Australian Social Policy Conference - 11 to 13 September 2023

 Australian Social Policy Conference - 11 to 13 September 2023

Australian Social Policy Conference 2023

The 2023 Australian Social Policy Conference will take place at The Australian National University in Canberra from Monday 11 September to Wednesday 13 September.

The multidisciplinary conference is concerned with issues of social policy in Australia and beyond and addresses the most pressing challenges facing Australian policy makers, practitioners and researchers.

The conference theme for 2023 is ‘Social Policy for Social Change’.

To date, the event has been hosted every two years by the Social Policy Research Centre. This year’s conference signifies a change, with the conference now being hosted by the Australian Social Policy Association (ASPA) in Canberra. ASPA is a non-profit organisation and professional association of social policy researchers, educators, practitioners and policy-makers. ASPA promotes debate and increased understanding of social policy in Australia, and productive collaborations between those working and researching in social policy locally, across the Asia-Pacific region and internationally.

Social Policy Research Centre director, kylie valentine, said that the conference is an important event for people in social policy research, policy, and practice. ‘This is a great development in the long history of the conference. We are excited that ASPA is taking on stewardship, and look forward to new relationships and connections, and the strengthening of social policy.’

‘ANU Professor Matthew Gray and ASPA President, said the Association is extremely honoured to be hosting the Conference going forward and building on the strong foundations created by the University of New South Wales, Social Policy Research Centre. The conference provides an opportunity for those working in policy, academia and for postgraduate research students to present findings, network and engage in discussions.’

For 2023, the conference will be entirely face-to-face and will provide an opportunity to connect with colleagues, as well as make connections for future collaborations and discuss key issues relevant to the sector.

We hope to see you at the conference later this year.

Professor Matthew Gray, Director, ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods

Professor kylie valentine, Director, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre

Practical details

The call for abstracts will open 20 March and close 8 May 2023. Information about the conference fees, how to register and other information about the conference will be released shortly.                

In case of queries please contact:

                                  Australian Social Policy Association

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