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Bespoke program open only to our certified social enterprises*, this two day program provides our enterprises with the opportunity to meet, reconnect and learn from other practitioners on the first day (20 August).

The second day of the program (21 August) sees a shift in focus to Social Procurement.  Networking is extended to include Social Traders business and government members.   Learn about emerging opportunities and challenges in social procurement in Australia.

  • Hear from David LePage about the progress of social procurement in Canada and his observations about its evolution in Australia
  • Interesting and diverse masterclasses and interactive workshops
  • Social Traders Awards 2019 will be announced at the conclusion of the conference

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ST certification must be current and all certification fees paid.  Eligibility to purchase this package is based on these terms, and Social Traders reserve the right to downgrade the package to the The State of Social Enterprise in Australia program (20 Aug only) if these terms are not met.

Power of Impact

20th & 21st August 2019

08:00 - 19:00 & 08:00 - 19:00

Abbotsford Convent,
1 St Helier Street,
Abbotsford Victoria 3067

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Event Features

Hear from David LePage about the progress of social procurement in Canada and his observations about its evolution in Australia

Interesting and diverse masterclasses and interactive workshops

Social Traders Awards 2019 will be announced at the conclusion of the conference

International Keynote

David LePage focuses on contributing to creating a social value market place, where trading generates community capital rather than merely economic capital. His work involves the developing and advocacy for social enterprise and social procurement.  He is co-founder, Director and Managing Partner of Buy Social Canada. Buy Social Canada facilitates social purchasing relationships and offers a certification program for social enterprise suppliers and purchasers.

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Program Day 1

08:00 - 08:30
08:30 - 08:40
Welcome to Country
08:40 - 08:50
Welcome & opening remarks
08:50 - 09:00
Opening opening & remarks - The Hon Martin Pakula, Minister for Jobs, Innovation & Trade, VIctorian Government
09:30 - 09:50
Keynote: State of social enterprise in Australia, Canada & globally
09:50 - 10:30
"Social enterprise will emerge from the edges into the mainstream" - it's debatable!
10:30 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:00
Breakout I
12:00 - 12:15
12:15 - 13:15
Plenary: Access to Capital
13:15 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:30
Breakout II
15:30 - 16:00
16:00 - 16:45
SE Uncut & Uncensored! Chatham House rule apply.
16:45 - 17:00
Closing remarks
17:00 - 19:00
Networking drinks

Program Day 2

08:30 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:10
Welcome to Country
Welcome & opening to conference
09:15 - 09:20
Welcome to Victoria & Opening Remarks - The Hon Robin Scott, Assistant Treasurer, Victorian Government
Keynote: The What & Why of Social Procurement - A Canadian Perspective
10:05 - 10:20
Lightning Talk - When to scale & when to consolidate - Jess Moore
10:20 - 10:35
Plenary: My Life Changed - Simon Fenech
10:35 - 11:10
11:10 - 12:05
Breakout I
12:15 - 13:05
Breakout II
13:05 - 14:15
14:15 - 15:05
Breakout III
15:00 - 15:45
15:45 - 16:00
Employment Success
16:00 - 16:20
Insights from the Social Traders marketplace and the future of social procurement
16:20 - 16:40
Future Potential
16:40 - 16:45
Closing remarks
17:00 - 20:00
2019 Social Traders Awards

2019 Sponsors

Digital Media Partner

Media Partner

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Frequently Asked Questions

Ticketing & Payments

When does Early Bird prices end?
Early Bird prices apply until midnight, 30 June 2019.
What is Last Minute prices?
Last Minute prices apply to tickets purchased after 31 July 2019. Tickets purchased between 1 July 2019 and 31 July 2019 will be charged at the Standard Ticket prices
Can I register now to reserve my spot but pay later?
Payment must be made at the time of registration.
Can I be invoiced?
Unfortunately, no. All payments must be made at the time of registration
What does my ticket cover?
Your ticket is for one individual to attend the conference – as outlined on your ticket. One registration may not be utilised by several individuals
What is Social Traders cancellation policy?
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer refunds. Ticket holders (name registered) can be changed prior to 31 July 2019. Please send details of your request – name on original ticket, and new name to be registered to We are unable to offer this option after 31 July 2019.
Can I transfer my ticket to someone else?
Conference ticket purchased can only be used for one individual for the duration of the package purchased. A conference ticket can be transferred to an individual only. Please notify before 31 July 2019.
I only want to attend one session within the program. Can I buy a sessional ticket?
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer sessional tickets at this conference. Each conference package provides a good variety of sessions and we are confident you will find more than one session that will inspire.
Will I receive contact details of other event attendees?
We encourage you to share contact details with people you meet at the event. We are unable to share attendee details post the conference due to privacy policies
I have been shortlisted as a finalist for the Social Traders Awards, which takes place during the conference. Does this mean I receive a free registration?
No. All shortlisted finalists must purchase a ticket to the Conference in order to attend the Awards event.