Wednesday 4 March


Attendance on this day is only required if:

  • you are enrolled in the master class (12pm)

  • you have an accommodation package (check-in from 2pm)

Master class: Bridges Out of Poverty

Presented by: Nairn Walker, Social Solutions
Room: Heritage Ballroom

Discover how economic class affects behaviours and mindsets, the hidden rules of generational poverty, and how to assist people from poverty. 
Afternoon tea will be served at 2pm. This is an exclusive masterclass for Premium ticket holders and Silver ticket holders who purchased the master class as an add-on. 


Accommodation check-in opens

Neighbourhood House Guidelines Review Consultation

Presented by: DHHS
Room: Heritage Ballroom

This is an optional workshop for those who would like to have their say and provide feedback into the review of the NHCP Guidelines. You will need to register for this session. This is one of several consultation sessions happening across the state during February/March (see other dates).


BBQ Buffet

Optional, add-on dinner. Due to catering reasons, orders were collected up until 17 February. Don't worry if you missed out, the onsite restaurant will be open or you may choose to dine somewhere else in Lorne.


Outdoor film screening - Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

Kick-back, relax with colleagues and enjoy this iconic 80s classic. Popcorn, snacks and drinks available for purchase.

Thursday 5 March

From 7am

Breakfast for accommodation-package attendees

Yoga class

Want to kick off your day with a clear mind, body and soul? This is an optional half hour class with a professional instructor. BYO mat. 


Registration and tea/coffee


Conference opening

  • Welcome to Country: Ebony Hickey, Eastern Marr Aboriginal Corporation

  • Chairperson's Welcome: Gina Dougall

Keynote: Tracey Spicer AM

Best known for her long-standing role as national newsreader for Network 10, Tracey is an award winning journalist and Order of Australia recipient who has become a vocal advocate for women's rights and equality in the workplace. Find out more.

10.30am Morning tea

  • Tracey will sign copies of her book ‘Good Girl Stripped Bare’ during morning tea. Stock is limited - secure your copy by pre-ordering it online.

  • Sign up for 5pm lawn bows in the marketplace


Connecting for outcomes
Presented by: Rachel Otago, Project Manager, Disability and Communities Branch, DHHS

We know that social connectedness is strongly linked with better health and wellbeing. In the context of the Victorian Government’s shift to outcomes thinking, we share some draft work on a social connection outcomes framework, to help us to gather good evidence about what works to improve social connection and wellbeing.


Breakout workshops
Read up on the workshops

  • Know Your ABC(D)s
    Presented by: Michelle Dunscombe, Jeder Institute
    Room: Convention Centre

  • Community-led Emergency Management
    Presented by: Mary Farrow, Emerald Community House
    Room: Heritage Ballroom

  • Act Local for Global Results
    Presented by: Sophie Arnold, United Nations Victoria
    Room: Observatory

  • Money 101
    Presented by: Maggie Mildenhall, Good Shepherd
    Room: Kippling

  • Financial Security for You; Protection for our Planet
    Presented by: Leah Willis, Australian Ethical
    Room: Heritage 2

12.30pm Lunch


Reconvene in the Convention Centre

Please return to the main conference room to be shown to your next breakout.


Breakout workshops

Repeat of above workshops in the same locations


Lightning talks - part 1
Facilitated by: Michelle Dunscombe, Jeder Institute

Quick 10 minute presentations from neighbourhood houses about the valuable work they’re doing in relation to community resilience.

3.10pm Afternoon tea


Lightning talks - part 2
Facilitated by: Michelle Dunscombe, Jeder Institute

Social Isolation and Loneliness - what the research says

Presented by: David Perry, NHVic Policy and Research Officer

4.30pm Conference day concludes

Barefoot bowls / Tennis

Optional fun activities 


Oysters and sparkling on the lawns
Cash bar also available. Canapes served from 6.30pm.

Gala Dinner - Back to the 80s

Come dressed in your 80s best and bring along a picture of yourself from the 80s! Including NHVic Awards presentation, trivia and 80s disco!

Friday 6 march

From 7am

Breakfast and checkout for accommodation-package attendees

Arrival tea/coffee


Ministerial Welcome

Luke Donnellan MP, Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers; Child Protection

CEO Update

Nicole Battle, CEO Neighbourhood Houses Victoria

Keynote: Samantha Gash

Samantha made history by becoming the first woman and the youngest person ever to complete the 4 Deserts Grand Slam which requires competitors to run four 250km ultra marathons across the driest (Chile), windiest (China), hottest (Sahara) and coldest deserts (Antarctica) on earth. She now uses her capacity to run long distances to impact social change in developing countries and within Australia. Find out more.

10.30am Morning tea


ACFE Update
Maria Peters, Adult Community Further Education (ACFE) Board Chairperson


Breakout workshops
Read up on the workshops


  • Community Development Responses to Suicide Prevention
    Tomas Passeggi, Caloundra Community Centre
    Room: Convention Centre

  • ​​Walk the Talk for Social Isolation
    Presented by: Tara Henderson, Heart Foundation
    Room: Heritage Ballroom 

  • Tackling Food Insecurity|
    Presented by: Brien Baxter, Foodbank Victoria
    Room: Observatory

  • The 3Rs of Volunteering
    Presented by: Sara Sterling, Volunteering Victoria
    Room: Heritage 2

  • By the Book: Employment Law*
    Presented by: Daniel Komesaroff, Justice Connect
    Room: Kipling

*Only taking place in the morning.

12.30pm Lunch



Reconvene in the Convention Centre

Please return to the main conference room to be shown to your next breakout.



Breakout workshops
Repeat of the above workshops, except Employment Law, plus:

  • Lead for Change - The Power of Grassroots Conversations
    Presented by: Anna Andersson, WIRE
    Room: Kipling

Joan Kirner Oration
Gayle Tierney MP Minister for Skills and Training; Higher Education


Final reflections with Nicole

Nicole Battle, CEO Neighbourhood Houses Victoria

3pm Conference concludes

what to bring

We want our conference to be environmentally sustainable so we will no longer be providing printed programs, showbags, pens and notepads.

Please bring with you:

  • a smart phone, tablet or laptop to view the conference program online. For easy access, add this page to your home screen

  • pens and notepad

  • water bottle and keepcup

  • a tote or reusable bag to store things you may receive from the marketplace

  • your best 80s inspired outfit for the Gala Dinner

  • a photo of yourself from the 80s for the Gala Dinner (assuming you we're around in the 80s!)

If you have accommodation:

Aside from the usuals (clothes, toiletries), you may want to bring bathers for the swimming pool, workout clothes for the gym, and your tennis racquet - all these activities are free. If you've signed up for the Thursday morning yoga class, please bring your own yoga mat.


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Neighbourhood Houses Victoria respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which this conference will be held - The Eastern Marr People - their spirits, ancestors, elders and community members past, present and emerging.