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Wednesday 20 March

Various Times

Open House (optional)
Pop by these Neighbourhood Houses/Centres on your way to the conference venue. Drop by for a cuppa, chat and have an explore!
Read more here!

Ballarat East Neighbourhood House | 9:30am - 5pm
25/39 Barkly St, Ballarat East VIC 3350
Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre | 10am - 2pm
11 Tuppen Dr, Sebastopol VIC 3356
Wendouree Neighbourhood Centre | 11am - 3pm
12 Holly Grove, Wendouree VIC 3355
Clunes Neighbourhood House | 12pm - 3pm 
6 Templeton St, Clunes VIC 3370
(BOOM Clunes | Social Enterprise, 28 Fraser St, Clunes VIC 3370)
Ballan Neighbourhood House | 1pm - 3pm
143 Inglis St, Ballan VIC 3342
Creswick Neighbourhood Centre | 2pm - 4pm

19-21 Victoria St, Creswick VIC 3363 





Masterclass (optional)

Power analysis workshop with Real Deal for Geelong

Accommodation check-in opens


Neighbourhood House Networking 

Structured networking to help you connect and share ideas with others in the sector.

Casual Networking Drinks


thursday 21 March

From 7am













From 6:30pm

From 7pm

Breakfast opens

For guests with accommodation 

Registration opens

Welcome to Country & Smoking Ceremony

Djaara Traditional Owner Peta Hudson 

Opening Statements

CEO Opening  

Welcome to Country 

President’s Address 

Keynote: Dr Helen Durham

The CEO of RedR Australia will discuss disaster preparedness and resilience. 

Morning tea

Keynote: Dee Brooks, Jeder Institute

Community development​

Breakout Workshops

See details below!


Keynote: Leigh Sales

Multi award-winning author and journalist.

CEO Statement

Closing the day ahead of the final breakout sessions

Afternoon tea

Breakout Workshops

See details below!


Theme: 70s!

Pre-Dinner Drinks

Dinner Service and NHVic Award Presentation

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friday 22 march

From 7am










Breakfast opens

For guests with accommodation 


Day 3 opens

A short welcome from the CEO

Keynote: Juanita Pope

Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS)

Martha Haylett

Victorian State MP for Ripon

Keynote: Nevo Zisin

A a storyteller, esteemed educator on transgender topics, TEDx speaker, poet, and workshop facilitator.

Morning tea

Breakout Workshops 

See details below!

Research Update: Imogen Carr, RMIT

This session presents an NHVic – RMIT partnered project that analyses neighbourhood houses’ work in the context of the widespread challenge of loneliness and social isolation, and creates discussion about the challenges and opportunities that this increasingly pressing issue poses for neighbourhood houses.    

Closing Statements 

From our CEO 


Lunch will be available to go for attendees who prefer to get right on the road.


what to bring

We want our conference to be environmentally sustainable so we will no longer be providing printed programs, showbags, pens, and notepads.

Please bring with you:

  • a smartphone, tablet, or laptop to view the conference program online. For easy access, add this page to your home screen

  • pens and notepad

  • water bottle and keep-cup

  • a tote or reusable bag to store things you may receive from the marketplace

  • costume for the Gala Night

If you have accommodation:

Aside from the usual items (clothes, toiletries), you may want to bring:

  • bathers for the swimming pool (indoor and outdoor)

  • workout clothes for the gym

  • your tennis racquet (these will also be available to borrow from the venue)



There are three breakout sessions at the 2024 conference. They will be held at 12pm and 4pm on Thursday 21 March, and 11:30am on Friday 22 March. Each attendee will have the opportunity to select the sessions they'd like to attend. 

Thursday 21 March 12pm

  • Pathways to Volunteering for Migrant and Refugee Women
    Wellsprings for Women | Hepburn Room

    Many women arrive in Australia with strong workplace and resilience skills but face many barriers in finding ways to apply these skills and contribute to society in the ways they would like to. Volunteering can provide the link to self-respect and new careers whilst providing unique benefits to organisations that engage them.

