Annual Events and Forums

The Centre holds events each year to support the sector, carers, and young people who are in or have been in out-of-home care in Victoria

Open Symposium

The annual OPEN (Outcomes Practice Evidence Network) Symposium was held on Friday 18 October 2019 at the Arts Centre in Melbourne.

The theme of the 2019 Symposium was The Voices that Matter.

As we strive to build the evidence base and strengthen practice across child, youth and family services it is vital that the voices that matter- the voices of children, young people and families – are prioritised. This year we encourage you to explore how you are doing this successfully across partnerships and programs, as well as sharing the challenges you have tackled and the learning you have gained.

To know more, visit the OPEN Portal, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and sign up to our newsletter here.

Debutante Ball

The Centre was very proud to be the home of the Deb Ball for young people in out of home care. This year’s Debutante Ball was held on Friday 20 September 2019, at the Melbourne Town Hall.

If you would like to view photos from the Deb Ball, or find out more. 


Resi Rocks is an annual opportunity to bring together residential care workers from across the state as a professional group to promote and cultivate a culture of learning and innovation, sharing knowledge, ideas and practice excellence.

The 2019 Resi Rocks was held in June at the MCG – and it was a fantastic day. Check back in early 2020 to find out about our next event for the residential care workforce.  

Resi ROCKS 2019 Attendees
OPEN Symposium 2019 Attendees
Debutantes 2019

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