Bringing community services in Western Sydney together during COVID-19 to provide information on priorities such as contractual impacts, service continuity, and service gaps and strategies.

Increasing access to information and sharing of tools and resources.

Panellist series for questions, answers and discussion via interactive online capabilities.

Innovation in Working with Older People Since COVID19’s Emergence

There has needed to be significant shifts within organisations working with older people since COVID19 emerged. Join us as we discuss the insights that have emerged and innovation demonstrated by organisations during these challenging times.

Wednesday 3 June 2020


Hosted by Western Sydney Community Forum’s Manager of Policy and Programs, Tom Nance, with panellists:

Professor Jane Mears
Associate Professor Social Policy,
Western Sydney University

Cecily Michaels
Chief Executive Officer,

Mary Bills
Project Officer, Aged Care System Navigator

Liveability during COVID19 and beyond

COVID19 has had a profound impact on liveability, both globally and in Western Sydney. Our panellists discuss the trends that are emerging within the communities that they are working with and what some of the priorities for liveability could look like post-COVID19.

Tuesday 26 May 2020


Hosted by Western Sydney Community Forum Chair Dr Andy Marks, Assistant Vice-Chancellor at Western Sydney University, with panellists:

Dare Kavanagh
Regional Manager of Social Sustainability (NSW, WA and ACT)

Dr Eddie Jackson
Director, City Community and Culture
Liverpool City Council

Heather Chaffey
Divisional Manager Sustainable Communities
Wentworth Community Housing

COVID19: What could a youth-led recovery look like?

Now is an opportune time to listen to our community’s young leaders and to support and enable them to lead.

Thursday 21 May 2020


Join our moderator, Natalie Chiappazzo, Service Provision Manager at Blacktown Youth Services Association and Western Sydney Community Forum Board Member, as she talks to three young people from the community about the impacts of COVID19 and the role that young people can play in leading the recovery.

Close the Gap during COVID19:
First Peoples Resilience in Tough Times

First Nations Australians leading the response to COVID19. Strengths of First Nations organisations when it comes to protecting their communities – what can we share? The role of agencies and institutions in providing appropriately informed and culturally safe care to First Nations Australians during and post COVID19.

Thursday 7 May 2020


Hosted by Western Sydney Community Forum’s Ken Zulumovski Hon DHSc from Gamarada Universal Indigenous Resources, with panellists:

Uncle Darryl Wright
Chief Executive Officer, Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation

Ms. Melissa Williams
Chief Executive Officer, Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council

Associate Professor Megan Williams
Research Lead & Assistant Director, National Centre for Cultural Competence, University of Sydney

Visioning the future of Western Sydney post COVID-19

What is the pathway to access, fairness and equity? Could this be the time to genuinely address socio-spatial polarisation? Will ‘business as usual’ build and sustain community wellbeing? How do we collectively progress employment, housing, services and more – in a socially, economically and environmentally healthier future?

Wednesday 29 April 2020

11.00 am

Hosted by Western Sydney Community Forum’s Chief Executive Officer, Billie Sankovic with panellists:

Dr. Andy Marks
Assistant Vice-Chancellor Western Sydney University
& Chair Western Sydney Community Forum

Ms. Natalie Chiappazzo
Manager Blacktown Youth Services Association
& Secretary Western Sydney Community Forum

Mr. Ben Jackson
Chief Executive Officer Great Community Transport
& Treasurer Western Sydney Community Forum

Leading an Organisation through the COVID-19 Crisis

What is important for a Western Sydney community services organisation to get through the COVID-19 pandemic? How to frame a response? What are the key workforce issues? How to get a digital response right?
And More

Thursday 23 April 2020

2.00 pm

Hosted by Western Sydney Community Forum’s Clare Babbage with panellists:

Katriina Tahka
Chief Executive Officer, A Human Agency

Cindy Lenferna de la Motte
Head of Customer and Community, Harvest Digital Planning

Angela Haynes
Head of Restructuring Services, KPMG Greater Western Sydney

Navigating and Understanding the Australian Government’s

COVID-19 Support for Community Services


What do the stimulus packages mean and how do I activate support?
How does this additional funding help me to keep our service and agency afloat, and pay for any additional costs or losses incurred?
How do I access the job keeper payment to support our staff and workforce?
And More

Wednesday 8 April 2020

10.00 am

Hosted by Western Sydney Community Forum’s David Hill with panellists:

Kirsten Forrester
Chief Executive Officer, Accounting for Good

Theo Psychogios
Partner, Financial Advisory, Deloitte

Michael Mekhitarian
Director, ATB Partners

Contractual Impacts and Service Continuity


Interactive discussion with the NSW Department of Communities and Justice


Thursday 2 April 2020
2.00 pm

Hosted by Western Sydney Community Forum’s Billie Sankovic with NSW Department of Communities and Justice panellists:

Eleri Morgan-Thomas
Executive Director Partnerships, Strategy, Policy & Commissioning

Claudia Vianello
Director Commissioning & Planning, Western Sydney & Nepean Blue Mountains Districts

Maria Kissouri
Director Commissioning & Planning, South Western Sydney District