The LGPro Women’s Professional Development Forum addresses the issues, opportunities and challenges facing women working in the sector. It supports career development and provides personal growth strategies and shared approaches to addressing these issues.
Your health and safety are our primary concerns. To ensure your safety with us without losing the opportunity to get together for this important event, the Women's Professional Development Forum is being postponed without any loss in programming. You can continue to register yourself and your teams with confidence. The new date will be announced soon.

About the Event

Returning in-person for the first time since 2019, this year’s program includes choices between eight concurrent sessions which address issues, opportunities and challenges at both the personal and professional levels. You will be able to participate, ask questions and have the opportunity to actively contribute to the conversations and the issues being discussed in this unmissable event for women in local government (and male allies across the sector).

Hear this year's keynote presenters

Jacinta Parsons

Jacinta began her radio-life at community radio station 3RRR over a decade ago, where she coordinated live music broadcasts and hosted several shows including Detour and Breakfasters. She made the move to the ABC in 2015, working with the Double J team and as Music Director for Local Radio. As well as presenting The New Music Show on ABC Radio, she has produced and presented a number of national broadcast events. Jacinta has lived with Crohn’s Disease for over 20 years and is an ambassador for the Crohn’s and Colitis Association and speaks and writes about the impact of living with chronic illness. She is also an active member of the arts and music community and is a board member for Melbourne disability theatre company, Rollercoaster.

Catherine Fox

Catherine Fox is a journalist, author and one of Australia’s leading workplace and leadership commentators. During a long career with the Australian Financial Review she wrote the weekly Corporate Woman column and was deputy editor of Boss magazine before leaving in 2012 to set up her own advisory business. Catherine has written several books, including “Stop Fixing Women: Why Building Fairer Workplaces Is Everybody’s Business” which was awarded the 2017 Walkley Award for Women’s Leadership in Media. Her latest book “Women Kind” (with Kirstin Ferguson) examines how female solidarity and support is rebooting the global women’s movement. She was named in the Financial Review/Qantas 100 Women of Influence list for 2018 and is a gender equality adviser to the Australian Defence Force, sits on the Australians Investing in Women board, and is co-founder of the Sydney Women’s Giving Circle.

Women’s Network Dinner

The much-anticipated return of the in-person Women's Network Dinner this year will feature the presentation of the 2022 Sally Isaac Memorial Scholarship Fund Award and special guest speaker Div Pillay live. The Dinner will be held after the Women's Professional Development Forum at the same venue.

A $20 discount is available for delegates attending both events.

LGPro Rural Women's Professional Development Scholarships

More information and downloadable EOI.



- LGPro Fellow, Professional & Young Professional Members $400
- Non-Members & WebinarHQ Members $550
- Forum plus Professional Membership $850


- LGPro Fellow, Professional & Young Professional Members $550
- Non-Members & WebinarHQ Members $730
- Forum, Dinner plus Professional Membership $1,000

Start benefiting from membership rates today! All memberships are valid for 12 months. Professional membership includes discounts, access to resources, free webinars and networking events. Read full benefits.

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Don’t want the day to end? The Women’s Network Dinner commences at 6.30pm and a $20 discount is available to those attending both events.