2024 First Nations National Business and Enterprise Conference

05 - 06 September, 2024

Hyatt Hotel, Canberra ACT

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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 First Nations peoples to Country. We also pay respects to the cultural authority of First Nations peoples visiting/attending from other areas of Australia who are present here”.  

THE CONFERENCE           

The 2024 First Nations National Business Enterprise Conference aims to bring together individuals and business professionals from all sectors, to share knowledge and insight necessary to build successful First Nations businesses enterprise. The conference is a fantastic opportunity to share successes and learn new strategies and practices from business owners who are striving to be market leaders in their field. Through strengthening connections with First Nations business owners, entrepreneurs, and their networks, our goal is to cultivate strong and successful community ecosystems that support Indigenous excellence. This conference is designed to be proactive and focus on the why and how of business. The positive outlook is designed to make the statement: it is no longer acceptable to pay First Nation’s peoples to stay poor. With this in mind, we invite you and your organisation to participate wholeheartedly in this event.

Over the years, Indigenous business enterprises and employment has changed considerably. Supporting First Nations businesses, founders, and organisations to build collaborative partnerships that promote success and ensure a strong community outlook has never been so essential. Hence, it is envisaged that these conferences will be one of the largest Indigenous gathering happening in Canberra post-pandemic. 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, be it in business, training and employment sectors.

THE CONFERENCE PHILOSOPHY

The conference is designed to equip and empower delegates and drives First Nations peoples forward.  The conference will also take an in-depth look at present day government policies and how they may affect our future.  Today we have the largest number of representatives ever elected.  This has in some way given Indigenous people a voice to the highest level in Local, Territory, State and federal governments. This conference aligns with the Australian Government’s priorities for its Indigenous Advancement strategy to make sure efforts are effectively targeted towards:

The positive impact that education has on the future success of individuals, families and communities is clear. Children who go to school have better life outcomes.

Employment, economic development and social participation improve the lives of families and communities. The right conditions and incentives need to be in place for First Nations peoples to participate in the economy and broader society.

Growing up in a healthy and safe home and community is essential for families to thrive and reach their full potential. 

THE CONFERENCE THEME 

Indigenous enterprises is key to increasing employment and strengthening Indigenous economy. However, many First Nations businesses fail within their first year of practice. Establishing collaborative partnerships between Indigenous businesses, communities, government bodies and mainstream organisations is beneficial for all parties involved. Most importantly, it helps First Nations  communities and corporations to regain the control of their economy and wealth. To succeed in the sustained employment of First Nations peoples workforces and First Nations business owners, organisations must further their communication and collaboration, and develop their processes to meet changing policies.  

Similarly, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entrepreneurs strengthen Indigenous enterprises through partnerships and collaboration. The conference aims to initiate the building of useful business network through collaboration to deliver mutually beneficial goals for sustainable business outcomes and employment of our mob. Building capability and capacity for Indigenous business owners drives financial independence and wealth creation opportunities for businesses and communities is now possible. The conference will provide opportunity for delegates to brainstorm and develop strategies for industry and government to engage with Indigenous communities to build stronger business and industry networks and to advance business opportunities in rural and regional communities.

The conference will highlight how First Nations and mainstream businesses are working together with government and First Nations peoples to find innovative ways to address the challenges faced by Indigenous businesses. The conference will include keynote 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 and networking opportunity that is not readily available.

THE CONFERENCE AIMS

The 2024 First Nations National Indigenous Business Enterprise Conference aims to give a voice to First Nations peoples to share their concerns, their story and experiences whilst seeking or maintaining their business enterprise especially during the pandemic. This conference presents a chance for First Nations engage with industry leaders and peers, to learn cutting edge innovations and techniques as well as hear firsthand experiences from First Nations peoples. 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 is fundamentally important to achieve our desired goal for Indigenous economic development. Moreover, the conference also aims to:

  •  Provide an open and frank forum for discussion

  • To promote Aboriginal self-determination and self-management

  • To promote further First Nations economic, social and cultural development

  • To highlight that First Nations Peoples are intricate part of the Australian fabric

