Full Conference Program

Below is a draft schedule of what is planned for the IFS Conference program. Please revisit this page for future updates and changes. All dates and times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

DAY 1 - Monday, 13th September (08.30 - 19.30) in-Person
8.30 - 9.30 Registration & Networking
9.30 - 12.30

Masterclasses

Participate in 1 of 4 Masterclass Sessions (selected during registration):

  1. Tackling the Housing Crisis
  2. Stories from the Frontline
  3. Susainable Cities and Communities for All
  4. Self-determination and Aboriginal Leadership
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch Break
13.30 - 16.30

Excursion Tours

Join 1 of 4 buses for an excursion to visit local Sydney Neighbourhood and Community Centres.

17.30 - 19.30

Opening Ceremony

  • Arrival & Networking (Drinks & Canapés)
  • Official Welcome
  • Guest Speakers
  • Entertainment
  • Drinks & Finger Food
DAY 2 - Tuesday, 14th September (08.00 - 16.00) in-Person & Virtual
8.00 - 9.00 Registration & Networking (Aerial Function Centre, UTS)
9.00 - 10.00

Plenary Session

  • Introduction & Welcome to Country
  • Guest Speaker
  • Keynote Speaker: Social Justice - Our Journey So Far
10.30 - 10.30 Morning Tea
10.30 - 12.00

Plenary Session

  • Keynote Speaker: Stan Grant - "Social Justice - Global Issues and Local Solutions"
  • First Nations Panel Discussion: Progress and Possibilities
12.00 - 13.00 Lunch
13.00 - 14.30

Plenary Session

  • Ted Talk: Bringing Your Passion to the Social Justice Fight
  • Panel Discussion: Neighbourhood Centres as a Vehicle for Social Change
  • Interview: Gender Justice
14.30 - 15.00 Afternoon Tea
15.00 - 15.45

Plenary Session

  • Keynote Speaker: The Road Ahead
15.45 - 16.00 Reflection & Wrap Up
DAY 3 - Wednesday, 15th September (12.30 - 16.30) Virtual
Topic/Purpose: Community development, social justice & building trust (Neighbourhood Centres as social infrastructure)
12.30 - 13.15

Plenary Session

  • Introduction
  • Kenote Speaker: Eva Cox - Regaining Trust
13.15 - 14.00

Concurrent Sessions

Participate in 1 of 4 Presentations/Workshops

  1. Presentation/Workshop
  2. Presentation/Workshop
  3. Presentation/Workshop
  4. Presentation/Workshop
14.00 - 14.15 Break
14.15 - 15.00

Plenary Session

  • Introduction
  • Keynote Speaker
15.00 - 16.15

Concurrent Sessions

Participate in 1 of 4 Presentations/Workshops

  1. Presentation/Workshop
  2. Presentation/Workshop
  3. Presentation/Workshop
  4. Presentation/Workshop 
16.15 - 16.30 Reflection & Wrap Up
DAY 3 - Wednesday, 15th September (18.00 - 20.00) Virtual
Topic/Purpose: Community development, social justice & building trust (Neighbourhood Centres as social infrastructure)
18.00 - 18.45

Panel Discussion

  • Gender Equity
  • Refugee Rights
  • Rights of Persons with Disabilities
18.45 - 19.00 Break
19.00 - 19.45

Concurrent Sessions

Participate in 1 of 4 Discussions

  1. Discussion: Documentary Film
  2. Discussion: Documentary Film
  3. Discussion: Documentary Film
  4. Discussion: Documentary Film
19.45 - 20.00 Reflection & Wrap Up
DAY 3 - Wednesday, 15th September (22.00 - 02.00) Virtual
Topic/Purpose: Community-led practice (Neighbourhood Centres as grassroots organisations)
22.00 - 22.45

Plenary Session

  • Keynote Speaker: Jim Diers
  • Topic: Rebuilding Communities from the Inside Out
22.45 - 23.30

