Call for speakers – 2018 Not-For-Profit People Conference

Are you an HR expert? An amazing leader or manager of people? A whiz at recruiting extraordinary staff or volunteers? A change-maker in your organisation?

We’re looking for leaders, HR Professionals, managers and volunteer managers from across the NFP sector – as well as leaders from the private sector, government and academia – to share new or great ideas and best practices around all aspects of HR, people management and leadership, to help build the capacity of hundreds of Australian NFP organisations.

About the 2018 Conference

When: 19 and 20 November 2018

Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

The Not-For-Profit People Conference is Australia’s biggest event focused on how to attract, manage, train and retain the best people for the NFP sector.

Over two days, 500 NFP professionals – including HR professionals, senior leaders, managers, board members, volunteer managers and CEOs – will explore the NFP sector’s most pressing people issues.

Past conferences have featured high-profile leaders like Google’s Head of HR Sarah Robb, World Vision CEO Tim Costello, Smith Family CEO Lisa O’Brien and Olympian & former-Senator Nova Peris.

However the majority of speakers are HR professionals, managers and leaders within all kinds of NFPs around Australia – from the smallest to the largest – who have developed innovative and highly successful people processes or initiatives.

Why present

The Not-For-Profit People Conference is an opportunity to share your knowledge, skills and experience with a unique audience of 500 leaders and influencers from hundreds of Australian NFP organisations.

You’ll be helping to build the capacity of some of Australia’s most important and high-impact NFPs. And you’ll strengthen your networks and build your personal brand – as well as that of your organisation – boosting your profile as a leader in your field.

What to present on

We’re seeking submissions relevant to HR professionals, not-for-profit leaders, managers and volunteer managers – and centred around the following topics:

  • Leadership – at all levels
  • Managing people well – topics relevant to those who manage teams and programs
  • People and organisational strategy – bigger picture topics for organisations, including workforce planning and learning and development (L&D)
  • Strengthening HR – advanced topics for HR professionals
  • Recruitment – from recruitment planning to onboarding and everything between
  • Health and wellbeing – for all staff and volunteers

Presentations on any areas of interest to senior leaders, managers, HR professionals and volunteer managers will be considered.

Please note: we have a strict policy around content wherein we will not accept submissions that include the promotion of commercial products or services. Partnership and exhibition opportunities are available. Please contact Natalie Pryles at for partnership details.

How to present

We’re looking for original presentations that offer practical take-away tips and tools.

Suggested formats include:

  • Case studies;
  • Participatory workshops;
  • Facilitated discussions;
  • Panel discussions; or
  • Original/new research findings.

Sessions should run for 55 minutes total, including 10-15 minutes for questions.

Presentations must also:

  • Focus on practical takeaways and learnings for delegates (rather than focused on promoting your organisation’s work);
  • Showcase highly-successful, innovative or unique practices, frameworks, methodologies, processes or tools;
  • Preferably be original content.

To view previous years’ sessions and programs, you can download the 2016 or 2017 conference programs.

Speaker benefits

If you’re selected as a conference presenter, you’ll receive:

  • A full two-day conference registration for the confernece, including access to all sessions, the official networking event, and all food and drinks;
  • Travel and accommodation expenses paid;
  • Access to a significant discount on conference registration for all staff in your organisation.


Please complete the form below to submit your application before Friday 4 May 2018.

After submissions close, a Program Advisory Group – composed of representatives from a range of Australian NFPs – will review all submissions.

All applicants will be notified as to their success in late June 2018.

2018 Call for Speakers
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