Conference dinner

ACOSS Conference & HESTA Community Sector Awards Dinner

HESTA and ACOSS have joined forces again in 2016 to present the HESTA Community Sector Awards, celebrating the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations in the community service sector.

When: The awards will be held on the first evening of the conference, Thursday 17 November 2016, at 6.30pm

Where: Ivy Ballroom

                 Level 1, Ivy, 320 George Street

                 Sydney NSW 2000

                (02) 9240 3000

Dress code: Cocktail/after 5 wear

$85 each for Early Bird ACOSS conference attendees
$100 each for ACOSS conference attendees
$115 for general public

Concession pricing: ACOSS has worked with our sponsor HESTA to ensure that ticket prices do not prohibit people living on low incomes from participating in this event. Please contact ACOSS at to discuss this.

Register here for tickets

To nominate somebody for an award or more information go to


About 2015 Winners

The 2015 Unsung Hero Award winner, Maureen Crawford, was featured in HESTA’s recent national campaign to highlight the outstanding work of Award winners. Maureen founded Interchange in Victoria — the first respite care program to support children with a disability and their families. There are now 12 Interchange agencies across Victoria alongside agencies in South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland, support 4,000 children annually. You can find out more about Maureen and her story at

The 2015 Organisation Award was won by Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre, Western Australia, for its immersion-based, native language program for Indigenous children and young people. The organisation is revitalising the endangered native language with young children — through fun activities such as simple storytelling, songs, games, and arts and crafts that helps foster a sense of pride throughout the community.

Karen Barnett — of Port Phillip Housing Association in Victoria — won the 2015 Social Impact Award for her long-term commitment to providing affordable accommodation to low-income households and contributing to the development of local, state and national housing policies. Ms Barnett developed a profitable social housing business over 25 years that now has assets worth $300 million, employs 35 staff and manages 1,083 tenancies.

To nominate somebody for an award go to


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