Indigenous Conference Services Closing the Gap
Indigenous Conference Services Closing the Gap
Indigenous Conference Services Closing the Gap
Indigenous Conference Services Closing the Gap
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Organised by Indigenous tourism operators for Indigenous tourism in AUSTRALIA

2023 INTERNATIONAL FIRST NATIONS

TOURISM: CARING FOR COUNTRY & CULTURE CONFERENCE

 

JULY 26-28, 2023

PULLMAN INTERNATIONAL hotel

cairns qld, australia

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENT TO COUNTRY

As an Aboriginal organisation, Indigenous Conference Services knows how important it is to work in a culturally safe and respectful environment wherein workers in the industry providing support to our people genuinely understand the importance of culture, country, history, community and family as well as achieve a level of cultural competency so that they can work collaboratively and respectfully alongside our people.

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 acknowledgement to country and acknowledgement to local Traditional Elders. All presentations must begin with words like, “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”.  

 

THE CONFERENCE

The 2023 International First Nations Tourism Conference: Caring for Country & Culture will be held at Pullman Cairns International on July 26-28, 2023. This three-day conference offers thought-provoking insights from tourism experts and industry-leading tourism operators. This event is all about making real benefits for Indigenous tourism, providing real opportunities for First Nations Australians. The conference presents an excellent platform for Aboriginal tourism and businesses to meet, learn and forge new partnerships with wholesalers, and retail operators, including airlines, accommodation and media, in addition to meeting and conversing with First Nations leading tourism businesses and stakeholders.
 
This event is NOT designed to be a talk feast like other tourism conferences in the past. Our philosophy is simple, straightforward and to the point. Firstly, to grow Indigenous tourism in Australia, forging and developing partnerships and opportunities, starting a conversation and works towards developing a national Indigenous tourism association. Furthermore, the conference is designed as a collaborative process structured to facilitate an exchange of ideas and information so that joint solutions could be developed. This joint leadership approach served to ensure that our Aboriginal & Torres Straits Islander cultural heritage are acknowledged and celebrated.

 

The 2023 International First Nations Tourism Conference: Caring for Country & Culture encompasses the belief that living on-country positively impacts on Aboriginal & Torres Straits Islander peoples’ health and well-being. With the challenges of climate change nowadays, our caring for country traditions and methods are receiving greater recognition in partnership with various sectors in government, NGOs, community and in the private tourism sector. The conference highlights that caring for country encompasses the holistic meanings and values of Indigenous people throughout Australia. However, caring for country for both land and sea is everyone’s business and should not be just an Indigenous tradition, but is a shared responsibility of all people in the world. 

 

CONFERENCE  PHILOSOPHY

The conference will highlight Indigenous peoples as custodians and stewards of the land, environmental impact on food sustainability and food sovereignty, sustainable Indigenous tourism, successes, issues and challenges involving Indigenous Land Treaty Rights. Furthermore, the conference also aims to give a voice to Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander peoples to share their concerns, their story and experiences whilst caring for country. This conference presents a chance for Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander workers to engage with industry leaders and peers, to learn cutting edge innovations and techniques as well as hear firsthand experiences from Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander peoples. The conference will also examine innovative ways to activate and engage people with employment opportunities and challenge delegates, individually and collectively, to identify the way forward for their organisations. This conference is for anyone who is interested in strengthening and upholding the rights of people living in country. With a rich diversity of speakers, delegates and exhibitors, this two-day conference will empower you, inspire you and invigorate your passion for Indigenous tourism and caring for country. 

 

The conference philosophy is based upon the holistic model approach which requires collaborative partnership between local government, Aboriginal land councils, service providers and the wider community working together to support First Nations communities in environmental sustainability. 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 land and sea management programs that are culturally appropriate, and therefore more likely to succeed.  This conference is devoted to showing the positives in addressing successes and challenges in our communities today. Hence, the event has been developed with the belief that it is time to promote the positives and successes of programs implemented in various Indigenous communities all over Australia whilst still recognising that we will need to move fast to minimise the effect of climate change. 

