Laura Shooter

Laura Shooter
Managing Director, SJ Shooter Real Estate

Laura knows what it takes to step out, start up and scale a multi-award winning business. As the co-founder and managing director of SJ Shooter Real Estate, Laura has become a go-to industry voice for how focusing on our shared humanity is the key to leveraging the right systems and technology for our teams, clients and markets.

Together with her co-founder Samuel, they have scaled their business from a bedroom in their house, to growing into an iconic CBD premises with a high performance team in Dubbo in regional NSW. Innovation has been a hallmark of their growth, attracting many accolades along the way, including the Real Estate Institute of Australia National Awards for Excellence, Best Small Agency of the Year, in 2021.

Her background in government public housing gives her a unique insight into housing policy, and how real agencies can maximise opportunities to build value, while meaningfully contributing to their communities. For Laura and her team, it’s about understanding people’s housing needs at ‘pivotal moments in their lives’.

You’d be hard pressed to find a more curious mind than Laura a hardwired optimist and a solution hunter with more questions than a two-year-old. She’s cycled 500 km across Thailand for charity, championed mental health organisations, advocated for change in housing shortages and sustainable futures in regional areas.

Laura is a committee member of the REINSW Compass Chapter, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has been featured in real estate industry publications and media. She lives with her husband and two children in the growing regional city of Dubbo in NSW.

Session 2: Community Building

Skills of the Future:
Warwick Dawson
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Industry and Engagement, the University of Newcastle

Dr Mark Apthorpe
Electricity Infrastructure Jobs Advocate

Jacqui Masters
Senior Project Officer, Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP) Program, Training Services NSW, NSW Department of Education

John Allison
Head of Economic Development, Squadron Energy

Housing Solutions:
Brad Cam
Chair, Housing Plus

Murray Wood
CEO, Dubbo Regional Council

Cameron Crowley
North West Precinct Community

Laura Shooter
Managing Director, SJ Shooter Real Estate