Information for attendees

About the Not-For-Profit People Conference

Do you need time to step back from the frenzy of everyday work to look at the bigger picture? To find new ideas, think strategically or improve and develop your own work practices?

Or the opportunity to meet hundreds of your sector colleagues to find out how they’re approaching the same workplace challenges you face?

The Not-For-Profit People Conference offers that unique opportunity.

This year, the conference returns to the Melbourne Convention Centre on 13 and 14 November 2017. Over two packed days, you’ll hear advice and case studies from experts working in some of the most successful NFPs in the country, as well as leading innovators from the corporate sector, government and academia.

Each year, organisations come together to share the latest ideas and best practices for how to attract, manage, train and retain the best people for the NFP sector – ideas that could help transform your organisation.

What’s covered?

The six conference streams cover content for managers and team leaders, HR professionals, HR managers, Board members, CEOs, senior managers and volunteer managers, across ~30 parallel sessions, plus four keynote presentations over two big days.

The six core streams of the 2017 Not-For-Profit People Conference are:

  • Leadership
  • Managing people well
  • Recruitment
  • People and organisational strategy
  • Strengthening HR
  • Health and wellbeing

Who should attend?

If your work involves recruiting, managing or supervising staff or volunteers; leading a team; HR; workforce planning or organisational strategy, the Not-For-Profit People Conference is the event you cannot afford to miss this year.

The conference is designed for NFP staff who are:

  • Managers and team leaders
  • HR professionals, HR managers and their teams
  • CEOs and senior managers
  • Volunteer managers
  • Board members

. . . and anyone passionate about ‘people’ issues in the NFP sector!

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Networking Opportunities

The conference is a rare and invaluable opportunity to network with 500+ passionate NFP professionals from around the country and swap notes on what’s working – and what’s not working – in your workplace.

As well as regular tea, coffee and lunch breaks to exchange ideas and share learnings, we’ve also programmed in interactive group networking sessions to make sure you have a chance to connect and share your experiences with other conference attendees.

Join us for conference camaraderie and canapés

From 5pm on the evening of Monday 13 November, your conference registration is also your invitation to the conference networking celebration, including complimentary drinks and canapés.

It’s the perfect opportunity to catch up and continue conversations from the day, make new friends and share the joys and challenges of your role with colleagues from across Australia’s NFP sector.

Announcing . . . the NFP People Conference Dinner!

For the first time, we’re holding a Conference Dinner on the evening of Monday 13 November, after the drinks and canapés conclude.

This delicious, three-course dinner is a fantastic opportunity to make new friends and deepen connections and with your colleagues in a relaxed dining environment.

You can book your place at the Conference Dinner for just $75 +gst – which includes three courses and a wine/beer of your choice – by selecting the “Yes, I’d like to attend the official conference dinner” option when you register for the Conference:

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Conference Venue

The superb Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) will once again be home to the 2017 Not-For-Profit People Conference. The MCEC is located on the banks of the iconic Yarra River near South Wharf.

Access to the Convention Centre is via South Wharf Promenade or alongside the Exhibition Centre itself (Click here for map and venue access). If arriving by car or taxi, you’ll come via Convention Centre Place. Once inside, make your way to level 1 via escalator or lift – there will be signs to guide you.

Melbourne Convention Centre
Level 1, Rooms 101 – 106
1 Convention Centre Place
South Wharf, Victoria

Melbourne: your spectacular host

Renowned for its food, wine, sport and arts, Melbourne truly lives up to its titles of Australia’s cultural and sporting capital.

Indulge in world-class shopping and dining, explore historic laneways and arcades, cheer on your favourite football, cricket or soccer team, or feast your senses on internationally acclaimed visual and performing arts – the city is yours for the taking.

Want to know more about what to see and where to go? Visit or

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Accommodation and flights

Exclusive to Not-For-Profit People Conference attendees we have secured discounted accommodation rates with various hotels in walking distance of the venue as well as the best airfare rates of the day for those needing to book flights.

Be sure to book early, just follow this link to secure your hotel and flights.

Getting to and from the venue – and around Melbourne

As the organiser of the Not-For-Profit People Conference, encourages the use of sustainable transport options wherever possible. Luckily Melbourne has a plethora of these, including trains, trams, buses and bikes!

Travel from the airport

Skybus – Departs from the airport every 10 minutes and takes between 20 and 30 minutes to arrive at Southern Cross Station. From Southern Cross, it’s a quick 15-minute walk to the conference venue, or take one of the tram options listed below. Fares are $19 one way and $38 return. For more information and timetables, visit

Taxi – Fares are around $50 for a one-way trip directly to the venue from the airport. Travel time is around 30 minutes, and up to one hour during peak hour. Visit for more information.

Travel within Melbourne

Before you travel on Melbourne’s public transport, you’ll need to pick up a myki card – a pre-paid smartcard that allows you to travel on trains, trams and buses. Buy and top up your myki at Melbourne Airport or Southern Cross Station, or at over 800 retailers, including all 7-Eleven stores. The Visitor Value Pack comes with a handy CBD public transport map and instructions. Visit for more information.

