We invite you to share, discover and be inspired by our love for the profession and practice of community engagement.


On the 13 and 14 September 2017, a group of people passionate about all things community engagement will be meeting in St Kilda, Melbourne, at the Engage 2 Act 2017 (un)Conference.

The focus of the (un)Conference is ‘for the love of community engagement’. 

Is it the practice itself? The people we encounter? The tools and techniques? The great things we learn along the way? The capacity we create? The transformation we witness? The legacy we leave?

The (un)Conference will explore all of these themes and more. It is for people at all levels of the community engagement experience, from students and new practitioners, to our respected engagement elders. We ask that everyone come prepared to contribute, and to be stretched….and above all, ready to share the love. 

Download the (un)Conference brochure (PDF, 3.1MB)

Why attend?

Three thought provoking keynote speakers to put you in the mood, to provoke your thinking and to challenge. Our speakers are the best of the best - Stephen Yarwood, Professor Lyn Carson and Desley Renton

Nineteen practitioner-led curated workshops, planned and selected in advance.

Twenty-four open sessions selected, designed and facilitated by participants during the (un)Conference.

Awarding of the inaugural Wendy Sarkissian Award for Courage in Community Engagement

Panel discussions with community members and decision makers.

A networking dinner will be held at the Newmarket Hotel, 34 Inkerman Street St Kilda.

The details

Where: St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle Street, St Kilda 3182

When: Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 September, 8.30am – 4.30pm

Cost: $495 for full registration and $295 for concession. Registration covers all (un)Conference materials and food and drinks (note, it does not cover alcohol at the networking dinner). 

Accomodation: There are plenty of accomodation options close by in the St Kilda area. A couple we've made arrangements with include:

  • The Prince - For 10% off enter  "events@prince" in the promotion code section in the reservations screen. Offer ends Monday August 21.
  • The Novotel - Complete this form and quote ENGAGE130917


Please contact the (un)Conference team at unconference@engage2act.org