Day one – Thursday 12 September

9:30amOpening plenary session

Room: Main Theatre | Moderator: Kim Skubris

Introduction and welcome
Kim Skubris, MC

Councillor Tim Dwyer – Deputy Mayor
Welcome to the Sunshine Coast.

Welcome to Country
Kerry Neill is a Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi man from the Sunshine Coast
region in South East Queensland.

Leading change together
Mark Henley will give context to the conference and why leading together is so important for social change and why this is a key plank of the work QCOSS is doing.

Keynote address – Mariam Issa
Speaker, Author, Storyteller, Community Builder. Mariam Issa will deliver the conference keynote address. Mariam passionately believes all we need in overcoming adversity is a stretch of the imagination.

11:00am Morning tea

11:30am – Plenary session

Room: Main Theatre | Moderator: Kim Skubris

Self-determination for our First Nations People
A panel discussion about the Uluru Statement from the Heart and where to from here, with Chris Sarra, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships; Eddie Synot, Griffith University.

12:45pm – Lunch

1:30pmConcurrent sessions

Rebooting the system – measuring the success of change
Room: Reef Room | Moderator: Anita Veivers, QCOSS Board Member

How do we measure the impact of systems change to support outcomes for people? Tim Reddel, Professor, Social Solutions with the Institute of Social Science Research, University of Queensland; Allan Dale, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University; Geoff Woolcock, Institute for Resilient Regions, University of South Queensland.

Being in service – impacts of a rights-based framework
Room: Beausang Room | Moderator: Laura Barnes, QCOSS Senior Manager – Policy, Advocacy and Capacity

With the introduction of the Human Rights Act in Queensland, a panel explores the impacts of a rights-based framework for the community service sector. Scott McDougall, Queensland Human Rights Commissioner; David Moody, National Disability Services; Simone Jackson, Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships; and a representative of the Human Rights Law Centre will share their expectations and experiences.

Starting a revolution – including the voices of people with lived experience in our work
Room: Main Theatre
| Moderator: Paige Armstrong, QDN

People’s stories are critical to successful campaigns and in the design of services. How can we do this well and respectfully? Kym Goodes, TasCOSS; Jayden Oxton-White, Anti-Poverty Network; Kay Thorburn, Maria Whatley, Life Without Barriers; David Spriggs, Infoxchange.

2:45pm Afternoon tea

3:15pm – Concurrent session

Rebooting the system – advocating successfully for change
Room: Reef Room
| Moderator: Karen Murphy, QCOSS Senior Manager Communication

To reboot the system we need to understand how to advocate successfully for change. This will be a quick and dirty 90 minute trip into the world of advocacy – leave with tools, ideas and a better understanding of the process of using advocacy to make real change. Caterina Giorgi, Managing Director of For Purpose will take you through the key points of advocacy in an informative, interesting and entertaining session.

Being in service – transitioning services to community controlled organisations
Room: Playhouse Theatre
| Moderator: Mark Henley, QCOSS CEO
How can we support First Nations people and organisations to lead and guide service delivery in their communities? Mick Gooda, co-chair Queensland First Children and Families Board; Lindsay Wegener, CEO PeakCare; Barb Shaw, Executive Director, Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women; and Karla Brady, CEO Inala Wangarra.

Starting a revolution – the real deal on community change
Room: Beausang Room | Moderator: Laura Barnes, QCOSS Senior Manager – Policy, Advocacy and Capacity

Community change can take many forms. So what can successful community change look like and how do you achieve it in your own community? This panel will speak from experience about their community change process, what they have learned along the way, what they would do differently next time and what can occur in the future. Sean Gordon, Empowered Communities; Eric Harper, Executive Director of Community Services and State-wide operations, Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors; Danielle Roderick, The Hive Mt Druitt.

4:45pm – End of day one conference program

6:00pm QCOSS 60th Anniversary Dinner

Introduction and welcome
Kim Skubris, MC

Welcome to Country
Lyndon Davis is a Traditional Custodian and representative of the Local Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi people. In 1997 he founded the Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe.

In conversation with Dame Quentin Bryce AD VCO

Performances by Geed Up

Day two – Friday 13 September

8:30am – Networking and coffee in exhibition area

9:00am – Opening plenary session

Room: Main Theatre | Moderator: Laura Barnes, QCOSS Senior Manager – Policy, Advocacy and Capacity

A day of working together, to inspire each other, to make change happen. A key part of making change is believing it is possible. We will start the day working together to explore how we can build on this work. 

Through Changing Lives, Changing Communities, QCOSS, QDN and the Human Rights Commission have been working together in 12 communities around the state to inspire action for change. We are not alone. Other groups and other people across the county have been doing the same.  

What are the common themes and how can we act on them? The first two sessions on Friday will focus on what we have learnt; build your knowledge of participatory practice; and move towards actions we can take on to make change to our systems, sector and communities.    

From this session we will build our confidence and a sense of camaraderie in taking action to lead social change together. We will be asking all of you to bring your wisdom and contribute – it is an opportunity to share, to learn and create. We will then be hearing from a range of speakers who will leave us inspired for a better world.

We will all leave the 2019 QCOSS conference, filled with hope and inspired and ready to lead change together. 

10:30am Morning tea

11:00am – Plenary session

We will continue to build our confidence and a sense of camaraderie in taking action to lead social change together.

12:30pm – Lunch

1:15pm – Plenary session

Looking towards the future
Room: Main Theatre | Moderator: Kim Skubris
What are the critical considerations for social change we should think about as we move forward? What does the future hold for First Nations People? And how do we re-imagine the future and make that imagining a reality?

This will be an inspiring and fitting end to the conference as this panel explores what the future may look like and how we each have a role to play in making that happen. David Ritter, Greenpeace Australia Pacific; Dr Marcus Bussey, University of Southern Queensland; Rob Carolane, Voices for Indi.

Conference wrap-up and special keynote speaker

Ronni Kahn AO
CEO and Founder OzHarvest

Driven by a determination to find purpose in her life, the simple act of rescuing good food and delivering it to people in need quickly caught on, and in 2004 OzHarvest was born.

Ronni Kahn is renowned for her boundless energy, infectious enthusiasm and not taking no for an answer! Her ability to inspire and motivate everyone she meets has seen OzHarvest grow from humble beginnings to become Australia’s leading food rescue organisation. Her journey in the fight against food waste became the feature of an independent film Food Fighter and in 2019 she was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia.

She will inspire us with her journey as we leave to begin our own.

3:00pm – Conference close