Advancing the common good

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What is the ACOSS National Conference?


The ACOSS National Conference is the annual meeting place for the community sector to discuss the policy and practice needed to tackle poverty and inequality, and to build an inclusive society in Australia.

ACOSS has hosted an annual sector conference since 1960, creating an opportunity for key stakeholders across the social policy, service provision and welfare community to build a strong vision for the community sector and for social justice.

2015 ACOSS National Conference: Advancing the Common Good

The 2015 ACOSS National Conference theme is Advancing the Common Good. This theme has been selected to inform discussion about the way in which civil society can ensure policy reforms address ongoing poverty and rising inequality; and to open the conversation about how economic growth can be fair and inclusive for everyone.

The 2015 ACOSS Conference will cover a wide range of issues relating to poverty and inequality both in Australia and globally, including:

  • Economic reform;
  • Tax reform;
  • Workforce and economic participation;
  • Social security policy;
  • Access to affordable housing and utilities;
  • Improving health and education outcomes for disadvantaged people; and
  • Effective community service delivery.

Keynote speaker: Linda Tirado  
ACOSS with the support of Jobs Australia are delighted to announce Linda Tirado as the keynote speaker. Linda comes to us from the US, where she was attending college and working 2 jobs when she first published online an essay about the poverty trap in America. The essay went viral, and was then developed into a book called Hand to mouth: The truth about being poor in a wealthy world. To read the Sydney Morning Herald review of this book, click here. Linda now works as a new media activist and journalist, bringing together the experience of living in poverty and international perspectives on how living in poverty makes people feel. See more examples of her work such as this article published in The Guardian.

Location: This year’s conference will be held in Sydney at the Australian Technology Park, Redfern, on 25-26 June.

Registration: Registration is open now!

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2014 ACOSS National Conference

In 2014 the conference theme was Global problems, local solutions: Tackling inequality in Australia and beyond. With the G20 at our doorstep, the Conference program shone a light on the problem of growing inequality and solutions addressing the inequality challenge.

Hundreds of delegates joined ACOSS in Brisbane in June for the 2014 National Conference and the opportunity to discuss potential local solutions to the global challenge of growing inequality. To check out the 2014 conference click here for conference speeches, presentations, television and radio broadcast, blog posts and more.

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