For everyone interested
in social and ethical accountability.



    As the number of sustainability reports released by Australian corporations grows, there are precious few places where the wide range of practitioners and stakeholders in the areas of organisational accountability and assurance can debate, critique, share ideas, and just talk about their practical experiences, challenges and dilemmas.

    The Australian Institute of Social and Ethical Accountability presents the Practitioners Talk Series as a forum to address this need. Each Talk features a range of panellists who lead the discussion by presenting differing or critical perspectives. Significant time is set aside to allow attendees to engage with the panellists.


AISEA Workshops/Talks with John Pearce

Melbourne Thursday 16 August 2007 – 11.00am – 12.30pm

Accountability and governance when community enterprise partners with business

Practitioners’ Talk (Cost: Complimentary)
The Auditorium, Ground Floor, National Australia bank
800 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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Brisbane – 21-22 August 2007            Workshop Report             Photos

Triple Bottom Line Accounting Workshop

Practitioners’ Talk Two Day Workshop (Cost: $970 + GST)
Mission Australia Brisbane
National Training Institute
Level 3 – North Tower
527 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills QLD
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Sydney – Thursday 23 August 2007 2.30pm – 5.00pm

Social Accountability – Accountable for what and to who?

Practitioners’ Talk (Cost $35)
What does it mean for the not for profit sector?
The Benevolent Society, Level 1, 188 Oxford Street, Paddington NSW 2021
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Global Reporting Initiative - G3 Launch

Reporting: a Measure of Sustainability

The Amsterdam Conference on Sustainability and Reporting
Featuring the Release of the G3 Guidelines
Amsterdam, 4-6 October 2006

Not for Profit Triple Bottom Line Accountability: the way forward?

How are not for profit organizations accounting for their social, environmental and economic impacts?

Thursday 20th July 2006 2.30-5.00 pm at the Benevolent Society, Level 1, 188 Oxford Street, Paddington NSW 2021

- Catherine Mahony, Deputy Director (Sector Development) of the New South Wales Council of Social Service (NCOSS)
- Jo Taylor, General Manager, Streetwize Communications
- David Pigott,General Manager Corporate Partnerships, Mission Australia

NGO/Community Sector – Benefits and Challenges of Accountability in Practice

Brisbane – 10 November 2005, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

- Geoff Fisher, Mission Australia Employment Services
- Liz Skelton, Streetwize Communications
- John Ford, Maleny Community Credit Union
- Barbara Matt, Impact Make Your Mark
- John Pearce, Community Business Scotland, Social Audit Network UK
- Richard Boele, Banarra Sustainability and Social Assurance

Sustainability Assurance - An Introductory Workshop

Sydney – Monday 28 November 2005, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Melbourne – Friday 2 December 2005, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

- Richard Boele, Banarra Sustainability and Social Assurance
- Terence Jeyaretnam, URS

    In the context of low trust, a rapidly growing number of organizations are seeking to account for and report on their sustainability performance. The Department of Heritage and Environment's funded 2004 survey of sustainability reporting in Australia identified 116 reports. Of these 28% were independently verified or assured.

    But what does third party assurance add in terms of trust? Is there a difference between assurance and verification? Who is qualified to provide assurance? This workshop aims to provide participants with the knowledge to answer such questions in relation to their own needs. The AA1000 Assurance Standard is the primary standard used to illustrate sustainability assurance during the workshop with other approaches, such as ISAE 3000 also introduced and discussed.