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2023 NATIONAL FIRST NATIONS 
WOMEN'S Conference 

December 11-13, 2023

hilton hotel cairns QUEENSLAND

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT TO COUNTRY 

​In Australia, the protocol is to recognise the Mandingalbay Yidinji people 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  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.​

 

THE CONFERENCE 

The 2023 National First Nations Women's Conference is the 14th conference in the series and has become Australia's premier Indigenous women's cultural gathering, bringing together Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander women, Elders, health professionals and community workers to network and work together to strengthen the advancement of First Nations women's well-being through sharing of information, encouragement of strong leadership, empowerment and self-determination.


This year’s conference will be held in Cairns and aims to highlight the invaluable contributions of Aboriginal & Torres Straits Islander women in empowering change as pillars of our grassroots communities. This conference provides a unique opportunity for delegates and speakers to see the power of networking and sharing of experiences and challenges that Indigenous women face. 

The conference is designed as an educational tool to develop networking opportunities and information sharing to the wider community on Indigenous women’s issues. The event will focus on Indigenous women’s health and wellbeing through the encouragement of strong leadership, empowerment and self-determination within our communities. Throughout the two days, we will be facilitating small group discussions

 

with informative guest speakers. The conference emphasizes on the positives of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander resilience and determination to strive for a better tomorrow without the constraints of the negative stereotyping which is more prevalent due to social media and bad media coverage. Today as Indigenous women, we are making great strides to improve both ourselves and our communities.

Today’s society is plagued with stories of all the wrongs in our communities when in fact nothing could be further from the truth. For years as Indigenous women, we have strived to better our families which have given rise to countless numbers of great initiatives highlighting Indigenous monumental achievements. To share this knowledge has always been our cultural way; as such, we feel that it is time to start promoting these ideas so that others may be able to share and spread the knowledge and load.

 As First Nations women, we must recognise the loss of our self-importance and self-awareness through loss of identity and spirituality. First Nations women recognise that we need to bring this back into our lives and importantly, bring back our value system, our culture and our spirituality. Empowerment for us as First Nations women must start from improving our self-worth - physically, mentally and spiritually. Once we have achieved our self-worth then we can re-establish our connections with family, country and community. This is fundamental for achieving positive and strong outcomes in all women’s programs.

CONFERENCE AIM & OBJECTIVE

The conference objectives are designed to empower and stimulate discussion in a positive manner that can and may be used back in our work environment to further develop strength unity and education. Moreover, one of the most powerful objectives that Indigenous peoples have is the strength to overcome adversity through the power of sharing knowledge and therefore the conference will attempt to foster all of the issues set out in this conference.

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CONFERENCE THEME

  • Women’s Health

  • Role of women in stopping family violence

  • Women and Education

  • Achievements of Women

  • Women and Careers

  • The Empowering of Women

 

CONFERENCE PHILOSOPHY

The conference philosophy is based upon the principles of sharing knowledge and information that can be adapted and implemented in other communities. For many years, the provision of First Nations services had been broken and fragmented when it comes to service delivery. However over time, service providers have joined forces in, not just the physical provision of services but also in such fields as research, health education and even the training of staffs in order to improve First Nations Women services; thus, improving the whole First Nations family's well-being.

CONFERENCE STATEMENT 

Indigenous peoples, nationally and internationally, will come together in an environment that can lead to the sharing of information via their cultural and historical values.  This women’s gathering is designed to inspire and enable Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander women, services and other partners to take control, step up and take action to the next level, to ensure the rights and self-determination of First Nations women are upheld. To honour our Indigenous women and their families – their strength and resilience – by listening to their stories and strategies, learning from their experiences and committing to systemic change to protect the rights of our children, families and cultures.

To honour also the knowledge of our women Elders and wisdom of our cultural responses, sharing successes and struggles to chart effective, evidence-informed ways forward. The conference provides a forum to discuss solutions by women and to connect and acquire knowledge from each other to heal the spirit, heal the earth, and sustain cultural practices for this generation and for the future generations to come.

