Events, Partnerships

Quest Apartment Hotels: Under Cover Screening

Last night, our partners, Quest Apartment Hotels proudly hosted a screening of ‘Under Cover’ at Melbourne’s ACMI in Fed Square for over 100 guests. As a major impact partner of the documentary, which shines a light on the growing crisis of homelessness in women over 50, we believe it is vital to raise awareness of why more than 400,000 Australian women are currently at risk of being homeless and what we can all do to address this.

As well as hearing from the film’s director, Sue Thomson, and producer, Adam Farrington-Williams, we brought together leaders across industries to look at the role of corporates in addressing this crisis. Thank you Sue and Adam as well as Charlotte Dillon, General Manager, Community Housing at YWCA Australia; Zoe Daniel, Independent Federal Member for Goldstein; Robert Pradolin, Founder and Director of Housing All Australians; Louise Hansen, Director of Hansen Yuncken; and Louise Rutten, Chair of Housing All Australians, who joined Quest Apartment Hotels David Mansfield and Anthea Dimitrakopoulos in this important discussion.

“Documentaries like this change people’s perspective about the people who are going to be in [social housing] properties,” said Charlotte Dillon, adding that companies should be “reviewing their policies and making sure that they are mitigating the risks that make women homeless in the first place. Look at the structural barriers and how you can break those down. Are you paying superannuation on parental leave policies? Do you have flexible work practices so that when women are caring for family and friends they are able to do that without risk of losing their jobs?”

Last year, Quest Apartment Hotels introduced a new Gender Equality Policy that includes 24 weeks paid parental leave, including superannuation, for all employees at Quest corporate office.

“Imagine if we all did a little bit,” said Robert Pradolin. “That’s the opportunity that I think this country has. If we can create housing for all Australians as an economic platform for a prosperous country, then we’re setting up a good future for our children.”

A great night for a great cause.