday 5 May where the winners of the 2015 NSW Awards for Excellence in Community Housing will be announced. This year the conference will feature its very own phone app – ShowGizmo, which will be made available in the week leading up to the Conference to allow delegates and presenters to view the full program. In the meantime, see the program tab for highlights. A printed version of the program will also be made available in the week prior to the Conference.

The Federation, and our co-conveners the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office and Churches Housing, look forward to seeing you.

Aboriginal Acknowledgement

The NSW Federation of Housing Associations acknowledges the traditional custodians of the many nations across NSW and we pay our respect to their Elders past, present and to those who have come before us. We also acknowledge the Gadigal Clan of the Eora Nation who are the traditional custodians of the land on which the conference venue is located.

Registration Costs

Registration costs are given in the following table. Registration fees are for both days of the conference unless otherwise stated.
Registration Type Cost
BOTH DAYS - Government & Private Sector$540
BOTH DAYS - Large Providers (Over 500 properties)*$470
BOTH DAYS - Small Providers (Less than 501 properties)*$405
BOTH DAYS - Other Organisations$470
BOTH DAYS - Social Housing Tenants*$170
ONE DAY - First Day$300
ONE DAY - Second Day$300
Awards Dinner Ticket (6:30pm 5 May) $130

All fees include GST. Click here to register now.

* Travel & Accommodation Subsidy may be available. Please see Guidelines + Application for further details.

Sponsorship, Exhibitors and Promotional Opportunities

Our sponsors share our commitment to community housing, and demonstrate this commitment in a very tangible way. If you are interested in sponsoring any aspect of the conference please click here for a copy of the prospectus. Download the application form here

You are also very welcome to contact Helen at helenk@communityhousing.org.au or (02) 9281 7144 ext 213 to tailor a package to suit your specific needs.

Our sponsors are listed below. We thank them for their generous support and value their contribution.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at Rydges World Square, conveniently located in the heart of the Central Business District at 389 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 on the corner of Pitt and Liverpool streets. There is easy access to Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay, Sydney Entertainment Centre and the city’s financial precinct. The Sydney CBD hotel is 20 minutes from Sydney Airport (SYD). Premier shopping and dining options abound. Free WI-FI is available in all public areas. Valet parking is available at the venue, and there are a variety of parking stations nearby, including in World Square itself.

With plenty of things to do in Sydney, visitors will stay completely entertained while feeling a part of the vibrant city. there's plenty to see and do close by, including Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay, IMAX Theatre, Star City Casino, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, ANZAC War Memorial, Hyde Park, George Street Cinemas, Australian Museum, Aquarium & Sydney Wildlife World, Royal Botanic Gardens, Centrepoint Tower, Chinese Gardens, and the Queen Victoria Building to name but a few.

Rydges World Square offers a wide range of wining and dining experiences, including -

SPHERE RESTAURANT - Located on the lobby level, Sphere restaurant is open daily for breakfast and dinner offering a seasonal menu of contemporary cuisine drawn from Mediterranean and Italian influences. House specialities include wood fired pizzas and our famous Rise breakfast concept. Enjoy seasonal speciality nights complemented by a warm inviting atmosphere.
SQUARE BAR - Adjacent to Sphere Restaurant on the lobby level, Square bar offers a chic lounge bar environment. Guests can enjoy a wide variety of cocktails, wines, spirits, icy cold tap beer and a choice of modern snacks off the ever-changing menu. Open 7 nights a week till late.
THE DECK - Located on level 12 off the Square Bar, The Deck is the ideal outdoor venue for an event with a difference or a relaxing drink with friends. Overlooking the heart of World Square, The Deck is truly unique and allows you to experience the buzz of the Sydney City.


A wide range of accommodation options is available, to suit all needs and budgets. Some suggestions are given below. Please note that whilst prices are correct at the time of printing, they are subject to change without notice, and should only be regarded as indicative. Generally speaking, the best deals are obtained well in advance, and it’s worth checking for on-line deals, too.

The descriptions below are provided by the venues. You may also want to check out sites such as Tripadvisor for independent advice. We strongly advise checking with the hotel before making payment. With the rebuilding of the Sydney Convention Centre at Darling Harbour some hotels in the vicinity may be affected by the building work and you may wish to query this with the hotel before booking.

At the Conference Venue

Deluxe room Rydges Rydges World Square
a: 389 Pitt St, Sydney 2000
p: +61 2 8268 1888
e: reservations_worldsquare@rydges.com
w: www.rydges.com
We have arranged a discounted conference rate of $179/night at Rydges World Square for a Deluxe King Room. All rooms have free WiFi, an in-room coffeemaker, a well-stocked mini-bar, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, individually controlled air conditioning, electronic safe, separate bath and shower and windows that can be opened so you can enjoy Sydney’s gorgeous weather. This special rate will extend until Friday 17th April. Please call (02) 8268 1888 or email reservations_worldsquare@rydges.com to make your booking.