 

WHY ATTEND 

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 people and non-indigenous people whether professional or community-based, who have a vested interest in First Nations women health and well-being are invited.

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND  

  • Indigenous Women

  • Health workers and professionals

  • Indigenous professional bodies and other organisations

  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services

  • Indigenous Women Support Worker

  • Health workers and professionals

  • Indigenous Women’s Groups

  • Community Elders/Leaders

  • Community Workers

  • Social Workers

  • Psychiatrists

  • Police Officers 

  • Education and Training bodies and organisations

  • Researchers

  • Policy makers

  • Law enforcement workers

  • Community representatives

  • Government – Local, State/Territory and Commonwealth

  • Students 

 

YOUR INVITATION 

We wish to invite Indigenous and non-Indigenous women in Australia and throughout to attend the conference to share and gather information. We also extend an invitation to participants to join us at the conference dinner in a relaxed atmosphere. 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 link to ICS’ Dropbox account with all papers & presentations presented at the conference.

Who: Individuals, Groups, NGO’s, Government Agencies & Others

When: DECEMBER 11-13, 2023

Where: The Hilton Cairns Queensland 

Time: 9:00 am -5:00 pm

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

 

WHO ARE WE

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 organisations 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.

UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION

UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women recognises the urgent need for universal application to women of the rights and principles with regard to equality, security, liberty, integrity and dignity of all human beings, affirming that violence against women constitutes a violation of the rights and fundamental freedoms of women and impairs or nullifies their enjoyment of those rights and freedoms, and concerned about the long-standing failure to protect and promote those rights and freedoms in the case of violence against women, recognising that violence against women is a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between men and women, which have led to domination over and discrimination against women by men and to the prevention of the full advancement of women, and that violence against women is one of the crucial social mechanisms by which women are forced into a subordinate position compared with men, concerned that some groups of women such as women belonging to minority groups, Indigenous women, refugee women, migrant women, women living in rural or remote communities, destitute women, women in institutions or in detention, female children, women with disabilities, elderly women and women in situations of armed conflict, are especially vulnerable to violence.

 

CELEBRATE INDIGENOUS STORIES 

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

 

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING FOR THE EMPLOYER

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:

  1. Staff attending conferences regularly tend to become long term employees

  2. An event such as this adds to the positive moral of staff

  3. Conferences are a great way of providing ongoing training

  4. Provides the opportunity to further enhance the organisation knowledge base

  5. Allows delegates to showcase the organisation nationally and internationally

  6. May provide organisations with new ideas

  7. Gives organisations a voice at a national/international level

  8. Provides an opportunity to evaluate various programs

  9. Because this event is conducted over a short period, staff are only absent for a minimal amount of time

 

CALLING FOR PAPER

To ensure grassroots community programs are highlighted, no less than 50 per cent of the conference proceedings are and is devoted to community groups. If your paper is selected, you may have more than one presenter to present your paper. However, only two presenters will be entitled to the registration discount. If you are chosen to present at the conference, your paper will form part of the conference proceedings and be distributed at the conclusion of the event with all other presentations. To further ensure the continued success of the conference, an Indigenous working group is being established to advise on correct adherence to cultural equilibrium. If you are interested in submitting a paper please,  Click here to read more 

REGISTRATION 

(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 adminics@iinet.net.au ​ TO REGISTER - CLICK HERE

 

EMPOWERING DELEGATES​ 

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.

