About this event

The ACOSS National Conference 2019

National Convention Centre Canberra

26-27 November 2019 

The 2019 conference theme is: Harnessing Community for Effective Action, and is about exploring the ways in which the power of community can be harnessed to drive systemic change at the local and national level.

Through the conference theme, we will consider a number of cross cutting questions, such as:

  • How do we harness the power of local community action to influence national policy debates?
  • How do we bridge the divide between urban and rural communities to deliver better policy outcomes for all?
  • How can we talk about poverty to win hearts and minds to solve it?

This theme will be interwoven through the conference keynotes, master classes, policy forums and workshops, allowing attendees to explore: how to communicate more effectively about poverty and inequality; the power of local community action in shaping national policy debates; the good, the bad and the ugly uses of data in our sector; alternative funding streams, including philanthropy and partnerships; and the fundamentals of successful strategic campaigning.

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.

Harnessing Community for Effective Action is about working better, together.

Please download the digital Conference Program, here.

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.