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acknowledgment TO COUNTRY 

​In Australia, the protocol is to recognise the Traditional Owners of the land to which we are gathering. Therefore, all presentations must begin with an acknowledgment to country and to local Traditional Elders: “We wish to acknowledge and respect the traditional custodians whose ancestral lands we are to meet upon. We acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and relationship of Aboriginal peoples to Country. We also pay respects to the cultural authority of Aboriginal peoples visiting / attending from other areas of Australia who are present here”.


Indigenous Conference Services acknowledges and pay our respect to the Traditional people of the Country. "Welcome to Country" ceremony and "acknowledging the traditional custodians" of the land shows respect for Aboriginal people as Australia's First Peoples. Ceremonies and protocols are a fundamental part of Aboriginal cultures.


This conference has been developed in response to exploring ways on how to prevent our children being placed into care of the state or external organisations. Statistics across Australia are irrefutable no matter what state or territory you are from the numbers of Indigenous children in care is tilted in the wrong direction wherein the weight of evidence shows that Indigenous children in care make up a large percentage of the overall number of children in care.  Statistics show they stop in care longer compared to children in care from other groups regardless of whether it is foster care, kinship care, or many of the other terms used for the removal of our children.

Modern society sees us entering a more dynamic lifestyle and as such the pressures upon families and parents.  Society today also sees us entering a new era with our children being exposed and vulnerable to greater dangers than ever with the invention of internet and social media. What was hours or days away is now right at our fingertips.


The fundamental goals of parenting regardless of the culture remain the safe nurturing and raising of our children to adulthood. As parents, we must acknowledge the underlying principle that we are responsible for our children’s future through our actions and our culture. As child safety and community workers, we should lobby and look at different alternatives that are more family-friendly than the removal and the unequal representation of our children in the system. As such, this conference will have a platform that our children have the right to grow up free of harm and discuss alternatives and strategies to prevent the removal of our children from our families and communities, in general. 


The conference philosophy is based upon an approach of “prevention is better than intervention” which require collaborative partnership between all stakeholders, working together to support First Nations communities in addressing all forms of child abuse and protection issues. In the past, removal of children from their families had been the policy of governments which manifested itself through the stolen generation. Hence, the foundation of the conference is to share and discuss positive models of change and initiatives. The event is structured in such a way as to develop a wider methodology towards programs that are culturally appropriate and therefore more likely to succeed. 


The 2018 Indigenous Child Safety and Protection Conference strives to drive a national action on Indigenous child safety and wellbeing and to advance the goals of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009 – 2020 and the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022 by bringing together government, non-government and community sectors in one roof as responsible partnerships combined with strong community leadership and advocacy will optimise access, quality and sustainability of culturally safe and appropriate child services to address child safety and protection issues. With all these, the conference aims to:  
•    Provide an open and frank forum for discussions
•    Lend support to individuals and groups working in the field of Indigenous Child protection
•    Help grow a network for the sharing of information and resources 
•    Bring together both government and non-government agencies, researchers, service providers, policy makers/developers & organisations as united voice in closing the gap
•    Exchange information regarding the successes of community projects in the field of Indigenous Child safety and protection
•    Explore methods for improving accountability at all levels to ensure sustainable progress
•    Provides opportunity to network and meet face to face to exchange ideas, valuable information and successful programs in place in their communities.
•    Facilitate and engage with First Nations peoples in respect to the sharing of information
•    Lend support First Nations community and child safety professionals and peak bodies through further networking 
•    Provide a stimulus for networking in co-operation/partnerships from individuals, community level through to government authorities.
•    Highlight unique issues that relate specifically to First Nations communities in relation their environment and socio-economic status.
This conference is devoted to highlight the positives in addressing Indigenous child protection and child safety issues in our communities. Hence, the event has been developed with the belief that it is time to promote the positives and successes in child protection programs whilst still recognising that something that did not succeed can also be a success, providing we learn from the experience. 