THE CONFERENCE AGENDA 

(This agenda may change without prior notice to ensure a smooth flow of the conference proceedings)

DAY 1 MONDAY (DECEMBER 11, 2022)              

8:30 AM REGISTRATION & Master of Ceremony Announcements

9:00 AM Welcome to Country 

9:15 AM Traditional Cultural Performance 

9:45 AM Formal Opening Keynote - Closing the Gap in Indigenous Women's Health

10:30 AM MORNING BREAK ~ Network with exhibitors and service providers

11:00 AM Keynote Session The Strength of Indigenous Women Demanding a Future                              

11:45 AM Keynote Session Birthing in Our Community (Calling for community papers)     

12:30 PM LUNCH BREAK ~ Network with exhibitors and service providers   

1:30 PM Concurrent Session A: Maternal Health only we can do it - Social determinants of women's health (Calling for papers) 

               Concurrent Session B:  Improving outcomes in Aboriginal pregnancies

2:15 PM Concurrent Session A: Social and Emotional Well being - Key Issues Facing First Nations women

               Concurrent Session B:  My testimonial, My story of being a proud Indigenous Women

​​​3:00 PM AFTERNOON TEA ~ Networking with Exhibitors & Service Providers

3:30 PM Keynote Session Domestic violence: The impact on our families and communities

4:15 PM Keynote Session The Power of One: Strength Through Unity - It Is The Future

 

6.30 PM  CONFERENCE NETWORKING DINNER

 

DAY 2 TUESDAY (DECEMBER 12, 2023)        

8:30 AM Registration ~ Networking with Delegations     

9:00AM Keynote (Blackfeet First Nations Speaker) Exploring Best Practices For Indigenous Youth Suicide Prevention    

9:45AM Keynote (Maori First Nations Speaker) - New approach in New Zealand towards Methamphetamine Use and Depression

​10:30 AM MORNING BREAK ~ Network with exhibitors and service providers

11:00AM Concurrent Session A:  First Nation women caring for First nation women

                 Concurrent Session B:  Getting It Together (for our mob)

11:45AM Concurrent Session A:  Empowering Others Through Empowering Myself

                 Concurrent Session B:  Indigenous Women's Voices

​​12:30 PM LUNCH BREAK ~ Network with exhibitors and service providers   

1:30 PM   Keynote Session  Empowered Women, Empowered Lives

2:15 PM   Keynote Session  Indigenous Female Leadership – Leading with Compassion and Thoughtfulness, Peacemakers ​

3:00 PM AFTERNOON TEA ~ Networking with Exhibitors & Service Providers

3:30 PM Keynote Session Chronic Diseases Management in Indigenous Health

4:15 PM Keynote Session The Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce

5:00 PM END OF CONFERENCE    

                                                                                                                                                                                                              

DAY 3 WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 13, 2023 (POST-CONFERENCE MASTERCLASS)

For 2023, we offer new and exciting innovation for our conferences. Day 3 is devoted to a professional development workshop or masterclass. As such, we have introduced several exciting networking and professional development innovations which is an extra cost for your chosen masterclass. Day 3 is optional so please make sure you complete your registration form with the masterclass included if you intend to attend. 

OPTION 1 - CONFERENCE MASTERCLASS - HEALING CIRCLE WORK

The Healing Circle Work masterclass addresses emotional challenges and barriers faced by people who have had traumatic experiences. Healing Circle Work is not a therapeutic program, but therapeutic outcomes are experienced. As participants, you will learn to live life in the moment recognising and understanding your own spirituality and gaining the ability to enter the moment to reaffirm yourselves. This workshop will teach you to learn to appreciate and be accountable for your highest good, and the highest good of others around you.  Healing Circle Work is provided in group sessions, and is suitable for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants over 18 years of age. Reserve your place now and

let us unlock this ancient Aboriginal wisdom and knowledge shared with all peoples.

                                          Healing Circle Works is strictly limited to 10-12 people only. Cost is $350 per person.

OPTION 2 - CONFERENCE MASTERCLASS - The Gatekeeper Cultures and Spirituality - Interventionist to Suicide 

​Worrying about how your team, family and community effectively assist and manage clients experiencing intergenerational trauma? Indigenous peoples around the world endured several generations of trauma and other neurological effects and compromised behavioural immunity which leads to behavioural indicators such as substance abuse and suicide.  Our current generation is impacted by structural violence, poverty, racism, governmental neglect and ongoing hostilities, and unfortunately, our mob have learned our lessons in traumatiSation as well wherein many situations, we have internalized the trauma imposed on ourselves and turned onto our own families, communities, and selves.   

