Progress is Australia’s biggest and boldest social change conference -- 1,700 leading activists, thinkers and change-makers at the historic Melbourne Town Hall. Over two jam-packed days, we’ll share ideas, build connections, and shape a better country.



Progress 2019 will be held on June 20-21 across Melbourne's historic Town Hall and nearby venues.

We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the peoples of the Kulin Nation.



There will be 60+ sessions (from big plenary sessions to intimate workshops), 100+ speakers, two excellent evening parties, and much more.

Some past highlights include:

  • Inspiring international guests from seven countries such as messaging guru Anat Shenker-Osorio, digital rights whistleblower Edward Snowden, Obama Campaign leader expert Jeremy Bird, ethicist Peter Singer, and the Global Head of Oxfam, Winnie Byanyima.

  • Rousing addresses and insider-insights from hundreds of Australian social change leaders such as John Falzon of St Vincent de Paul Society, Professor Gillian Triggs (in her final days as President of the Australian Human Rights Commission) and the ACTU’s Sally McManus.

  • Practical workshops on all types of skills, from digital to communications; hosting by emcees including Tracey Spicer, Jane Caro, Lee-Lin Chin and Adam Spencer; moving performances from Missy Higgins and Katie Noonan; incredible corridor and party conversations; and, above all, the mark you told us Progress left once you got back to your work!


If you’re about making real change, you should attend Progress.

  • We work on issues such as policy, advocacy, communications, campaigning, organising, marketing, fundraising and community development -- or sometimes all of the above.

  • Many participants are on the frontlines or have lived experience of the issues they work on, and these are voices the conference elevates.

  • Hundreds of participants drive change in business, through philanthropy, in academia, think-tanks or in government and politics.

  • The Progress agenda is relevant to everyone from CEOs (hundreds attend) to younger volunteers. Many organisations find it valuable to send larger teams of 10-30+ people as a joint professional development exercise.


Australian Progress revitalises civil society movements – enabling us to win social and environmental progress, while strengthening our democracy. Together with hundreds of partners, we ensure the community interest shapes our nation’s priorities.

We’re led by a small team of staff and governed by a diverse board of Australia’s pre-eminent social leaders. We operate as a social enterprise, funded through events and training income, as well as philanthropic and non-profit support.

For more information on Australian Progress, visit our website here.



In addition to Progress, we are again holding Leadership, an invite-only gathering for heads of social change organisations and causes. This two-day event will be held on dates separate to Progress - 3 to 6 weeks after the federal election. If you run an organisation, visit for more information.


We also advise that FWD, Australia's Digital Campaigning Conference will be having a "rest" in 2018. Normally held in late November, and due for Melbourne, the dates clash with the Victorian State election. Instead, there will be a very strong digital and organising track at Progress 2019 and FWD will be back next year. To join the active FWD Digital Campaigning in Australia Facebook Group, click here.