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2021 State Conference

We are pleased to announce the Volunteering WA 2021 State Conference will take place from 22 – 23 November 2021.

The Volunteering WA 2021 State Conference is the primary forum in WA where leaders and practitioners come together to build knowledge, leadership and best practice in the volunteering sector.

The Conference has been developed for Volunteer Coordinators and Managers in the not-for-profit and community sectors, bringing together experts, academics and industry leaders to allow delegates the opportunity to advance their knowledge, develop skills and network.

Conference theme

With the theme of ‘Diversity, Power and Purpose’, the Conference will challenge delegates to leverage the diversity of the volunteering sector and harness its power to address some of the most significant issues faced by the community. Delegates will be inspired to learn, collaborate and shape the future of volunteering in WA.

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Registrations now open

Tickets are on sale until 11 November or until sold out. 

  • Member 2-day ticket = $360 plus GST and bookings fees. 
  • Non-member 2-day ticket = $484 plus GST and booking fees. 
  • Early bird = Early bird registrations closed 30 June 2021. 

Book your tickets here*. 

*See the booking inclusions and terms and conditions here

Event Details

Date: Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 November 2021
Venue: Hyatt Regency, 99 Adelaide Terrace (Perth). Hotel information | Maps, parking and transportation information.

Contact Us

Should you have any questions regarding the Conference please contact the Conference Team on +61 08 9482 4333 or email


Volunteering WA invites you to contribute your voice by submitting an abstract to present at the upcoming Volunteering WA State Conference, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Perth from 22 – 23 November 2021.

The theme of the conference is DiversityPowerPurpose and will challenge delegates to leverage the diversity of the volunteering sector and harness its power to address some of the most significant issues faced by today’s society.

This premier volunteering event provides a forum for not-for-profit leaders, managers of volunteers, researchers and policy contributors to advance, shape and strengthen the volunteering sector through knowledge sharing, discussion and participation.

Abstracts relating to our conference theme with a particular focus on the following sub-themes are encouraged:

  • Inclusion - how we extend the reach in our communities to leverage and embrace diversity through volunteering
  • Innovation - how we step up and harness the power of volunteering Australia-wide to challenge issues and positively influence societal change
  • Inspiration - how we can go beyond, discover, share purpose and shape the future of volunteering in Australia

Volunteering WA is welcoming abstract submissions from anyone with an interest in volunteering – volunteers, administrators, consumers, researchers, industry partners, corporates, peak bodies and national associations.

Speaker abstracts closed 29 June. If you are interested in presenting a topic or workshop at the conference, please enquire at

Monday 14 June 2021

Abstracts Close

June/July 2021

Abstract Author Notifications

Friday 30 July 2021

Author Registration Deadline


Suzanne Waldron

Suzanne Waldron, our conference MC is a leadership and behavioural change facilitator. Working with senior leaders across Australia her focus is on solid peer to peer relationships and dynamic leadership. She's an active ambassador for RUOK?, TEDxPerth Curator and Co-founder/director of short doco series Stories Out Loud. A published author and media contributor. Suzanne has been nominated for Western Australian of the Year 2016 and twice 40 under 40.


Rabia Siddique

Rabia Siddique is a history making humanitarian, best-selling author and multi-award winning international keynote speaker. She is a sought-after transformational coach and mentor and speaks English, French, Spanish and Arabic. Rabia’s powerful and engaging presentations on leadership, resilience, equality and diversity, draw on her personal story of strength, courage and forgiveness, in addition to her legal, military and psychology training. Surviving a hostage crisis in Iraq, Rabia garnered global attention for making the British military accountable for silencing her ordeal as a military lawyer in releasing captured Special Forces soldiers. Standing up for justice in the face of public ridicule. We cannot wait to hear her story at the Conference.

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Program Committee

  • Jen Wyness, Senior Manager Services, Volunteering WA
  • Melanie Baker, Manager Volunteer Services, Volunteering WA
  • Jennifer Loveridge, VWA Lifetime Member
  • Vicki Pollard, Manager, Peel Volunteer Resource Centre
  • Dr Megan Paull, Murdoch LEAD Academy Convenor
  • Professor Kirsten Holmes, School of Management and Marketing, Curtin University
  • Kathryn White, Senior Coordinator Volunteer Capability and Sustainability | Strategic Volunteer and Youth Programs, Department of Fire and Emergency Services