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Join this 60-minute session for an in-depth exploration of your rights when advocating on behalf of your cause.

Next Tuesday Pro Bono Australia, in collaboration with the Human Rights Law Centre, is launching a new report, Civil Voices, which researched the state of not-for-profit advocacy. Based on the findings of Civil Voices, this webinar will provide unique insights into how to overcome the real and perceived fears not-for-profit organisations face when advocating.

With the opportunity to ask questions live to a panel of experts, this webinar will arm you with tips and tools that will allow you to overcome barriers and take advantage of opportunities.

This webinar has been developed to empower NFPs with unique insights into:

  • rights when advocating on behalf of a cause;
  • the most effective resources to ulitise;
  • how best to influence a specific target audience.

Join sector experts Murray Baird, ACNC Assistant Commissioner General Counsel, Marc Purcell, ACFID CEO, and Krystian Seibert, Philanthropy Australia Advocacy & Insight Manager as they equip you with the knowledge you need to amplify your advocacy efforts.


Can’t make the date? All registered participants will be sent a post-webinar pack three business days after the session. The packs include the audio and visual recordings, slide deck, and webinar book.



On the panel:

Murray Baird
ACNC Assistant Commissioner, General Counsel

Murray Baird joined ACNC after a career as a private legal practitioner practising in not-for-profit and charity law and governance. He was previously Senior Partner and leader of the not-for-profit group at Moores Legal, Melbourne. As well as advising, writing and presenting on not-for-profit legal issues, Murray has acted in several leading cases in the field of charity law.

Murray also has practical experience of not-for-profit issues through a number of leadership roles in the sector. He has been Chairman of Ansvar Insurance (a specialist insurer in the not-for-profit sector), Chairman of First Samuel Limited (an investment adviser and manager for many in the sector) and Chairman of the National Housing Company which is engaged in affordable housing. He has also served on boards of schools, church and community organisations. Murray was formerly a Director of Australian Charity Law Association and Appeals Officer for the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Code of Conduct.


Marc Purcell
ACFID CEO

Marc Purcell has headed the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) since 2009. ACFID is the peak body for around 140 Australian organisations working in international development. ACFID operates a Code of Conduct for Australian development NGOs.

Marc has 25 years’ experience in the community, international development and human rights sectors in Australia. He worked as Oxfam Australia’s National Advocacy Manager and was Executive Officer for the Catholic Commission for Justice Development and Peace Executive.

He has also worked as Country Program Manager for Africa at Australian Volunteers International; and worked with UNHCR in Nepal assisting Tibetan refugees. He researched China’s global rise and impacts on developing countries for Oxfam Hong Kong and has written about refugee and human rights in Burma.

Marc is a Director of the Community Council for Australia and the Campaign for Australian Aid Executive Committee.


Krystian Seibert
Philanthropy Australia Advocacy and Insight Manager

Krystian has broad experience in public policy development, and an in-depth awareness of government, legislative and political processes. He has particular expertise in not-for-profit sector policy and in regulatory reform.

Prior to joining Philanthropy Australia, Krystian was an adviser to a former Australian Assistant Treasurer. In this role he was responsible for the delivery of major not-for-profit sector reforms including the establishment of Australia’s first independent charities regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), and the passage of Australia’s first comprehensive statutory definition of charity, the Charities Act 2013.

Krystian is an Adjunct Industry Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology and is a Board Member of Mental Health First Aid Australia. He regularly writes about matters relating to philanthropy, the not-for-profit sector and public policy, with his contributions featuring in both sector news and peer-reviewed publications.

Facilitated by:

Emily Howie
Human Rights Law Centre Director of Legal Advocacy

Emily Howie has worked with the HRLC since 2009 protecting human rights in Australian foreign policy, defending democratic freedoms such as the right to vote as well as anti-racism and minority rights issues. She also works on accountability for Australia’s actions overseas such as border protection measures and military cooperation, including Australia’s involvement in the US drone program.

Emily has a masters in law from Columbia University in New York. In 2012 she was awarded Columbia’s Leebron Human Rights Fellowship to conduct research on asylum seekers in Sri Lanka. Prior to joining the HRLC, Emily worked as a Senior Associate with Allens Arthur Robinson, a legal adviser to the House of Representatives Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, and in the Trial Chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

Emily has substantial human rights litigation experience, including as a lead lawyer in Roach v Cth [2007] HCA 43, which established constitutional protection of the right to vote.



Civil Voices is a joint collaboration between Pro Bono Australia and the Human Rights Law Centre.



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