 

This workshop will teach you:

  • The strong benefits of recapturing and revitalizing our languages, cultures and spirituality

  • How to become an interventionist to suicide in your communities

  • Understand and utilise trauma-informed care to heal ourselves, our clients, and our communities.

  • Strategies in managing clients and families affected by intergenerational trauma and break the cycle of suicide in our communities.

  • In Just One Day You Can Learn Strategies for how to become an interventionist to suicide and work effectively with your clients who are experiencing intergenerational trauma and their families.

The Gatekeeper Cultures and Spirituality - Interventionist to Suicide is strictly limited to 30 people only. Cost is $350 per person.

GUEST SPEAKERS

The 2023 National First Nations Women's Conference is blessed with a kaleidoscope of First Nations guest speakers, sharing stories, successes and challenges they’ve overcome, presenting great opportunities and inspiration for delegates to participate in an event that is devoted to the sharing of Culture, Empowerment, Education & Networking. Drawn from a variety of cultural backgrounds, professional careers and grass-roots community commitments, this year’s conference speakers are the difference between an ordinary and extraordinary event; one that is soon forgotten and one which lingers in attendees' memories, a source of tremendous benefit long after the conference is over. 

Click Here for Guest Speaker’s Profile  

REGISTRATION

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 must be received within 7 DAYS of from being issued an invoice. Otherwise, bookings will not be considered.  To register, please click on the registration button and complete the form or you can also request a conference brochure and the registration form to be sent to you by email at adminics@iinet.net.au  

 

 

YOUR INVITATION 

We wish to invite Indigenous and non-Indigenous worker from Australia and throughout to attend the conference to share and gather information. We also extend an invitation to participants to join us at the conference dinner in a relaxed atmosphere.

 

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.

 

Who:     Individuals, Groups, NGO’s, Government Agencies & Others

When:   December 11-13, 2022

Where:  Hilton Cairns Hotel Cairns, Queensland

Time:     9.00am – 5.00pm

 

WARNING: Limited availability. Please register online or

contact us via email, should you have any further queries.

CONFERENCE VENUE AND ACCOMMODATION

Cairns is truly a destination to impress everyone. From the moment you fly in over lush tropical green rainforest and aqua  blue reefs of the great, you know you are truly in a special part of the world. Experience the warmth of our genuine Australian hospitality at the Hilton Hotel Cairns. Prominently situated on the marina, providing guests with both a direct gateway to the reef, tours and attractions and the perfect Cairns getaway. The Hilton Cairns is deemed as the waterfront retreat near the Great Barrier Reef. Set amid tropical greenery on Cairns’ waterfront, the hotel is a gateway to  the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef Terminal, where the majority of trips depart, is just 400 meters from the hotel. It is also within 22 kilometers to reach the Crystal Cascades and Cairns Botanic Gardens. The hotel has a lagoon-style outdoor pool and treatments spa.The Hilton Hotel and Cairns is on the lands of the Mandingalbay Yidinji peoples who are the Traditional Owners of both land and sea Country and have been living on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef amongst the Wet Tropics World Heritage rainforest for thousands of years.  

 

CONFERENCE NETWORKING DINNER 

 

​As they say, all work and no play, makes for a dull conference. So to overcome this, the conference secretary has organized a conference dinner to be held on the first night of the event. This dinner will give delegates the opportunity to further network while letting your hair down in an informal setting. The conference dinner will be a private charter dinner cruise with the Spirit of Cairns at a cost of $150 per person including a three course meal. The conference dinner is additional to the conference fees and bookings must be made prior to the event. 

