Program being updated | DAY 1, WEDNESDAY
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
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
The Big Crunch: Keynote Speaker
We promise an amazing keynote - details coming soon. Its a matter of our people talking to their people ...
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
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.
New Session (watch this space)
Why small business needs us
The Barefoot Investor
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
3.30 pm | Afternoon Tea
If natural disasters are the new norm, what do we have to do?
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.