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– Huge Thanks –

Huge thanks to all conference participants (both in-person and online), speakers and panellists, and sector partners who continue to work towards providing real ‘Vision, Voice, Value’ within the NSW community sector.

Here’s what some of you said about the conference –

  • Excellent and found it extremely valuable to connect with other services from across the state again in person.
  • This was such a deep uplifting experience.
  • Venue- spot on, dinner- amazing. Smaller breaks worked well as did panel style discussions. Absolutely fantastic conference for reenergising the sector.
  • The quality of the panellists was outstanding.
  • Loved the playback theatre. They embodied the conference outcomes so well.

Missed the conference, or keen to revisit? Session recordings are now available on the conference PROGRAM page.

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Check out the conference highlight reels below. See you at next NCOSS event!

– Highlights of the event –

 – Welcome –

After a tumultuous few years we are excited to bring you the 2022 Vision, Voice, Value conference to recognise the vital role the social services sector has played in ‘getting us through’. It will be an opportunity to reflect on our successes; and consider how we can capitalise on our growing visibility as essential service providers – and our position as the largest growth industry in the state – to overcome the challenges that the events of the last few years have heightened. We will hear from big picture thinkers, sector leaders and frontline voices.

Leveraging the sector’s collective wisdom we will take stock of what we have achieved, what lies ahead and what is needed for the future.

This face-to-face and on-line conference will allow people from across NSW to share their knowledge and lived experiences, particularly in the aftermath of fire, floods and COVID-19. And to grasp the opportunity to identify barriers and solutions to support real change. Attendees will actively engage with each other and in thought-provoking discussions at this inspiring and insightful event.

17 - 18 October 2022

Monday & Tuesday

Rebel Theatre

at Australian Theatre for Young People
Eora Country, Pier 2/3, 13A Hickson Rd, Dawes Point NSW

– Who should attend –

The conference is FREE and for staff of not-for-profit organisations who operate in NSW with annual revenue of under $5 million.

We’d particularly love for you to join us if you’re –

  • an Aboriginal Controlled Community Organisation (ACCO); and/or
  • located in a regional or remote area; and/or
  • a small organisation who receives the majority of their income from the NSW Government

This is an in-person event in Sydney for no more than 180 participants. Online options and regional ‘watch parties’ are currently being planned, too!

Acknowledgment of ‘One Step of Many More’ artwork

The background of this year’s conference banner is part of the design that was specially created for NCOSS’ Reconciliation Action Plan by Wandi Wandian artist Karlie Stewart, from Yuin Country on the South Coast of New South Wales. You can read more about Karlie and her artwork, ‘One Step of Many More’, in the NCOSS Reconciliation Action Plan.

– Keynote Speakers –

MC – Dee Madigan

Dee Madigan is a well-known panellist on Gruen, a creative Director with a strong background in social and political marketing, and a board member of Australians for Mental Health and Per Capita Australia.

Cathy McGowan

Cathy came to national attention when she won the seat of Indi as an independent in 2013. During her time as a politician, Cathy actively worked in Parliament to develop policy around regional development, constitutional change for first nations people and a solution to the indefinite detention of asylum seekers.

Dr Angela Jackson

Dr Angela Jackson is the lead economist at Impact Economics and Policy and has expertise in distributional analysis, labour markets, disability, health, gender, housing and fiscal policy.

Naomi Moran

Naomi Moran is a Nyangbal, Arakwal and Dunghutti woman from New South Wales, and is the General Manager of Australia’s only independent Indigenous newspaper, the Koori Mail – and, chairperson of First Nations Media Australia, the peak body for Indigenous media. 

Dr Richard Denniss

Dr Richard Denniss is a prominent Australian economist, author and public policy commentator. Richard was described by Mark Kenny in the Sydney Morning Herald as “a constant thorn in the side of politicians on both sides due to his habit of skewering dodgy economic justifications for policy”.

Dinner MC – Jennifer Wong

Jennifer Wong is a Chinese Australian, writer, comedian, and MC.

As a food enthusiast with a love of wordplay, she’s the presenter of Chopsticks or Fork?, a six-part ABC series on Chinese restaurants in regional Australia.

This conference is hosted by the NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) and is supported by funding from the NSW government under the Social Sector Transformation Fund (SSTF) 2021-2022 grant program. NCOSS also gratefully acknowledges the support of HESTA Super Fund.