Program Day Two

Thursday 28 August


0900–0915 Session 11

Review of Day One & What to expect today

Speakers
Adam Spencer, Conference MC

Adam Spencer: Australian radio presenter, comedian, and media personality

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915–945 Session 12

Counterpoint - a view on a view

Speakers
Amanda Vanstone, Host, Counterpoint, ABC Radio National

Amanda Vanstone hosts Counterpoint, a weekly program on Radio National and writes an opinion piece for The Age on a fortnightly basis.

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945–1000 Session 13

WISE Stand Up for Mental Health

WISE Stand Up for Mental Health aims to provide empowerment to the comedians and a fresh perspective to the audience to help end stigma surrounding mental illness. This session features a performance from participants in WISE Employment’s Stand up for Mental Health Program.

1000–1030 Session 14

New ways of looking

Speakers
Stella Young, Stella Young is a writer, comedian and disability advocate

Stella Young is a writer, comedian and disability advocate

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1030–1100 Morning Break 1100–1200 Session 15 15.1

Where Are The Jobs? Trends In The Labour Market And Precarious Work

Speakers
Professor Bill Mitchell, Professor of Economics at Charles Darwin University

Bill is currently the Professor of Economics at Charles Darwin University. He retains his position as Professor of Economics at the University of Newcastle

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15.2

Measuring what matters: Social Impact and its uses

How do we measure social impact? This session will examine the tools and concepts that have been developed; the ways not-for-profits are already adopting them and the lessons learnt; the critical and political implication of Social Impact for not-for-profits trying to delivery on their social mission while responding to demands to provide higher levels of external accountability.

Speakers
Professor Jo Barraket, Director of the Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University

Director of the Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University

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Dr Bronwen Dalton, Director, Centre for Cosmopolitan Civil Societies, UTS

Director, Centre for Cosmopolitan Civil Societies, UTS

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15.3

Leadership Lessons from the Christchurch Earthquake: Leading Resilient Nonprofits Through all Kinds of Disasters

This session will explore the 12 factors that make organisations more resilient in natural disasters and which also probably make us more resilient generally.

Speakers
Garth Nowland-Foreman, Director, NZ Community Solutions

Director, NZ Community Solutions

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1200–1245 Lunch 1245–1345 Session 16 16.1

The Elephant In The (Interview) Room: Older Job Seekers And Discrimination

This session will explore the challenges for job services in minimising age discrimination in the labour market. The reasons that so many older Australians struggle to find work are varied but discrimination because of age is in the forefront. And if the reports of recent studies are to be believed some of the practices of job services providers themselves could be aggravating the problem.

What are the challenges when placing and keeping older job seekers in employment? What strategies can job services adopt to counteract ageism in the labour market? Rising levels of joblessness and under-employment among mature age workers make it imperative that employment services providers understand the issues and how to address them.

Speakers
Dina Bowman, Dina Bowman is a senior manager in the Research and Policy Centre, Brotherhood of St Laurence

Dina Bowman is a senior manager in the Research and Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence

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Michael McGann, Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

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Tim Adair, Director, National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre

Dr Tim Adair is a demographer who has worked with the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre since 2011

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16.2

Building stronger alliances for services for people with mental health disabilities

In this forum experts from mental health services will discuss how to strengthen collaboration between mental health and employment services agencies to improve employment outcomes for people with mental health conditions or illness.
Frank Quinlan, CEO of the National Mental Health Council, will join a panel including leading community mental health provider Neami National and a participant from the WISE program Stand Up for Mental Health, who will provide a consumer perspective. The outcome will be to build principles for successful collaboration for future services that improve employment outcomes for people with mental health conditions or illness.

Speakers
Frank Quinlan, CEO, Mental Health Council of Australia

Frank Quinlan is the CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia

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Arthur Papakotsias, CEO Neami National

Arthur has been Chief Executive Officer of Neami National for 23 years

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16.3

Getting started: social enterprise and innovation financing - some practical examples

Part 1: Ben Gales CEO of SEFA will provide some practical examples of how enterprise funding has backed a number of social innovations that have enabled community organisations to diversify and introduce projects to support community development objectives.

