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Registration for the Faith-Based Governance & Dispute Resolution Conference has now closed. 


Faith-based organisations are the largest category of charity in Australia, making a significant impact on social wellbeing.

This two-day conference, delivered by the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University, will showcase and discuss best practice governance for faith-based organisations. 

Our keynote addresses, panel discussions and workshops will provide delegates with new knowledge, skills and resources for governance that meet the challenges of increased regulatory scrutiny and heightened community expectations. 

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Tuesday, 5th and Wednesday, 6th December 2017
9:00am - 5:30pm

Conference Prices

We have intentionally kept ticket prices low so as not to preclude attendance by community organisations with limited financial resources. 

There is no early bird registration rate because of the discounted price. We expect the Conference to be fully subscribed quite quickly, so please ensure that you book early enough to guarantee your place.

Single Day Registration

Single day registration is available if you wish to attend part of the conference. The price for single day registration is $330.00 (inc GST).

Day 1 is a high level summit of key issues in governance.

Day 2 has more concurrent, practical skills sessions for smaller groups. 


Additional Masterclasses and Workshops

Masterclasses will be held at the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, 295 Queen St, Melbourne

The cost will be $150 (inc GST) for a half-day session, or $250 for two sessions.

Masterclass 1 – Financial Literacy

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 9:30am-1:00pm

Essentials tools for financial due diligence, including examination of balance sheets, auditing, making provisions and basic taxation rules for charities, and future planning and proofing their organisations.
Facilitator: Peter Hersh, Director, Logicca Chartered Accountants

Masterclass 2 –  Follow the Money - Getting Grant Ready

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 2:00pm-5:30pm

What makes an organisation attractive to public and private philanthropy? How to write a winning grant.
Facilitator: Dr Michael Liffman, Adjunct Associate Professor, Centre for Social Impact, and Founding Director, Asia Pacific Centre for Social Investment and Philanthropy, Swinburne University

Change of Name / Ticket Transfer

If you can no longer attend and would like to nominate someone to attend in your place, please log in to your registration page to change ticket holder details. You will find a link to your registration page on your ticket confirmation email. For assistance, please contact us via the email form below. All changes to tickets need to be made at least 48 hours prior to the conference.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Conference registrants cancelling their registration on or before 1 December 2017 will receive a refund of the conference registration fee. Cancellations after this date will not be refunded.

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