Information for attendees

About the Not-For-Profit People Conference
What’s covered?
Who should attend?
Networking Opportunities
Conference Venue
Melbourne: your spectacular host
Getting to and from the venue – and around Melbourne
Speaking Opportunities
Program Advisory Group
Other Conference Information

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.

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.

Our 2023 Conference took place in February 2023 and was a great success. The information below will be updated for our 2024 Conference once dates and other details are announced. Please sign up to our email list at the bottom of this page to stay in touch.

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.

The six core streams of the 2023 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!

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.

Conference Venue

The superb Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) will once again be home to the 2023 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. The red elipse on the map below shows the best entrance to use:

Arrows mark the other entrances to the Convention Centre: via Convention Centre Place, Seafearers Bridge or South Wharf Promenade which runs alongside the Exhibition Centre itself

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


Thinking of staying in Melbourne for the Conference?
To make the conference more accessible for you we encourage you to visit sites like Trip Advisor to compare prices of different accomodation and find the most competitive deals to suit your stay in Melbourne.

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 and buses.

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.

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.

Speaking Opportunities

Submissions to speak at the 2023 Conference are now closed – sorry! Subscribe to our email list to be the first to hear about speaker opportunities for 2024.

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.

Other Conference Information

Conference Program

The full conference program will be released before the event, but in the meantime indicative opening and closing times are as follows:

Monday 20 February 2023
8am – Registration opens
9am – Sessions start
5pm – Sessions end
5pm – Networking drinks begins

Tuesday 21 February 2023
8am – Registration opens
9am – Sessions start
4:15pm – Conference close

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

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 lanyard with your name tag included. Admission to all sessions, morning and afternoon teas, lunches and the networking function is by lanyard name tag 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. Please see our main conference page for a list of our 2023 Sponsors & Exhibitors!


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