The most powerful mechanism that First Nations people have is the strength to overcome adversity. The conference provides an opportunity to share your thoughts about new and improved national policy. The 2018 theme will enable conference participants to focus in depth on the importance of decision making for children in promoting security of childhood care and positive developmental outcomes. The full range of child protection and permanency pathways will be explored, including safe permanency with family (including reunification/restoration from care), the place of kinship care in enabling permanency, promoting permanency in decisions for out of home care including fostering, residential care and open adoption. 

Speakers and authors will be encouraged to frame their presentations in ways that encourage policy discussion and analysis, showcase promising and innovative practice, and help to chart directions in three key areas:
1.  Developing culturally appropriate Indigenous children’s services
2.  Advancing Indigenous children’s development and well-being in the first 1000 days
3.  Supporting Indigenous young peoples in out-of-home care to flourish in adulthood
4.  Building child safe organisations and environments in our Indigenous communities


Legal Aid Queensland is an independent statutory authority that provides legal assistance to financially disadvantaged people throughout Queensland. By doing so, the organisation helps to maintain the rule of law, protect legal rights, contribute to the efficiency of the justice system and reduce the social impacts of legal problems.

Legal Aid Queensland’s services include community legal education, information and referral, legal advice and legal task services, duty lawyer services, lawyer assisted dispute resolution and representation services. Services are provided across a range of areas of law including crime, family, child protection, child support, domestic and family violence, consumer protection, employment and anti-discrimination.


This is the first Indigenous Child Safety Conference that ICS has established in order to bring together First Nations peoples from all over to share information and network. The conference is not politically based, rather should be seen as an opportunity to access information that is not readily available and as an educational platform for further professional development. The conference envisions to embrace the philosophy of Indigenous community controlled services whilst maintaining and fostering co-operation between mainstream service providers, through promoting an informative forum of education, research and training of staff for the betterment of Indigenous Children’s well-being.


This conference presents a unique opportunity for delegates to participate in a positive environment that is dedicated to the sharing of information and the empowering of all who attend. In our everyday working environment, the day to day stresses of our positions tends to limit us in expanding our knowledge and networking. Whether you work at a community level or at governmental level, the opportunity to network and gain contacts outside of your local region tend to be limited, this is why this conference will be so valuable to participants. Hence, all Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous people, whether professional or community-based, who have a vested interest in Indigenous child protection are invited.


The 2018 Indigenous Child Safety and Protection Conference will be of interest to people eager to help shape future directions of national policy and action on Indigenous child safety and wellbeing including international and Australian policymakers, researchers, academics, service delivery leaders and practitioners, and students.
•    Child Safety Officers
•    Police Officers
•    Aboriginal Police Liaison Officers
•    Indigenous Health professionals/Indigenous program managers and/or Indigenous employees
•    Health professionals/Researchers
•    Management/Business leaders and/or agents
•    Government/non-government community groups or individuals
•    Academic Educators/Universities/Tertiary Educators
•    Human-rights enthusiasts
•    Not-for-profit organisations/grass-roots organisations
•    All First Nations peoples
•    Government Departments/Government agencies/Government authorities/Public Servants
•    Students


We wish to invite Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from First Nations people to attend the conference to share and gather information. We further extend a personal invitation to participants to join us at the conference dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. The conference dinner provides an excellent opportunity to break the pressures of our work environment and it allows delegates to network and exchange ideas in an atmosphere conducive to co-operation and relaxation.

Our conference is designed to be both educational and value for money.  Employers and organisations expend both time and resources to have delegates attend events such as this.  As such, to ensure value to attendees and organisations we have endeavoured to provide you with a comprehensive outline of all proceedings at the conference. To ensure that delegates attend and participate, it is important to note that to show accountability of delegates in meeting their obligation; each delegate will receive a Certificate of Attendance only when they attend 85% of all the conference sessions. In addition, delegates will receive a CD with all papers & presentations presented at the conference as well as contact list of all attendees and speakers.

