Features in the ChangeFest program that may appeal to you!


Are you working in government and wondering how to convince your Director why you should come?

Here are 5 reasons to include in your pitch:
1. You will be contributing to the national conversation about the Uluru Statement and helping to translate the 2018 ChangeFest Statement into practice. Dr Megan Davis is one of the key speakers.

2. You will be meeting your peers across the country and getting their best tips, wisdom and advice in hands on workshops, not just listening to key note speakers. You can bring these back and also share what works for you in your location. Sessions to get a taste of initiatives as well as deep dives about what works, what to measure and how to govern.

3. You will have access to the national leaders in place-based initiatives and able to bump into them across the days and nights.You will bump into people like Matthew Cox (Logan Together), Di Jackson (Opportunity Child), Kerry Graham (Collaboration for Impact), Dr Linda O’Brien (Griffith University).

4. You will have a night of astronomy led by a local Aboriginal community leader to expand your dreams and horizons.

5. You will come back to work a renewed and refreshed commitment to your role serving citizens as changemakers. You can hear from over 20 communities sharing their stories in short bursts, over breaks and by asking questions in yarning circles.


TRAUMA is part of the human condition and it impacts on every bit of the place-based work.

ChangeFest 19 will have a session focussed on trauma, grief and the the process of change. You will be able to tap into experts unpacking issues of trauma, how this impacts the whole community and how to keep moving forward to get the results at scale. This theme will present itself over the course of ChangeFest including a dedicated session featuring some of our Mt Druitt hosts and learning from international experts Don Lyons – a citizen of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibway and descendant of Six Nations Mohawk and national leaders in the field including Dr John Hunter, who grew up Mt Druitt, sharing their knowledge on cultural interventions and inter-generational trauma. Not too be missed if your work, community or thinking about how to design and plan to constructively factor in trauma.


TELLING OUR STORIES and communicating your initiative.

Getting the message out and about in community, with partners, for funding and investment pitches is an everyday part of place-based work. This year on the ChangeFest program you will find some pretty special people who have expertise in this area such as poet and visual artist Anna Hueneke, Rhoda Roberts, Head of First Nations programming at Sydney Opera House. There will also be singers, young performers and a chance for you to add your piece of art and / or voice to installations and workshops. Sharing your knowledge and what works at your place will be part of the experience of ChangeFest.