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)