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Building wellbeing into policy and action in Australia

Second National Forum: Setting Australia’s Wellbeing Agenda

26th to 28th June 2024

National Museum of Australia, Lawson Cres, Acton ACT

 

 

Worldwide, there is growing recognition of the importance of embedding a wellbeing approach into decision making processes for people and planet to flourish. Government and non-government organisations are increasingly embedding consideration of wellbeing outcomes in their decision making and investment processes.

In 2024, over 220 attendees participated in person and online over the three day event, enabling decisions makers engaged in building wellbeing into policy and action across Australia to come together and share experiences, insights and inspiration for future activity. Details about the event, including a list of speakers and the full program, are available below.

Gavin Blake, a talented visual scribe, attended the event and his work can be seen below by clicking on the links. Speaker presentations and recordings will be published soon where permission is given.

You can access details about the 2022 forum by clicking here, where more than 100 attendees gathered for the first Building Wellbeing into Policy and Action in Australia forum.

 

Visual Scribe, Gavin Blake

To see the still images, click on the links below from each session.

Day 1: Building wellbeing into policy and action – the state of the nation
Keynote speech – Dr Ken Henry
Session: Wellbeing in Australia: the state of the nation
Session: Embedding wellbeing across government and society
Session: Wellbeing in policy and action across Australia’s governments
Session: Making the paradigm shift: getting to the wellbeing economy
Day 2: Wellbeing for people and planet
Session: Wellbeing for people and planet

Session: Wellbeing for all ages and for future generations

Panel discussion

Session: Wellbeing and resilience in the land of drought and flooding rains

Panel discussion

Keynote speech – Kate Scrivens

Wellbeing across diverse regions: a wellbeing agenda outside the cities

Phil Duncan

Betty-Ann Bryce

Day 3: Setting Australia’s wellbeing agenda
Session: Setting Australia’s wellbeing agenda: what do we need?

Session: Measuring the right things: best practice to support decision making – Rosemary Goodyear, Bec Glauert

Julian Szafraniec

Closing keynote – Professor Emerita Julianne Schultz

 

Speakers

Download speaker bios and talk summaries here.

Speakers included decision makers and leaders from Australia and internationally, bringing together perspectives from government, academic, corporate and not-for-profit sectors.

Presentation slides are available below by clicking on the presenter’s name, or by clicking the name of their presentation for those who presented more than once (for those who have given permission to share).

  • Mary-Kathryn Adams, Simetrica-Jacobs
  • Kristy Baker, Commonwealth Treasury
  • Catie Bradbear, Closing the Gap Review
  • Betty-Ann Bryce, Regional and Rural Policy Unit, OECD
  • Brenton Caffin, SA, Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • Tony Capon, Monash University
  • Kate Chaney, MP
  • Chris Cosgrove, Sustenance Asia & Rachel Holloway, CRDC
  • Xuan Deng, NSW Treasury
  • Phil Duncan, Galambany Professorial Fellow
  • Roslyn Dundas, ARACY
  • Natalie Egleton, FRRR
  • Cressida Gaukroger, Centre for Policy Development
  • Lisa Gibbs, University of Melbourne
  • Bec Glauert, Australian Child and Youth Wellbeing Atlas
  • Rosemary Goodyear, StatsNZ
  • Robert Gotts & Peter Robinson, ACT Government Wellbeing Framework
  • Taylor Hawkins, Foundations for Tomorrow
  • Siobhan Henderson, Australian Unity, Strategy & Impact Manager
  • Dr Ken Henry, Nature Finance Council, Australian Climate and Biodiversity Foundation and Wildlife Recovery Australia
  • Kate Lycett, Deakin University/Australian Unity Wellbeing Index
  • Arunima Malik, University of Sydney
  • Dr. Michelle Morgan, Tasmania, Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • John Richardson, Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience
  • Mike Salvaris, Australian National Development Index (ANDI)
  • Benson Saulo, First Nations Capital
  • Mel Mylek, University of Canberra – The wellbeing of different Australians
  • Jacki Schirmer, University of Canberra – Early insights for more resilient communitiesThe wellbeing of different Australians
  • Julianne Schultz, Griffith University
  • Katherine Scrivens, OECD
  • Min Seto, Australian Social Value Bank
  • Warwick Smith, Centre for Policy Development
  • Julian Szafraniec, SGS Economics and Planning
  • Susi Tegen, NRHA
  • Katherine Trebeck, Next Economy
  • Adam Vise, Australian Unity, Group Treasurer and GM Strategy & Impact
  • Carolyn Wallace, Vic Health
  • Geoff Woolcock, Australian National Development Index (ANDI)

 

Program

Download the full conference program here.

