10th National Indigenous Women:  Empowering Change Conference

 

double tree hilton hotel

alice springs nt

july 24-26, 2019

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT 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 Indigenous peoples to Country. We also pay respects to the cultural authority of Indigenous 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 Indigenous People as Australia's First Peoples. ICS recognises that ceremonies and protocols are a fundamental part of First Nations cultures.

 

THE CONFERENCE

The 2019 National Indigenous Women's Conference: Empowering Change is the 10th 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 Alice Springs 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.

CONFERENCE PHILOSOPHY & BELIEFS

The 10th Indigenous Women’s Empowering Change 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 AIMS

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.

 

The aim is to provide a platform for First Nations  women’s to exchange knowledge and information and raise awareness on First Nations  women’s issues with this year’s focus being on preventive women’s mental health and well-being.

  • To create a platform for open and frank discussion

  • Highlights successful community programs for First Nations  Women

  • To bring together First Nations women to show their empowerment, experiences, new innovations and excellent outcomes of First Nations programs

  • Bring together workers, researchers, service providers, government agencies, policy makers/ developers and organisations

  • Outlining the priority area and enablers for better First Nations women’s performance

  • Demonstrate the value of investment in First Nations women

  • Networking and Lend support to individuals and groups working in the field of First Nations women’s health

  • Exchange information regarding the successes of community projects

  • Strategies for linking holistic policy with First Nations women

  • Explore methods for improving accountability at all levels to sustain progress for First Nations women

 

CONFERENCE THEMES

  •   Women’s Health

  •   Role of women in stopping family violence

  •   Women and Education

  •   Achievements of Women

  •   Women and Careers

  •   The Empowering of Women

 

EMPOWERING WOMEN

 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 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 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:   24- 26 JULY 2019

Where:  Double Tree Hotel Alice Springs N.T

Time:     9.00am – 5.00pm

Conference Networking Dinner 24 JULY

 

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, self-funded Indigenous business which specialises in events and conferences. Even though we are a self funded enterprise, we come from a grassroots 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 in First Nations affairs. The events that we design seek not to have a political agenda; however compliments 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.

CONFERENCE PARTNERS

As we are a not for profit enterprise, we are continually seeking to partner with organisations. ICS-MEES Pty Ltd trading as Indigenous Conference Services 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 into state-controlled child safety and care.  

CELEBRATE INDIGENOUS WOMEN'S STORIES

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

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING (FOR YOUR 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.

 

  • Staff attending conferences regularly tends to become long term employees

  • An event such as this adds to the positive morale of staff

  • Conferences are a great way of providing ongoing 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

  • Gives organisations a showcase and voice at a national 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

INVITATION TO THE COMMUNITY AND PRESENT

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting at the conference are invited to submit an abstract of approximately 300 words outlining the aims, content and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

Authors of papers presented at the conference will be formally notified of their acceptance.

Registration fee of $650.00 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.

All papers must be presented in a positive and informative light.

To submit a paper, you must register on the web portal and complete the online.

To register, please click here.

CALLING FOR PAPERS

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 CLOSED. SECOND ROUND OPEN and will close by close of business Friday 14th July 2019 

  • 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 on a white background 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.

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

​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

 

2019 CONFERENCE AGENDA 

(This conference agenda may change without prior notice to ensure the smooth flow of the conference proceedings on the day of the conference.

DAY ONE - JULY 24, 2019 (WEDNESDAY)

8:30am    REGISTRATION OF DELEGATES              
9:00am    Welcome to Country by Traditional Elder 

9:30am    Combined Opening Keynote Address Sen. Patrick Lionel Djargun Dodson,  Senator WA Government

10:30am  MORNING TEA (Network with Exhibitors & Service Providers)

11:00am International Keynote: First People's Issues & Solutions, Dr Joe Stone (USA) & Dr Amber Logan (NZ), Clinical Psychologist Indigenous Development Specialist USA/NZ

