13th Biennial Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research Conference


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Thursday 24 & Friday 25 November 2016
Education Building, The University of Sydney.

You are invited to a conference on research that has a social impact!

In dynamic and uncertain environments a group of interdisciplinary researcher academics and practitioners seek to know more about how communities can overcome resource pressures and think creatively about addressing social and environmental problems. Join these like-minded researchers and presenters to explore the current issues facing the third sector, corporations and governments.

The ANZTSR 2016 conference will attract academics, policymakers and those that work for – or in – the social economy in Australia, New Zealand and the region. We will discuss key questions such as: how can management contribute to society and the environment in innovative and sustainable ways while also addressing core skills and knowledge critical to the ever-expanding social economy? Community, corporate and academic leaders will examine the theme of the conference – Social justice, social enterprise and the market: challenge or opportunity – as well as a wide range of paper streams.


Full-conference (two-day) registration is available in three tiers: ANZTSR member, ANZTSR non-member, and student. A $50 discount on the full two-day conference is available to presenters. See the table below for details and online registration.

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Registration for presenters (only applies to two-day registration)




Standard two-day registration




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Participants may choose to attend only one day of the conference. The fixed price registration fee for single-day registration is $275.

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Conference Day 1 only (Thursday, November 24)


Conference Day 2 only (Friday, November 25)


Call for papers

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the presentation proposal form (doc, 318kB)
Proposals for workshop sessions, panels and papers are invited in one or more of the following streams:

  • social enterprise and social investment
  • privatisation of human resources
  • climate change and challenge
  • new public management policy trends
  • corporate social responsibility
  • accountability and accounting
  • philanthropy and volunteering
  • gender issues
  • social and environmental accounting
  • general topics that fit within the theme of the conference.

Paper presentations will be 20 minutes long, comprising a conference session that involves interaction with the audience. Please allow time within the 20 minutes for questions, comments and discussion.

Workshop and panel presentations will be 90 minutes long. A panel presentation may contain as many as four papers, and is given by a group of colleagues who wish to present various dimensions of a project or similar interest area. These sessions will involve substantial interaction with the audience. Please allow time within the 90 minutes for activities, questions, comments and discussion.

Multiple-authored presentations are welcome. Presenters must be prepared to provide and distribute 40–50 copies of handouts that summarise and augment their presentation delivery. These should be brought to the venue because no access to photocopying facilities is available at the conference site.

The deadline for the second – and final – round of proposals for papers, workshops and panels is Friday, September 30, 2016.

Presenters, featuring keynotes by Jon Van Til and Matthew Hall

  • Professor Jon Van Til, Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Community Planning, Rutgers University at Camden, New Jersey, "Our sector: confronting the manifold crisis of our time", Friday, November 25, 9.20am ...  view abstract 

  • Professor Matthew Hall, Professor of Accounting, Monash Business School, "Do business practices help or hinder the management of nonprofits?", Thursday, November 24, 9.20am ...  view abstract 

As well, throughout the program, key community, corporate and academic leaders – including those listed below – will be involved in facilitated discussions examining the conference theme.

  • Tessa Boyd-Caine, CEO, National Centre for Health Justice Partnerships
  • Simon Darcy, UTS Business School and Co-director, Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre
  • Vinita Godinho, General Manager Advisory, Good Shepherd Microfinance
  • Cassandra Goldie, CEO, Australian Council of Social Service
  • Matthew Hall, Monash Business School
  • Dean Jarrett, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Derek Lath, Institutional Affairs Director, Ferrero
  • Violet Roumeliotis, CEO, Settlement Services International
  • Eric Sidoti, Director, Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University
  • David Thompson, CEO, Jobs Australia Limited
  • Jaimee Abict, Head of Community and Communications, Folo

Conference venue

education building"Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research Conference 2016 | Social justice, social enterprise and the market: challenge or opportunity?" will be held at the University of Sydney in the Education Building located in the heart of The University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus. The Education Building is situated within the University grounds on Manning Road. The campus is positioned near the junctions of Parramatta and City roads.

Education Building (A35)
Manning Rd, Camperdown Campus
The University of Sydney NSW 2006

Accommodation options

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A range of conference accommodation options with discounted rates listed below for your convenience.

  • Metro Hotel Marlow Sydney Central is centrally located at 431 Pitt Street, Sydney. The Metro Hotel Marlow Sydney Central offers a 15 per cent discount off their best available rate for online bookings. Enter Promo Code: SYDUNI

  • The Urban Newtown situated on Enmore Road, Newtown. The Urban Newtown offers a 20 per cent discount off their best available rate. For bookings contact Abbie Redublo directly at e: salesasst@theurbannewtown.com.au or t: +61 2 8599 2851

  • The Women's College is situated within the University of Sydney campus. The college offers accommodation for both male and female guests. Rates start from $85 per day for bed and breakfast. Contact the Conference and Events Manager, Gineke de Haan at e: conference@thewomenscollege.com.au or t: +61 2 9517 5030

  • Additional conference accommodation suggestions are listed under "Accommodation".


ANZTSR logoThe Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research Inc (ANZTSR) is a network of people interested in pursuing and encouraging research into private, not-for-profit, community of voluntary organisations and the activities of volunteering and philanthropy.

ANZTSR was launched in 1993. It arose from the growing awareness of the importance of the Third Sector in Australia and New Zealand, and paucity of reliable information about it and the difficulty of working as isolated researchers. We aim to collect, foster and disseminate research that helps us to better understand and action the work of the third sector.

Become a member of ANZTSR Inc today. See membership benefits and registration detail at http://anztsr.org.au/membership/

ANZTSR Inc has appointed a local conference planning committee to manage the organisation of the Sydney Conference in 2016. The conference committee is co-chaired by:

  • Ruth Phillips, ANZTSR (Executive Committee Member) and Associate Professor in Social Work and Policy Studies, Associate Dean Postgraduate Research, Sydney School of Education and Social Work, the University of Sydney

  • Margaret Spencer, ANZTSR (Honorary Treasurer) and Lecturer, Sydney School of Education and Social Work, the University of Sydney.

Committee members include:

  • Roel Boomsma, Lecturer, Discipline of Accounting, The University of Sydney Business School

  • Bronwen Dalton, Director, Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre and Director of the Masters of Not-for-Profit and Community Management Program, and Senior Lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney.

  • Kyungja Jung, Senior Lecturer, Social Enquiry Program, the University of Technology, Sydney

  • Amanda Smithers, Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer, NSW Council of Social Service

  • Harriet Westcott, Lecturer (Social Science), School of Counselling, Australian College of Applied Psychology.

Conference enquiries

General enquiries

Rachel Payne (Wed–Fri)

Convenors/academic coordinators

Associate Professor Ruth Phillips and Dr Margaret Spencer