Conference program

Time Event
8:00–9:00 Arrival - Registration/ Exhibition Open
8:50–9:00 Exhibition
Cultural entertainment
Plenary Session
9:05–9:10 Welcome to Country
Peta Strachan
9:10–9:15 Conference MC introduction
Official Welcome 
The Hon. Mark Raymond Speakman, SC MP, NSW Attorney General
Official Speech & Welcome
The Hon. Mark Joseph COURE, MP, Minister for Multiculturalism, and Minister for Seniors

Official Welcome
Michael Tidball, Secretary, Department of Communities and Justice

Keynote Session 1
Enabling improved outcomes through community participation

Multicultural Showcase

Keynote Session 2
Local Government Perspective, Grassroots Community Engagement

Morning Tea/ Stall & Poster viewing

Exhibition in the Governor's ballroom 


Concurrents 1-4

S1: Paving the way for frontline engagement

S2: Developing culturally responsive resources for multicultural engagement

S3: Responding to Domestic and Family Violence 

S4: Addressing the barriers to authentic engagement involving vulnerable community groups

5 minute break to move between sessions

Concurrents 5 - 8

S5: Engaging with Young People

S6: Multicultural engagement in various spaces

S7: Responding to multiple needs through cultural context

S8: Rethinking multicultural community engagement and cooperation


Lunch / Stall & Poster viewing

Exhibition in the Governor’s ballroom

Cultural Entertainment followed by a Theatre Production by Marian St Theatre for Young People


Concurrents 9 - 12

S9: Grassroots engagement involving regional and urban communities

S10: Cementing multilingual engagement

S11: Identifying best practice for multicultural engagement through media

S12: Values of partnership and collaboration

14:25–14:35 Break to move to Governor's ballroom & Stall/Poster viewing
Closing Plenary Session
14:35–15:05 Keynote Session 3
Community Engagement, Lessons learnt & strategic approaches from First Nations to multicultural communities 
15:05–15:20 Multicultural Showcase
15:20–15:50 Keynote Session 4
Community Engagement, the critical dimensions of intersectionality
15:50–16:05 Closing remarks & Conference Highlights
16:05–16:30 Networking Soiree and Cultural Entertainments
16:30 Conference close
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11 Jan 2023

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