11:45am  Combined Keynote: Incontinence - Not shame, just life, Jenny Pechey Subject Expert and Foundation Member Continence Foundation of Australia 
12:30pm  LUNCH BREAK   (Network with Exhibitors & Service Providers)
1:30pm   Keynote: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Australian prisons, Dorinda Cox, Noongar Woman Leader & Associate Professor Hilde Tubex, ARC Future Fellow  Deputy Head, Law School University of WA 

 2:15pm   Keynote: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Elizabeth (Anne) Russell, Founder & CEO Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association QLD

3:00pm    AFTERNOON TEA  (Network with Exhibitors & Service Providers)                                  
3:30pm    Combined Keynote: Mob Strong Financial Health, Amanda Cameron, Aboriginal Service Co-ordinator Financial Rights Legal Centre NSW

4:15pm    Combined Yarning Circle & Debrief - Reflection of the Day

6:30pm    CONFERENCE NETWORKING DINNER 

DAY TWO - JULY 25, 2019  (THURSDAY)         

8:30am    SIGN-IN 
9:00am    Combined Keynote: Beating The Grog, Scott Wilson, CEO The Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council (SA) Inc 

9:45am    Combined International Keynote: Revitalising Indigenous Women’s Water Governance Roles Through Indigenous Legal Orders and Water Stories Patricia Hania, Post-Doctoral Researcher Ryerson University CANADA

10:30am  MORNING TEA  (Network with Exhibitors & Service Providers)                                  
11:00am  Keynote: Media Empowering Indigenous Women, Natalie Ahmat, News Presenter, SBS TV Channel NSW

11:45am  Keynote: Colonisation and First Nations Women's Issues, Dr Amber Logan, Maori Clinical Psychologist & University Lecturer, Indigenous Development Specialist New Zealand  

12:30pm LUNCH BREAK (Network with Exhibitors & Service Providers) ​     
1:30pm  Keynote:
 On gender roles, sexuality and resilience: Narratives from ageing Indigenous women in Australia, Tinashe Dune, Senior Lecturer in Interprofessional Health Sciences, Western Sydney University NSW

2:15pm   Keynote: Pornography is not just sexual fantasy. It's cultural violence, Wendy Francis, Director  Australian Christian Lobby QLD

3:00pm   AFTERNOON TEA (Network with Exhibitors & Service Providers)   
3:30pm   Combined Keynote Empowering Indigenous Men, Empowering Families, Graeme Pearce & Kylie Butler, Managers Cross Borders Indigenous Family Violence Program, WA/NT/SA Police Services

4:15pm   Yarning Circle: Where to from here? All Guest Speakers & Delegates   

5:00pm   END OF CONFERENCE: Distribution of Certificates 

DAY THREE  (FRIDAY)

For 2019, we offer new and exciting innovation for our conferences. Day 3 is devoted to 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 and comes with a course certificate. Day Three is optional so please make sure you complete your registration form with the masterclass included if you intend to attend. This year’s program features a strong selection of Leadership and Empowerment topics for workers in Indigenous Health sector and practitioners at every level of experience and expertise.

POST-CONFERENCE MASTERCLASS  - The Gatekeeper Cultures and Spirituality - Interventionist to Suicide

MANAGING INTER-GENERATIONAL TRAUMA & BECOMING AN 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 where in 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 inter-generational trauma and break the cycle of suicide in our communities.

 

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

This Masterclass is strictly limited to 30 people only. Cost is $330 per person.

Call or email us to register for this workshop.

SPEAKER'S PROFILE        PLEASE CLICK HERE 

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 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. 

CARING AND SHARING

Furthermore, it has been proven time and time again that events such as this empower and reinvigorate 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 professional, disability support worker or in an 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 the disability sector 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.

 

THE POWER OF NETWORKING

In our everyday working Life, we work hard and under a great stress to develop strategies and programs for our communities and rarely we get the chance to develop our own careers in our field of expertise without impacting on our own families. Hence, the conference may or may not save you or your organization time, money and manpower. However one thing the event guarantees is the opportunity to enlarge your network and information base thus empowering the delegates to make greater informed decision. Furthermore it has been proven time and time again that events such as this empower reinvigorate workers with new ideas and with a new enthusiasm, with a greater feeling of support and contacts that may be utilised for the betterment of their own community.

