There are several ways in which you can contribute to Social Policy Connections. If you would like to meet with an SPC board member to discuss how you can engage further in social policy advocacy, please feel free to contact us. Listed below are some of the ways you can become more involved:
Help us broaden the conversation about how to do this. Though we at SPC are a small network, it is the quality of our ideas and thinking that can make a difference. To do more, we need your financial support.
Please download our SPC Donation Form and post to
Social Policy Connections
PO Box 505
Box Hill VIC 3128
Attend our events
Throughout the year, Social Policy Connections presents forums on key social justice issues. Presenters are eminent experts in their respected fields. Some of our past lecturers include:
- Hon Alastair Nicholson AO, former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia
- Rev Dr Andre Karamaga, General Secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches
- Rev Joel Edwards, Director of Micah Challenge International
- Professor Brian Howe AM, former Deputy Prime Minister
Most of our events are held at the Study Centre at Yarra Theological Union in Box Hill in Melbourne. Entry is by donation.
Become a member
Consider increasing your active involvement by applying to become a member of SPC, helping to shape our policies and activities.
Click HERE to obtain a membership application form.
Join us as a volunteer
Social Policy Connections warmly welcomes the contributions of volunteers with their special skills. As the work of SPC expands, we welcome people to help on committees, in research and publications, administration, IT, media liaison, and fundraising. If you think you may have a contribution to make, we would be pleased to talk with you.
Forge a corporate partnership
Social Policy Connections recognises the contribution and expertise of people in the corporate world and business. We especially value the skills and practical knowhow of people in the business community who wish to foster relationships that help bring about improved living conditions for others in Australia and overseas. At SPC, we welcome workplace giving, pro-bono support, the sharing of expertise, and volunteering, as well as financial and in-kind support. We would be pleased to talk with you about how to develop such a partnership. Contact us here.
SPC values the contributions of large companies and small firms; through partnerships and a range of ways, they can help reshape our nation’s thinking and our future.
Nevertheless, we will avoid, as much as we reasonably can, seeking support from companies in which the main activity:
- harms human dignity or human rights
- employs discriminatory work practices
- is involved in the arms industry
- causes significant damage to the environment
- promotes or profits from gambling
- is involved in the tobacco industry or related products.
We of course recognise that Social Policy Connections is under an ethical responsibility to make good use of the donations it receives.
Please click HERE to read about SPC’s policy 0n corporate partnerships.
Social Justice Studies
The Yarra Institute shares responsibility with Yarra Theological Union for co-ordinating the program of social justice units and degrees offered by YTU in association with the MCD University of Divinity.
Students can take individual units in social justice or as part of the Bachelor of Theology degree, or can specialise in various social justice degrees, ranging from the one-year MCD Diploma in Social Justice Studies or the longer Master of Arts, concentrating on social justice units.
A full list of the subjects offered can be found in the YTU handbook at www.ytu.edu.au. Units may vary from year to year.