When:         July 9-11, 2018
Where:     Marriott Hotel, Brisbane

WARNING: Limited availability. Please register online or contact us via email, should you have any further queries.


Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) is a privately owned Indigenous business which specialises in events and conferences. Even though we are a self funded enterprise, we come from a grass roots background with a burning passion for social justice issues; as such, we seek to compliment the workings of community initiatives and organizations across a broad spectrum of Indigenous affairs.


The events that we design, seek not to have a political agenda however, to compliment local, state and national organisations. Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) seeks to employ local community members wherever possible and gives a strong undertaking to adhere to local customs and protocols.



​Murri Sisters Assoc Inc is a non-profit community organisation that has been operating in the Brisbane area for the past 12 years. The organisation was established to provide support and short-term accommodation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children who are escaping family violence and are risk of homelessness. The organisation's vision is to become a lead agency in the provision of quality services for indigenous women and children experiencing family violence.

ICS are a not for profit enterprise, we are continually seeking to partner with organisations. ICS-MEES Pty Ltd is totally Indigenous owned and over time has help establish Indigenous controlled organisations free of charge. Our next major project is to establish and develop a full Indigenous Children Services within the Wide Bay region. Our vision for the service is that it will be a stand-alone privately sponsored organisation in which the core values are the protection of our children through reducing the number of children entering the state-controlled child safety and care.



Come and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, strengths, successes and empowerment. To share each other’s stories and ideas about what has work for you or your community and how we address life’s challenges.



  1. As an employee we are asked to present valid reasons why we should attend. Listed below are valid points that can be raised with your employer to justify your attendance:
    •    Staff attending conferences regularly tends to become long term and highly motivated employees
    •    An event such as this adds to the positive morale of staff
    •    Conferences are a great way of providing ongoing professional training
    •    Provides the opportunity to further enhance the organisation knowledge base
    •    The opportunity for saving organisations money because of the shortness of the event
    •    Allows delegates to showcase the organisation nationally and internationally
    •    May provide organisations with new ideas and incentives
    •    Gives organisations a showcase and voice at a national and in some cases international level
    •    Provide an opportunity to evaluate various programs
    •    Because this event is conducted over a short period, staff are only absent for a minimal number of days



Speakers and authors will be encouraged to frame their presentations in ways that encourage policy discussion and analysis, showcase promising and innovative practice, and help to chart directions in FOUR key areas:
1.    Developing culturally appropriate Indigenous children’s services
2.    Advancing Indigenous children’s development and wellbeing in the first 1000 days.
3.    Supporting Indigenous young peoples in out-of-home care to flourish in adulthood.
4.    Building child safe organisations and environments in our Indigenous communities


Guidelines for Submitting Paper:

  • Papers should not contain offensive language and take in to account cultural sensitivities.

  • Papers may treat the themes in a manner that contributes to a further discussion of the conference aims.

  • Conference papers must be presented in the finish format not less 60 days prior to the event.

  • First round of call for papers had been extended and will close by  March 15, 2018; with a second, if required which closes on 30th March 2018

  • Papers that are not chosen in the first round may be resubmitted if there is a second round.

  • Papers should be submitted in IBM and Microsoft Word format (word).

  • A Brief Outline of Paper (maximum 350 words online)

  • Presentation time at the conference for your papers will be allowed a maximum of 45 minutes, this will include question and answer time.

  • Call for papers registration fee of $650 will apply to all persons submitting papers payable upon acceptance of papers.

  • Papers should explore ways in which the themes show up in the philosophy of the conference.

  • A maximum of two presenters for each paper are eligible for the discounted call for papers registration fee, if 2 presenters, then 2 biographies are required.

  • Two paragraphs outlining the proposed speaker’s Biography

  • All papers must be presented in a positive and informative light maximum of 2 paragraph 8 lines TOTAL                                                      

  • A Head and Shoulders photo of papers’ authors/presenters are required within 14 days of confirmation of acceptance of paper.

