ACOSS National Conference
The ACOSS National Conference is the premier community sector event bringing together key decision makers, practitioners, researchers and the people at the front line of social policy and services.
The ACOSS annual conference is a well-attended event, with over 500 people attending in recent years. Conference participants come from a broad cross section of community and welfare organisations, state and federal government departments, tertiary institutions, business, unions and individuals with an interest in community issues and social justice.
When: 11th and 12th June
Where: Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre
How much: TBC
In 2014 the conference will present the latest ideas and directions on social policy in Australia. The program will feature international guest speakers and Australian leaders to illuminate ideas and actions on addressing poverty and disadvantage. Excitingly, in 2014 the ACOSS Conference will feature the work of the Australian Civil Society 20 (C20) and explore opportunities for the community sector to engage with the G20 agenda for Inclusive Growth during the Australian G20 presidency. Other topics to be discussed include the government’s plans for economic reform, tax reform and the commission of audit, the impacts of inequality in Australia, strengthening civil society, welfare reform, workforce and economic participation, costs of living and access ot afforable utilities, improving health and education outcomes for disadvantaged Australians and effective community service delivery. Sessions will share expertise from the unique work of ACOSS and our national network.
In 2014, for the first time, the ACOSS Conference program will include a stream of workshops. Workshops will provide delegates with hands on opportunities to develop skills that are crucial to our sector in areas such as embracing new technology, advocacy with impact and organisational energy efficiency. More information about the workshops will be available soon.
For more information or to register visit the conference website at http://conference.acoss.org.au/
For information on how your organisation might be involved in sponsorship, or as exhibitor, please contact ACOSS Events Officer Louise Stanley; (02) 9310 6200 email@example.com
Details of past conferences:
2013: Community: The Heart of the Economy
25-26 March | Sydney
In 2013, with both the Federal Budget and election to follow, the ACOSS National conference provided an opportunity to discuss the latest ideas and directions on policy and practice affecting people experiencing poverty and inequality and those who work with them.
2012: Sharing the Wealth of the Lucky Country
29-30 March | Sydney
At a time when Australians' material wealth has been booming, the 2012 ACOSS National Conference provided a forum for a diverse range of people to discuss the policy and practice which will put equality in Australia at the forefront of public debate.
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2011: Challenging Inequality! Social action in an ever changing world
29-30 March | Melbourne
Whilst inequality remains an enduring feature of Australian society, changes across a range of social, economic and political domains have challenged the ways in which we theorise, talk about, and act on the dimensions of inequality. This year's event assembled a diverse line-up of speakers to discuss inequality and social action in contemporary Australia.
2010: A Vote for Equity
25-26 March | Canberra
In an election year, this conference examined key areas of social policy, community sector services, and the needs of social service clients and their communities.
Taking steps for a fair go for all - social inclusion policies and practices
9-10 April 2008 | Melbourne
Australia Fair: Taking steps towards a fair go for all Australians
22-23 November 2009 | Adelaide
Australia Fair: Advance or Retreat. Celebrating 50 years of the Australian Council of Social Service
23-24 November 2006 | Sydney
Re-imagining Australian Society - visions and solutions
10-11 November 2005 | Brisbane
From the Margins to the Centre
28-29 October 2004 | Alice Springs
Piecing it Together : Equity, Empowerment and Change
13-14 November 2003 | Canberra
A Fair and Inclusive Australia
27-29 November 2002 | Hobart
Leaping the Chasm | 25-26 October 2001