ACOSS Conference 2012

Sharing the wealth of the Lucky Country

Day 1 – March 29

Session 1

Message from ACOSS

Simon Schrapel, ACOSS President

Opening Address

The Hon. Wayne Swan – Treasurer

Message from the National Congree of Australia’s First Peoples

Jody Broun – Co-chair of the National Congress

Poverty and Inequality: How to protect our social safety net in an age of uncertainty

Professor Peter Whiteford – Acting Director, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW

Beth Goldblatt – Visiting Fellow, Australian Human Rights Centre, UNSW

Session 2 – Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Keeping your head above water: inequality in living costs

Gavin Dufty – Manager of Policy & Research, St Vincent de Paul Society

Melissa Wong and Peter Saunders – Social Policy Research Cente, UNSW

Child and Family Welfare Policy: past, present & future

Terese Edwards – ACOSS Board Member and CEO, National Council for Single Mothers and their Children

Anne Hollonds – CEO, Benevolent Society

Richard Weston, CEO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation

Changing the way we work: a breifing on current reforms in the not-for-profit sector

Michael Pegg – Manager, Community Sector Industrial Relations, Jobs Australia

David Locke – Chief Adviser, ACNC Implementation Taskforce

Session 3

Tackling the challenge of rising housing costs and homelessness

The Hon Brendan O’Connor, MP – Minister for Housing and Homelessness

Greg Cash – Director, Market Innovation and Partnership, Department of Housing WA

Sarah Toohey – Campaign Manager, Australians for Affordable Housing

Judith Yates – Honorary Associate Professor, School of Economics, University of Sydney

Session 4

Young Leaders – New Direction

* Listen to interview with Lauren Jew, Giancarlo de Vera and Maia Giordano on Life Matters

Day 2 – March 30

Session 1

Including the Excluded in Australia’s Jobs Market

Paul Cain – Director of Research and Strategy, National Council on Intellectual Disability

Keynote Address

Senator the Hon Kim Carr – Minister for Human Services

Session 2 – Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Healthy Lives, Healthy Communities

Dr Jenny May – Practising GP and Rural GP Academic, University Department of Rural Health/Rural Clinical School, University of Newcastle & Immediate Past Chair, National Rural Health Alliance

Professor Diana O’Halloran – Conjoint Professor, Department of General Practice, UWS

Exploring New Frontiers in Social Service

Sue Grigg – J2SI Project Manager, Sacred Heart Mission

Chris Connolly -Researcher and Author, Visiting Fellow, UNSW

Robert Morsillo – Research Fellow, Swinburne Insititute

Session 3

Supporting Disability in to the future

Therese Sands – Executive Director, Leadership Team, People With Disability Australia

Session 4

Imagining Australia in 2030

Panelists included:
Eva Cox -Research Fellow, Jumbunna House of Learning, University of Technology, Sydney;
Rebecca Huntley – Director, Ipsos Mackay Report;
Adam Bandt – Greens MP and the Federal Member for Melbourne;
George Megalogenis – Senior political journalist for The Australian;
Annabel Crabb – Political editor ABC online;
Moderator James Valentine – ABC local radio presenter, Sydney

Listen to edited version aired on ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas Program