  • Authors agree to have their paper published as part of the conference proceedings

  • Authors to agree to allow biography of themselves and their photo published as part of the conference promotion

  • Authors agree to consent to media interviews, if required

  • Authors and Presenters must show due respect and acknowledgement to Traditional Owners and “Welcome To Country” at the beginning of their presentation.

  • The correct wording will be provided as part of your confirmation letter if chosen and successful in being accepted with due respects and acknowledgement to traditional owners of land where we will be convening.

  • To submit a Paper, you must register on the web portal and complete the online Submit-A-Paper form.

  • Author/s of papers presented at the conference will be formally notified of acceptance.


(Register early to get a discount!) Please note that registrations are set out in an affordable way for organisations which changes on a monthly basis. Hence, the earlier you register the more savings for your organisation. Registration fees include all day access to the event, available conference papers, daily lunch and refreshments, for registered delegates only. Fees do not include travel costs or accommodation. Registration fees are non-refundable and must be received within 7 DAYS from being issued an invoice. Otherwise, bookings will not be considered.  To register, please click here to registration page and complete the form or you can also request for a conference brochure and the registration form to be sent to you by email at



The conference may or may not save you, or your organisation, time, money and manpower however, one thing the event guarantees is the opportunity to enlarge your network and information base thus empowering delegates to make greater informed decisions.




DAY 1 (July 9, 2018)

8:30am      REGISTRATION 


8:45am      Master of Ceremony Safety Announcements


9:00am      WELCOME TO COUNTRY by Aunty Beverly Johnson, Elder, Brisbane Murri Elders Community Justice Group                                                                  

9:30am      FORMAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS by Hon Rachel Sanderson MP,  Minister for Child Protection, SA Government

9:45pm      KEYNOTE SESSION   International Keynote Speaker: Inspire Perspective - My Change 4.0 Philosophy  by Dominique Waltower, Social Worker,High School Dropout Prevention Mentor, Job Coach Inspire Perspective 


10:30am    MORNING BREAK  


11:00am    KEYNOTE SESSION      The White Ribbon Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islanders Engagement Strategy by Adrian Geary, White Ribbon Ambassador and Chairperson,White Ribbon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group

11:45am    KEYNOTE SESSION     Speak Up, Be Strong, Be Heard by Acting Senior Sergeant Stephen Tillet & Detective Senior Constable Tod Dodson, Cairns Child Protection and Investigation, Queensland Police Service  


12:30pm    LUNCH BREAK 


1:30pm      KEYNOTE SESSION      National Day of Action by Holly Brennan, CEO Daniel Morcombe Foundation

2.15pm      KEYNOTE SESSION      Developing Long Term Strategies To Overcome Domestic Violence by Ms. Josephine Cashman,  Founder & Managing Director, Big River Impact Foundation

3:00pm      AFTERNOON TEA    


3:30pm      KEYNOTE SESSION    Discussion group on Indigenous women's experiences of technology-facilitated abuse by Dr Colette Mortreux, Research Consultant, The Social Research Centre


4:15pm      KEYNOTE SESSION    The Sisters Inside Youth Program by Boneta-Marie Mabo, State Youth Programs Manager, Sisters Inside    





DAY 2 (July 10, 2018)


8:30am      REGISTRATION


8:45am      Master of Ceremony Safety Announcements


9.00 am     KEYNOTE SESSION     Early intervention responses in child protection by Jessica Dean, Principal Lawyer, Children and Young People – Child Protection Team, Legal Aid Queensland       


9:45am      KEYNOTE SESSION     Supporting effective responses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experiencing violence – the case for self-determination by Emma Buxton-Namisnyk, Research Analyst, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network          


10:30am    MORNING TEA  


11:00am    KEYNOTE SESSION     Using technology to keep children safe and families and communities responsible by Chris Boyle, Managing Director, Communities in Sync


