Dedicated to advancing effective, sustainable and inclusive volunteering across Victoria, our biannual State Conference aims to bring the sector a diverse array of expert speakers, workshops, short presentations; delivering a strong program of wide ranging-content.

Held on 23-24 June 2022 at the iconic Arts Centre Melbourne, our 2022 State Conference was an exciting opportunity to reconnect with one another after years of separation and recurrent lockdowns. With close to 300 delegates and 37 speakers in attendance, there was a clear appetite to enjoy the buzz of conversation beyond the Zoom screen.

Our theme Bridges to the future: Equity, diversity and inclusion challenged all those present to go beyond good intentions and explore ways to create meaningful change in how Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is addressed and celebrated within their own organisations.

The two-day program featured a diverse line-up of inspiring keynote speakers, passionate presenters, and saw the highly anticipated return of a regular conference favourite: the Great Debate. Numerous attendees returned on the second day to participate in in-depth Masterclasses with Emma Gee and Martin Cowling.

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