Here are all the details you need to get the most out of YACVic Rural’s rural youth sector conference.

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Who should attend

If you work with or for young people in regional or rural Victoria, or you would like to, this conference is for you! This includes:

  • Youth workers
  • Youth development workers
  • Education practitioners
  • Emergency service workers
  • Healthcare workers (both clinical and non-clinical welcome)
  • Employment workers
  • Out of home care workers
  • Youth justice workers
  • Family violence workers
  • Government
  • Academics
  • Youth or community work students

In-person attendees will be able to register at the information desk each day in the main conference venue, the Conservatory Room.

YACVic staff will be available to assist you at any time, and will be roaming the venue in red or green staff t-shirts.

All attendees will receive a name badge at registration, with the option to specify if you don’t want to be included in photos or video. This name tag represents your pass to the conference. If you lose yours, you will be able to replace it any time at the information desk.

Catering and dietary information

The conference will be fully catered — this includes lunches, tea breaks and post-AGM refreshments. You will have the opportunity to list dietary requirements in your ticket booking.

There will be an optional group dinner on the Thursday evening; this is not included in the conference ticket price and participation is at each attendee’s own expense.

For those staying at the All Seasons, breakfast is not included in the accommodation price but is available separately in the bistro.

COVID safety

We are committed to the health and safety of all conference attendees. We will provide optional masks, sanitiser and RATs each day of the conference.

At the same time, we acknowledge the nature of a large event means there are increased risks. We ask all attendees to be compliant with any relevant Victorian Government advice at the time of the event.

Access and inclusion

Accessible program

You can download a screen-reader friendly version of the program via the button below. It is also a printer-friendly version.

Download accessible program

Access key

YACVic Rural takes access and inclusion seriously. We are committed to making every event as accessible as possible for everyone.

Download access key

Booking your access accommodations

When you book your ticket, there is a list of accessibility needs which you can tick to ensure your needs are met. If you have an accessibility need that isn’t listed, you can contact us.

If you have access needs, please let us know by Friday 3 November to allow us enough time to book in the appropriate supports.

Accommodation and travel


We recommend the following accommodation options that are close to the conference venue.

  1. All Seasons Resort and Hotel Bendigo: Stay at the conference venue itself! We have an exclusive discount code for attendees available upon conference ticket purchase.
  2. Golden Reef Motor Inn: Conveniently located opposite to the venue.
  3. Best Western Crystal Inn Bendigo: Just a one-minute drive from the venue and more moderately priced.
  4. Alexandra Place: Approximately a 6-minute car drive from the venue.
Getting there

By public transport

Bendigo is accessible on the V-Line from Southern Cross Station, Melbourne. Trains run hourly. From the Bendigo train station, take bus number 60 and disembark at the stop Putnam Ave/ Mclvor Hwy, which is right at the venue.

By car

The drive from Melbourne is approximately 155km and takes about 1 hour and 52 minutes.


There is ample onsite parking on both sides of the conference venue, as well as accessible parking near the entrance.


Potholes to Possibilities is a paper-free conference, meaning all key information including the program will all be digital. All attendees will receive a digital conference guide the week of the conference to help navigate the event smoothly.

Where paper printing is absolutely necessary, we will be printing on recycled paper.

Child Safety and Code of Conduct

YACVic is a Child Safe organisation. By attending this conference, you agree to join us in our commitment to child safety.

All participants, including attendees, speakers, staff and supervisors are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct throughout the conference.

Code of Conduct

Everyone at YACVic Rural’s Potholes to Possibilities Youth Sector Conference is expected to abide by the following Code of Conduct. 

Failure to do so may result in individuals being asked to leave or being removed from the venue.

This code does not override or affect any applicable legislation. 

All attendees are required to:

  • Comply with prevailing community standards of equity, justice, fairness and compassion in dealing with others at the event.
  • Follow ChildSafe protocols.
  • Participate in the event in a responsible and professional manner, with due regard for legal requirements and obligations.
  • Treat everyone with courtesy, respect, kindness, consideration, and sensitivity to their rights.
  • Illicit drug use and consumption of alcohol are not permitted at any time at the event.  No person may be present under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

All attendees are expected to:

  • Refrain from using offensive language that would cause any reasonable person offence or embarrassment.
  • Respect confidential information and not use it for personal gain, or to cause harm or detriment to any other person or organisation.

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