11:45am    KEYNOTE SESSION    Understanding Domestic and Family Violence in the community by Nadia Shuttleworth, Project Officer, Centre of Excellence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics, Australian Bureau of Statistics  

12:30pm    LUNCH BREAK    


1:30pm      KEYNOTE SESSION     Stitch in Time and 100 Voices by Di Gipey, Chief Executive Officer, Alice Springs Women's Shelter 


2:15pm      KEYNOTE SESSION   The Micah Projects by Karyn Walsh, CEO & Director, Australian Alliance to End Homelessness                                                                      


3:00pm      AFTERNOON TEA      


3:30pm      KEYNOTE SESSION      The Stories of Our Women – An example of culturally safe research with and for Aboriginal Women Experiencing Domestic Violence by Jenna Woods, Community Development Tutor, Murdoch University

4:15pm      YARNING CIRCLE: INTERACTIVE PANEL - HAVE WE HIT THE MARK? by All Delegates, Elders & Guest Speakers   


5:00pm         END OF CONFERENCE - Distribution of Certificates                                





POST- CONFERENCE MASTERCLASS: The Deadly Thinking Program by Margaret Saunders


Deadly Thinking is a social and emotional well-being and suicide prevention workshop designed by Indigenous people for Indigenous people to be delivered to remote Indigenous communities; natural helpers; Elders; ‘at risk’ individuals and ‘at risk’ groups. By taking a leadership role, attendees greatly extend the scope and sustainability of the program as well as the long-term effectiveness of protective strategies in the community. This workshop will teach you how core social and mental well-being issues are addressed in an open, respectful and comfortable forum.

                                                 Deadly Thinking Masterclass is strictly limited to 30 people only. Cost is $330 per person. So Book NOW!













A plus to register for  this conference for those dedicated sports lovers is that the last day of the conference, 11th July 2018 is synchronised with the final game of the Rugby League State of Origin which will be held at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.                                                                                                                    



As they say, all work and no play, makes for a dull conference. So to overcome this, the conference secretary has organised a conference dinner to be held on the second night of the event. This dinner with give delegates the opportunity to further network whilst letting your hair down in an informal setting.


The conference dinner will be at a cost of $150 per person for a three course meal. The conference dinner is additional to the conference fees and bookings must be made prior to the event. For those who wish to see more of the area the conference secretary has also negotiated a special rate for those delegates who may be interested. Delegates can avail themselves of these offers.


Furthermore it has been proven time and time again that events such as this empowers and reinvigorates workers with new ideas and with enthusiasm, with a greater feeling of support and contacts that may be utilised for the betterment of their own or local community. Whether you are an allied health professional, Indigenous health worker, medical professionals or in administrative clerical role within the organisation, this conference will provide excellent opportunities to gain and share information that will be of use to you back in your community.  The opportunity that this Conference provides to people involved in Aboriginal Health is the sharing of knowledge and development of long term friendships/partnerships.  This conference is basically designed from an Indigenous perspective in which we all lend support to each other regardless of our employers. With all this in mind, we invite you to actively participate in the upcoming event.​​


  1. The event secretary has come up with some great ideas on how to save money for you and your organisation.

  2. We have negotiated a special room rate for delegates with the hotel to access this price you must contact the hotel directly and quote the event code.

  3. As for travel we have engaged Hello World (formerly Harvey World Travel) Hervey Bay to negotiate with all the relevant airlines for special rates.

  4. A special rate for university students is being offered.

  5. For community controlled organisations if you pay for 4 delegates, the 5th delegate will be given a complimentary entry.

  6. Registrations have been broken down to a monthly basis this presents the opportunity of saving money to register early.



