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 for the Conference here.


Speakers include:


KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Simon Griffiths – Who Gives a Crap

Session Title – Lessons learnt from saving the world with beer and toilet paper

Simon is the Founder and CEO of Who Gives A Crap, a toilet paper company that uses 50% of its profits to help build toilets in the developing world.  His talk ‘Lessons learnt from saving the world with beer and toilet paper’ will tell the inspiring story of taking Who Gives A Crap from an idea to a global social business with more than $1 million donated in 5 years.  He’ll share the story of Who Gives A Crap’s viral launch campaign, discuss how to prepare for failure in order to be successful, and end with key lessons that he has learned from running two purpose-led businesses and adapting to change.



KEYNOTE SPEAKER – 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.



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.




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.


Nominations close 7 June, so don’t miss out and nominate for our recognition awards. Download your nomination form here and email it to

Awards are judged on the following:   Demonstrated or developed a program or idea which has added value to their institution.  

Recognition in Advancement – in the following fields:

Admissions             +        Alumni and Community Relations

+          Fundraising             +        Marketing and Communications

Winners will be announced at the Cocktail event on Monday 24 June 2019. The winners of these awards will be presented with a prize, certificate of recognition, acknowledgement in the VIC/TAS Chapter Newsletter / Educate Plus Website, Face to Face and the opportunity to present at a Chapter Special Interest Group (SIG).

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.