Part 2: Getting Started Social Enterprise Financing: Some Practical Examples, Foresters Community Finance

This session explores social enterprise for employment outcomes and develop an understanding of different forms of capital for various stages of social enterprise development. Diversity of capital can be a key success factor for establishing, growing and developing social enterprise into a sustainable model. Foresters introduces four employment-focussed social enterprises and the role that different forms of capital have played in their development. The social enterprises have an employment focus in the areas of youth, migrants and refugees, people with a mental illness and disadvantaged job seekers

Speakers
Ben Gales, Chief Executive Officer, Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA)

Ben Gales, Chief Executive Officer of Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA)

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Shari Lawrence, Finance Manager, Foresters Community Finance

Shari Lawrence joined the Foresters team in 2011 as the Organisational Finance Manager.

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Nina Yousefpou, Development Officer, Foresters Community Finance

Nina Yousefpour has been a Development Officer at Foresters Community Finance for over two years.

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16.4

Building Employer Demand: Practical Lessons

Kevin Robbie from Social Ventures Australia will facilitate a panel of comprising representatives from the BSL COSS to discuss the merits and effectiveness of the various demand led models they have been developing and researching. Social Ventures will shortly launch the EIE model as a two two-year project in partnership with project stakeholders and some JSAs where they will embed demand-led approaches in service model design. The BSL’s John Van Kooy and Eve Bodsworth will report on the findings of the interviews they have undertaken interviews with employers and other related agencies to identify what motivates employers to become involved with demand led projects.

Speakers
Kevin Robbie, Executive Director Employment, Social Ventures Australia

Executive Director Employment, Social Ventures Australia

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Eve Bodsworth, esearch and Policy Manager for the In and Out of Work transition

Research and Policy Manager for the In and Out of Work transition

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John Van Kooy, Research Officer at Brotherhood of St Laurence

Research Officer at Brotherhood of St Laurence

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16.5

Love Me or Tender: Can We Do Both?

This session will focus on the two key factors for 'successfully' surviving a rugged contracting environment: being strongly and practically values-based, and keeping a double set of books!

Speakers
Garth Nowland-Foreman, Director, NZ Community Solutions

Director, NZ Community Solutions

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16.6

Getting Ready For Change: Building A Cooperative Culture Part 1

Like it or not, managing change and restructuring are perennials in the employment and community services sectors. In two sessions from the highly experienced Jobs Australia Industrial Relations team expect to learn more about how to manage the whole change process positively. This session will focus on lessons from other parts of the community sector undergoing major change, strategies for preparing for impending change, and how to build a cooperative workplace culture to help with implementing change. This session leads to 17.6.

16.7

Remote Jobs & Communities Program: From Policy to Practice

The Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP) started in July 2013, and was designed to bring a new, community driven approach to working in some of Australia's most challenging social and economic settings. Government even set aside their competitive market system to enable single providers to focus on community goals. So what has happened since ? In this session we will hear about a research project that Jobs Australia is supporting which is looking at whether the original vision is being achieved, as well as a perspective from the 'frontline' of supporting providers to operate. We will be encouraging discussion of what can be learned from the RJCP experience so far, and how we might apply these lessons to advocacy around the RJCP and around employment services more broadly.

Speakers
Lisa Fowkes, Consultant

Consultant

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Shaun Fowler, Right Hand Remote Solutions

Right Hand Remote Solutions

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1345–1445 Session 17 17.1

‘Gathering of Women’ – Refugee Women and Economic Participation

Part 1: This year marks the 25th anniversary of the settlement of women at risk in Australia, and this presentation will showcase the strength, resilience and skills refugee women bring to their new local communities. It will focus on the role that successful pathways into economic participation have played in the settlement journeys of refugee women. South West Queensland (Toowoomba) has been selected by the Commonwealth as a regional site supporting the settlement of newly arrived women at risk. Since mid-2013, MDA Ltd has supported the settlement of 270 refugee women and children in this region, with a strong focus on promoting independence through access to employment and income-generating businesses. Many refugee women have little education or prior employment experience, yet are motivated and entrepreneurially-minded to engage with employment from early on in their settlement. Our presentation will outline MDA’s work with Afghan women in South West Queensland that identifies and develops skills and expertise that can be harnessed in the local economy and supports refugee women in preparing for participation in the Australian workforce and in establishing home-based micro-businesses. Part 2: Sonia Mackie from the ASRC will about how they prepares their job seekers for employment in Australia, including training, and post placement support. She will talk about she markets their job seekers to prospective employers.

