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1 May 2014

Australia’s “social purpose system” – through which we aim to improve social outcomes across sectors and across social issues including health, welfare, education and more – is very large, complex, arguably under-performing, and now facing unprecedented challenges if we are to maintain or improve social outcomes over the coming decades.  How can we create systems through which our system productivity – that is, our achievement of social outcomes for every dollar invested – doubles?Read more

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22 May 2014

Further details will be available shortly, however Janeen Baxter's presentation will focuss on the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course: Challenges, Opportunities and Collaboration - including the rationale for the Centre, the research questions, current participants, proposed projects and future plans.

There will also be ample time for comments and discussion.Read more

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15 April 2014

Dr Christina Hood, Senior Climate Policy Analyst, International Energy Agency (IEA), will discuss a new international climate change agreement is currently being negotiated that will be applicable to all countries and have legal force.Read more

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6 May 2014

Professor Deborah Blackman, Professor of Public Sector Management Strategy, University of NSW, Canberra and Visiting Professor at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, will addressing the problems of performance and productivity in our workplaces and what we mean by high performance at an individual, agency and whole of system level.Read more

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17 April 2014

Housing Outcomes and the Economy of Cities: exploring Possible Connections and Policy Implications

Presented by: Duncan Maclennan CBE FRSE AcSS RTPI(Hon) CIH(Hon) RICS (Hon)Read more

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13 May 2014

The development of the affordable housing industry in Australia is at a critical point. It is under pressure to increase the supply of affordable housing and to respond to the diversity of tenant and household needs within the wider housing market. Shifts in government policy and regulatory frameworks aim to promote the growth of the industry, reduce the regulatory burden on providers, increase opportunities across jurisdictions, and support future housing product development.Read more

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6 May 2014

'Power' is not a dirty word!

What does power mean beyond control and management? What does it have to do with love, compassion, progress, care and bridging the divides between us?

Power is a resource that is essential for positive change. But for it to be used well, it first needs to be understood and accepted by those in roles of authority.

People often call for better leadership in our organisations and communities. But is our disappointment inevitable? Perhaps we’ve been having the wrong conversation?Read more

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12 June 2014

Join Lyn Carson, Director of The newDemocracy Foundation and the Hon Ken Coghill for an interactive discussion reflecting on what local democracy in action looks like now, and what we want it to look like in the future. This is the first event in the VLGA's 2014 ‘Governance by Design’ series.

 

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15 April 2014

Attracting large-scale institutional investment to grow Australia’s supply of affordable rental housing has been a long-term goal for Australia’s affordable housing industry.

However, the cost and availability of private finance remains a major obstacle. The key is to balance the most efficient form of risk allocation with the required public good outcomes, whilst attracting the lowest-cost funds and ensure these reach long-term landlords.Read more

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24 April 2014

Implementing joined-up government: lessons from the Australian Social Inclusion Agenda

presented by  Dr Gemma Carey

‘Joined-up government’ approaches have emerged in many industrialised countries as a means to tackle persistent ‘wicked’ public and social policy problems (Pollit 2003). Despite this, limited evidence exists concerning their implementation or effectiveness.Read more