REGISTRATION

(Register early to get a discount!) Please note that registrations are set out in an affordable way for organizations which changes on a monthly basis. Hence, the earlier you register the more savings for your organization. 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 on the 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

 

CONFERENCE LOCATION & VENUE

 

Double Tree Hilton Hotel Alice Springs

Boasting an ideal location in a tourist strip of Barrett Drive, just off of Stuart Highway, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alice Springs is only 15 minutes’ drive from Alice Springs Airport and within walking distance of downtown Alice Springs, Alice Springs Convention Centre and Lasseter's Casino. Take a tour of the imposing MacDonnell Mountains and visit the prominent Simpsons Gap at dawn or dusk, when you might be lucky enough to spot a black-footed rock-wallaby.

 

Framed by the MacDonnell Ranges and desert landscape your outback adventure begins in Alice Springs. Mparntwe is the Arrernte word for Alice Springs. The Arrernte people who are the traditional custodians of Alice Springs have a strong connection with the land. According to the Dreamtime the town of Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges were created by the actions of several ancestral figures including the caterpillar beings Ayepe-arenye, Ntyarlke and Utnerrengatye.

Stunning landscapes, remote communities, and a unique pioneering history create a diverse and exhilarating destination to explore. Spend a day or a week exploring the sites in and around Alice Springs. Visit the galleries on Todd Mall, to get to know the art and stories of the local Aboriginal Arrernte people. Board the Alice Wanderer bus for a hop on hop off tour and uncover the historic site from legendary explorers, prospectors, cattlemen and pioneering women. See the animals that live in Central Australia's habitats at wildlife parks or from the basket of a hot air balloon as they roam across the spinifex plains. Wander around Australia's only arid zone botanic garden. Try one of the many adventure activities on offer from riding a bike to Simpsons Gap, surveying the MacDonnell Range from the cockpit of a helicopter, or explore a working cattle station as part of a quad bike safari. The town has a lot to offer including a wide range of accommodation, excellent dining options and travel connections - there is something to suit all budgets and tastes.

MONEY SAVING IDEAS

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

  1. ​ACCOMMODATION: We have negotiated a special room rate for delegates at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, pleqase click this link to avail yourself of the special discounted rate  https://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/A/ASPDADI-GIMWA-20190724/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG 

  2. TRAVEL: We have engaged First Nations Travel Agency to negotiate with all airlines for discounted airfare rates. To request a quote, please click https://www.evotravelagent.com/quote 

  3. CONCESSION: A special registration rate for university students is being offered for a flat rate of $650

TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION

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  (Hervey Bay) quotation can be made out to either pay ASAP or to take into account the time that is required to obtain funding.

 

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

CONFERENCE PARTNER AND SPONSOR 

Indigenous Conference Services is proud to announce that we have established a partnership with First Nations Travel Australia. First Nations Travel Australia (FNT) is the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned travel agency, offering a full range of travel and accommodation services. As we are all aware that 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.

For flight bookings and quotes, First Nations Travel please call us on (07) 4194 5168 or email adminfnt@iinet.net.au or visit the website https://www.firstnationstravel.org

Find your best price then call First Nations Travel will see if they can match or beat it. 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.

 

FIRST NATIONS TRAVEL AGENCY  

Contact:  Phone 07 41945168

 Email.     adminics@iinet.net.au

To request a quote, https://www.evotravelagent.com/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, please click this link to go to the venue booking page 

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 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#

 

FOR OPPORTUNITIES BECOME A PARTNERSHIP ,PROMOTE OR SPONSOR OF THE  CONFERENCE

Flexible sponsorship packages are available. Sponsorship opportunities are only open to businesses and private enterprise government departments and specialised programs. This is not individuals to attend a conference as A delicate. 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: adminics@iinet.net.au

CONTACT CONFERENCE ORGANISER 

ICS-MEES Pty Ltd

Indigenous Conference Services (Australia)

Postal Address: 8 Kiwi Court Pt Vernon Queensland 4655 Australia

Web: www.icsconferences.org

Email: adminics@iinet.net.au

Phone: 0741942803  | Mobile: 0455776668

Please note this website is continually being updated.