Our keynote speakers will set the scene – what is the context in which we are working?  What are our collective and overarching challenges?  We will then explore innovation and what that is and how a different approach to thinking can help us rise to challenges differently.

To set the scene first up:

The conference will be opened by Hon Shannon Fentiman, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.

Current Australian context – what is the environment we are working within and what are the conditions we need to innovate with. Richard Denniss, Chief Economist, The Australia Institute
What is social innovation and why should we embrace it? Belinda Bell,  Director of Cambridge Social Ventures, at Cambridge Judge Business School
The local context and why we as a sector need to innovate. Mark Henley, Chief Executive Officer, QCOSS

Our morning concurrent session will focus on:

Collaboration for Impact: This session will set you up for the Masterclass on day two or provide you with a great understanding of how you can collaborate for impact.  We will explore case studies to see how this approach works.
Kerry Graham  – Collaboration for Impact
Matthew Cox – Logan Together
Innovative solutions where citizens help citizens: We explore some projects and programs where people have worked together to make real change – whether it be on a community scale or person by person.
Denise Hagan – The Puuya Foundation
Simon Rowe – sleepbus
Nundah Community Enterprise Cooperative


Gamification of everyday information to make impact: These organisations have taken the challenge of providing critical information through games.  Learn to play and the impact it has had.
Eddie Buli – Yarning Money
Bec and Troy – QDN Energy Literacy game
Different approaches to funding community services:  This session explores different ways and approaches that can deliver funding.  Including social benefit bonds, market-led proposals, a variety of different models and social enterprise.
Mike Folland – Churches of Christ Social Benefit Bond
Joanne Patterson – Queensland Treasury Market-led Proposals
Alex McDonald – The Wise Foundation

Our afternoon plenary sessions will look at:

Innovation in Government

Hon Leeanne Enoch, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business.  The government’s approach to innovation from her portfolio as Minister for Innovation.

Michael Hogan – Director-General Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.  Michael will discuss changes to child and family funding based on the Our Way document. And what is happening in the family and domestic violence space.

Kimberly Dripps – Assistant Director-General and Chief Advisor Queensland Government Procurement,  Department of Housing and Public Works.  Kimberly will talk about the new approach to procurement from the Queensland Government.



Place and people –
Vita Maiorano – Family by Family

The day will end with a session from Family by Family, an innovative project from South Australia.  We will hear about how it was set up and from one of the ‘sharing families’.

“We find and train families who have been through tough times, who have come out the other side and are now experiencing more ups than downs. We call these families Sharing Families – families who have something to share.

Sharing Families support families who are going through tough times and want to make changes in their lives. We call these families Seeking Families – families who are seeking something more. Together the families work on achieving goals and move towards thriving lives. Nobody tells the families what they need to change – everyone’s goals are different.”


On day two we will host two masterclasses.

Masterclass one – ‘Practical ways to innovate and collaborate’ will focus on building the foundations for place-based collaboration.

Masterclass two – ‘Digital and your clients’ spend some time learning about the direction of case management with Infoxchange, learn how to develop your value proposition, choose the right digital channels and what free tools are available to help you do all of this.  The sessions will be highly interactive and leave you with real skills to transfer to the workplace.