2022 State

When: 23 & 24 June 2022
Where: Arts Centre Melbourne

Dedicated to advancing effective, sustainable and inclusive volunteering across Victoria, our biannual State Conference aims to bring the sector a diverse array of expert speakers, workshops, short presentations; delivering a strong program of wide ranging-content.

Held on 23-24 June 2022 at the iconic Arts Centre Melbourne, our 2022 State Conference was an exciting opportunity to reconnect with one another after years of separation and recurrent lockdowns. With close to 300 delegates and 37 speakers in attendance, there was a clear appetite to enjoy the buzz of conversation beyond the Zoom screen.

Our theme Bridges to the future: Equity, diversity and inclusion challenged all those present to go beyond good intentions and explore ways to create meaningful change in how Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is addressed and celebrated within their own organisations.

The two-day program featured a diverse line-up of inspiring keynote speakers, passionate presenters, and saw the highly anticipated return of a regular conference favourite: the Great Debate. Numerous attendees returned on the second day to participate in in-depth Masterclasses with Emma Gee and Martin Cowling.

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Thank you once again to the 300 people who helped us sell out our 2022 State Conference. It was so heartening to build bridges to the future and a collective desire to help our communities progress towards genuine equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are grateful to the attendees who took the time to complete our conference survey. Your answers allow us, as your State Peak, to assess where we were successful and continue improve on the delivery of such an important event.

Here’s what some of our attendees thought:

Really well-run event with some fantastic and inspiring speakers. Well done to all involved!

Thank you so much Volunteering Victoria for putting together such an inspiring event.

I appreciated the opportunity to attend the conference and to connect with my peers. I have a great respect for Volunteering Victoria and appreciate the work you do.

Just thank you! I am ready to drive my bosses nuts with all my plans to grow!

Making an event safe for diverse people is not an easy task – but you were successful. I congratulate you and thank you. The conference will stay with me forever.

I was so excited to see 300 people willing to learn more about diversity and inclusion!

See below for a summary of the 2022 Conference survey feedback.

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