Concurrent Sessions

Participate in 1 of 4 Workshops on Community-led Practice

  1. Workshop
  2. Workshop
  3. Workshop
  4. Workshop
23.30 - 23.45 Break
23.45 - 00.30

Plenary Session

  • Introduction
  • Keynote Speaker
00.30 - 01.45

Concurrent Sessions

Participate in 1 of 4 Presentations/Workshops

  1. Presentation/Workshop
  2. Presentation/Workshop
  3. Presentation/Workshop
  4. Presentation/Workshop 
01.45 - 02.00 Reflection & Wrap Up
DAY 4 - Thursday, 16th September (07.00 - 11.00) Virtual
Topic/Purpose: Neighbourhood Centres as a vehicle for social change
07.00 - 07.45

Plenary Session

07.45 - 08.30

Concurrent Sessions

Participate in 1 of 4 Presentations/Workshops

  1. Presentation/Workshop
  2. Presentation/Workshop
  3. Presentation/Workshop
  4. Presentation/Workshop
08.30 - 08.45 Break
08.45 - 9.15

Plenary Session

  • Open Mic: Collection Discussion
  • Topic: Developing local solutions for global impact
09.15 - 09.30 Break
09.30 - 10.45

Concurrent Sessions

Participate in 1 of 4 Presentations/Workshops

  1. Presentation/Workshop
  2. Presentation/Workshop
  3. Presentation/Workshop
  4. Presentation/Workshop
10.45 - 11.00 Reflection & Wrap Up
DAY 4 - Thursday, 16th September (12.30 - 16.30) Virtual
Topic/Purpose: Climate change and disaster management
12.30 - 14.15

Plenary Session

  • Introduction
  • Panel Discussion: Tackling Social Isolation/Loneliness at the Frontline - The affect of disasters on community connection
  • Item: Poetry Slam
  • Keynote Speaker (Q&A): Staying on Fire in Burnout World (Leadership and Community Engagement during Disasters)
14.15 - 14.30 Break
14.30 - 16.00

Concurrent Sessions

Participate in 1 of 4 Presentations/Workshops

  1. Presentation/Workshop
  2. Presentation/Workshop
  3. Presentation/Workshop
  4. Presentation/Workshop
16.00 - 16.15 Break
16.15 - 16.30 Reflection & Wrap Up
DAY 4 - Thursday, 16th September (18.00 - 20.00) Virtual
Topic/Purpose: Political purpose and consequences
18.00 - 18.30

Plenary Session

  • Introduction
  • Keynote Speaker Q&A
18.30 - 19.30 Panel Discussion: You can't ask that - Political Hour
19.30 - 19.45 Entertainment
19.45 - 20.00 Reflection & Wrap Up
DAY 4 - Thursday, 16th September (22.00 - 02.00) Virtual
Topic/Purpose: Social and Economic Development
22.00 - 22.45

Plenary Session

22.45 - 23.45

Concurrent Sessions

Participate in 1 of 4 Presentations/Workshops

  1. Presentation/Workshop
  2. Presentation/Workshop
  3. Presentation/Workshop
  4. Presentation/Workshop
23.45 - 24.00 Break
24.00 - 01.30

Plenary Session

  • Keynote Speaker
  • Panel Discussion
  • Lightening Debate
  • Guest Speaker
01.30 - 01.45 Reflection & Wrap Up
01.45 - 02.00 Break
02.00 - 03.30 Entertainment: Trivia in the Pub
DAY 5 - Friday, 17th September (08.00 - 12.00) Virtual
Topic/Purpose: Final Plenary and close
08.00 - 10.00

Plenary Session

  • Introduction
  • IFS AGM
  • UN Declaration
10.00 - 10.15 Break
10.15 - 10.45

Plenary Session

  • Presentation: Community Members Showcase
  • Keynote Speaker: Q&A 
11.30 - 11.45 Entertainment
11.45 - 12.00 Reflection & Wrap Up
12.00 Finish