 

A Cairns Dinner Cruise is the perfect way, to end a perfect day in paradise. Boarding our sailing catamaran at the Marlin Marina, you’ll enjoy an evening of calm water cruising on Trinity Inlet, taking in the sights and sounds of this tropical port city and its surrounding mangroves, as they transition from day to night. Every journey begins with bubbles, as all good dinner cruises should. With your glasses charged, stroll the interior or exterior decks and admire the view as the sky transforms from blue to red to orange and finally a silky black, filled with thousands of sparkling stars. Your journey takes you deep into the heart of Trinity Inlet and across the waterfront precinct of Cairns, from the Cruise Liner Terminal to the Esplanade. The water is calm, the weather mild and the night is yours to enjoy, with entertainment and a delicious  3 Course Buffet Dinner  featuring some of the region’s best produce, including seafood. The luxurious Spirit of Cairns sailing catamaran is fully licensed, selling a range of beverages, including tropical cocktails. This is the ultimate in waterside dining.

When Do We Go

The Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise departs Marlin Marina at 6.30pm and returns at 9pm. Check-in and boarding is at the boat, moored at Marlin Marina, starting from 6 pm. A complimentary drink is served on arrival and the bar is also open for further drink purchases throughout the trip. The conference dinner cruise is scheduled for the evening of Day 1.

What Will You See / Do

Enjoy a fantastic evening of calm water cruising with entertainment, delicious 3 course buffet meal and fabulous views, including sunset over the rainforest-clad mountains (depending on the time of year). Starting at Marlin Marina, Spirit of Cairns takes you on a journey deep into the interior of Trinity Inlet and its winding tributaries. Keep your eyes peeled, you might even see a crocodile. The cruise passes along Cairns’ waterfront and Esplanade precinct, delivering panoramic views of the twinkling night lights of this port city.

What Do You Need To Bring / Wear

​Yourself and your smile, for a great evening ahead. Tropical cocktail attire is suggested, with a light jacket for the winter months. Footwear is mandatory, with suitable shoes for boating recommended. Although it’s a calm water cruise, you will find it more comfortable moving around the boat in flat rubber soled shoes. Don’t forget to bring a little cash, EFTPOS or credit card for your bar purchases.

Highlights & Inclusions

  • A 2.5 hour calm water sunset / evening cruise

  • Luxurious air-conditioned vessel

  • Large outdoor decks

  • Complimentary glass of sparkling wine, beer or soft drink on arrival

  • Delicious hot and cold 3 course buffet, featuring fresh seafood and local produce

  • Live Music by some of Cairns’ best musicians

 

TRAVEL  

One of the prohibitive 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 First Nations Travel Agency quotation can be made out to either pay ASAP or to consider the time that is required to obtain funding. For the best possible airfares and seat availability, please confirm your attendance ASAP. All of our booking is made through First Nations Travel, a new 100% indigenous owned travel agency here to make booking your flights stress free and relaxing for an enquiry please phone us on +61 4557 76 668 or send us your expression of interest by email:  adminics@iinet.net.au

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PRE/POST-CONFERENCE INDIGENOUS TOURS 

 

Mandingalbay (MAN-DIN-GUL-PIE) tours and events provide visitors to Cairns and Tropical North Queensland with the chance to experience ancient lands through ancient hands. Mandingalbay Yidinji Guides cover topics of cultural significance, and lead interpretative walks, showcasing traditional use of natural resources used for medicinal purposes and sustenance. Mandingalbay Ancient Indigenous Tours is 100% Indigenous owned and operated.

 

MONEY SAVING IDEAS 

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

 

​ACCOMMODATION: We have negotiated a special room rate for delegates at the venue. To avail for this special discounted rate, contact us and advise your arrival or check-in date and departure date so we can send you the accommodation tax invoice accordingly.

 

TRAVEL: We have engaged First Nations Travel Agency to negotiate with all the relevant stakeholders for hotel rates. 

 

CONCESSION: A special registration rate for university students is being offered for a flat rate of $750

FIRST NATIONS TRAVEL AGENCY

Contact:  Phone 07 40009111

 Email.     adminics@iinet.net.au to request a quote

 

Further advantage to using First Nations Travel Agency for your airfares is that if something goes wrong, you have greater access to your travel agent if required. Our company strives in making our event a lesser burden on the individual or organisation by negotiating competitive and affordable travel packages.

