Over 1,700 of Australia’s most dynamic community leaders will converge at the historic Melbourne Town Hall, in the aftermath of a defining Federal election.

From health, human rights and social justice to inequality and climate change, Progress 2019 will showcase cutting-edge strategies to drive change; and provide practical insights to grow the impact of our organisations.



Progress 2019 will be held on June 20-21 across Melbourne’s historic Town Hall and nearby venues. We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the peoples of the Kulin Nation.



There will be 60+ sessions (from big plenary sessions to intimate workshops), 100+ speakers, two excellent evening parties, and much more. Some past highlights include:

  • Inspiring international guests from seven countries such as messaging guru Anat Shenker-Osorio, digital rights whistleblower Edward Snowden, Obama Campaign leader expert Jeremy Bird, ethicist Peter Singer, and the Global Head of Oxfam, Winnie Byanyima.
  • Rousing addresses and insider-insights from hundreds of Australian social change leaders such as John Falzon of St Vincent de Paul Society, Professor Gillian Triggs (in her final days as President of the Australian Human Rights Commission) and the ACTU’s Sally McManus.
  • Practical workshops on all types of skills, from digital to communications; hosting by emcees including Tracey Spicer, Jane Caro, Lee-Lin Chin and Adam Spencer; moving performances from Missy Higgins and Katie Noonan; incredible corridor and party conversations; and, above all, the mark you told us Progress left once you got back to your work!


If you’re about making real change, you should attend Progress.

  • We work on issues such as policy, advocacy, communications, campaigning, organising, marketing, fundraising and community development — or sometimes all of the above.
  • Many participants are on the frontlines or have lived experience of the issues they work on, and these are voices the conference elevates.
  • Hundreds of participants drive change in business, through philanthropy, in academia, think-tanks or in government and politics.
  • The Progress agenda is relevant to everyone from CEOs (hundreds attend) to younger volunteers. Many organisations find it valuable to send larger teams of 10-30+ people as a joint professional development exercise.


Head over to the Progress 2019 website here for more information on the conference, including our speakers, volunteer opportunities and scholarships and our registration page. Prices will increase in the lead up to the conference so register today!