Wednesday 20 June


7:30am  Registration Open
9:00-9:30am  Official Opening and Welcome to Country
9:30-10:15am  The Footy Lady’s Trailblazing Story
 Susan Alberti AC
10:15-10:45am  The Ethics of Volunteering
 Mark Crosweller, Director-General of Emergency Management Australia
10:45-11:15am  Morning Break & Exhibition

Volunteer Risk Management

Brett Holland
Gavin Deadman
Aon Australia
Amy Williams & Geraldine Menere
Justice Connect


Andrea Watkins
NSW Alliance for People
Seeking Asylum
Frances Rush
Asylum Seekers Centre
Reeve Koelmeyer
Refugee Advice & Caseword Service
Brianna Casey


Event Volunteering

Patrick Kidd OBE
Invictus Games
Mohammad Al-Khafaji
Welcome to Australia
Brendan Lynch
Exsport & Commonwealth Games

Volunteering Support Services Workshop

Rob Jackson
Rob Jackson Consulting

Emergency Management Opening Address


Andrew Coghlan
Australian Red Cross

Attraction, Support and Retention of Emergency Sector Volunteers


Dr Judy Esmond
University of Western Australia

12:45-1:45pm  Lunch & Exhibition

Volunteer Rights

Amy Williams & Mae Tanner
Justice Connect

Starting a Movement

Natalie Isaacs
1 Million Women
Alison Gibbins
Amnesty International Australia
Sally Rugg

Volunteering in Education

Kylee Bates
Ardoch Youth Foundation
Heidi Unferdorben &
Daniella Nofi
Department for Education, SA
Ruth Tofler-Riesel
Kids Giving Back

Volunteering Support Services Workshop

Rob Jackson
Rob Jackson Consulting

Emergency Management Sector Volunteering in 2030


Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre

Emergency Management Discussion Session


General Discussion

3:15-3:30pm  Afternoon Break & Exhibition
3:30-4:45pm  National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

 The Role of Charities in Advocacy

 David Crosbie, Community Council for Australia
 Cassandra Goldie, Australian Council of Social Service
 Gemma Borgo-Caratti, Australian Youth Climate Coalition
 Professor David Hayward, RMIT

4:45-5:00pm  Closing Address
5:00-6:30pm  SEEK Volunteer Welcome Reception

Thursday 21 June

7:30am  Registration Open
9:00-10:00am  Impact 2030: The UN Sustainable Development Goals as a Key Strategy for Nation-Building
 Chris Jarvis & Angela Parker, Realized Worth
10:00-10:30am  Morning Break & Exhibition

 Leadership – Volunteering  and the SDGs

 Dr Peter Devereux
 Curtin University
 Paul Bird
Australian Volunteers International
 Volunteering Australia &   State/Territory Volunteering   Peak Body CEOs

Knowledge – Research for Impact

Djurre Holtrop
University of Western Australia
Dr Jayne Meyer Tucker

Innovation – Engaging Diverse Groups

Michael Tawadros
Access Community Services
Koonie Karinsen
AMES Australia
Rachael Bowker
Volunteering SA&NT

Professionalising Volunteer Management

Kate White
Adept Volunteering
Gilda Davies
Volunteering WA
Huia McGlinchey
The Smith Family
Jennifer Pidgeon
Jenny Loveridge
Cancer Council WA

Young Volunteers Forum


A presentation by young people on volunteering in the emergency management sector

12:00-1:00pm  Lunch & Exhibition

Leadership – Change Management

Alison McLeod
ACT Parks & Conservation Service
Penny York
Dr Neryl East

Knowledge – Research for Impact

Dr Debbie Haski-Leventhal
Macquarie University
Dr Kirsten Holmes
Curtin University
Dr Melanie Oppenheimer
Flinders University
Dr Megan Paull
Murdoch University

Innovation – Volunteer Management Technology

Robert Solomon
Volunteering WA
Tina Williams
Volunteering WA
Toni Manning
PIRSA Fisheries & Aquaculture

The Future of Volunteering

Ang Cuy
YMCA Victoria
James Toomey
Mission Australia
Amos Washington
Youth Representative to the United Nations

Enhancing Community Resilience Through Planning For and Supporting Spontaneous Volunteers


Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience

Introduction to the AIDR Knowledge Hub


A Valuable Emergency Management Research Tool & Disaster Resilience Knowledge Resource


2:30-2:45pm  Afternoon Break & Exhibition
2:45-3:00pm  International Association for Volunteer Effort

 Where does the sector go from here?



 Resourcing the Sector

 Sarah Davies, Philanthropy Australia
 George Liacos, Spark Strategy
 Alison Lai, Volunteering Tasmania
 Peter Gordon, Hands Across Canberra

 Breakout session followed by   Open Forum
4:00-4:15pm  Closing Address
6:30-11:00pm  Gala Dinner, Dockside Darling Harbour

Friday 22 June


8:00am  Registration Open

 Volunteering in the Gig Economy

 Dr Megan Paull, Murdoch University
 Andrew Apostola, Portable
 Alexandra Gartmann, Rural Bank
 Sarah Wilson, Volunteering & Contact ACT

10:00-10:30am  The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Social Services
 The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Shadow Minister for Charities & Not-for-Profits
10:30-11:00am  Morning Break & Exhibition

Employee Volunteering Masterclass

Angela Parker and Chris Jarvis – Realized Worth

Public Relations Masterclass

Catherine McGrath

Social Impact Measurement Masterclass


1:00-2:00pm  Lunch & Exhibition
2:00-2:15pm  Senator Louise Pratt, Shadow Assistant Minister for Families & Communities
2:15-2:45pm  Celebrity Panel – to be announced soon!
2:45-3:00pm  Closing Address

Please note that the Program is subject to change.