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Practical approaches to making social inclusion a reality

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The Federal Government recently issued a national statement on social inclusion. Entitled A Stronger, Fairer Australia, this statement sets out the Government’s vision and strategy for social inclusion in Australia.

The Minister for Social Inclusion Julia Gillard said that the provision of opportunities, resources, capabilities and responsibilities would ensure that no Australian is left behind.

“A socially inclusive Australia is one where all citizens have the opportunities and resources required to learn, gain employment, engage with their communities and have a voice. It is a very different Australia to the one we live in today where approximately five per cent of citizens aged 15 years and over face multiple disadvantages.”

Minister Gillard said that the principle of social inclusion had underpinned a number of recent reforms, including early childhood education and schools, social housing, the pension system and Indigenous affairs.

Towards Social Inclusion Conference

The conference is a series of practically-focused presentations from Federal and state Government departments, non-government-organisations, local government and leading thinkers in this space. If you are looking to hear practical advice, real case studies and workable solutions, then this conference is for you.

Attend and you will take away:

  • A greater understanding of Australia’s social inclusion agenda
  • Strategies for weaving a social inclusion focus into policies and programs going forward
  • A greater understanding of other sectors with whom it is important to collaborate
  • Practical advice on how to focus your organisations work to build a more socially inclusive Australia.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr John Falzon, National President and National Council CEO, St Vincent de Paul Society
  • Kerry Graham, Chief Executive Officer, The Inspire Foundation
  • Damian Ferrie, Executive Director, Community Programs, Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development
  • Desley Hargreaves, National Manager, Social Work Services Centrelink
  • View the full list of speakers.

Don’t forget to register before 19 March to save up to $300. Discounted tickets apply for NGOs!

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