+ Is there catering at Progress?

In order to keep the costs for conference as low and as accessible as possible, there is NO catering at Progress 2019. Hosted in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, there are a large number of food options nearby at a range of price-points.

Some of our sponsors and partners will host their own side events during lunch, some of which will have catering provided. Whether or not these lunches are open or closed (by invitation only) is listed in the program agenda. This catering is limited and on a first-come-first-serve basis. We will provide water stations throughout Melbourne Town Hall, so please bring a refillable water bottle to reduce waste.

+ Can I transfer my ticket to a colleague?

Yes, please email their details and contact information to progress2019@australianprogress.org.au

+ Can I buy more tickets at the same price I paid previously?

Generally, yes we can make this happen, especially if you have bought more than a handful of tickets already. Please contact us at progress2019@australianprogress.org.au.

+ Is there childcare?

Yes. We have arranged for a fully qualified child care provider to run an onsite crèche. A limited number of places are available on a first-come-first-serve basis, with pre-registration required here.

A contribution to the cost of $50 per child per day as suggested, but please get in touch if this creates a financial barrier for you attending. For more enquiries regarding the crèche, please contact Jess at jess@australianprogress.org.au

+ Can I come for a specific session, or one day?

No. All tickets are for the full two-day conference. Progress 2019 is an immersive experience- involving learning, connecting with friends, and inspiration - and we believe some of the sessions you least expect will be some of the most memorable for you.

+ Can I share a ticket with colleagues?

Each ticket is specific to an individual’s name - and admits one person, with no exceptions made. For security reasons, lanyards must be worn at all times. If a colleague can’t afford to purchase a ticket themselves, please see the question on free or discounted tickets below.

+ Can I have a free or discounted ticket?

All campaigners and change-makers who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander qualify for free tickets.

Full or partial scholarships are available (through the above form) to campaigners who are people with a disability, people seeking asylum, unwaged, or under 21.

In short, we want Progress to be as diverse and inclusive as possible, so we don’t want financial issues to be a key barrier. Please fill in the scholarship form on our website here. If you have any questions regarding scholarships, contact us at progress2019@australianprogress.org.au

+ How did you craft the agenda? Are there opportunities to speak at the event?

The Progress 2019 program agenda has been months in the making, including an open call out process for ideas that resulted in hundreds of submissions. We also solicited input from the 21 co-chairs, who represent a cross-section of the non-profit sector. We have been working through all the submissions and the agenda reflects the top ~60 ideas.

At this stage there are no open spots in the agenda. If you have submitted an idea and we have not replied, please accept our sincere apologies.

+ I am speaking at the event and I have a specific question.

We’re so excited to have you involved. Please email Elise at elise@australianprogress.org.au

+ Can I sponsor the event?

A range of wonderful organisations and companies are helping us host Progress 2019, by sponsoring the conference, while enabling opportunities for brand building and staff engagement. At this stage most sponsorship opportunities are taken up - but if you would like to get involved, email Nick at nick@australianprogress.org.au.

+ Do you cater to accessibility needs?

Yes. Accessibility provisions we are able to provide upon request include wheelchair accessible venues and bathrooms, hearing loops, and limited Auslan interpretation. When registering your ticket, please indicate your accessibility needs and we will contact you if we have any questions.

+ Can I bring an (unregistered) friend to the Progress parties or film screening?

The Progress parties and private screening are for registered participants ONLY - your lanyard serves is your ticket to the parties and for the screening, you will also need to register separately in advance on Eventbrite. Do encourage your friends to register - they’ll thank you for the suggestion!

+ I’m registered for Progress, but I’ve missed out a ticket to the film screening. Can you squeeze me in?

If the Eventbrite it showing that the event is full, we have ‘sold out’. On the night, there will be a first-come-first-serve queue for any remaining seats due to no-shows. Please note that we are not able to fill the venue to it’s full capacity for this screening.

+ Will there be food available at the party?

Yes, a full range of drinks and a dinner menu will be available for purchase at The George on Collins (Thursday) and Pilgrim Bar (Friday).

+ What other facilities are there on site?

Progress will provide a cloakroom, mobile charging points and wifi.

+ I am a member of the media. Can I attend and/or arrange an interview with a speaker?

Please email us at progress2019@australianprogress.org.au with your request, and we’ll get back to you if this is possible. Our arrangement with speakers generally extends only to their attendance to the conference, and they are under no obligation to do media.

Unfortunately we are generally not able to provide free tickets to members of the public interested in covering the event on social media platforms (due in part to the number of requests).

+ Can I post about the event on social media? Is it Chatham House etc?

Yes, you can post about the event and sessions on social media with the exception being if a speaker or the moderator specifically requests another approach at the beginning of the session itself - for example they may ask that the whole session be off the record, or Chatham House in which case the general contents can be reported but not who said what/about who.

You can join in on the conversation over social media with the hashtag -- #Progress2019 and #ausprogress! Progress will provide a cloakroom, mobile charging points and wifi.

+ Can I record sessions for personal or public use?

We ask that you do not record sessions for either personal or public use, except with explicit prior written permission from Australian Progress and the speakers.

+ Who can I contact for other enquiries during the conference?

You can visit the information desk at the main entrance from Collins St.