THE CONFERENCE AIMS & OBJECTIVES

The 2023 International Indigenous Tourism Conference: Caring for Country & Culture aims to highlight that our culture is our tourism product and to show that our culture can be shared only if its portrayed with sensitivity from First Nations Traditional Owner’s perspectives and in principle, to support treaty and the voice to parliament process. The 2023 National First Nations Tourism Conference is part of a great new initiative in which the conference will be only one of three First Nations conferences linked together to maximise networking and growing First Nations tourism opportunities. The 2023 National First Nations Business Conference and 3rd National First Nations Employment Conference will be staged at the same venue on the same date to make these conferences successful in attracting delegates from businesses, tourism and employment sectors both from state, national and international cohorts in achieving recognition as an excellent forum for those with a common interest in First Nations Tourism. 


Each of these conferences are stand-alone events; however, in some cases, the prevalence of the same topic are intertwined, it is possible have keynote sessions or discussion panels involving delegations from all three conferences. This unique concept will allow individuals to choose sessions at any of the three events at any given time. For after all, in real terms as a business, whether in a tourism business or hospitality business in general, employment is definitely a prominent issue at this point in time. Thus, all three events will highlight issues that cut across all three parts. The conference motto is economic freedom without being paid to be poor. The conference will focus on the positives happening in First Nations communities throughout Australia.
 

The conference objectives are designed to empower and stimulate discussion in a positive manner that can and may be used back in our work environments 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 conference believes that the participation of First Peoples in the consultation, planning, formulation of policies and programs for environmental sustainability is fundamentally important to achieve our desired goal in caring for country. Moreover, the conference also aims to:

  • Provide an open and frank forum for discussion

  • Network and lend support to individual First Nations tourism businesses and community cooperatives

  • Help establish and grow a national First Nations Tourism Operators network and resources through information sharing

  • Show that there are great efforts being made to make change

  • To bring together all sectors of the community as a united voice 

  • Bring together researchers, service providers, government agencies, policy makers & organisations

  • Foster partnerships between government, NGOs, community groups and Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander peoples throughout Australia

 

THE CONFERENCE THEMES

 The conference themes include:

  •     Viability of a national peak body for First Nations Tourism Business Operators

  •     Sustainable Business Practices 

  •     Building capacity for Aboriginal Tourism Enterprises 

  •     Empowering First Nations Tourism Operators

  •     Conservation of Sacred Cultural Sites

  •     Caring for Country

  •     Establishing Indigenous-led perspective to the management of natural resources
     

 

The conference will highlight how First Nations Tourism Operators and other tourism service providers are working together with government and Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander peoples to find innovative ways to address the above topics. The conference will include key note speakers, practical workshops, exhibitions/expo and concurrent sessions as well as yarning circles and interactive panel discussions. The conference is not politically based, rather should be seen as an opportunity to access information that is not readily available. 

 

CONFERENCE STATEMENT

Pre-pandemic, Indigenous tourism was a strong economic driver in Queensland alone, with the sector supporting $505 million in visitor expenditure and employing 2500 people. First Nations Tourism businesses and operators reinvest revenues in our communities and employ more than 30 times the proportion of First Nations people than other businesses. The conference will highlight unique tourism selling points, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tourism businesses and operators the opportunity to run successful tourism operations based on our culture. Tourism is well placed to contribute to improving our mob’s livelihoods and employment, curb rural flight migration, empower our men, women and young people, and encourage a sense of pride towards self-determination.

The conference in itself will be a cultural experience for delegates. You will be embraced with a ceremony called Welcome to Country by an Elder representative of Traditional Owners of Cairns. The welcoming will be extended by allies from diverse parts of the tourism industry, including Indigenous and non-Indigenous tourism interested individuals, academics, government representatives and our young people employed in the hospitality and tourism industry. Speakers and delegates will discuss the role of First Nations values, traditions and culture in general which are essential component in building a kind of tourism that’s better equipped to survive in the future, asserting Indigenous rights in our home countries, and nurturing a growing awareness of the need to unite and engage in the equitable development of Indigenous economies.

