The Queensland Shelter conference was held in February 2009, with the theme Making sense of the big picture: Pathways to affordable housing in Queensland.
The conference brought together researchers, social housing tenants, housing workers and providers to discuss current trends in housing as well as share their knowledge of the housing sector.
The department's Tenant Participation Unit and regional tenant groups coordinated the attendance of 44 social housing tenants from across the state.
Participant Tony Green of Logan said it was a wonderful opportunity to hear the latest thinking and to take part in policy discussions.
"I enjoyed connecting with other tenants, sharing our ideas, and helping one another," Tony said.
"I am taking back so many new ideas to my group."
Janelle Goodman of Redlands Shire said the conference helped her to see the importance of tenant participation.
"Whether we are heads of families, seniors living alone, or people with special needs, we need to make sure that those who design, build, fix and allocate social housing, take account of our housing needs, right from day one," she said.
"To do that, we need to get involved in tenant participation."
To find out more about the Tenant Participation program, contact your nearest Housing Services office.