As we face the last month of winter, at FCVic we are looking forward to warmer weather and our upcoming Conference, which is running from Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 October in (hopefully) sunny Lorne. The full Conference website is now live, and you can view the program, speakers, accommodation and more. We have a fantastic line-up across the three days, including panel discussions; updates from across the sector; a dozen exciting breakout sessions; and some fun social activities to break it all up. With well over 200 attendees already registered, we are anticipating one of our most exciting conferences to date. We hope to see you there!
Shifting focus from the future to the present moment, FCVic has been busy this month recruiting for two important roles in our organisation – Executive Officer and Projects Coordinator. We will soon be progressing to the interview stage of recruitment for these two positions, and we look forward to announcing the appointments to the sector in due course.
This month has been busy for FCVic’s newest team member, Dr Polly Bennett, who is leading our advocacy work. Polly has hit the ground running, meeting many members while attending network and working group meetings, discussing key issues, and working through our stakeholder network to tackle these. Polly has written several updates for our readers this month, covering the growing concern over energy hardship and the need for easier engagement with Centrelink, and a snapshot of the ESC’s recently released review of family violence provisions in the Water Industry. Well done on a great first month, Polly.
Speaking of accolades, FCVic extends our congratulations to former Consumer Action Law Centre CEO, Gerard Brody, who earlier this month received the Consumer Rights Awards at the Consumer Rights Forum in Brisbane. Read more about this here.
Finally, the Board is holding a ‘Meet and Greet’ to allow prospective new Board members an opportunity to ask questions, and to gain a sense of the role of the Board, what is involved, and how it works, on Tuesday, 15 August. The strength of FCVic is in its ability to attract good people to our Board and, if you are interested, we would love to see you there.
FCVic Board Meet and Greet
Tuesday, 15 August
If you’d like to learn more about the Board prior to the ‘Meet and Greet’, we’ve prepared a two-page info sheet which outlines the basic details of the Board’s role and responsibilities, office bearer positions, and Board Committees. Click here to read the info sheet.
All Full members are eligible to nominate for the Board, including all retiring current Board members.