2023 CLAANZ Conference: 

Charities in a Time of Change

27 July 2023 – Melbourne and online

About the conference

CLAANZ held its annual conference on 27 July 2023. The conference was hosted in Melbourne by Corrs Chambers Westgarth,  who also generously provided the technical support to hold the event online. The theme of the conference was 'Charities in a Time of Change' which covered a fantastic range of topics by some of Australia and New Zealand's leading charity law experts.

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Charities in a Time of Change


Welcome, Acknowledgement of Country and Plenaries 

Dr Phoebe Wynn-Pope, Head of Business and Human Rights, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Associate Professor Ian Murray, The University of Western Australia and CLAANZ Board Chair


Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan, New Zealand Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector | Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities | Minister for Disability Issues | Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment | Associate Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety

Commissioner Sue Woodward, ACNC

Andrew Newbery, Manager Engagement and Business Improvement, Charities Services

Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP,  Australian Assistant Minister for Charities, Competition and Treasury; Assistant Minister for Employment


Contemporary charity practice issues relating to First Peoples

Chair: Sari Baird

  • Chrystal Dare, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Gwendoline Keel, Waikato-Tainui
  • Michelle Steele, Paul Ramsay Foundation


Conflicts of interest and related party transactions

Chair: Sue Barker, Sue Barker Charities Law

  • Peter Shields, Sayward Dawson
  • Professor Rosemary Langford, Melbourne Law School
  • Anthony Heffernan, NZ External Reporting Board 

Current issues in philanthropy

Chair: Dr Natalie Silver, The University of Sydney

  • Julie Abramson, Productivity Commissioner
  • Katrin O’Sullivan, Fred Hollows Foundation
  • Jo Lennan, Paul Ramsay Foundation

Sport as a charitable purpose

Chair: Claire Carton, Griffin Legal

  • Maria Clarke, Maria Clarke Lawyers
  • Stephanie Judd, Prolegis Lawyers
  • Emeritus Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes, Queensland University of Technology

Keynote: US Philanthropic Innovation as a Response to (Over?) Regulation - Lessons for Liberal State 

Chair: Murray Baird

  • Professor Dana Brakman Reiser, Brooklyn Law School


Acknowledgments and closing remarks

Associate Professor Ian Murray, The University of Western Australia and CLAANZ Board Chair