program PREVIEW

All abstracts have been reviewed by the Content Committee and we are in the process of contacting successful speakers.

We were inundated with an incredibly diverse range of submissions and are delighted to bring you a quality program, a sample of which is below. Additional information on each abstract will be available on the Conference App as well as the website in the coming months.

Managing legal risk while embracing diversity
Kaela Hughes

How to satisfy your organisation's legal duty to provide a safe environment while fostering a diverse and inclusive volunteer community.

Inclusive, Impactful and Ethical Volunteering with Recent Migrants
Ms Michelle Kitney
Volunteering New Zealand's national strategy to support recent migrant volunteers: Embracing diversity in communities and in volunteering.

The Next Generation Change Makers
Mrs Antonia Taylor
This session unpacks the important role that volunteering, supported by the tertiary sector, has for inspiring and shaping the active global.

Off to a good start: Volunteer recruitment for inclusion and retention
Dr Djurre Holtrop
Learn about and work on volunteer recruitment for inclusion and retention with social media and role advertisements.

Partnering with Researchers to Respond Effectively to the Changing World
Professor Kirsten Holmes
Partnering with researchers enables VIOs to develop tools to respond to change both within and external to their organisation.

Bullying and other behaviours in volunteer settings: Gossip is by far the biggest issue in our large team of volunteers
Dr Megan Paull
Just like any other setting where people are interacting, bullying, abuse, incivility and conflict are present in volunteer settings. Some of these types of misbehaviour are unique to volunteer settings, and some types of volunteer settings yield unique types of bad behaviour.

Valued Neighbours - engaging volunteers through co-design
Mr Lukasz Krzyzowski
Spark is an innovative community project, engaging volunteers to co-design inclusive technologies to enhance community connection.

Storytelling that Speaks to Us: how volunteer leaders can harness the power of story to effect social change.
Ms Jessica Alikaris
Volunteer leaders can use story to build community, create shared purpose, and empower their volunteers to make positive social change.

The past, present and future trends in volunteering that predict the future directions of the volunteering world
Dr Judy Esmond
The past, present and future trends in volunteering that predict the future directions of the volunteering world by Dr Judy Esmond.


With the theme of ‘Diversity, Power and Purpose’, the National Volunteering Conference will challenge delegates to leverage the diversity of the volunteering sector and harness its power to address some of the most significant issues faced by our society. Delegates will be inspired to learn, collaborate and shape the future of volunteering in Australia.

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