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​The Traditional Owners of the land to which we are gathering is the land  and home of the Yirrganydji people

Indigenous Conference Services acknowledge and pay our respect to the Yirrganydji people from the past, present and future whose ancestral lands we are to meet upon.

The Yirrganydji peoples are the traditional custodians of Cairns and instrumental in the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices. For further information on the Yirrganydji peoples nations and customs     <<<<<click here>>>>>


Therefore, we must begin with an acknowledgement 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”.

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The 2023 Women’s Gathering is being staged at the Hilton Hotel Cairns QLD on the 11th -13th of December 2023. The aim is to provide a platform for Indigenous Women and bring together women, Elders and professionals to exchange knowledge and information and raise awareness on Indigenous Women’s issues, with this year’s focus being on women’s whole of wellbeing. This is the 12th National Conference in the series and is quickly becoming one of Australia’s Premier Women’s gatherings. This conference is a chance to work together and strengthen the advancement of Indigenous Women's whole of well-being through effective strategic sharing of information and knowledge.


The 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. The conference aims to honor 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 and to honour Indigenous women from the community and all walks of life and their families.


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 has given rise to countless numbers of great initiatives highlighting Indigenous monumental achievements. Sharing 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 to all Indigenous people.


The conference as the themes

  • Primary health and the whole of body wellness for First Nations women’s health

  • Successful community partnerships between First Nations peoples, governments and NGO`s

  • Innovative projects which promote leadership

  • Community/ grassroots-based initiatives towards Women's issues

  • Culture and its importance to creating better space for our sisters First Nations women

  • Indigenous Women and Education

  • Achievements of Indigenous Women

  • The Empowering of Indigenous Women

  • The roll indigenous women play in our community


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:


Indigenous Conference Services (Australia)

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



Phone: 07 4000 9111, +61 4557 76 668


Please note this website is continually being updated.

 December 11-13, 2023 

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