Within 10 Minutes Walk of the Conference Venue

Wake Up! Sydney

a: 509 Pitt St, Sydney 2000
p: +61 2 9288 7888
e: askup@wakeup.com.au
w: www.wakeup.com.au/
Wake Up! is clean and modern backpackers’ 1 star accommodation with everything under one roof: do your laundry, go online, watch TV in the common areas, connect to Wi-Fi, prepare your own food, withdraw cash, book a tour, or grab a coffee or a cheap meal. Wake Up! has mixed or all-female dormitory-style hostel accommodation, as well as private rooms with and without an en-suite.
A$ 75 per night including GST.

Hyde Park Inn

a: 271 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
p: +61 2 9264 6001
e: enquiries@hydeparkinn.com.au
w: www.hydeparkinn.com.au/
The 4 star Hyde Park Inn is a 96 room property in the heart of Sydney’s Central Business District across from beautiful Hyde Park. For comfort, cost, facilities, location, transport and spectacular views of the city, the Hyde Park Inn is the place to stay in Sydney.
A$ 150 per night including GST.

Park8 Hotel Sydney

a: 185 Castlereagh Street, Sydney 2000
p: +61 2 9283 2488
e: info@park8.com.au
w: www.park8.com.au
Nestled in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, this intimate 4 star 36 room boutique hotel is located on the doorstep of Sydney’s iconic Hyde Park and central to the best shopping, dining and entertainment districts. Park8 offers an oasis of comfort, space and tranquility. Interiors are inspired by Sydney’s natural surrounds which resonate throughout the spacious guest rooms & lofts and feature modern luxury amenities fused with old world charm.
A$ 160 per night including GST.

Meriton Serviced Apartments Campbell Street

a: 4 - 10 Campbell Street, Sydney 2000
p: + 61 2 9277 1128
e: stay@meriton.net.au
w: www.meritonapartments.com.au
Opened in October 2011 our Campbell Street property offers 247 luxury apartments including Studio, Cube and 1 bedroom configurations. Guest facilities include an indoor heated lap pool (20m), spa, sauna and gymnasium boasting the latest fitness equipment. Onsite our guests will have the added convenience of an al-fresco style cafe and a selection of local restaurants offering meal delivery - directly to your apartment door.
A$ 180 per night including GST.

Sheraton on the Park

a: 161 Elizabeth Street, Sydney 2000
p: 61 2 9286 6000
e: sheratononthepark@sheraton.com
w: www.sheratonontheparksydney.com/
Rooms in this 4.5 star venue feature a Sheraton Sweet Sleeper King Bed or two Single Beds, spacious black marble bathroom, comfortable lounge area, generous writing desk, flat screen LCD TV, DVD player, WiFi internet connection, data port, in-room safe, and black-out blinds/curtains.
A$ 250 per night including GST.

Within 20 Minutes Walk of the Conference Venue

Woolbrokers Hotel

a: 22 Allen Street, Pyrmont, Sydney 2009
p: +61 2 9552 4773
e: info@woolbrokershotel.com.au
w: www.woolbrokershotel.com.au
This 2 star hostel / hotel is centrally located in the heart of Sydney's Darling Harbour tourist attraction - offering budget accommodation in a great location at a great price. We are proud to offer clean, comfortable and affordable accommodation in one of Sydney's prime locations with easy access to everything Sydney has to offer.
A$ 95 per night including GST.

Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Harbourside

a: 55 Shelley St, King Street Wharf, Sydney 2000
p: +61 2 9249 7000
e: harbourside@adinahotels.com.au
w: www.tfehotels.com
Perfectly located on King Street Wharf by Darling Harbour, the 4.5 star Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney, Harbourside offers the quintessential harbourside experience as well as unique wildlife encounters. Stay in one of our 114 well-appointed one bedroom apartments or studio rooms.
A$ 200 per night including GST.

1888 Hotel

a: 139 Murray Street, Sydney 2009
p: +61 2 8586 1888
e: info@1888hotel.com.au
w: www.1888hotel.com.au
Meticulously restored & thoughtfully designed, this 4 star hotel's collection of rooms all boast 3m high ceilings, exposed brick walls, original Iron Bark Beams, huge sound proofed period windows, bespoke furniture, recycled timber work stations, artwork by Australian artists, custom-made bedding with luxury MicroCloud bed toppers & bathrooms which feature walk-in rain showers.
A$ 200 per night including GST.

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ShowGizmo (www.showgizmo.com) is a powerful conference management tool that delivers every aspect of the event directly to delegates via their smartphone or tablet device. It enables delegates attending the conference to:

  • Plan their conference experience using its powerful scheduling tool
  • Keep up to date with last-minute program changes
  • Contact other delegates, speakers and exhibitors
  • Download abstracts and exhibitor materials
  • Interact through live polling and a dedicated Twitter hashtag
  • Use QRS codes to automatically download poster abstracts and supply contact details to exhibitors

And all this happens in real time, at the conference. Delegates can contact each other, arrange meetings, discuss presentations with speakers, arrange demonstrations with exhibitors, view abstracts live or paste them into note-taking software such as OneNote or Evernote, provide feedback, and generally enhance their conference experience. For exhibitors and sponsors, it provides a powerful means of developing new leads and supporting their existing client base.

