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Indigenous Business Trade Fair Series: Canberra

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Supply Nation are pleased to offer a series of Indigenous Business Trade Fairs and Opportunity Briefings/workshops across the country. The first of these will be held in Canberra.

Up to 100 Indigenous businesses will have the opportunity to exhibit from 9am - noon. In order to exhibit you must be able service the ACT and your business must fall under at least one of the following industry categories:

Professional services

  • Recruitment/HR
  • Legal services
  • Consultants (ICT, management advisory services; economic or financial evaluation)
  • Facilities management
  • Business admin
  • Market research
  • Public relations/marketing/audio-visual
  • Promotional merchandise/events management
  • Logistics/fleet management/personnel relocation

Other Business Support

  • Building & construction/maintenance/office fit-out
  • ICT
  • Travel
  • Catering
  • Education and training
  • Security guard services
  • Graphic designers/web-design/printing
  • Furniture
  • Cleaning

Both government and corporate buyers will be invited to attend.

The Trade Fair will be held in the morning, followed by lunch, a targeted workshop and opportunity briefing.

What can you expect from the afternoon session?
Tender-writing and procurement specialists BMV Solutions, will facilitate a session designed to reveal what procurement officers are really looking for in a tender response, and how you can structure your response to give yourself a greater opportunity to win valuable business.

  • How can you better sell your business through your capability statements?
  • How do you respond to tender questions with the answers procurement officers are looking for (not necessarily what they've asked!)?
  • Have you considered co-tendering and what's the right approach to partnering?

Normally valued at $400, this is a not-to-be missed opportunity only available to exhibitors at this event.

Stay tuned for updates on dates/locations for the rest of the series.

21 Sep 17National Convention Centre 31 Constitution Avenue Canberra, ACTFree View Details

BRISBANE MASTERCLASS LONG LUNCH’re in a beautiful setting, sampling delectable tasting plates, glass of wine in hand, sitting next to a woman who turns out to be a great new connection and potential business collaboration partner. Then, as the afternoon progresses, you gain incredible insights, strategies and the next steps you’ve been searching for in your business growth. You'll leave with a newfound sense of purpose, and direction, and a notepad filled with immediately implementable action steps.

Now make it a reality.

Join us for a strictly limited intimate masterclass long lunch hosted by Growth Strategist and Females in Food founder, Chelsea Ford and get ready to experience the next level.

At the lunch, you will have the unique opportunity to network with others in the Females in Food community and to make your dreams a reality. It's lunch with a purpose.

Delving deep and having some fun, you’ll come away with a ‘ready to implement’ action plan to launch the next stage of your business growth.

To ensure that each attendee gets maximum attention and maximum benefit from the masterclass, this event will be an intimate affair with places strictly limited.

This masterclass long lunch includes a behind the scenes tour of the Winning Appliances store.


23 Sep 17Winning Appliances Fortitude Valley 233 Barry Parade Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006$135 – $199 View Details

Awkward Conversations at Customs House

Embracing the awkwardness of human conversation, this program offers a unique opportunity for intimate one-on-one conversations in experimental formats, tackling anxieties, debilitating habits and hard-to-talk-about subjects like mental health.
Awkward Conversations make no demands, have no expectations, and require no social skills whatsoever.

Our “AWKWARD CONVERSATIONALISTS” are each inspired by their own lived experiences. A mix of artists, performers and activists, they are committed to creating ways to connect, to flouting the rigid conventions of normal social communications and to respecting radical diversity.

We highly encourage people to book tickets to secure a spot with our Awkward Conversationalists. Places will be available on the day, but numbers are limited, so get in early! The Awkward Conversations Program is a safe space but would like to advise participants that conversations may contain diverse and potentially sensitive content.

Dawn-Joy Leong

WHO: Dawn-joy is autistic. She has hyper-sensory capacities. She notices things that others may not – sounds, lights, smells, textures – which are often harsh, jarring and painful to her. Join Dawn in her quest for refuge and calm, inside a ‘clement space’, designed for respite from an over-stimulating environment.

HOW: Dawn welcomes everyone to chat with her one-on-one: with words or without words, ask questions or offer ideas; make something together or just sit in silence. We can have a conversation that is comfortable for both of us.

Debra Keenahan

WHO: Debra Keenahan (Festival Ambassador) is never nobody. She’s always looked at, she’s often stared at, she’s commented about, and sometimes laughed at. What she really wants is to be spoken with. Debra calls a dwarf a dwarf.

HOW: Let’s have a fiery chat eye-to-eye.

Greg Sindel

WHO: Greg is a cartoonist and story writer who likes to be respected. Throughout Greg’s life, listening, watching and writing stories has been a remedy for feelings of anxiety…except on the rare occasions when he suffers writer’s block and feels fresh out of ideas…then Greg feels anxious once again!

HOW: Friendly, humorous and charismatic. Choose your own adventure as Greg reads his comic aloud to you. (Greg is supported in one-on-one conversations by a representative of Studio A).

Sarah Ticho

WHOSarah is a producer and curator with an experience of acute psychosis. She is devoted to making sense out of her own and other people’s experiences through new media storytelling.

HOW: This conversation explores the relationship between mania and colour, and challenges our assumptions around psychosis.

