Faith-based Governance & Dispute Resolution Conference 2017: Sir Zelman Cowen Centre

From December 05, 2017 09:00 until December 06, 2017 17:00

Faith-based Governance & Dispute Resolution Conference 2017: Sir Zelman Cowen Centre

The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre at Victoria University invites you to:

Faith-based Governance & Dispute Resolution Conference

Dates: Tuesday 5 & Wednesday 6 December 2017
Location: Victoria University Convention Centre, Level 12, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Who should attend?
Religious leaders, lay leaders and board members of faith-based organisations, dispute resolution practitioners, government service providers and regulators, legal and other academics with research interests in the intersection of law, culture and diversity.



  • Beyond the Royal Commission: Governance, risk management, and complaint handling for faith-based organisations.
    The Hon. Jennifer Coate, Commissioner, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
    The Hon. Marcia Neave, Commissioner, Royal Commission into Family Violence
  • ‘Meet the Regulators’ panel
  • Between Religion and Democracy
  • When the Sh..candal Hits the Fan: Risk, Reputation and Relationship Management


  • Back to Schools: Decision Making, Governance & Conflicts of Interest
  • Reframing Our History: Coming to Terms with Our Past
  • Religion and Respectful Relationships
  • Keeping it Civil: Religions Commercial Arbitration and Resolution of Civil Disputes
  • Servants to Many Masters: Managing Conflict of Interest in Small Communities
  • Sacking God's Messenger: Hiring, Firing and Disciplining Clergy


  • Following the Money: Getting Grant-Ready
  • Financial Literacy
  • Employment and Industrial Issues for Religious Groups


  • Information exchange hub featuring best practice governance case studies, tutorials and resources


  • Single day registration: $330
  • Two-day registration: $600
  • Masterclasses & workshops: $250 per day (inclusive GST) | $150 half-day

Register and more information: | | (03) 9919 1271

Conference Partners: The Eva and Les Erdi Humanitarian Charitable Foundation, Islamic Council of Victoria, Jewish Community Council of Victoria Inc, Justice Connect, National Council of Churches in Australia,

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