Voice to Parliament Briefing: New Gen Network & NEXUS Australia

Thu, 18 May 2023 05:00pm - 07:00pm AEST Free

In 2023, Australians will have their say in a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution through an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. This is a key element of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. 

We warmly welcome members of NEXUS Australia and the New Generation of Giving Network of Philanthropy Australia to connect over an informative session on the referendum. We will be joined by guest speakers Rachel Perkins and Kara Keys, leaders of the Australians for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition (AICR). 

AICR (Australians for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition) speakers:

Rachel Perkins, Co Chair, AICR

Rachel Perkins is an Arrernte and Kalkadoon women and a distinguished filmmaker with a career spanning three decades. She is a signatory to the Uluru Statement from the Heart and has served on boards of multiple federal agencies.

She currently co-chairs the National Native Title Council and Commonwealth government’s  partnership to reform Indigenous heritage laws. In 2020 she was named one of the most culturally powerful Australians in the AFR.

Kara Keys, Co-Deputy Campaign Director, AICR

Kara is a descendant of the Yiman and Gangulu peoples of central Queensland and is a Board Director of organisations in the superannuation, investments and energy sectors.

Kara has worked in key strategic and leadership roles in the union movement and runs KTL Collective providing expert advice, guidance and analysis around campaigns, organisational goals, structures and aspirations and stakeholder engagement, to First Nations organisations, civil society and corporate organisations.


5pm – Arrivals and networking

5.30pm – Presentation by Rachel Perkins and Kara Keys

6pm – Q&A with Rachel Perkins and Kara Keys

6.30pm – Networking

7.00pm – Close

Host organisations:

Philanthropy Australia is a not-for-profit organisation working to achieve a generous and inclusive Australia through more and better philanthropy. They are the national peak body for philanthropy and provide advocacy, networking, services and resources to the philanthropic and not-for-profit sector, as well as information and research for the Australian community.

New Generation of Giving Network

Philanthropy Australia’s New Gen Network connects new and emerging philanthropists in their 20s and 30s. The New Gen Network (New Gen) is for individuals in who want to make a difference, create relationships and learn from some of the most experienced philanthropists in Australia. New Gen has been part of Philanthropy Australia since 2012 and has incubated some of Australia’s leading young philanthropists and social entrepreneurs. The network includes next generation family members, young professionals, social entrepreneurs and philanthropic and corporate foundation staff and trustees.


NEXUS is a global movement of 5,000+ young people from over 70 countries working to increase and improve philanthropy and social change. We work to unite next gen philanthropists (aged 18-45), emerging young social entrepreneurs, impact investors and allies to catalyse new leadership and accelerate solutions to the world’s greatest social problems. Founded in 2011, and convened in partnership with the United Nations, NEXUS puts the hope and promise of young people on the world stage by bringing members together at NEXUS summits and events around the world.

NEXUS Australia is hosted and supported by partner, Australian Progress, and auspiced by partner, Philanthropy Australia. NEXUS Australia continues to be underpinned by valued philanthropic and corporate funding partners. NEXUS Australia aims to build this community by catalysing a change in philanthropic culture amongst emerging philanthropists by sharing best practice in impact-focused philanthropy and investment and promoting bolder projects for social and environmental change.