Faith-Based Governance & Dispute Resolution Conference

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Tuesday 5 December 2017
Wednesday 6 December 2017

The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre will host the first international conference on faith-based governance and dispute resolution in Melbourne on December 5 and 6.

Faith-based organisations are the largest category of charity in Australia, making a significant impact on social wellbeing.

The two-day Faith-Based Governance & Dispute Resolution Conference will showcase and discuss best practice governance for faith-based organisations.

Our keynote addresses, panel discussions and workshops will provide delegates with new knowledge, skills and resources for governance that meet the challenges of increased regulatory scrutiny and heightened community expectations.

The conference is aimed at faith-based organisations, including their leadership and boards, as well as public sector workers, regulators and academics.


  • The Honourable Justice Jennifer Coate, Commissioner, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
  • The Honourable Marcia Neave AO, former Commissioner, Royal Commission into Family Violence (Victoria)
  • Professor Daniel Sinclair, Wolff Fellow in Jewish Law, and Visiting Professor of Law at Fordham University Law School
  • Sue-Anne Wallace AM, 2014 Churchill Fellow & Vice-President, Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative (Geneva).

Feature sessions

  • Beyond the Royal Commission: governance, risk management, and complaint handling for faith-based organisations.
  • ‘Meet the Regulators’ Panel.

Indicative sessions

  • Religious and Secular Authority and Decision-Making
  • Law and the (Religious) Lifecycle: Birth, death, marriage and divorce
  • New Leadership: The role of the laity, women, and youth
  • Industrial Relations for faith-based bodies
  • Culture and Conflict Resolution: Diverse styles, forms and outcomes
  • Legal Training for Religious Leaders: What do rabbis, priests and imams need to know?

Masterclasses & workshops

Masterclasses and workshops will be held before and after the conference on critical topics such as 'Getting Grant Ready' and 'Managing the Media'.

Register your interest early to ensure you don’t miss out! Email [email protected].

Information exchange gallery

The Information exchange gallery (IEG) will be a poster exhibition showcasing best practice governance resources, case studies and tutorials by community organisations. The IEG model will allow delegates to share information and learn from the experiences of other organisations.


Conference packages:

  • Full conference registration (5-6 Dec 2017): $600 (inc GST)
  • Day 1 only (5 Dec 2017): $330 (inc GST)
  • Day 2 only (6 Dec 2017): $330 (inc GST).

Masterclasses & workshops:

  • Half-day session: $150 (inc GST).


Registrations close Tuesday 28 November 2017.

About Sir Zelman Cowen Centre

The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre provides legal education, training and research, with a particular focus on law and cultural diversity.

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5 December 2017, 9:00am to 5:30pm
6 December 2017, 9:00am to 5:30pm


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