Call for Presenters

The IFS Conference Call for Presenters is now closed.

Call for Speakers

Delegate presentations and input aims to foster renewed thinking and dialogue about our sectors role in a complex world, gaining insight into social justice challenges and how we can proactively respond to these in our practice and advocacy at the local, national and international level. The Conference will be a journey that takes us from current good practice on local community issues to what the possibilities are for global advocacy and partnerships that further our fight for social justice.

The general focus for all presentations will be how the topic, social justice issue, practice or research being presented contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Suggested Topics

  • Reducing poverty
  • Achieving equity
  • Embracing quality education and lifelong learning
  • Achieving health & wellbeing
  • Achieving self-determination and tackling inequality
  • Building place & belonging
  • Building democracy
  • Tackling the effects of climate change locally
  • Neighbourhood centres serving as vehicle for social change
  • Surviving complexity, avoiding burn out & staying relevant
  • Advocacy, technology and social justice skills
  • Strategic partnerships that create change and impact policy
  • Dealing with conflicting values and evolving society norms
  • Measuring success and building evidence base
  • Tackling systemic issues
  • Campaign skills
  • Mind your arts – creativity engagement
  • The role of community development in service delivery
  • Effective community leadership in times of political uncertainty
  • Sustaining the call to action
  • Creating sustainable models for community-led change
  • Rebuilding trust in public institutions
  • Partnering with global networks and international movements to influence policy discourse of social justice issues
  • New ideas for 21st century social justice challenges

Please Note: The suggested topics above are not prescriptive. We encourage applicants to think beyond the list provided or to make connections between topics as they apply to your proposal.

Format Options

Presentation opportunities can take a number of formats:

  • Lightening Presentations
  • Paper Format
  • Workshop Format
  • Panels/Interview Format
  • Yarning Circles
  • Documentary Film and Discussion
  • Creative Piece (performance, video, artwork)
  • Cultural/Arts Activity

Submission Guidelines

Please read and/or download the Appendices which contain information about:

  • Review Criteria
  • Suggested Topics
  • Possible Presentation Formats
  • Terms & Conditions


Applications Now Closed


Abstract Submissions closed on 28 February 2020.

Our thanks to everyone who expressed their interest to present at this year's IFS Conference in Sydney.  All Applicants will be informed of decisions on or before Wednesday 18 March 2020.

If you have any questions regarding the Call for Presenters, email

Note: The acceptance of a presentation does not imply provision of travel, accommodation or registration for the Conference. Costs associated with preparation or presentation, and any costs associated with attendance at the Conference are the responsibility of the presenter(s). If a presentation is selected, the presenter(s) will be required to register as a delegate for the full conference or single day at a discounted rate of 10% (Selected presenters will be given a discount code to use when registering for the conference).

Thank you in advance for your interest and input into making this Conference a success. This is a great opportunity for showcasing the value of Settlements and Neighbourhood Centres, building our networks and sharing our skills and knowledge.