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Below is a draft schedule of what is planned for the IFS Conference program. Please revisit this page for future updates and changes. 

OPENING

Time Program
4.00 - 7.00pm Conference Opening and Reception
  Official opening and welcome event for the Conference and its delegates to Sydney. The evening program will include:
  • Welcome to Country
  • Formal Speeches
  • Entertainment
  • Drinks and Finger Food

DAY 1

Time Program
8.00 - 9.00 REGISTRATION
9.00 - 9.30 Introduction to the Conference
  PLENARY SESSION 1: PEOPLE
9.30 - 10.10 Keynote 1: Social justice – what is the story so far, global trends, successes, current challenges
10.10 - 10.50 Keynote 2: Building communities from the inside out – global issues – local solutions
10.50 - 11.20 MORNING TEA
11.20 - 11.50 Lightening Presentations: Innovation community led initiatives from around the world
11.50 - 12.30 Panel Discussion: The Impact of Settlements and NC on local national and global issues – what have we learnt? what do we need to unpack? what are the skills we require?
12.30 - 1.30 LUNCH

BREAKOUT SESSIONS
1.30 - 2.30
Discussion Groups re Sustainable Development Goals – choose one Contributing to UN Conference Declaration
  • No Poverty
  • Zero Hunger
  • Good Health and Wellbeing
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Descent Work and Economic Growth
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Climate Change
  • Peace Justice and Strong Institutions
2.30 - 3.40 Concurrent Papers, Workshops and Panels – see call for papers
  • Poverty (employment opportunity, income security, food security)
  • Achieving Equity (Gender, First Nations People, Sexuality, Disability, Religion, Race)
  • Housing & homelessness
  • Refugees
  • First nation peoples – progress and challenges
  • Descent Work and Economic Growth
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Climate Change
  • Peace Justice and Strong Institutions
3.40 - 4.10 AFTERNOON TEA
4.10 - 5.00 Reflections and Recommendations
6.30 EVENING ACTIVITIES AROUND SYDNEY

DAY 2

Time Program
8.00 - 8.30 REGISTRATION
  PLENARY SESSION 2: POLICY and PRACTICE
8.30 - 9.15 Keynote 3: Practical Community Engagement Strategies
9.30 - 12.30 EXCURSIONS (Choose One)
  • Social Housing Redevelopment
  • Social enterprise/working with local businesses
  • Advocacy and Campaigns
  • Indigenous Issues
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Indigenous Walking Tour

OR

SEMINARS

9.30 - 10.45 (Choose One)

  1. Neighbourhood Centres as Vehicles for Social Change
  2. Surviving Complexity, Avoiding Burnout and Staying Relevant
  3. Advocacy, Technology and Social Justice Skills
  4. Strategic Partnerships that Create Change and Impact Policy
  5. Building Connections, Combating Loneliness

10.45 - 11.15 MORNING TEA

11.15 - 12.30 (Choose One)

  1. Neighbourhood Centres as Vehicles for Social Change
  2. Surviving Complexity, Avoiding Burnout and Staying Relevant
  3. Advocacy, Technology and Social Justice Skills
  4. Strategic Partnerships that Create Change and Impact Policy
  5. Building Connections, Combating Loneliness
12.30 - 1.30 LUNCH
  BREAKOUT SESSIONS
1.30 - 2.30
Discussion Groups re Sustainable Development Goals Contributing to UN Conference Declaration
  • No Poverty
  • Zero Hunger
  • Good Health and Wellbeing
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Climate Change
  • Peace Justice and Strong Institutions
2.30 - 3.40 Concurrent Papers, Workshops and Panels
  • Tackling systemic issues
  • Campaign skills
  • Mind your arts – creativity engagement
  • Mental health and Suicide prevention
  • Domestic and Family violence
  • Natural resources and climate crisis
  • Our failing justice system
  • Dealing with conflicting values and evolving society norms
3.40 - 4.10 AFTERNOON TEA
4.10 - 5.00 Keynote 4: How do we ensure influence on social policy – Speak truth to power effectively and credibly
6.30 - 10.30 CONFERENCE DINNER

DAY 3

Time Program
7.30 - 8.00 REGISTRATION
8.00 - 9.00 IFS Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  PLENARY SESSION 3: POSSIBILITIES
9.00 - 9.10 Reflections
9.10 - 9.50 Keynote 5: The cost and value of social justice 
9.50 - 10.30 Panel Discussion: First Nations Issues
10.30 - 11.00 MORNING TEA
  BREAKOUT SESSIONS
11.30 - 12.30
 Papers, Workshop Panels, etc
  • Sustaining the call to Action
  • Taking Risks in a Risk adverse society
  • UN goals in local context
  • Building Sector resilience
  • New ideas for old challenges
  • Crisis response
  • Effective leadership (locally/ globally)
  • Rebuilding trust in our Institutions
12.30 - 1.30 LUNCH
1.30 - 2.15 Keynote 6: What are the possibilities ahead?
2.15 - 3.30 Declaration and Closing Remarks
3.30 Finish