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Tackling Inequality – Housing and Homelessness: The Challenges of COVID-19

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04 May 2021

Join us to learn about the latest perspectives on the housing crisis from researchers, campaigners and service providers in the wake of COVID-19. 

Since 2018, a number of Australian Communities Foundation funds have supported the Poverty and Inequality partnership at ACOSS which aims to measure and monitor poverty and inequality in Australia and understand what we can do to reverse the trends. The Partnership’s latest report, COVID-19: Rental housing and homelessness impacts – an initial analysis, provides an in-depth look at the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on housing and homelessness.

Guests at this event will hear the findings of these two projects, and what the implications are on the ground.



Dr Cassandra Goldie is CEO of the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), the national peak body for the community sector, and an advocate for tackling poverty and inequality. She has deep public policy expertise in economic and social issues, civil society, social justice and human rights and is a regular media and public commentator and conference presenter. Prior to joining ACOSS, Cassandra held senior roles in both the not-for-profit and public sectors at local, national and international levels, including with the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Darwin Community Legal Service, Legal Aid Western Australia and the global Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions.

Cassandra is an Adjunct Professor with the Law Faculty at the University of New South Wales. She has a PhD from the University of New South Wales and a Masters of Law from University College London. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Cassandra serves on the Advisory Committee for the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, the UNSW Law Advisory Committee, the Australian Climate Roundtable, the Pinnacle Foundation Board and the Energy Charter Independent Accountability Panel.


Kate Colvin is national spokesperson for the housing and homelessness campaign, Everybody’s Home. Everybody’s Home launched in 2018 to campaign for a fairer housing system in Australia and has grown to become an alliance of over 400 partner organisations and more than 30,000 community supporters.

Kate is also Deputy CEO of the Council to Homeless Persons, the peak body for the homelessness sector in Victoria. Kate has worked in senior leadership and advocacy roles in community organisations for the past 25 years and has played a key role in the development and leadership of other housing campaigns, including Australians for Affordable Housing and the Vote Home campaign.