Friday 15th September 2017
Customs House
31 Alfred Street, Sydney NSW


The Australian Communities Forum is the nation’s one-day event focused on delivering the key demographic and social trends transforming Australian communities. A focus of this year’s event will be technology, and how organisations can best engage in these changing times.

This annual event provides compelling case studies, the latest research, practical workshops and great networking opportunities across the commercial, not-for-profit and government sectors.

Whether you are part of a community-based organisation, charity, government agency or commercial organisation with a community focus, the Australian Communities Forum will deliver the latest information in an interactive format, with innovative local examples and the sharing of great ideas.

Event speakers

Mark McCrindle

Demographic change, social trends: A snapshot of Australia and communities now and towards 2030

In this session Mark will give an overview of the latest Census data, how the population trends will impact not-for-profits and the communities that they serve.

Eliane Miles

The global megatrends impacting local organisations: An overview of the disruptions impacting non-profits and how to thrive amidst the chaos

For several months, Eliane has been analysing the biggest factors impacting community organisations globally. In this session she will share the Top 5, give a forecast of what’s next, and outline how to respond to these megatrends.

Justin Yoon

How technology can be deployed to facilitate authentic community

Justin is founder and director of AlphaSys, a leading Australian technology provider. As a technologist and NFP strategist he will share his experience in helping numerous non-profits better engage with their supporter communities.

Andy Meier

The power of video to tell a story

Andy is one of Australia’s best videographers, having worked in many countries to record and compile compelling video stories. In this session he will share the key elements to communicate an engaging story.

Jonnie Farrell

How not-for-profits can think like a start-up and lead like an entrepreneur

Jonnie is the founder of Adventure Squad, and was previously a product designer at Airtasker. In his experience in working with start-ups and seeing them through massive growth, Jonnie will advise on the strengths of thinking like a start-up and leading like an entrepreneur.

Lalita Stables

From Silicon Valley to the Australian community: Digital strategy essentials

In this session, Google Australia’s Head of Strategic Business Lalita Stables will share insights from the tech-giant that can be applied in local communities.

Josh Crowther

Donor trends: Understanding and responding to changing giving behaviour

Josh is the director of strategic services at Dunham+Company, one of Australia’s leading NFP fundraising and marketing agencies. In his role assisting charities in their communications strategy, Josh is well placed to give a snapshot of Australian donors and what best works to connect with them today.

Richenda Vermeulen

Four keys to achieving digital success

Richenda is the founder and CEO of ntegrity, a leading digital strategy agency. In this session, based on the ntegrity national study on the digital culture of Australian organisations, Richenda will share key findings and the four elements of creating digital success in this complex environment.

Tony Holland

Strategies to engage with fragmented communities in diverse places

Tony is the CEO of OzHelp, a not-for-profit mental health and suicide prevention organisation. In this session Tony will advise on how to find innovative, practical and cost effective ways to help hard-to-reach people including those in remote communities.

Jess Miller

Jess Miller is a Councillor of the City of Sydney and will be opening the Australian Communities Forum 2017.

2016 Resources



Love the diversity of the speakers, as well as those attending - great networking opportunity.

Very, very valuable to our organisation.

I felt that it was brilliant, and enjoyed every moment.

Great opportunity to meet with passionate people, learn, share and be infectious.

Great insights and excellent information presented meaningfully.

Important forum to attend to keep informed on current and future trends.

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The results and data available from the Australian Community Trends Report are key for the future of the not-for-profit sector.

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The Australian Community Trends Report 2016

The Australian Community Trends Report 2016

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