Tram – With the largest network of trams in the world, getting around by tram is a popular choice in Melbourne. Routes 96, 109 and 12 pass Southern Cross Station and stop outside the Clarendon St entrance to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. From there, it’s just a five-minute walk to the Convention Centre, either alongside the Exhibition Centre or down the spectacular South Wharf Promenade. Visit for more information.

Train – Melbourne’s extensive metropolitan train network can take you just about anywhere, including Southern Cross Station – from where you can walk or take one of the tram options listed above to the conference venue. Visit for information and timetables.

Bicycle – With more than 600 bikes to hire from 51 convenient stations, Melbourne Bike Share is the perfect transport choice for those who like to feel the wind in their hair. Visit

Taxi or Rideshare – Melbourne has two main taxi companies, Black Cabs (13cabs) and Silver Top. A social-enterprise ride-sharing service called Shebah (for women only) has also taken off in Melbourne – visit to find out more.

Car – If you’re from Melbourne and choose to drive to the conference, limited parking is available at MCEC. Visit for prices and more information.

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Speaking Opportunities

Each year we invite our audience and networks to make submissions to speak at the conference. Whilst applications are now officially closed to present at this year’s Not-For-Profit People Conference, if you have an idea for a session you’d particularly like to discuss, please call our Event Manager, Gail Reardon on (03) 9419 4707.

We look for submissions that are relevant to not-for-profit leaders, managers, and HR and volunteer management professionals – across both paid staff and volunteers – and centred around our six core themes.

The conference has been honoured to welcome many extraordinary speakers over the years, sharing expert advice, innovative ideas and case studies around how they attract, train and retain the best staff and volunteers.

Program Advisory Group

The Not-For-Profit People Conference program is guided by a Program Advisory Group composed of leaders, managers and HR professionals from a range of large and small NFP organisations.

With a wealth of knowledge and passion around the sector’s most pressing people issues, the group works with us to create a program that truly reflects the needs of the NFP People community. Members of the 2017 Program Advisory Group are:

  • Andrew Binns, Director of Program Management, World Vision
  • Aoife Brady, Talent & Attraction Specialist, the Benevolent Society
  • Kirsty Burke, Former General Manager, Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre
  • Annemaree Callander, Chief Executive Officer, Brisbane Youth Service
  • Christopher Dougherty, General Manager – Human Resources, PresCare
  • Ralph Salera, Program Manager, Salvation Army West Care
  • Frank Sedmak, General Manager, People & Culture, Cerebral Palsy Alliance

General Conference Information

Conference Program

The full conference program is coming soon, but in the meantime the opening and closing times are as follows:

Monday 13 November
8am – Registration opens
9am – Sessions start
4.45pm-5.45pm – Networking drinks & canapés
6:30pm Conference Dinner

Tuesday 14 November
8.30am – Registration opens
9am – Sessions start
3.30pm – Conference close

Please note: Current closing time may be subject to change.

Cancellation policy

  • If you need to cancel your registration:
  • Substitutions are possible up until registration closes on 3 November.
  • We can offer full refunds up until August 31 2017.
  • Cancellations between 1 September and 19 October 2017 attract a $100 cancellation fee.
  • For cancellations between 20 October and 3 November 2017, only substitutions will be possible.
  • Requests for cancellations must be received via by the above dates.

Catering and dietary requirements

Arrival tea and coffee, morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch are included with your conference registration, as are the drinks and canapés offered at the networking function on the Monday evening.

An environmentally-friendly menu will be served on both days. If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know when you register online and we’ll be sure to cater for you.

Mobility and special needs

We’re happy to help in any way we can if you require any special assistance – just let us know when you register.

Registration desk, name badges and tickets

The conference registration desk will be situated at the entrance to the conference exhibition space and session rooms, on Level 1 at rooms 101 to 106. A detailed venue map will be provided to attendees prior to the event.

You must complete your registration before attending any sessions. Upon registration, you’ll receive a delegate satchel and name badge. Admission to all sessions, morning and afternoon teas, lunches and the networking function is by name badge only, so please wear it at all times.


An exhibition will be held in conjunction with the conference, showcasing organisations that provide relevant products and services for NFP professionals. To request information about participating as an exhibitor or sponsor, please contact our Events Manager, Gail Reardon on 03-9419 4707 or


To help delegates build networks and get to know each other, we’ll be circulating attendee names, job titles, and organisations to other delegates and exhibitors at the conference. You may opt out of this when you register.

Disclaimer reserves the right to make changes to the conference program at any time as circumstances require. While we’ll make every effort to ensure all advertised speakers will appear on the day, we can’t guarantee their attendance.

Image release

In registering for this conference, delegates grant permission to and others working under its authority to take and to have full and free use of video/photographs containing their image/likeness. It is understood these images may be used for promotional, news, online/multimedia, research and/or educational purposes by and for

Previous conferences

You can see content from the NFP People Conference for the last few years via the links below:

2014 Conference | 2015 Conference | 2016 Conference

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