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Catholic Social Services Conference, 21 - 23 February 2018

Early bird bookings are now open for the 2018 national Catholic social services conference!

Hearing, Healing, Hope (evening of Wednesday 21, all day Thursday 22 and Friday 23 February 2018 at the Catholic Leadership Centre, East Melbourne).

The 2018 national Catholic social services conference will address key issues facing our society and our sector, and at each stage looking at the implications for us as individuals, for our organisations, and for our sector. 

Click here for a brief Program Outline including Workshops Outline.
Click here for the Detailed Program, including information on the Contributors.
The conference poster is available here.
The conference prayer, A Prayer for Hearing, Healing & Hope by Fr Andy Hamilton sj is available here along with a beautiful video version of the prayer:

Features of the program include forums on:
  • A healthy earth for a flourishing society, with Jacqui Remond, Gavin Dufty and Bronwyn Lay
  • Economics for a flourishing society, with Joe Zabar, Ged Kearney and John Roskam
  • A forum on responding to abuse, ensuring safe environments and dedication to service, with Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, Sheree Limbrick and Lana Turvey-Collins
  • Geraldine Doogue presenting the Mary MacKillop Oration at the conference dinner
  • Australian Catholic Church's Plenary 2020, with Archbishop Mark Coleridge
  • Key current issues in human rights (as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights), with Fr Frank Brennan SJ
Workshop topics will include current issues relating to NDIS, housing, governance issues, Indigenous engagement, parishes and service, caring for vulnerable clients, family violence, etc.  An email with workshop details will follow soon to those who have purchased tickets.
Tickets are affordably priced:

  • Early Bird All Conference Sessions is $385, plus $75 for Conference Dinner.
  • A group discount of 10% is available for four or more tickets.
  • Early Bird discount of 10% is available until 19 December. 
Note: The Wednesday evening forum, 'A Healthy Earth for a Flourishing Society', is available as a single session for $50. All other single morning or afternoon tickets are priced at $100.  

Book your tickets, here.

The conference will achieve its potential with engagement from Catholic social service providers (including health and education), from across the country - board members, trustees, CEO’s and executives, staff, leaders at all levels, parish priests, seminarians and those involved in other faith-based and community organisations. 
The conference will bring together leaders of today and tomorrow to strengthen the contribution of the Catholic social services sector in building strong and sustainable communities and in encouraging human flourishing. The contribution of future leaders and participants who reflect the diversity of our Church and our society will enrich the conference for everyone, and will help us to collectively build a sound future.
Click here for accommodation options and here for transport and parking options.

For any enquiries please contact Lucia Brick:  Tel: (03) 9287 5566, lucia.brick@css.org.au 


Updates will be highlighted on: Twitter @CathSocServVic; Facebook @CathSocServVic

With thanks to our sponsors: 

Catholic Social Services Victoria acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Elders in each of the Communities where we work.
Cardinal Knox Centre. 383 Albert Street (PO Box 146), East Melbourne Vic 3002
Tel: (03) 9287 5566 Fax: (03) 9287 5567 Email: office@css.org.au
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