Looking for more information on the 2024 State Conference?
See below for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

If your query isn’t covered here, please feel free to email us at [email protected]

Ticketing & Registration

Can I get a discount as a Volunteering Victoria member?

Yes, Volunteering Victoria members are eligible to receive a 30% discount on all events, including the State Conference. Members need to be logged into their Member Profile when registering to receive the discount.

How do I find out if my organisation is already a member?

Check the Members page on our website to see if your organisation is listed. If unsure, please email us at [email protected] and we’ll check.

Why isn’t my member pricing showing?

This generally means your email address has not been recognised in our system and as such does not know to apply the member discount. Please email us at [email protected] so we can check your email is linked to a member organisation.

Can I sign up as a new member and receive a discount straight away?

Yes, if you are not already a Volunteering Victoria member, you can sign up (either as an individual or organisation) to take advantage of the many benefits!

As soon as your membership has been activated and you have received your confirmation Member Toolkit, you are able to register for the conference and utilise the 30% member discount rate. 

Can I pay by invoice?

Yes, select the option to pay by Invoice at the Checkout screen. An invoice will be automatically generated and a link to download your invoice available in your confirmation email. 

Can I register as a group?

Yes, do so by clicking on the Group Registration’ button. If required, one invoice will be generated for all entered on the group registration. 

How do I redeem the Early Bird discount offer?

Discounted tickets are available to delegates who complete their registration (including payment) during the ‘Early Bird’ period. This discount is automatically applied, with the prices displayed upon registration already reflecting the reduced price. No discount codes are required. 

 Early bird tickets are on sale until 26 April 2024 and enable delegates to save 15% off the ticket price.

I received an error. How can I check if my registration has gone through?

A confirmation email will be sent immediately upon successful registration. Please check it hasn’t landed in your spam or junk folders. If you have not received a confirmation, please email us at [email protected] so we can check our system. 

What ticket types are available?

We are offering three attendance options to increase accessibility and ensure everyone can participate in the 2024 State Conference: 

  • Melbourne: Our in-person, flagship conference 
  • Online: Stream the conference from home 
  • Regional: Bringing the conference to the regions 
Program & Event Details

What is the 2024 Conference theme?

We are excited to present our 2024 State Conference theme: ‘Shake it up: Bold Change!’.  

It’s time to shake it up! Get ready to challenge the status quo, push the boundaries, and consider new possibilities. We’re throwing out the rulebook – the 2024 State Conference is all about revolutionising volunteering. 

What will be your BOLD CHANGE?

Where can I find details about the program?

The Conference program is now available! Here you will find full details of the speakers, presenters, workshops and other exciting activities scheduled across the two days.

Can I do a presentation or speak at the conference?

Unfortunately, there are limited places for conference presenters and applications have now closed.  

If you have a topic or presentation to share with the volunteering sector, you may like to consider presenting at one of our Special Interest Groups or webinars. If you are interested, please reach out to the team at [email protected] to discuss this further. 

Do I have to choose which breakout sessions I attend in advance?

No, delegates will be able to select their preferred breakout sessions on the day.
Please note: These will be on a first-in basis, depending on room

Is parking available at the venue?

Yes, secured and undercover onsite parking is available at Pullman Melbourne on the Park at a discounted daily rate of $35.00 per vehicle.

Rates are valid during business hours only and exclude overnight parking. Please note that parking is not reserved and subject to availability at time of arrival.

To access the discounted rate, guests will enter the carpark as normal, and upon departure head to the reception desk. You will be provided with a discounted exit ticket to use at the pay station.

Is discounted accommodation available?

Yes, Volunteering Victoria delegates can access a discounted rate on rooms at the conference venue. Click here to book. 

Can I apply to be an exhibitor?

Yes! If you’re interested in exhibiting at the conference, please see the Exhibitors’ Guide for further information and for the relevant contact details.

Regional Hubs

Why should I come to a regional hub?

The regional hubs are a new offering to our 2024 State Conference, aimed at increasing accessibility for those who are unable to attend in Melbourne. These will be unique opportunities to network, discuss issues relevant to your region, and access localised sessions while also streaming all the conference highlights.

How are regional hub places allocated?

Scholarship places are limited to 30 attendees at each hub.

If there is significant demand, your application to attend will be assessed based on:
  •  your role and experience in the volunteering sector,
  •  how you intend to pass on the knowledge gained at conference, and;
  •  your local connections. 

Is there a cost to attend a regional hub?

No, all regional hub places are offered FREE of charge as part of our investment into regional networks.

Attendance will include:
  •  Access to all keynote and plenary sessions
  •  Access to a dedicated breakout stream
  •  Local networking opportunities
  •  In-person, localised sessions
  •  Catering across both days
  •  Interaction with the Melbourne event, via Slido
  •  Presentation resources (supplied post-event) 

Are accommodation and travel costs covered?

No, you will need to cover any travel and accommodation costs (if required). However, make sure you are subscribed to our event updates so you’ll be first to hear if any scholarship opportunities become available.

I won’t know anyone there. Should I still register?

Absolutely! The hubs have been specifically designed to help facilitate networking at the local level. This is a great opportunity to meet and connect with other like-minded professionals in your area.