For details of how to use the app please take a look at this video.

Promotional Toolbox

Help promote the NSW Community Housing Conference to your colleagues! Download our website banners and PowerPoint slides in a range of formats below.


Australia’s largest and most famous city, Sydney is home to beautiful beaches, iconic buildings, historic landmarks, award-winning restaurants, and a uniquely vibrant culture. From the breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour to the serene tranquility of Hyde Park, Sydney has something for everyone.

Arriving In Sydney

The Kingsford Smith Airport is the main international and domestic airport. It is about 10 kilometres (6 miles) south-west of the Central Business District and Sydney Harbour. For direct bus transport from the airport to your hotel or catch the train for a 13 minute trip to Central Station.

Things to See and Do

Sydney harbour If it’s your first visit to Sydney, the first place you'll want to visit is Sydney Harbour. Although it's one of the most photographed locations in the world, nothing can compare to seeing the harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House with your own eyes. Take a stroll along Circular Quay and soak up the atmosphere, or catch a ferry to Cockatoo Island or Watsons Bay and enjoy the beauty of the harbour and its surroundings. As well as being a main transport hub, Circular Quay has some of Sydney’s best restaurants, including Quay Restaurant, ARIA Sydney, Cafe Sydney, and Guillaume at Bennelong, located beneath the sails of the Opera House.

Sydney cafe Further afield, Sydney has restaurants in all price ranges offering all types of menus to suit any taste. You'll find restaurants here that offer vegetarian and vegan and to suit organic, gluten free, halal and kosher diets. If you want Asian, Mediterranean, African, South American, Western or good old Australian cuisine then you need look no further. Search for a restaurant using Menulog, Sydney's newest and most comprehensive eating out guide.

Only a ten minute stroll from the Sydney Town Hall, Darling Harbour is the perfect place to entertain the whole family, enjoy a delicious harbourside meal, or experience Sydney’s energetic nightlife. Darling Harbour is also where you’ll find the Chinese Gardens of Friendship, the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney. Queen Victoria Building For a bird’s eye view of Sydney, head to the summit of Sydney Tower Eye. From here, you'll enjoy views stretching across the city centre, out to the Pacific Ocean and west to the Blue Mountains. Thrill-seekers should try the Sydney Skywalk experience, a moving, glass-floored viewing platform at the top of Sydney Tower Eye. Also at the top, the Sydney Tower Buffet offers banquet-style dining with 360 degree views of the city as you enjoy a relaxing meal. Take advantage of the special offer where kids eat free on selected days all year round for lunch and dinner. In the heart of the CBD in Sydney is the Queen Victoria Building, another must-see attraction. Dating back to the 1890s, this grand and beautiful building is now one of the city's premier shopping destinations.

Surfers Most Sydney tourist attractions are either within the central business district, close to the CBD, or at points around the harbour. The exceptions are Bondi and Manly - surf beach suburbs situated south and north of Sydney Heads. If you've only got a week or a few days in Sydney, your time would be best spent by taking a walk around the wider CBD area, visiting The Rocks or spending time on the harbour. The harbour is Sydney and on a warm day, with a clear blue sky, there is no better place on earth.

Best Ways To Get Around

Taking a City Circle train or walking is the best way of seeing city attractions, while buses and ferries represent the best way to visit points and attractions around the harbour. Try the City Sightseeing Hop-On-Hop-Off bus service which represents an ideal and inexpensive way to see most of the main tourist points around the city and out to Bondi.

Ferries Sydney Ferries, which are also government run, provide an inexpensive way of seeing the most beautiful harbour in the world. (See map of ferry cruises around Sydney Harbour.) For excursions around the harbour, private operators offer a myriad of harbour cruises that promise more than a just a simple ferry ride. Sydney has a large and well run Government public transport system. Use the Trip Planner to work out a travel plan using CityRail services, or a combination of train, bus and ferry services to get you to your destination, then, for low cost travel for the day, on Buses, Ferries and Trains, buy a MyMulti Day Pass. Web sites offer extensive information on:

Visitors’ Information Centres

The Rocks Sydney Visitor Centres make planning your holiday easy. Located at the corner of Argyle and Playfair Streets in The Rocks, it offers one-stop-shop convenience for visitor information, providing comprehensive details on tours, accommodation and entertainment, in and around Sydney at the time of your visit. It is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm daily except Christmas Day and Good Friday. The New South Wales Travel Centre is situated at 11 York Street, just above Wynyard Station. It is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm Saturday.

The CitiRail Host Centre is opposite No. 5 jetty at Circular Quay. It is open from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week. There is an information kiosk in Martin Place, near Castlereagh Street, that is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. There are information booths at the top of Sydney Tower and at Darling Harbour, both open seven days a week.

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