Rebecca Oelkers’ Profile

Rebecca Oelkers is the Chief Executive Officer of BHC, one of the largest Community Housing Providers in Queensland, with over 2,000 homes developed and under management. Rebecca has over 20 years’ experience in the community and affordable housing sector. Having previously held executive roles with BHC in business development and as Chief Operations Officer, Rebecca has a deep understanding of the company and a strong vision for its strategic growth and service enhancement. Rebecca is committed to ensuring that BHC’s affordable housing provides not only safe and secure homes for tenants, but also supports tenants to achieve increased wellbeing and inclusion.

During her career, Rebecca has led several high-proflle projects including the establishment of the Gold Coast Housing Company and Gladstone Affordable Housing which secured contributions of almost $20m from three Gladstone LNG proponents. Most recently, she lead BHC’s involvement in the Queensland Government’s Housing Investment Fund, securing partnerships with the private sector with the intent of growing the supply of social and affordable housing by up to 1,200 homes in South East Queensland.

Rebecca is the Deputy Chair of the national Community Housing Industry Association, Director of UDIA Queensland, a former Board member of Queensland Shelter, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and recipient of the 2018 UDIA Women in Leadership Award. A passionate advocate for the sector, she has presented at national, state and local housing forums on a range of affordable housing issues.

Rebecca continues to lead BHC into a new era of evolution and innovation with her ambitious growth plans. As the scale of need for affordable housing continues to increase in Queensland, the BHC team are focused on achieving lasting change and delivering better outcomes for the many Australians who still do not have a safe, affordable place to call home.

Rebecca is an engaging and passionate speaker, with expert insight across a range of topics including:

  • Supply of social and affordable housing in Brisbane and nationally
  • Build to rent and institutional investment solutions for housing
  • Housing older women over 55+
  • NDIS and the provision of housing for people living with a disability
  • Benefits of inclusive and accessible design
  • Homelessness
  • Organisational culture, strategy and performance
  • Women in leadership

Previous presentation experience

Following are some recent examples of Rebecca Oelkers, BHC’s CEO, latest online presentations and opinion pieces.

External features


Industry presentations

Community Housing Industry Alliance (CHIA) – 2024 Affordable Housing Development and Investment Summit, panellist “Developing and operating affordable BTR – what does it look like?”National Housing Conference (NHC) – 2023 National Housing Conference, panellist “Financing and investing in new housing supply.”

Youth Development Australia – 2023 National Children & Youth Homelessness Conference, panellist “The role of the Community Housing sector in responding to youth homelessness.”

CHIA – 2022 Affordable Housing Development & Investment Summit, panellist “What are available models for best leveraging the Housing Australia Future Fund money for new housing delivery.”

CHIA – 2021Affordable Housing Development & Investment Summit, panellist “How could the community housing sector be disruptors in a changing world.”

CEDA National Livestream 2020, keynote speaker – “Prioritising social and affordable housing.”

Australasian Housing and Urban Research (AHURI) – 2019 National Housing Conference, keynote presenter “Can CHPs deliver our social housing future.”

Community Housing Industry Alliance (CHIA) – 2018 Affordable Housing Conference, workshop presenter “Emerging Leaders Caucus.”

Community Housing Industry Alliance (CHIA) – 2018 Affordable Housing Conference, international expert panellist “Can Build to Rent fly in Australia?”

Australasian Housing and Urban Research (AHURI) – 2017 Homelessness and Housing Solutions Conference, panellist “Stable Housing and Sustainable Tenancies.”

Queensland Shelter (QShelter), panellist, The Future of Australian Housing 2017 Conference, panellist “How are we to deliver more affordable housing across Queensland.”

Ministerial Housing Consultative Committee member, Qld State Government 2016

Housing Affordability Expert Reference Panel member, Qld State Government 2016

Opinion pieces

BHC videos