A two-day forum to challenge, learn and develop the future of the Australian community sector

Join ACOSS and the Centre for Social Impact at this important event designed for not-for-profit leaders, policy experts, practitioners, government, business representatives, academics and researchers to engage in in-depth discussion, analysis and debate across key areas of social and economic research and policy in Australia.

What We Learnt

Day 1:  Australia’s Social Pulse presented by the Centre for Social Impact
Gain expert insights into the Australian community sector and a strong understanding of what resources are being invested, how social outcomes are changing and how different population groups are faring. More information.

Key learning outcomes:

  • Understand what resources we are investing into the social sector and where they are being invested.
  • Learn how social outcomes have changed over time across different Australian social domains.
  • Examine how different population groups are faring today; and
  • Explore how innovation, investment or policy changes may be required in the future

Day 2:  Towards a Universal Service Guarantee: reforming the federation to advance our common wealth and the common good presented by ACOSS. 

What are the basic, minimum services that everyone in Australia should be able to access? How do we pay for them and who is responsible for delivering them? In this highly interactive program, participants will examine a range of innovative ideas for reforms that improve access to, and the effectiveness of, social services and supports in Australia. More information.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Testing ideas for social and economic reform
  • Democratising the debate about Australia’s economic and social progress
  • Increasing the social sector’s engagement with the reform of Federation and its role in supporting strong, vibrant communities
  • Developing policy and advocacy strategy to improve the adequacy and effectiveness of Australia’s social safety net

Key Speakers

Dr John Hewson

Tax and Transfer Policy Institute

Dr Hewson is an economic and financial expert with experience in academia, business, government, media and the financial system. He has worked as an economist for the Australian Treasury, the Reserve Bank, the International Monetary Fund and as an advisor to two successive Federal Treasurers and...Read More

A/Prof Kristy Muir

Director of Research (Social Outcomes)
The Centre for Social Impact

Kristy Muir is the Research Director (Social Outcomes) at the Centre for Social Impact and an Associate Professor of Social Policy at the University of New South Wales. She works with for purpose organisations to help understand, measure and find innovative solutions to complex social problems....Read More

Anna Bligh


Anna Bligh was elected to the Parliament of Queensland, Australia in 1995. She became the first female Premier of the State in September 2007 and Australia’s first popularly elected female Premier when she won the 2009 Queensland State election in her own right. Ms Bligh served as Premier...Read More

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