Day 1: Building wellbeing into policy and action – the state of the nation
8.30 Registration, tea & coffee
9.10-9.20 Welcome to Country – Aunty Violet Sheridan
9.20-9.25 Forum welcome and overview
9.25-9.30 Video message – Hon Dr Jim Chalmers MP, Treasurer of Australia
9.30-10.15 Keynote
10.15-10.45 Morning tea
10.45-12.00 Wellbeing in Australia: the state of the nation
12.00-12.45 Lunch
12.45-2.15 Embedding wellbeing across government and society
2.15-2.30 Afternoon tea
2.30-4.00 Wellbeing in policy and action across Australia’s governments
4.00-5.10 Making the paradigm shift: getting to the wellbeing economy
5.15-6.45 Networking drinks and canapes to launch the WEAll Australia Hub
Day 2: Wellbeing for people and planet
8.30 Registration, tea & coffee
9.00 Wellbeing for people and planet
10.30 Morning tea
11.00 Wellbeing for all ages and for future generations
12.45 Lunch
1.30-2.45 Wellbeing and resilience in the land of drought and flooding rains
2.45-3.00 Afternoon tea
3.00-3.30 Keynote speech
3.30-5.00 Wellbeing across diverse regions: a wellbeing agenda outside the cities
6.00-9.00 Dinner, Ovolo Nishi
Day 3: Setting Australia’s wellbeing agenda
8.30 Registration, tea & coffee
9.00-10.15 Setting Australia’s wellbeing agenda: what do we need?
10.15-10.45 Morning tea
10.45-12.30 Measuring the right things: best practice to support decision making
12.30-1.30 Lunch
1.30-2.20 Closing keynote
2.20-3.15 Setting the wellbeing agenda
3.15-3.30 Closing remarks

 

Contact us

For more information about the forum or registering for the forum, email wellbeingsummit@canberra.edu.au or call 1800 981 499.

 

2024 Sponsors

 

 

The forum is supported by a committed group of planners who are from University of Canberra, Australian National Development Index (ANDI), Australia Social Value Bank, Centre for Policy Development, Monash Sustainability Development Institute and Deakin University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2022 forum

 

Forum Presentations

Speakers

We heard from inspiring speakers who discussed the different approaches being used in Australia and internationally to build policy and decision making processes that best support societal wellbeing, from local to national scale.

Presentation slides from the workshop are available below by clicking on the presenter’s name, and presentation recordings can be viewed by clicking the word ‘presentation’ next to each speaker (for those who have given permission to share).

Q&A Panel Discussions 

Q&A panel discussions were held after each session of the workshop and covered a range of topics. Recordings of the discussions are available by clicking on the word ‘presentation’ next to the discussion topic and the names of the panel.

Day 1: 

Mike Salvaris, Rob Tanton, Cressida Gaukroger – Discussion: What are the challenges and opportunities for Australia as it increases investment in wellbeing measurement, policy and action? – Presentation

Tim Ogden, Peter Robinson, Helen Thomas, Sandro Demaio Discussion: Challenges and opportunities in the government sector for building wellbeing into policy and action. – Presentation

Joyce Cleary, Gemma Wood, Kate Reynolds and Robert Gotts – Discussion: Challenges and opportunities for building wellbeing into policy and action for children, carers, those with disability, and other specific groups. – Presentation

Day 2:

Michelle Maloney, Julie Boulton, Rebecca Huntley, Jacki Schirmer – Discussion: Sustainable wellbeing in a changing climate – Presentation

Mark Wooden, Ray Lovett, Kate Lycett, Lauren Binns  Discussion: Challenges and opportunities for data collection and measurement – Presentation

Jacki Schirmer, Kim Houghton, Susi Tegen, Stuart Crosthwaite – Discussion: Wellbeing into policy and action for all regions – Presentation

Ben Lathan, Libby Buckingham, Julia Keady, Peter Gordon, Andrew Yule, Susie Maloney Discussion: Lessons from not-for-profit and community sector experience – Presentation

Day 3: 

Arthur Grimes, Geoff Woolcock, Richard Parsons, Michael Gadiel, Libby Lester, Ami Seivwright & Sebastian Kocar –  Discussion: What are the best paths to building wellbeing into policy and action? – Presentation

Workshop Program

The workshop provided a packed program –  download the workshop program here.

Monday 21 November

9.30-10.00: Wellbeing in politics and policy: why do we need wellbeing-focused decision making?

