Program being updated | DAY 1, WEDNESDAY

9.00 am

Welcome to Country

“You have come by way of the Larrakia Land. You will hear the voice of Larrakia ancestors. When you leave, the Larrakia message will stay with you.”


(The late Rev. Walter Fejo.)


The Larrakia people are the traditional owners of the lands in the Darwin region. They welcome us to their beautiful land, sea and country.

Welcome to Conference

David Tennant and Carmel Franklin

9.10 am

Welcome to the NT and conference opening


Her Honour the Honourable
Vicki O’Halloran AO


Welcome to Darwin and the conference by Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AO, Administrator of the Northern Territory. Prior to her appointment, her Honour was CEO of Somerville Community Services, which offers face to face financial counselling and runs the National Debt Helpline in the NT, among other services.

Right: Aboriginal art

Tourism NT/Felix Bake

9.30 am

The Big Crunch: Keynote Speaker

We promise an amazing keynote - details coming soon. Its a matter of our people talking to their people ...

10.45 am

FCA Update—A New Era for Financial Counselling

Fiona Guthrie, CEO

It's so good to be meeting in person. So much has changed.


Join FCA's CEO Fiona Guthrie for reflections on what has changed and what lies ahead. 

7.00 am to 7.50 am: Rise and Shine Yoga (beginners welcome. You just need to be able to breathe)

11.00 am | Morning Tea

11.30 am

Canberra calls

Minister Anne Ruston

Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston is 'our minister'.


She is travelling 6,064 km to speak to us so we're really keen to hear what she has to say.

11.45 am

New Session (watch this space)

12.15 pm

Why small business needs us

Scott Pape

The Barefoot Investor

Helen Davis,

General Manager, Small Business Bushfire Financial Counselling Helpline

Scott Pape is the Barefoot Investor, and newly minted financial counsellor. Scott was at a meeting with the Treasurer in January 2019 in Canberra, where he explained why bushfire affected small businesses really need access to financial counselling. 


Helen Davis is managing the Small Business Debt Helpline. She'll update us on its first year of operation and where it might go in future. 

1.00 pm | Lunch

2.00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Lots of sessions to choose from.

3.30 pm | Afternoon Tea

4.00 pm

If natural disasters are the new norm, what do we have to do?

Speaker, tbc

The ground crunches. Later, green shoots appear. 


If natural disasters are the new norm, what then? How do we help people, and how do we look after ourselves? How long does it take for people to recover and what does this mean for our work? 

5.00 pm | Close day 1

6.30 pm | Buses leave

Be at the Bus Stop at 6.30 pm for your ride to the 'Under the Stars' Jan Pentland conference dinner at a stunning outdoor location (Thanks Suncorp for sponsoring the buses). Buses leave Hilton Doubletree. If you're driving, directions will be at the FCA desk.

7.00 pm | Jan Pentland Dinner

You'll need to pre-book to have a seat at the Jan Pentland Conference dinner 'under the stars', starts 7 pm.  See Jan Pentland Dinner.