The Australia Day National Conference 2015 was a chance to get together with Australia Day event organisers from around the nation to share ideas, knowledge and inspiration. 

Watch sessions Online:

If you missed out on attending the conference or woul like to watch some of the main sessions again the below are avaiable for veiwing:

  • Keynote address by Rosie Batty
  • Panel discussion with four Local Heroes on the importance of contributing to your local area to build strong, healthy communities
  • The gateway to 18-29 year olds by Stig Richards from Sound Alliance
  • Social Media and #AustraliaDay by Nathan Burman
  • Head of Communications, Twitter Australia

The below presentations are available for download:

Saltwater Freshwater Festival
Speaker: Kristen Collier
CEO, Saltwater Freshwater
Five years ago, 10 Aboriginal communities came together to host a Festival on
Australia Day to commemorate Aboriginal culture as central to the national identity: the Saltwater Freshwater Festival was born. The festival is an invitation for everyone to come together and celebrate a day of inclusion and respect with live music, dance, hands-on cultural workshops, discussion forums and an array of art, craft and food stalls.

Developing a strong plan for Reconciliation for your area
Speaker: Darryl Monaghan
General Manager, Reconciliation Action Plan Program, Reconciliation Australia
Are you considering creating a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) but don’t know where
to start? Run by Reconciliation Australia this session will cover the all-important steps
and protocols surrounding RAPs and how they can be implemented.

Reconciliation and Australia Day on Flinders Island
Speaker: Jana Harper
Community & Economic Development Manager, Flinders Council
On Flinders Island organisers work closely with the Aboriginal community in the
lead up to and on Australia Day to deliver an Australia Day that works for the whole
community. For the past few years they have made the decision to celebrate and
reflect on Australia Day over a number of days to ensure all residents can participate in our national day in a way that feels right for them.

Making your event shine
Speaker: Jono Perry
Director, Green Light
Using his extensive experience, Jono, creative director for the G20 Cultural
Celebrations and previously the technical director of the Brisbane Festival for six years, will talk us through how to change your event to keep it relevant, fresh and popular. 

The Australia Day Community Sponsorship system of Fraser Coast
Speaker: Alison Beasley
Grants Officer, Fraser Coast Council
Fraser Coast Council offers sponsorship opportunities to support the staging of
community Australia Day events throughout the region. Find out why Fraser Coast
decided to develop a sponsorship model for Australia Day events and why it works
for them.

The gateway to 18-29 year olds
Speaker: Stig Richards
Managing Director of Creative Services, Sound Alliance
Learn new trends and engagement techniques to reach young Australians from Sound
Alliance, Australia’s biggest publisher of digital titles aimed at 16-35 year olds. Each
year Stig Richards conducts a significant research study using their audience as the
sample and has combined results into a presentation reflecting on youth attitudes,
media, content, technology and more.

Social Media and #AustraliaDay
Speaker: Nathan Burman
Head of Communications, Twitter Australia
Social media has fundamentally changed the way organisations, communities and
individuals communicate. Hear how social media channels and partnerships can
enhance your community engagement and add meaning to your events.

Diving head first into Sponsorship
Speaker: Kim Skildum-Reid
Founder, Power Sponsorship
Industry leader, Kim Skildum-Reid, will run a crash course on seeking sponsorship in
2015. This will give you the skills and knowledge to attract corporate and community
partners to assist in resourcing your events. Additional follow up material (for Australia day event organisers only).

Australia Day and media
Speaker: Nicole Browne
Founder, Media Op(p)s
With over 25 year’s experience in the PR and media world, Nicole has a deep
understanding of how the industry works. Nicole will provide a practical session on
how to promote Australia Day effectively and how to promote your event.

Australian of the Day
Speaker: Susan Maxwell-Leigh
Executive Manager Sponsorship
Commonwealth Bank
CommBank has sponsored the Australian of the Year Awards for over 35 years,
recognising extraordinary Australians who have made a big difference to the country.
This year as part of their continued support they are recognising everyday Aussies who are making Australia extraordinary in their own way no matter how big or small. These are the Australians of the Day. You can meet the Australians of the Day or nominate your own by visiting


Risk Management Template                                                                       

Whenever you are putting on any event you need to be aware of possible risks and outcomes, and take steps to control their consequences. Risk management involves identifying risks and then working to minimise or manage them. By helping you identify and subsequently analyse risks, this tool provides you with greater insights into risks and their consequences.

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