The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre at Victoria University convened the first Faith-Based Governance & Dispute Resolution Conference on 5-6 December 2017 in Melbourne.

The two-day conference was designed to showcase and discuss best practice governance for faith-based organisations.

Our keynote addresses, panel discussions and workshops provided delegates with new knowledge, skills and resources for governance to meet the challenges of increased regulatory scrutiny and heightened community expectations.


The Faith-Based Governance & Dispute Resolution Conference:

  1. brought together faith-based communities to consider the implications and their response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the Royal Commission into Family Violence (Victoria).
  2. built the capacity of faith-based community organisations and their leadership.
  3. promoted knowledge exchange between communities about good practice in governance.


The Conference was attended by 340 delegates, representing at least 17 different faith groups.

Attendees included secular and religious leaders and board members of faith-based organisations, dispute resolution practitioners, government services and regulators, and legal and other academics with research interests in the intersection of law, religion, culture and diversity.

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