4-5 May 2016
Rydges Hotel, Melbourne

4-5 May 2016
Rydges Hotel, Melbourne

Collaboration for Impact

A two-day conference designed to help you bring collaborative approaches to life in your work and community.

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Why Collaboration for Impact

Building on the sell-out success of the Collaboration for Impact conference in Sydney, the Centre for Social Impact, Social Leadership Australia and the Collaboration for Impact Community are proud to present Collaboration for Impact conference in Melbourne.  

Following a similar program to Collaboration for Impact 2015 in Sydney, this conference is designed to help you bring collaborative approaches to life in your work and community. You will be introduced to the latest thinking and doing in collaboration and Collective Impact and learn how to make progress on some of our most complex social issues. This is a unique opportunity to develop your skills in an active learning space and to connect with a network of peers advancing new approaches to collaboration in Australia.

Hosted by the Centre for Social Impact and Social Leadership Australia, we have also partnered with Collaboration for Impact, the Australian community of practice that helps communities work better together to tackle their toughest problems and achieve large-scale social change.

As we face a future where social issues are becoming more resilient to traditional change efforts, new approaches and commitments to collaboration and Collective Impact are emerging in Australia. At Collaboration for Impact 2016 – Melbourne we will go beyond the theoretical and focus on the practical to allow participants to achieve higher impact in their specific collaborative challenges.

Each session will teach you new ways to lead and implement social change in your work. You will:

  • Learn from existing communities how to implement successful and effective collaborative approaches.
  • Understand how to bring collaborative approaches to life, including Collective Impact.
  • Participate and connect with a unique network of peers in cross-sectoral learning groups.
  • Be inspired by Australian thought leaders.
  • Share you collaborative challenges and help others make progress with theirs.
  • Gain practical tips, tools and “how-to” knowledge for immediate application in your own practice and community.
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What you'll learn

  • How other Australian initiatives collaborate, their commitment to collaboration, how they are tracking impact, and their successes and challenges to date.
  • The perspectives and challenges faced by government, corporates and the community in using power for effective collaborations.
  • How to work with and manage resistance from within your own organisation and from other parts of the system you work with to lead lasting social change.
  • Practical tips, case studies and theory on how Backbone leaders create a learning culture within their collaborative initiative.


Julie Ahern

Acting Director
Social Leadership Australia

Julie has over 25 years’ experience in leadership roles in government, corporate and not for profit sector organisations.

Kerry Graham

Conference Co-convenor
Collaboration for Impact

Kerry's purpose is to evolve the way social change happens in Australia. 

Mikey Leung

Digital Storytellers

Mikey is deeply passionate about social justice and sustainability.

Dr Michelle Lucas

Opportunity Child

Michelle has worked for over a decade using a Collective Impact approach to address complex social challenges throughout Australia and Asia.

Shannon Newman

Community Research Consultant
Comspec Services

Shannon has a strong interest in carrying out consultation and research in the early childhood education sector, with a particular passion for supporting local communities to evaluate their efforts to improve outcomes.

Grant Paulson

Faith and Development Advisor, Australia Program
World Vision Australia

Grant is a Birri-Gubba/Bundjalung man, also of Scottish and Ni-Vanuatu heritage. A husband and father to four, he holds the role of Faith and Development Advisor at World Vision Australia.

Anthony Raitman

Deputy Regional Director
Department of Education and Training

Anthony is responsible for improving the health and wellbeing of children and young adults particularly those at risk of poor health and educational outcomes.

Jenny Riley

Navigating Outcomes and Associate for Collaboration for Impact

Jenny has over 17 years’ experience in the social sector, working for international NGOs Oxfam, Plan and United Way.

Kevin Robbie

United Way Australia

Kevin Robbie is the CEO of United Way Australia (UWA), one of the leading organisations focused on mobilising individuals, business and funders to work collaboratively to tackle community disadvantage.

Lisa Ryan

Social Leadership Australia

Lisa Ryan is an experienced leader and manager committed to achieving better results for the community through building the capability of the performance of the public and non-government sectors to address complex social issues.

Liz Skelton

Collaboration for Impact

Liz Skelton is Director of The Adaptive Practice specialising in building the collaborative leadership practice of organisations, governments and communities to have social impact.

Brendon Smyth

Director, Engagement and Events
Centre for Social Impact

Prior to joining CSI, Brendon was the General Manager Fundraising and Marketing at the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Go Goldfields

Central Goldfields Shire Council

Go Goldfields is about how we work together to deliver locally relevant solutions to social issues affecting children, youth and families.

Beyond the Bell

Great South Coast Education Attainment Project

A grassroots collaborative initiative across six municipalities in south west Victoria.

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