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ACTU  – National Community Summit on Creating Secure Jobs & a Better Society

Millions of Australians no longer have important workplace rights like annual or sick leave because they are trapped in insecure, casual or contract jobs.

Access to decent work is a fundamental pillar of a sustainable and equitable community – but it cannot alone build a better society.

Building successful, strong and equitable communities also requires new thinking around our economy, social policy and the future needs of Australia’s citizens.

That’s why the ACTU is convening the National Community Summit on March 13 & 14 at Old Parliament House in Canberra. The Summit will be dedicated to forging a progressive policy agenda for Australia’s future, and building new partnerships between the union movement, the community sector and our leading thinkers.

The Summit will feature expert panels, guest speakers and break-out discussions on the future of work, inequality and our social safety net, reclaiming productivity and the economy as part of a progressive policy agenda, and community activism.

Speakers over the two days will include:

  • Dave Oliver, ACTU Secretary
  • Professor Brian Howe, former Deputy Prime Minister & Chair of the Independent Inquiry into Insecure Work
  • Dr. Cassandra Goldie, CEO, Australian Council of Social Service
  • Dr. John Falzon, Chief Executive, St Vincent de Paul Society of Australia
  • Professor John Buchanan, Director, Workplace Research Centre, The University of Sydney

And many more. The full agenda will be available at in mid-February – if you have any questions or would like to put forward a topic for the Summit’s agenda, please get in touch at