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ACOSS National Conference 2015

Thu, 25/06/2015 - 09:00


ACOSS National Conference 2015

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.

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.

What: ACOSS National Conference 2015

When: 25-26 June 2015

Time: 9am – 5:30pm

Where: Australian Technology Park, Redfern

For further information, please visit the ACOSS Conference website.

Frocking Hilarious Comedy Gala

Wed, 13/05/2015 - 19:30

Enmore Theatre, Sydney

ActionAid is partnering with the Sydney Comedy Festival to hold the third annual Frocking Hilarious Comedy Gala. 

The Gala features an all-women line up of comedians, with all profits going to ActionAid Australia's work empowering women living in poverty across the world to stand up and claim their human rights. 

For more information visit the Frocking Hilarious Comedy Gala website.

Affordable Housing Development Summit

Mon, 27/07/2015 - 09:00

Venue TBA, Sydney CBD

This event brings together key stakeholders from private and public sectors to share the latest insights to policies and practices advancing affordable housing in Australia. 

Confirmed speakers include:

David de Carvalho - First Assistant Secretary, Reform of the Federation White Paper, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet                                

Shayne Ramsay - Chief Executive Officer, BC Housing;  Chair, Housing Partnership Canada

Please visit the Affordable Housing Summit website or contact for further details. 

Job Vacancy: YWCA Australia Deputy Executive Officer

8 April

YWCA Australia is recruiting a Deputy Executive Officer on a part-time (0.6 EFT) contract to 30 June 2016. A full description of the role is available here

Nearly 200 organisations outline concern to UN over Australia's declining human rights performance

2 April

Australia’s steadily deteriorating human rights performance has been highlighted in a major report compiled by nearly 200 organisations around Australia. It will be presented to the United Nation’s peak human rights body in the lead up to a major review of Australia that takes place every four years. 

Emma Golledge, lawyer at Kingsford Legal Centre, which is part of the NGO Coalition that has prepared the joint NGO report for the process known as the “Universal Periodic Review”, said it was important opportunity for Australia to engage with the international community to improve issues of concern.

The 9th Australasian Council of Women and Policing Conference

Mon, 31/08/2015 (All day)

Luna Park, Sydney

Making History, Shaping the Future

The 2015 conference is particularly exciting in that it will conincide with NSW celebrating 100 years of women in policing. This is an opportunity to join the discussion about women in policing, celebrate progress and look to future goals. 

This conference will be held from 31 August 2015 - 3 September 2015.

Early Bird registrations close Monday, 11 May. Register through the website.

Consultation: YWAG's Young Women's Experiences of Sexuality Education Survey

17 March

ERA's Young Women's Advisory Group will be in Brisbane for the School Sexuality Education as Violence Prevention Forum on Wednesday the 25th of March. 

Prior to the forum, YWAG will be conducting a consultation session on their Hearing Young Women Women's Voices project. YWAG is planning a survey on young women's experiences of sexuality education and is currently engaging with interested community members on the content and structure of this survey. If you have any experience, expertise or views in this area, please feel free to come along for the discussion. 

Young Women's Advisory Group Survey Consultation Invitation

Gender Fairness Workshop

Wed, 22/04/2015 - 09:30

Academic Centre, University College, 40 College Crescent, Parkville VIC

Tools & techniques for creating conversations about gender equity

Many of us are not practised at talking about how gender influences our identity, our relationships at home and at work, and our attitudes and expectations of each other. Our society is so clearly divided into male and female roles that we take for granted that men and women, girls and boys have fundamentally different lived experiences from almost the time they are born. And these differences are not equal.

All the research demonstrates that men have greater access to power, wealth and leisure. Women have greater responsibilities in the home and in caring for children, the sick and the infirm. What does this mean for women and men in the workplace, in relationships and at home, in communities, and in other social settings?

In this workshop participants will:

  • explore innovative and interactive ways to use the Gender Fairness cards, and other hands-on original tools
  • gain information and understanding about gender equity and explore why it is important to talk about it at work, in the home and in the community
  • use creative techniques such as writing, art, visual resources and questioning styles to explore and understand our own gendered attitudes and expectations
  • take away conversational tools and techniques for opening up and progressing discussions on topics such as power and control in the workplace, at home and in social settings.

The cost for this course is $198 which includes morning and afternoon tea, lunch, a set of Gender Fairness cards and booklet of suggestions and techniques.

PLease register for this workshop by downloading and post/fax the registration form, or email:

Sydney Feminist Collective's screening of: "I Was a Teenage Feminist"

Thu, 19/03/2015 - 19:00

The Red Rattler Theatre, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville, NSW

In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women's Day, Sydney Feminists are hosting a screening of “I Was a Teenage Feminist”, a woman’s personal exploration of her identification with the movement both in the 70s and today.

The film will be followed by a relaxed networking and discussion opportunity. People of all genders welcome! Age restriction 18+ as alcohol will be served at the venue.


I WAS A TEENAGE FEMINIST is a personal journey into a powerful, political movement that once sparked passionate response and social revolution, but now routinely evokes discomfort, indifference and even disdain.

Armed with a video camera, an inquiring mind, and an irreverent sense of humor, filmmaker Therese Shechter crisscrosses both the continent and her own psyche in the hope of reconnecting to the power and sense of purpose that feminism gave her as a teenager in the 1970s.

See the trailer on Youtube hereMore info on the film can also be found at the Sydney Feminists website.   

Cost of entry is a gold coin donation. 

2015 Pamela Denoon Lecture with Dr Marilyn Waring - Power and unpaid work: the dark side of women's caring roles

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 19:00

Manning Clarke Theatre 1, The Australian National University, Canberra

We live in a world where money is the basis of status, power and freedom, and yet women are expected to perform society's unpaid work; often to give up their jobs or their careers to care for children and/or for aged parents. This has profound implications for financial freedom and independence.

In this lecture Marilyn Waring will explore options to overcome barriers to achieving recognition and a fair wage for care workers. She asks what options are there to change the dynamic of centuries old expectations?

In 2005 Marilyn Waring was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and she was recently named as one of 50 women most likely to change the world. Her ground-breaking book Counting for Nothing: what men value and what women are worth, founded feminist economics, and she is the global policy expert on this crucial issue. For more information on Marilyn Waring's work visit her website.


For further information please contact Andrea Butler on 0410 257 377, or find us on Facebook, the website or Twitter:  @PDLcommittee

Please register for this event online. 


Lecture available to view online and transcript uploaded afterwards see

This lecture is sponsored by University House, The Australian National University

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