Amala Groom

WHO: Amala is a Wiradjuri artist who engages with First Nations knowledge(s) and perspectives on the experience of anxiety.

HOW: One-to-one conversation over a warm footbath using native plants. Discuss the relationship between anxiety and the physical body as a finely tuned instrument of Biame (creator spirit) drawing on the healing properties of water, eucalyptus and sarsaparilla.

Katy B Plummer

WHO: Katy is a textile, video, and performance artist with an interest in personal revolutions and mythic internal narratives. Katy channels/processes her anxiety through compulsive making.

HOW: Keep your hands busy and your mind on-task with Katy. Hand-twist and wind strands of rope as you and Katy process your thinking by making.

Malcolm Whittaker

WHO: Malcolm is interested in dispelling the anxiety of being ignorant by having open discussions that focus on what we do not know, and what we do not know that we do not know. He is an artist who proposes an equality of intelligence in all when it comes to our ignorance.

HOW: Confess the limitations of your knowledge and understanding in a safe space in which you can ask each other any questions on your mind, without necessarily looking for answers to them.

Lois Weaver

WHO: Artist, activist, and experimental conversationalist, Lois Weaver constructs alternative models for public conversation to make space for the things we wonder about.

HOW: Drop in for a ‘Porch Sitting’, where small, informal groups sit side-by-side with Lois on the steps of Customs House to ‘wonder’, observe, dream, or reflect upon the other Awkward Conversations you have had.

James Nguyen

WHO: The anxiety of starting something new can be paralysing. Where do you begin? James is a visual and performance artist who is always confronting the first mark.

HOW: Start something new and overcome your mental block with James.

Bè Aadam

WHO: Bè Aadam (Festival Ambassador) who uses his own lived experience to inform his work in the mental health sector. He takes a strengths-based, inclusive approach to advocate for a model of care that places people at the fore of mental health programs and services.

HOW: Bè has experience in protracted and persistent psychological distress since childhood and has sought many treatment methods to manage his symptoms. As an Ambassador, Bè will listen, share his experiences and tap into the broader community to promote wellbeing in new and creative ways.

Mitch Jones AKA “Captain Ruin”

WHO: Mitch Jones (Festival Ambassador) is an escapologist and circus performer, as well as festival ambassador. He has spent time in a Turkish jail, is anxious about incarceration and pursues his desire to escape the confines of conventional life.

HOW: Talk to Mitch about practical techniques of escapism!

Alessandro Donagh-De Marchi

WHO: Alessandro Donagh-De Marchi (Festival Ambassador) has been an active advocate for mental health issues and awareness for several years after his own experiences with depression and anxiety. He believes that open discussion around difficult topics is vital to start conversations that can not only improve lives but also, in some cases, to save them.

HOW: The S-word – Alessandro offers calm, level headed conversations about suicide. Let’s just say the word and see where it goes.

This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund.

24 Sep 17  to 27 Sep 17Customs House, SydneyFree View Details

Breakfast Club: Financial Implications of Transitioning to Retirement

Join us for breakfast and our seminar: Financial implications of transitioning to retirementpresented by Basil La Brooy, Senior Officer National Seniors Financial Information Desk.

Seminar topic

With the over 50s in mind, this seminar will provide an introduction to the Financial Information Desk, which is a free service available to members of National Seniors Australia; provide further information to assist in understanding your own situation and resources that can be utilised; outline opportunities for those who will be fully self-funded; outline the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of Government Income Support (GIS) for over 50s and highlight the potential use and types of Equity Release products.

There will be a Q&A session following the presentation and breakfast will be provided.

Further details about the presenter are provided below or for more information please call 1300 76 50 50 or send an email to

26 Sep 17Hadley's Orient Hotel 34 Murray Street Hobart, TAS 7000$20 View Details

IIBA® Melbourne Business Analysis Professional Day 2017

Business Analysts are constantly faced with interesting challenges, this is where we shine. We excel at understanding and reframing problems (and opportunities), and at defining the best solution to solve these.

We all have our tried-and-tested approaches and preferred techniques that get us through, but applying the same approach to new problems won’t always work.

Take control of your own destiny by sharpening your existing skills and by learning new approaches and techniques that you can use to super-power your business analysis.

The IIBA® Australia Chapter is proud to present the Business Analysis Professional Day in Melbourne, where you will have an opportunity to hear from industry leading experts who will share their experience and leading edge thinking on a wide range of topics.

Come and connect with your local BA community, learn and share ideas with like-minded individuals across a diverse range of industries.


This year's conference will cover a range of topics in a variety of formats. More speakers will be announced in due course. To keep up to date on speaker announcements please visit 

Professional Development Hours

Attendance at the Business Analysis Professional Day will also qualify for Professional Development (PD) hours and Continuing Development Units (CDUs) required for IIBA® certifications. To learn more about IIBA® certifications refer to the IIBA Australia Chapter website. 

Networking Plaza - sponsor and exhibitor opportunities

Throughout the event the Networking Plaza will be open with refreshments and exhibits. There are a number of sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities still available for each of the Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney events and expressions of interest can be sent to
26 Sep 17Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, 1 Convention Place, South Wharf, Victoria, Australia$370-$470 View Details
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