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– Watch Parties –

Can’t be in Sydney? You don’t have to miss out.

What is a watch party?

It’s a bunch of people gathering in person together (in a pre-arranged meeting place) to watch parts of the conference – online and in real time. It includes conference viewing, food and great networking opportunities.

Are there advantages to my physically being in a ‘watch party’, instead of watching alone online at my own convenience?

While it’s certainly a personal decision and preference, you might see the following as great reasons to join a watch party in your area –

  • Because you’d welcome being able to discuss and network with others, in person.
  • Because some learnings might result in unexpected ideas for your region (one never knows), and wouldn’t it be great to bounce them around right then and there with your network?
  • Because where small groups gather, especially around ‘burning topics’, you’re bound to learn something new and interesting!

Who’s organising the watch parties?

A conference participant and their organisation can choose to ‘host’ a watch party. As such, anyone can organise one! Scroll down further below to find out how to be a ‘watch party host’. We anticipate that each watch party will include 10 – 20 people from different organisations in a region.

How do I know if a watch party is being organised in my area?

You can receive information, as soon as it becomes available, by expressing your interest on the registration page or by emailing


Register for the online event and on the conference registration page tick the box that says, ‘Yes, please send me information about an in-person watch party, if one becomes available in my regional district.’

You will be notified by email if and when watch parties do become available in your regional district, and we’ll link you directly with the watch party organiser.

Note that this is only relevant if you have selected the virtual attendee option.

Questions, or prefer to chat?

Please feel free to request a call by emailing

Thanks for your interest!

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.