Indigenous tourism business operators, nationally and internationally, will come together in an environment that can lead to the sharing of information via their cultural and historical values.  This conference is designed to inspire and enable Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander business and tourism operators and other partners to take control, step up and take action to the next level, promoting sustainability in First Nations tourism and cultural practices. To honour and pass on the knowledge of our 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 First Nations business owners and operators 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 you’re a tourism operator or employed in the industry, who have a vested interest in First Nations Tourism, First Nations Business & First Nations Employment towards self-determination are invited to attend.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Indigenous Men & Women

Tourism Operators

Indigenous Business Operators

Aboriginal Community Groups

Indigenous Rangers

Community Elders/Leaders

Employment Agencies and RTOs 

Researchers

 Policy makers

Community representatives

Government – Local, State/Territory and Commonwealth

Students & Jobseekers

Aboriginal Land Council Workers

Community cooperatives

Park Rangers

Elders and Community leaders

CEOs, Executive Management, Program Managers

Government and Non-Government Organisation Representatives

Economists, Researchers, Scientists

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YOUR INVITATION

We wish to invite Indigenous and non-Indigenous tourism business operators 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 compilation of all papers & presentations presented at the conference.

 

Who:     Individual First Nations Tourism Operators, Businesses, Government Agencies & Others

When:   26- 28 July 2023

Where:  Pullman International Hotel Cairns QLD

Time:     9.00am – 5.00pm

Conference Networking Dinner 26th July 2023

ABOUT US

​Indigenous Conference Services (Australia) is a privately owned, wholly self-funded Indigenous business that specialises in events and conferences. Even though we are a self funded enterprise, we come from grass roots backgrounds 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. As we 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 helped establish Indigenous controlled organisations free of charge. Our next major project is to establish and develop a fully 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 state-controlled child safety and care.  

DELEGATES REQUIREMENTS
If you have any participation requirements (e.g hearing loop, interpreters, large print program) please advise us to ensure availability. Delegates will need to organise their own personal support. Family/carers attending will need to register as well. The venue is wheelchair accessible.​

CELEBRATING INDIGENOUS STORIES

Come and celebrate First Nations people & Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, strengths, successes and empowerment. To share First Nations peoples stories and ideas about what has worked for you or your community and how we address life’s challenges. This conference is blessed with an abundance of highest calibre guest speakers from proud Indigenous peoples around Australia and throughout.  

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING FOR THE EMPLOYER

As an employee we are often 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 tend 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 short duration of the event

  • Allows delegates to showcase their organisation nationally and internationally

  • May provide organisations with new ideas

  • Gives organisations a 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

CALLING FOR PAPERS

Guidelines for Submitting a 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 will be closed on January 30, 2023 with a second, if required.

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

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

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

  • 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 $750 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                                                           

  • A Head and Shoulders photo of papers’ authors/presenters are required within 30 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. Hence, presentations and speech must begin with an “Acknowledgement To Country”.

  • 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 by clicking at this link: Submit-A-Paper form                                    

 

CONFERENCE AGENDA (DRAFT) 

(This agenda is not final and published only to guide those who will be submitting paper. It will change without prior notice. Please visit this website for future updates)

​FIRST DAY 

8:00am    REGISTRATION        
9:00am    Welcome To Country, Cultural Performance & Group Photo     
9:30am    Formal Opening Keynote: First Nations Peoples Connection to Land, Sea & Country   
10:30am  MORNING BREAK~Network with Exhibitors & Service Providers  
11:00am  KEYNOTE   Building biodiversity resilience and connectivity - A strategic framework for environmental conservation    
11:45am  KEYNOTE   Tourism, Country and our Community -  Partnerships in looking after country 
12:30pm  LUNCH BREAK~Network with Exhibitors & Service Providers
1:30pm    CONCURRENT SESSIONS: Community-driven Initiative in sustainable tourism practices  (Open to Community Papers & Organisations)                      
                  A.     Developing collaborative multistakeholder partnerships in First Nations tourism and caring for country             

                  B.     Media Empowering Indigenous Tourism Operators

                  C.     Recognising Traditional Elders, the Custodians
2:15pm    CONCURRENT SESSIONS: Engaging First Nations Communities in Caring for Country                  
                  A.     Indigenous partnerships in managing natural resources (Open to Community Papers & Organisations) 

