NGO staff get funding to attend NTCOSS conference


 Travel subsidies support nine organisations to attend NTCOSS conference

Nine community-based organisations will be sending staff to this week’s social services conference in Darwin, thanks to travel subsidies provided by Territory Families.

Territory Families is sponsoring the three-day Northern Territory Council of Social Services conference which starts at the Darwin Convention Centre today, with sponsorship funds going to helping NGO staff to attend.

Travel subsidies have been provided for up to two staff from the following organisations:

  • Katherine Women’s Community Legal Service
  • Alice Springs Youth Accommodation and Support Services
  • Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation
  • Gap Child Care Centre in Alice Springs
  • Tangentyere Council
  • Central Australian Aboriginal Congress
  • Central Australian Affordable Housing Company
  • Mental Health Association of Central Australia
  • Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service.

The conference theme is Lead and Change: Exploring alternatives to challenge our practice, and Territory Families CEO Ken Davies said the event would help build partnerships that will empower genuine change for NT families.

“Territory Families is focused on strengthening its partnerships with the NGO sector through the co-design of programs and services that help to build a safe and better future for NT families,” he said.  

“As a conference sponsor we are particularly pleased to have been able to work with NTCOSS to convert our sponsorship funding into travel subsidies, so more organisations outside Darwin can attend.

“Territory Families delegates, including staff and executives, are looking forward to the opportunity to engage with the sector and to benefit and learn from the great program of guest speakers and panel discussions.”

Over the three days of the conference, sessions will cover a wide range of topics including Correctional Settings for Women, Child Protection Systems and a panel discussion on the Power of Advocacy.

Guest speakers include NT Royal Commissioner Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar, Principal Youth Court Judge in New Zealand John Walker, Council of Social Service CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie, Western Desert Dialysis CEO Sarah Brown and Sisters Inside CEO Debbie Kilroy.

Read the full conference program on the NTCOSS website.

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