  • To promote leadership in Indigenous communities

  • To highlight First Nations Peoples are succeeding

  • Strengthen the existing networks of First Nations Entrepreneurs

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 networks. 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. This conference presents a unique opportunity for attendees to participate in a unique event which is devoted to the sharing of information and the empowering First Nations people.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND 

  • Indigenous Men & Women

  • Indigenous Business Operators

  • Aboriginal Community Groups

  • Community Elders/Leaders

  • Employment Agencies and RTOs 

  • Researchers

  • Policy makers

  • Community representatives

  • Government – Local, State/Territory and Commonwealth

  • Students & Jobseekers

  • Community cooperatives

  • CEOs, Executive Management, Program Managers

  • Government and Non-Government Organisation Representatives

  • Economists, Researchers, Scientists

  • Chairs, Principals and Board Members

  • Department Heads: Indigenous Education, Economic Development, Indigenous Employment

  • Aboriginal Corporations

  • Aboriginal Councils and Shires Not-for-Profits

  • Mainstream Corporations

  • Public & Private Schools

  • Higher Education

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:     First Nations Peoples, Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Businesses, Government Agencies & Others

When:   September 5-6, 2023

Where:  Hyatt Hotel Canberra ACT

Time:     9.00am – 5.00pm

SHARE & CELEBRATE FIRST NATIONS STORIES & EXPERIENCES

Come and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, strengths, successes and empowerment. So that we may share each other’s stories and ideas in an atmosphere that empowers and strengthens all delegates.

FOR THE BOSS

As an employee, professional development is an ongoing process and needs to be kept continually updated with the latest industry trends and methodology.  Listed below are valid points that can be put forward to the employer to justify your attendance at the conference.

  • 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 organisations knowledge base.

  • Allows delegates to showcase the organisation nationally and internationally.

  • Provide opportunities for organisations to develop new ideas and program innovations.

  • Gives organisations a voice at a national level.

  • Provide an opportunity to evaluate various programs

The event is conducted over a 2-3 day period, hence staff are only absent for a minimal amount of time.

CALLING FOR PAPERS 

Guidelines in Submitting Paper:

  • Papers should not contain offensive language and take into account cultural sensitivities of Australian first nation people.

  • Papers must treat the themes in a manner that contributes to further discussion of conference aims.

  • Conference papers must be presented in the finish format not less than 60 days prior to the event.

  • The second round of calling for papers closing date will be on June 30, 2023.

  • Papers that are not chosen in the first round may be resubmitted in the second round.

  • Papers MUST be submitted in Microsoft Word format.  Papers other than this format will NOT be considered.

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

  • Registration fee of $750 will apply to all persons submitting papers payable within 7 days upon notification  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, please complete the online form at this link: SUBMIT A PAPER HERE

THE SPEAKER'S PROFILE 

The 2024 First Nations Business Enterprise Conference 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. 

REGISTRATION           

REGISTRATION FEES (REGISTER 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 fee is non-refundable and payment  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

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR ORGANISATIONS

Flexible sponsorship packages are available. Sponsorship opportunities are only open to businesses and private enterprises, not individuals.

To showcase your organisation to all conference delegates, ICS has developed hassle-free promotional opportunities and sponsorship package according to your budget and tailored to your organisation’s needs.

Sponsorship packages are available to sponsor the event as:

  • Gold Sponsorship ($10,000) includes: (1) Keynote session or (2) Break-out sessions, (2) Waived registration fees for your selected staff, (2) Complimentary seats at networking conference dinner, (2) Complimentary display table & (1) USB with photos for reporting purposes.

  • Silver Sponsorship ($7,000) includes: (1) Keynote session, (1) Waived registration fees for your selected staff, (1) Complimentary seats at networking conference dinner, (1) Complimentary display table & (1) USB with photos for reporting purposes.

  • Bronze Sponsorship ($5,000) includes: (1) Break-out Session, (1) Waived registration fee for your selected staff, (1) Complimentary Display Table & (1) USB with photos for reporting purposes.

To sponsor the conference, please contact us. 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

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

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