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2021 Annual Conference
Virtual Event | Tuesday 23 February - Thursday 25 February

After a global pandemic changed the world forever, our 2021 conference theme of “Evolution – no going back” is about embracing a refreshed future and moving on.

It's time to look forward and ask, ‘where do we go from here?’ We're bringing together top leaders and forward thinkers from beyond the sector to lead the discussion, encourage delegates to look at what they do from different perspectives and hear about new ideas, fresh thinking and new practice. 

The full conference package in virtual format, for the first time, will allow delegates to access the complete program.  This means you can review and watch back at your leisure – with over 20 hours of content available at no extra cost!

Click below for daily program.

Day one                Day two                 Day three                    




Your choice of:
- Any one day live conference access
- Any two day live conference access
- Full package which  includes:
                       - All conference sessions on Tuesday 23 - Thursday
                         25 February
                       - Virtual drinks and entertainment on Tuesday 23
                       - Access to the virtual Awards for Excellence
                          ceremony on Thursday 25 February 
                       -  Access to a number of extra ‘on-demand’ sessions
                           you can access at any time during the three
                           conference days 
                       - The opportunity to review and watch back ALL
                          conference content including all concurrent
                          workshops (over 24 sessions, 20 hours of

1 day access $150 incl GST
2 day access $300 incl GST
3 day access (full conference package) $385 incl GST

1 day access $220 incl GST
2 day access $440 incl GST
3 day access (full conference package) $545 incl GST

Please note: Registrations strictly close 12pm Thursday 18 February

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2021 Annual Conference Program

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Keynote speakers 
Bernard Salt is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading social commentators by business, the media and the broader community. Bernard heads The Demographics Group which provides specialist advice on demographic, consumer and social trends for business.
Felicity Ward is a multi-award winning comedian, actor and writer who has toured her award-winning, sell-out shows across the world, winning hearts of audiences and critics everywhere she goes.

Sohail Inayatullah
is a political scientist/futurist at Tamkang University, Taipei, an Associate at Melbourne Business School; the University of Melbourne and researcher at who has authored and coedited 25 books including Ten Disruptions that Change Everything (2018).
Dr Jenny Frahm  
is a global expert on organisational change and transformation and an executive coach. Jen is a tamer of ambiguity, speaker of truths and solver of problems. 
Alexandra Gartmann  is the CEO Rural Bank & Group Executive Partnerships, Marketing and Corporate Affairs. Alexandra joined Bendigo and Adelaide Bank in October 2015 as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for Rural Bank, having been a member of the Board since November 2014
Wallace Jin was recognised as the 2020 Victorian Young Achiever of the Year. He is a doctor at the Royal Melbourne Hospital with a passion for healthcare, social impact, and systems-level change.

Round Table sessions 
There are two virtual round table conversations in the conference program this year. The format will allow delegates to hear from leaders in their respective field, then explore these concepts further in virtual round table discussions to be facilitated by alumni of LGPro leadership programs. The sessions run for 45 minutes.

Concurrent workshops 
This year we are running four streams over the course of three days. Each stream explores a theme and comprises three workshops which will run concurrently each day - that's 12 interactive workshops across three days!

Panel discussion
Panelists Adam Fennessy, Public Sector commissioner, Ro Allen, Victorian commissioner for gender and sexuality, Dr Niki Vincent, gender equality in Public Sector commissioner explore how does the role of commissioners intersect with local government,  how does local government fit in the pursuit of advancing these issues and how can councils play a more meaningful role in advancing these agendas?

Opt in for a meal to be delivered:
Catering provided by Peter Rowland

(1) Canape box- serves 1,  $79 per hamper inclusive of GST and delivery (a great option for delegates tuning in to the Tuesday program and/or the Welcome Event virtual drinks session)

The canape box consist of:
Chicken sandwich point (1)
Cured Salmon with dill and creme fraiche on potato rosti (1)
Mushroom frittata with chive mascarpone (1)
Pork and fennel sausage roll with tomato relish (1)
Thai chicken and mint rice paper roll (1)
Roast tomato & parmesan frangipane tart (1)
Raspberry and white chocolate lamington (1)
Dark chocolate tart with orange gel poppy candy soil & shaved chocolate (1)
Bottle of sparkling wine
NB - Contents may vary slightly to the photo illustrated

(2) Three Course Plated Menu - serves 1, $79 per person incl GST & Delivery (this option is available for delegates joining the streaming of the awards ceremony on Day 3 and is a great option for Council officers planning to watch and celebrate the awards ceremony with their team at a Council venue or from home).

This menu option will come with simple instructions to heat & assemble the menu.
Poached chicken breast with pea custard, parmesan, asparagus & tendrils
Chermoula roasted eggplant with hazelnut hummus, goats’ cheese, seeds and nuts
Cured salmon with fennel, orange, beetroot, and almond crumb
Slow cooked beef cheek with potato puree, buttered broccolini, Dutch carrots and jus
Potato gnocchi with pumpkin, roasted cauliflower, peas, and nut butter
Tasmanian Salmon and Bok choy, shitake mushroom, soba noodle and tofu sesame dressing
Freeze dried strawberry meringue with white chocolate ganache, mango, and lime
Vanilla baked peach crumble with double cream

Package upgrade
$25.00 per person to include a bottle of sparkling, white or red wine (total package price $104).
(NB - meal contents may vary slightly to photo) 

Delivery details:
Deliverable area includes Melbourne Metropolitan area, Geelong/ Surf Coast, Mornington Peninsula, Bacchus Marsh & Macedon. Ballarat deliveries have a minimum spend of 10 orders for the area. Unfortunately meals cannot be delivered to all regional Victorian areas and Councils in these areas are encouraged to organise catering through local suppliers particularly if they are keen to watch the day three awards ceremony with their team from their Council venue.

Canape package deliveries will be made Tuesday 23 February and three course plated option will be delivered Thursday 25 February between 8am-5pm.