                  B.     Building strong foundations with community engagement and awareness (Open to Community Papers & Organisations) 

                  C.     Maintaining our Sacred Sites  
3:00pm    AFTERNOON TEA~Network with Exhibitors & Service Providers  
3:30pm    KEYNOTE Applying local traditional ecological and cultural knowledge for biodiversity conservation                        
4:15pm    YARNING CIRCLE ~ Reflections of the Day                           
6:30pm    CONFERENCE NETWORKING DINNER 


SECOND DAY 

8:30am    REGISTRATION           
9:00am    KEYNOTE   Building biodiversity resilience and connectivity - A strategic framework for environmental conservation                                                   
9:45am    KEYNOTE   Importance of Tourism to our Community & Country  
10:30am  MORNING TEA~Network with Exhibitors & Service Providers     
11:00am  KEYNOTE   Economic Development whilst maintaining Country
11.45am  KEYNOTE   Enhance urban and regional communities’ access to knowledge and skills to use natural resources conservatively.
12:30pm  LUNCH BREAK~Network with Exhibitors & Service Providers     

1:30pm    CONCURRENT SESSIONS: Working Within The Community   (Open to Community Papers & Organisations)                      
                  A.   Community-led solutions for a global problem – COVID-19 dilemma (Open to Community Papers & Organisations) 

                  B.   The Water is as Much as country as the land  (Open to Community Papers & Organisations) 

                  C.   Ranger programs in Indigenous Protected Area
2:15pm    CONCURRENT SESSIONS: New and innovative approaches to sustainable cultural tourism             
                  A.   Reinvigorate traditional ecological knowledge to underpin biodiversity conservation (Open to Community Papers & Organisations) 

                  B.   Reef First: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Strategy for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

                  C.   Fracking and Its Impacts

3:00pm    AFTERNOON TEA~Network with Exhibitors & Service Providers    
3:30pm    KEYNOTE Maintaining Country through cultural way of life
4:15pm    YARNING PANEL             

5:00pm    CULMINATION ~ END OF CONFERENCE: Distribution of Certificates  

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DAY 3 (OPTIONAL) POST- CONFERENCE MASTERCLASS

OPTION 1 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 The Gatekeepers Cultures and Spirituality

 

​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 intergenerational 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.

The Gatekeepers Cultures and Spirituality - Interventionist to Suicide Workshop is strictly limited to 30 people only.

Workshop Cost is $350. Call or email us to register for this workshop.

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

 

GUESTS SPEAKERS

The 2023 International Indigenous Tourism Conference: Caring for Country & Culture 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. 

Guest Speaker’s Profile - under construction  

CONFERENCE VENUE & HOST CITY

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 Pullman Cairns International Hotel.

Conference Networking Dinner Cruise - Waterside Dining

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, between 6 pm. A complimentary drink is served on arrival and the bar is open for you to relax on board prior to departure. 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

 

CARING & SHARING

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 a park ranger, Indigenous health worker, community 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 delegates 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.

CONFERENCE 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. 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 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

TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION

Due to COVID-19, please follow the advisory from your state public health directive.

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 bookings 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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FIRST NATIONS TRAVEL AGENCY

Contact:  Phone 07 40009111

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

 

A 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 note that included in your registration is 3 nights twin or double room. 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 a payment this is so your accommodation is locked in.

 

VISA TO AUSTRALIA - Due to COVID-19 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 invitation 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#

 

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR ORGANISATIONS

Flexible sponsorship packages are available. 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 e-Mail:  adminics@iinet.net.au or complete the sponsorship form online at this link below: 

https://www.indigenoushealth.net/sponsor-a-conference

 

CONTACT US

ICS-MEES Pty Ltd

Indigenous Conference Services (Australia)

Postal Address: 8 Kiwi Court, Pt Vernon QLD 4655 Australia

Web: www.icsconferences.org 

Email:  adminics@iinet.net.au

Phone: 07 40009111, +61 4557 76 668

Please note this website is new and is continually being updated.

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