Brisbane is a modern city located on the traditional Aboriginal land of Meanjin, today Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, and the largest city in the state of Queensland. Brisbane's metropolitan area has a population of 2.3 million and sits on the Brisbane River.  Clustered in its South Bank cultural precinct are the Queensland Museum and Science Centre, with noted interactive exhibitions.  Another South Bank cultural institution is Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, amongst Australia's major contemporary art museums.  Looming over the city is Mt. Cootha, site of Brisbane Botanical Gardens. The city serving as a gateway to the state of Queensland, particularly to the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, popular resort areas immediately south and north of Brisbane, respectively.
Several large cultural, international and sporting events have been held at Brisbane, including the 1982 Commonwealth Games, World Expo '88, the final Goodwill Games in 2001, and the 2014 G-20 summit. Brisbane is the home of many great sporting teams Brisbane Broncos NRL, Brisbane Lions  AFL, Brisbane Roar A-League, Brisbane Bullets Basketball.

BRISBANE MARRIOTT HOTEL is located at 515 Queen Street Brisbane QLD. The Brisbane Marriott Hotel welcomes you here to Brisbane with exceptional amenities, sophisticated accommodation and a prime location in the CBD. Make yourself at home here in Queensland in our beautifully designed room or suite, which features views of the city skyline or of the Brisbane River - as well as pillow top bedding, marble bathrooms and high-speed Wi-Fi. Additional amenities for your visit include a modern fitness centre, a luxurious on-site spa and a sparkling outdoor pool. Dine in style at Motion Bar & Grill, which features steak, seafood and high tea; enjoy a cocktail at M Bar, or select a wine from our innovative "wine wall". If you're in the mood to explore, our hotel places you near attractions including South Bank, Eagle Street Pier, Fortitude Valley and the Queen Street Mall. We look forward to making your stay special at the Brisbane Marriott Hotel.


To avail for the delegate’s discounted hotel room rate from the venue, please book your hotel directly to Brisbane Marriott Hotel using E3I group code. Alternatively, click this link to be directed to Marriott's booking site:  Book your group rate for Indigenous Domestic Violence Conference

Please phone us on 07 41942803 or 0455776668 or send us your expression of interest by e-mail to


One of the prohibited factors in attending a conference is the airfare component. Our company strives in making our event a lesser burden on the individual or organisation by negotiating competitive and affordable travel packages. Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) also recognises that some NGO’s or other agencies will need to seek additional funding to attend, therefore Hello world Travel (Hervey Bay) quotation can be made out to either pay ASAP or to take into account the time that is required to obtain funding.


Through Helloworld Travel (Hervey Bay): Airfares & Accommodation

For the best possible airfares and seat availability, please confirm your attendance ASAP.


Helloworld Travel (Hervey Bay) only


contact: Phone 07 41281900

Toll free 1800 688993. Email.


Further advantage to using Helloworld Travel for your airfares is that if something goes wrong, you have greater access to your travel agent if required.


At present the conference secretary is organising a day FISHING TRIP to the local Reefs, This excursion can also be arranged after the conference for your entertainment.


Our company strives in making our event a lesser burden on the individual or organisation by negotiating competitive and affordable travel packages.

visA to australia

If you are an international guest or speaker, please note that citizens of some countries require visas before entering Australia. To obtain an Australian Visa, you may require a letter of invite from the conference secretariat. To obtain the letter of invitation, the guest must have registered for the conference and paid the required conference cost. This is refundable if visas are not approve, you should allow a minimum of 60 days for visa processing at the nearest Australian Embassy. Please note, processing visa documents in some countries may take longer, depending on your country of origin. Visas can be obtained online by searching the Australian Government website and accessing the Department Of Immigration and border protection site. For your convenience we have added the link to our website, which is



Flexible sponsorship packages are available. Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) will be of further assistance in tailoring your sponsorship arrangement. Please phone us on +61455776668 or send us your expression of interest by e-Mail:


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Indigenous Conference Services (Australia)

Postal Address: 8 Kiwi Court Pt Vernon Queensland 4655 Australia



Phone: 0741942803 Fax: 0730547243

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