 

To book your accommodation and avail yourself of the special delegate discount rates, Indigenous Conference Services has negotiated special rates for delegates and speakers attending the conference, when you complete your registration form you will see a sector highlighted accommodation need. It is possible to stay outside the venue however this may lead to a higher cost to your organisation. Please note that when registering you have 7 days from the issue of the conference secretariat to make payment this is, so your accommodation is locked in.

First Nations Travel Agency (FNT), is a subsidiary of ICS Australia being the first Aboriginal owned travel agency, offering a full range of travel and accommodation services. As we are all aware of the hidden cost of attending a conference is travel and accommodation, First Nations Travel Agency specialises in providing Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and individuals with the lowest available airfares and accommodation to delegates attending Indigenous conferences throughout Australia.

As the old saying goes the bigger the group, the lower the cost. This principle especially applies to travel and accommodation. In many areas of Australia, choice and selection of flights are limited due to the monopoly of regional airline companies operating in remote communities. Hence, we cannot do much in bringing the airfare costs down.  Also, upon arriving at your destination you then have to organise accommodation, and this is where the costs are starting to add up. However, First Nations Travel Agency strives to make bookings seamless and hassle-free for your organisation.

First Nations Travel’s business plan is based upon the principle that at any one time there is more than one Indigenous person / organisation requiring travel and accommodation. As such, First Nations Travel have negotiated and secured special rates with all of the major players within the travel and hotel industry. First Nations Travel have secured an unbelievable special rate with the host venue for those delegates who wish the convenience of staying onsite. Your accommodation costs can now be added to your conference registration fees, reducing the amount of administration work in your accounting and acquittals. It needs to be noted that your accommodation must be paid within seven days of the invoice.

Indigenous Conference Services and First Nations Travel highly recommends that your airfares component should be booked as an open, changeable ticket and that you buy travel insurance to protect yourself and belongings. Travelling interstate, overseas or to another city for personal or business reasons involves planning, expense and unfortunately, some risk too. Some of these risks could include the financial losses you experience due to travel changes, cancellation or interruption, medical expenses, baggage damage or theft, and more. A travel insurance policy can provide you with cover you may need for financial losses caused by a wide range of events that can affect your trip, whether they occur before, during or even after your trip. A typical travel insurance policy will have coverage for a traveller’s main concerns, including trip cancellations, medical emergencies, travel delays, and lost luggage. Travel insurance should be a priority in all travel arrangements, whether you travel regularly, occasionally or you are setting off on a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Some holidays, such as ski trips or voyages on cruise ships, may require special policies. When you’re travelling overseas, the Australian Government advises that travel insurance is as important as a passport, regardless of your destination. Please click here for more information about travel insurance in Australia.

 

VISA TO AUSTRALIA   DUE TO COVID-19, travel restrictions may apply. Please follow travel advisory from Australian embassy near you.

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 approved, 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 from the Australian Federal Government's Department of Home Affairs website at this link  https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder/visit#

 

SPONSORING THE CONFERENCE

ICS Conferences have developed flexible sponsorship packages to sponsor the conference either in part or in full. Sponsorship is a great way of promoting your organisation/ company/ department to all delegates attending the conference. Sponsorship opportunities are only open to businesses and private enterprise, not individuals. Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) will be of further assistance in tailoring your sponsorship arrangement. Please phone us on +61 4557 76 668 or send us your expression of interest by email:  adminics@iinet.net.au

 

CONTACT US

ICS-MEES Pty Ltd

Indigenous Conference Services (Australia)

Postal Address: P.O.Box 702 Edmonton LPO Edmonton QLD 4869

Web: www.icsconferences.org 

Email:  adminics@iinet.net.au

Phone: 07 4000 9111, +61 4557 76 668

 

 

 

 

 

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