The Rev. Tim Costello

Chair of the Community Council for Australia and Chief Advocate for World Vision
'Achieving the Australia we want'
Thursday, 27 October 2016
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

Registrations for this event are now closed. Please contact reception for further details.

Imagine an Australia where incarceration rates are falling, where the suicide rate is less than the road toll, where women feel as safe as men?  Imagine an Australia where your postcode or cultural identity does not define your chance of getting an education or a job or living a long life?  Imagine a humane and sustainable Australia, where people are more connected and engaged in the communities they live and work in, and where this involvement is reflected in the way we form policies and laws?  Imagine a generous and kind Australia where we take pride in supporting the less fortunate in our own communities, in our region and beyond?  Imagine the Australia we want?

This address will highlight findings in a new report that provides a timely snapshot of how Australia is really performing, not just as an economy but as a society.  The Australia We Want Report offers both a challenge and an invitation to all of us to consider what our part might be in achieving the kind of Australia we want our children to grow up in.

‘The Australia We Want’ is the first ever benchmark of how Australia and each of our States and Territories are performing against values and goals prioritised by leaders from across the charities sector.

What does it mean to be just, fair, inclusive, creative, generous or compassionate?  Are we?  How can we know?  What is our role in achieving these values in our communities?