  • Community Group Governance Program 
    Ballarat East Neighbourhood House | Creswick Room

    Ballarat’s four Neighbourhood Houses partnered with the City of Ballarat to develop and deliver the first half of a 4-year program that supports community development and community partnerships through building resilience in local community groups. We run free Workshops to improve community groups’ sustainability, ability to access funds and improve governance.


  • The Inclusion Games
    Kris Rawlinson & Michelle Willoughby (NHVic) | Banksia Room

    Join us for a fun and interactive session to test your knowledge and application of practices that promote inclusion of all community members, regardless of age, ability, background, gender and other personal circumstances. 
    Do you have what it takes to enter this battle and maybe learn a few hot tips from your peers and our NHVic facilitators? Game on!


  • New Managers Panel
    Meg Stewart, Greg Ferrington, Jo Davey, & Sonya Davis | Ironbark Room

    A welcoming space for new managers to ask questions and gain information from our experienced Locum Man


  • Food Relief as Community Development
    Morwell Neighbourhood House | Lindsay Room

    Tracie Lund will discuss the rising demand for food relief services, and the successful program and partnerships Morwell Neighbourhood House have built to sustain it. The session will be introduced and faciliated by Can Yasmut, EO, Local Community Services Association (LCSA), the NSW peak body for neighbourhood and community centres.

Thursday 21 March 4pm

  • Neighbourhood Placemaking: The Art and Craft of Creating an Inspiring Public Space with your Neighbourhood House
    Alphington Community Centre | Banksia Room
    Is your house regularly mistaken for a childcare centre? A local government office? Does your community pass by daily without really understanding who you are or acknowledging your presence? 
    Here are 20 ways to change your physical relationship with your neighbourhood and help your community really see you.

  • The Art of Persuasion: The Role roles of Neighbourhood Houses as Advocates 
    Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre | Ironbark Room

    Advocacy can be scary, daunting, mystifying, and confusing – yet Neighbourhood Houses can play a powerful role working with local communities to work towards systemic change. This presentation aims to provide practical tips about how to walk alongside community for changing hearts and minds of political decision-makers. Politicians are people too!


  • Mobile Hub
    Pangerang Community Hub | Acacia Lawn

    Come check out Pangerang Community Hub's Mobile Hub! This session will be informal, and give you the opportunity to see how 
    their new Mobile Hub operates and services their community. 

  • Pickleball
    Sorrento Community Centre | Tennis Courts 

    Greg Hilton will give a pickleball demonstration and explain a possible long term income stream which can be minimal setting up costs from the fastest growing sport in USA, with Australia quickly catching up. You don't need your own space for courts and doing joint ventures with other entities is a real option.  Join in the fun for a game and see how it could be a great new addition for your Neighbourhood House!

Friday 22 March 11:30am

  • Managing Mental Health: What are our Obligations to our Workers? 
    Justice Connect | Banksia Room

    Working and volunteering in the not-for-profit sector can be as challenging as it is rewarding. We know our employees and volunteers experience stress and other factors related to work that could compromise their mental health. How can we manage hazards like high job demands, exposure to trauma, harassment and bullying, to meet our health and safety obligations for staff and volunteers? 

  • Make ACFE Work for You
    Panel | Hepburn Room

    ACFE providers will speak on the models and programs that have been successful for them, and the ways they've navigated making ACFE work for their Neighbourhood Houses.


  • Social Prescription
    Panel | Lindsay Room

    Dr J.R. Baker (Australian Social Prescribing Institute of Research and Education) and Lexi Marsh (Department of Health) will be joined by a link worker to discuss social prescribing efforts.


  • Manager Experiences and Insights
    Panel | Ironbark Room

    Chrissy Austin (Creswick Neighbourhood Centre) and Mary-Lynn Grffith (Whittlesea Community House) will talk about some of the programs and processes in their Neighbourhood Houses that have created success, and how those could apply for your Neighbourhood House. 

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