As the premiere event for advancement professionals who want to learn, connect and take their careers to the next level the 2019 VIC/TAS Chapter Conference will be one not to be missed.

The Chapter Conference will be held on Monday 24 June and Tuesday 25 Jun.

This year the Conference is being held at Haileybury City  in West Melbourne.

The theme for this years Conference is G.R.O.W – Generate, Review, Organise and Wellbeing

You can view the program here.


Jimmy Buck – Chief Advancement Officer, Deakin University
Session Title:  It’s Not About Me: Putting the donor first

Jimmy Buck recently joined Deakin University as Chief Advancement Officer, where he leads Deakin’s philanthropic programs, building relationships with the University’s alumni, donors and the communities it serves.

During nine years at the University of Sydney, Jimmy played a leadership role in Sydney’s $1 billion INSPIRED campaign, the largest philanthropic campaign in Australian higher education.  At Sydney, he held leadership positions in Advancement Services, Alumni Relations and Development. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a Master’s from the University of Sydney.


Karen Gately -The Corporate Dojo
Session Title – Energising your team through great Leadership

Karen Gately is a leadership and people-management specialist and founder of Corporate Dojo. Karen works with leaders and HR teams to drive business results through the talent and energy of people. She is the author of The People Manager’s Toolkit (Wiley) and The Corporate Dojo: Driving extraordinary results through spirited people. Karen is a regular contributor to the CEO magazine, AFR, and Chief of Staff and writes extensively for other well-regarded publications such as BRW, Company Director, HRD, Australian newspapers, Dynamic Business and Inside HR. Karen has a weekly radio segment with Power FM South Australia and is regularly invited to share her insights for other broadcast media including Today Extra, Kochie’s Business Builders, ABC Radio, The Luke and Susie Show, 2UE among others.


Ann Badger, Marts and Lundy and Kimberly Downes, Director of Philanthropy – Ruyton Girls’ School
Session Title – Engaging Women as Donors

Ann Badger is a recognised leader in advancement within Australia. She works with a range of clients in the education sector to build their fundraising capacity. Ann focuses on strategic planning, board and leadership engagement, major gifts, campaigns and bequests. Having successfully concluded three campaigns at Ormond College at the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Grammar School, Ann is now a consultant with Marts & Lundy. A past president of both Educate Plus VIC/TAS and Educate Plus Australasia, she has presented at numerous CASE and Educate Plus conferences and was chair of CASE Asia Pacific Institute in Educational Fundraising (APIEF).  Ann is a recipient of both the Trevor Wigney Award and Peter Crook Award.

Kimberly Downes has over 30 years’ experience in fundraising and philanthropy and is a recognised accomplished senior fundraising strategist with primarily experience in the education, religious, arts and healthcare industries. Her expertise includes major gifts, capital campaigns, annual campaigns, prospect research, Trusts and Foundations relationships and proposals, event management, donor protocols, donor recognition, donor segmentation, public relations, publications, marketing and alumni programs, staff recruitment, and volunteer and Board training and development. She is committed to organisational capacity building and strengthening the culture of philanthropy. Now Director of Philanthropy at Ruyton Girls’ School, she has a history of presenting at Educate Plus, Philanthropy Australia and CASE Conferences. She serves on three not for profit Boards and is a member of the Melbourne Women’s Network giving circle.

Conference Rates

Member Rates
Full Conference Member Rate (both days) – $280+GST   
Monday Only Member Rate  – $220+GST      
Tuesday Only Member Rate – $120+GST    
Tasmanian Member Rate  – $150+GST    

Non Member Rates
Full Conference Non-Member Rate – $336+GST
Monday Only Non-Member Rate –  $264+GST
Tuesday Only Non-Member Rate – $174+GST
Tasmanian Non-Member Rate – $180+GST


*Please note the full day program rate is inclusive of morning tea (both days), lunch (both days), afternoon tea and cocktail function.

Parking subsidies up to $40 per day available.