The speaker in this session was Mike Salvaris from the Australian National Development Index.

10.00-10.30: International perspectives: lessons for building wellbeing into policy and action

The speaker in this session was Kate Scrivens, OECD Centre for Well-Being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity.

11.00-12.30: From measurement to action: lessons from international experience.

We heard from speakers including Rob Tanton with Jacki Schirmer (University of Canberra) and Cressida Gaukroger (lead author of the Centre for Policy Development’s recent report reviewing lessons from international experience for wellbeing initiatives in Australia).

Discussion: what are the challenges and opportunities for Australia as it increases investment in wellbeing measurement, policy and action? 

1.30-3.20 Wellbeing into policy and action across Australia’s governments – Session 1

Speakers from the Australian, State and Territory governments, those in the university and private sector who are working with different jurisdictions, talked about their work developing a wellbeing economy, wellbeing frameworks, and wellbeing-centric decision making. Speakers included Tim Ogden (Treasury), Peter Robinson(ACT Government), Helen Thomas (Wellbeing SA), and Sandro Demaio (VicHealth).

Discussion: challenges and opportunities in the government sector for building wellbeing into policy and action

3.40-5.00pm Wellbeing into policy and action for specific sectors and groups

We heard about how different groups are developing wellbeing-focused approaches to policy and action to support the wellbeing of groups including children and carers. Speakers included Joyce Cleary (Deakin University), Gemma Wood (Australian Youth Development Index, Numbers and People Synergy), and Kate Reynolds with Robert Gotts (National Student Wellbeing Project).

Discussion: Challenges and opportunities for building wellbeing into policy and action for children, carers, those with disability, and other specific groups.

5.00-6.00pm Social networking drinks

 

Tuesday 22 November

9.00-10.30: Sustainability, climate change, disasters and wellbeing

In this session we learnt about how we can develop Earth-centred wellbeing approaches, and maintain wellbeing through disasters, from speakers including Michelle Maloney (Australian Earth Laws Alliance and New Economy Network Australia), Julie Boulton (Monash University) and Rebecca Huntley (89 Degrees East).

Discussion: Sustainable wellbeing in a changing climate

11.00-1.00pm: From measurement to action: from data to action across Australia

We heard about the different groups who are measuring wellbeing across Australia using surveys and statistical data collections. We found out where you can access information, and help identify key needs going forward. Speakers include Mark Wooden (Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey), Ray Lovett (Australian National University), Kate Lycett (Deakin University) and Lauren Binns (ABS).

Discussion: Challenges and opportunities for data collection and measurement

1.30-3.30 Urban, regional, rural and remote – wellbeing from all regions

How do we build wellbeing into policy and action across Australia’s diverse regions? We heard from speakers including Jacki Schirmer (University of Canberra), Kim Houghton (Regional Australia Institute), Susi Tegen (National Rural Health Alliance) and Stuart Crosthwaite (Australian Rural Leadership Foundation).

Discussion: Wellbeing into policy and action for all regions

3.50-5.10pm Wellbeing into policy and action for all: not-for-profit and community sector
experience

We heard about how not-for-profit and community groups are working to build wellbeing into policy and action, and the challenges and opportunities experienced. Speakers include Ben Latham and Libby Buckingham (Victorian Council of Social Service), Julia Keady (X Factor Collective), Peter Gordon (Hands Across Canberra, Vital Signs initiative) and Andrew Yule (Jesuit Social Services).

Discussion: Lessons from not-for-profit and community sector experience

6.30pm Dinner – Societal wellbeing: what’s the economy got to do with it? Speaker Katherine Trebeck

Wednesday 23 November

9.00-11.00am Wellbeing into policy and action across Australia’s jurisdictions – Session 2

Speakers from the Australian, State and Territory governments, those in the university and private sector who are working with different jurisdictions, talked about their work developing a wellbeing economy, wellbeing frameworks, and wellbeing-centric decision making. Speakers include Arthur Grimes (Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy, Victoria University of Wellbeing), Geoff Woolcock (Australian National Development Index), Richard Parsons (DPI NSW), Michael Gadiel (NSW Treasury) and Libby Lester, Ami Seivwright and Sebastian Kocar  (University of Tasmania).

Discussion: What are the best paths to building wellbeing into policy and action?

11.30-1.00pm Closing session: Identifying priorities for building wellbeing into policy and action and next steps

This session included group discussion to identify the priorities and needs for building wellbeing into policy and action in Australia going forward.

 

Contact us

Have questions? Contact us at wellbeingsummit@canberra.edu.au.

 

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