Book now for this once-only faith-based summit, bringing together community leaders, agencies, regulators and experts to consider best practice in governance and dispute resolution in light of the Royal Commissions.

The Faith-Based Governance & Dispute Resolution Conference on 5-6 December 2017 will provide faith-based leaders, board members and employees the opportunity to hear from a stellar line-up of speakers.

Hear directly from two Royal Commissioners, representatives from government regulators, and expert governance and dispute resolution researchers and practitioners, all within a tightly packed two-day schedule.

Register now and join the conversation with #FaithGov17.


The Hon. Jennifer Coate

The Hon. Jennifer Coate


Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Hon. Marcia Neave AO

The Hon. Marcia Neave AO

Former Commissioner

Royal Commission into Family Violence (Victoria)

Francis Sullivan

Francis Sullivan

Chief Executive Officer

Truth, Justice and Healing Council

Liana Buchanan

Liana Buchanan

Principal Commissioner

Children and Young People

Murray Baird

Murray Baird

Assistant Commissioner; General Counsel

Australian Charities & Not-for-profits Commission

Dr Susan Carland

Dr Susan Carland

Academic, author, and social commentator

Gill Callister

Gill Callister


Dept of Education & Training (Victoria)

Rabbi Prof Daniel Sinclair

Rabbi Prof Daniel Sinclair

Professor of Law

Fordham University Law School

Program Highlights

The Faith-Based Governance & Dispute Resolution Conference will be held from 5-6 December 2017 at the Victoria University City Convention Centre, Level 12, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne.

Day 1 of the conference is a leadership summit, where delegates will hear from a unique line-up of experts on best practice in effective governance of faith-based organisations.

Day 2 will provide further tips and tricks for improving faith-based organisations, with panels and interactive sessions.

There will also be an academic stream on the intersection of law, religion, culture and diversity.


Beyond the Royal Commission: Best Practice for Faith-Based Organisations
Both the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and Royal Commission into Family Violence highlighted and recommended the need for faith-based organisations to improve their responses to vulnerable groups, as well as their governance and decision-making practices

Responding to the Royal Commission
Commentators from major faith-based communities discuss their individual responses and strategies.

‘Meet the Regulators’ Panel
Featuring representatives from ACNC, ASIC, ATO and Consumer Affairs (Victoria)

Between Religion and Democracy
How can religious law fit within a secular legal system?

When the Sh..candal Hits the Fan: Risk, Reputation and Relationship Management
A panel of ‘clients’ and ‘advisers’ will consider a ‘super-scenario’ where everything that could go wrong, has gone wrong. Issues to be covered including rebuilding trust, managing risk and developing strategies to address past failures.


Masterclasses will be held after the conference on Thursday, 7 December.

Financial Literacy Masterclass
Essentials tools for financial due diligence, including examination of balance sheets, auditing, making provisions and basic taxation rules for charities, and future planning and proofing their organisations.

Follow the Money: Getting Grant Ready
What makes an organisation attractive to public and private philanthropy? How to write a winning grant application.


The Information Exchange Gallery will be a poster exhibition showcasing best practice governance resources, case studies and tutorials by community organisations.

The IEG model will allow delegates to share information and learn from the experiences of other organisations.


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$330(inc GST)
Day 1
  • Day 1 only

  • Tuesday

  • 5 December 2017

$330(inc GST)
Day 2
  • Day 2 only

  • Wednesday

  • 6 December 2017


Eva and Les Erdi Foundation
Gandel Philanthropy
Victoria Law Foundation


Jewish Community Council of Victoria

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