Social Cohesion and Inclusion National Conference

The conference will explore the settings, approaches, methods and experiences that will guide our country to foster greater social cohesion and inclusion into the future. Those who are deeply thinking about the progress of our country are encouraged to come together to deliberate, share ideas and reflect on action.

Presenters who are at the forefront of thinking and experience will share insights from which all can benefit to shape further action and refine current endeavours. Ample time has been allocated to enable interaction between the audience and presenters during Q&A.

All those attending the conference will be encouraged to actively participate and offer their contributions during intimate roundtable discussions as part of the program.


Hugh Mackay AO – Social Researcher and Author

Anthea Hancocks – CEO, Scanlon Foundation

Speakers and Panelists Include

Dr. Brian Adams – Director, Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University

Prof Asmi Wood – Interim Director, National Centre for Indigenous Studies, ANU

Prof Monica Attard – Professor & Head of Journalism, UTS

Noel Debien – ABC Radio National, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Ruha Fifita – Auxiliary Board Member, Baha’i Community Queensland

Dr. Ansuya Naguran – Community Development Evaluation Officer, STARTTS

Dr. Usha Rodrigues – Senior Lecturer in Communication, Deakin University

May Sabet – Co-founder & Director, Twende Theatre

Klaus Veil – Vice President, Neighbourhood Connect

Will Wrathall – ‘Big Ideas Forum’, Northern Beaches Council


​8:00 am Registration Desk Opens and Welcome Refreshments​

9:00 am Conference Opening & Acknowledgment of Country

Building A Culture of Compassion – Hugh Mackay AO, Social Researcher and Author

Vision for Social Cohesion in Australia – Anthea Hancocks, CEO Scanlon Foundation

Enriching the Social Cohesion Conversation with Indigenous Values and Ethics

Importance of Dialogue Spaces – Brian Adams, Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University

Creating An Inclusive Narrative – Roundtable Dialogues

The Role of Media in Strengthening Social Cohesion – Panel

Vital Insights from Grassroots Initiatives – Panel

5:00 pm Conference Closes


(We do not want registration fees to be a barrier to your attendance at this important event. Please contact the organiser below if you require support)


2019 ACOSS National Conference

The 2019 ACOSS National Conference will provide a deep dive into the latest research and developments in economic and public policy, with a focus on poverty and inequality in Australia through a series of interactive plenary sessions.

The conference offers attendees the opportunity to participate in key learning and development opportunities, to be a part of an important knowledge exchange as well as the opportunity to network with representatives from the sector, government and business with shared interests.

The ACOSS National Conference has been a key event for civil society in Australia for over six decades.

Each year hundreds of thought leaders, policy makers, political leaders, social innovators, practitioners, academics, campaigners, community leaders and social justice advocates come together to engage in collective public policy analysis, discussion and debate; identifying challenges and strategizing solutions with the view to address poverty and inequality and enhance social cohesion in Australia.

The event follows a unique interactive format designed to ensure maximum participation by conference delegates in and out of the room.

We engage expert facilitators to ensure a meaningful two-way dialogue occurs between panellists and delegates and minimise keynote addresses.

The ACOSS Conference also attracts a range of high profile national and international speakers including the leaders of all major political parties.

Live conference streaming, a conference app and Twitter feed ensure the conversation extends beyond the physical space and engages thousands of civil society contributors across Australia.

AASW Conference 2019: Challenging Inequality: Working together for a just society

Now is the time to challenge inequality. This is the pre-eminent professional development event for individuals in the health, advocacy and social services sectors.

Over two days, the AASW Conference 2019 will feature high quality speakers, forums for discussion and presentations on key issues impacting vulnerable members of our community and the current policy and service system environments.

Topics will include poverty and social disadvantage, climate change and sustainability, human rights, Reconciliation, LGBTIQ rights, mental health, disability, family violence, trauma and abuse, children and youth, aged care, refugees and people seeking asylum, substance misuse and dependence and housing.

Attracting over 600 delegates from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region, this event will give attendees an opportunity to exchange information on the latest research, discuss current challenges and trends in service delivery, network and gain peer knowledge from leading experts on complex challenges intrinsic to the community, health, aged care and other sectors involved in addressing inequality.


National CLC Conference: Power, Purpose, Possibilities

We are at a tipping point.  We must take action to address economic inequality and ecological crisis. Economic inequality is increasing. We work in a political and economic system that punishes those in our communities who already experience the most disadvantage and discrimination, incarcerates our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and disempowers the most vulnerable. The gap is widening between the haves and have nots. We are experiencing an ecological crisis. Climate change – heat, bushfires, drought, wild winds and floods, rising sea levels – threatens the existence of all life on our planet.

We want to build a fairer society, where all people are able to live freely and with dignity and are able to access to the services and support they need. We want public interests to be prioritised over private interests. We want social justice. We want climate and ecological justice. We want justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This tipping point offers us an opportunity to debate political and ethical questions and to develop strategies for systemic change.

At the 2019 National Community Legal Centres Conference Power, Purpose, Possibilities we will be considering these hot topics:

  • What do social, political and environmental pressures mean for our communities and our clients?
  • What impact does the growing inequality and climate crisis have on the kinds of legal issues our communities experience?
  • Where does the community legal sector fit within wider movements for social justice and climate justice?
  • How do we stay hopeful, healthy and resilient?

Plug into interactive workshops and inspiring presentations. Together we will find a way to re-energise our sense of justice, fairness and equity and, perhaps most importantly, our sense of hope.

People acting collectively has always been a source of unbridled power, and this year’s Conference is the platform to light the fuse!


Disrupting the housing market