About this event

The 2016 ACOSS National Conference provides the perfect opportunity for community sector CEOs and senior level representatives,  community leaders, senior government officials, business leaders, researchers, social entrepreneurs, grassroots advocates, campaigners – indeed, anyone with an interest in social justice and public policy – to discuss the policy and practice needed to address poverty and inequality in Australia.

The ACOSS National Conference follows a unique format. We avoid traditional plenary addresses and instead all sessions take the form of a facilitated conversation between a dynamic panel of thought leaders and the ACOSS conference attendees. We engage expert facilitators to help power the discussion. Live conference streaming, an interactive conference app, and a live Twitter feed ensures that the conversation extends beyond the physical space and engages thousands of civil society contributors across Australia.

The 2016 conference program includes keynotes from Burkhard Gnarig, the Executive Director of the International Centre for Civil Society (via webcast) and from Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission. Issues at the forefront of current debate, such as the ability of community sector organisations to adapt to the current political and economic environment; competition policy in human services; the benefits (or otherwise) of introducing a basic income in Australia; the role of education and health in social and economic inequality; and the consequences of telling truth in today’s society. Our lineup of speakers is superb. Media speakers include Peter Martin, Amy Corderoy, Helen Vatsikopoulos, Lenore Taylor and Linton Besser; sector speakers include Alan Kirkland, Owen Bennett, Gerard Brody, and Stephanie Gotlib; other notable speakers include Verity Firth, Duncan Storrar and Erwin Jackson. Find out more about the program here and about the speakers here.

The Australian Council of Social Service is the peak organisation for community and social services in Australia and the voice for people experiencing poverty and inequality. ACOSS has a national reputation for effective and influential advocacy on issues affecting people experiencing poverty and inequality. We develop and promote socially and economically responsible public policy and action by government. ACOSS’s national membership exceeds 300 organisations including Australia’s major charities and not-for-profit community organisations, as well as hundreds of individual members nationally. Visit our website for more info. www.acoss.org.au