Speakers
Mitra Khakbaz, Executive Manager, MDA

Executive Manager, MDA

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Sebastian Ross-Hagebaum, Manager Employment & Training, MDA

Manager Employment & Training, MDA

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Sonia Mackie, Employer Partnerships Coordinator, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Employer Partnerships Coordinator, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

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17.2

Update on the NDIS from NDIA

This session will provide an update on the progress of NDIS Trial Sites. In particular, the focus will be on the sites where scheme participants are in the transition from school to work, and the experience of participants and carers re-entering the workforce as a result of the Scheme. What are we learning about the pathways for young people from school to regular employment? Scheme eligibility, individual plan development and how DES provider involvement is assisting NDIS participants in the Trial Sites will be covered.

Speakers
Alexandra Gunning, Director of Engagement and Funding at the National Disability Insurance Agency

Alexandra Gunning is the Director of Engagement and Funding at the National Disability Insurance Agency

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17.3

Social Enterprise Development: Learning from experience

17.4

Work for the Dole Reborn: Practical Tips For Your Projects

Work for the Dole is a growing part of JSA, especially for young people in the designated areas. Many Jobs Australia members have maintained their capacity to deliver effective Work for the Dole projects. Learn from some of these experts on how to develop and maintain sustainable work for the dole projects and placements.

Speakers
George Dimopoulos, Workskil

Workskil

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Roger Kennedy, Head of Programs, Impact and Collaboration, YWCA NSW.

Roger Kennedy, Head of Programs, Impact and Collaboration, YWCA NSW.

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17.5

Making a commitment: to partner or not to partner?

With the massive reduction in the number of ESAs in the latest Departmental RFT for Employment Services, do you have the time and energy to negotiate your way into a Group Bid? Greg Banks discusses the need for speed, the trials and tribulations and the thrill of documenting Group Tendering arrangements, including the relative benefits of Consortium, joint venture, partnership, alliance and subcontracting arrangements.

Speakers
Greg Banks, Banks & Associates

Banks & Associates

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17.6

Getting Ready For Change: Building A Cooperative Culture Part 2

Like it or not, managing change and restructuring are perennials in the employment and community services sectors. In two sessions from the highly experienced Jobs Australia Industrial Relations team expect to learn more about how to manage the whole change process positively. This session will focus on getting the industrial relations aspects right, and understanding recent developments under the Fair Work Act. Learn more about how to avoid the common mistakes made by managers in HR roles. This session continues from 16.6.

17.4

Responding to the Forrest Review of Indigenous Employment and Training Programs

The Forrest Review has proposed some radical changes to employment and training programs and to income support. These include dumping training where there is no guaranteed job at the end, allowing employment services providers to impose breaches, and shifting payment structures towards outcomes - including in remote areas. In this session we will work through the major recommendations that affect our sector and invite session participants to respond to and debate them. The session will be used as input to Jobs Australia's submission in response to the Review.

Speakers
Dennis Batty, Indigenous Network Coordinator, Jobs Australia

Jobs Australia Indigenous Network Coordinator

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Lisa Fowkes, Consultant

Consultant

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1445–1500 Afternoon Break 1500–1530 Session 18

Staying for the Long Course: a Vision for the Future of the Community Sector

Tony Nicholson’s recent Speech on the Future of the Community Welfare Sector captures the sentiments of many who have dedicated our careers to the sector and who are dismayed at some of the directions social policy has been taking recently. Tony will elaborate on his views on where things are heading and how the community sector can and should maintain its ethos, independence and moral drive.

Speakers
Tony Nicholson, Executive Director, Brotherhood of St Laurence

Executive Director, Brotherhood of St Laurence

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1530–1600 Session 19

Time to be civil? Panel on the Future Of The Sector facilitated by Eric Sidoti

This panel on the Future of The Sector – facilitated by Eric Sidoti – will conclude conference proceedings, with a 5 minute view from the panellists on their view of how the community sector should respond to the challenges it currently faces including marketization, competition and consolidation. There will be time for questions and interaction with the panellists which and will conclude with a view from David Thompson AM CEO of Jobs Australia on the ways our organisations can continue to pursue their social missions.

Speakers
Eric Sidoti, Director, Whitlam Institute

Director, Whitlam Institute

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1600–1600 CLOSE