Program  | DAY 2, THURSDAY

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9.00 am


The Power. The Passion. 

“Oh, oh the power and the passion, oh the temper of the time, Oh the power and the passion, Sometimes you’ve got to take the hardest line"... ending with ‘It’s better to die on your feet than to live on your knees’. Midnight Oil, The Power and the Passion.

A NEW call is out for your pitches to deliver a  SPOT talk. If you're keen to be considered, put in your pitch form. Our professional speaker mentor Jon Yeo (TEDx Melb) is doing selections over the next few weeks. We'll be in touch with those selected last year to re-submit and re-commit.

This lively session is always a conference highlight.


Thanks to our sponsor Credit Corp.

10.05 am

Climate Crunchtime

Chair: Georgian Lenton-Williams, Financial Counselling Australia

Dr Ron Ben-David, Monash University & Guy Jackson, QUT 


Everyone is talking about climate change. For some sectors like solar power and electric car manufacturers there are actually opportunities, but what does it mean for the people we help who are already stretched? How can we all contribute both in our workplaces, but also in our daily lives? What should the financial counselling sector be doing? Do we need to give up eating hamburgers? 


Keynote, followed by a panel discussion with Annabelle Butler, Suncorp and Peter Gartlan, FCA

11.00 am | Morning Tea


11.30  am

Why small business needs us

Bruce Billson 

Small Business Ombudsman

David Locke 


Sandra Blake

Small business financial counsellor

Helen Davis,

General Manager, Small Business Bushfire Financial Counselling Helpline


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. 

12.00 pm

Bite size crunching

Short and Sharp: life moves fast. We hear from two speakers.


  • ACCC big bites

Delia Rickard, Deputy Chair ACCC


It has been a big year for the ACCC. This update will focus on the crunchy bits of ACCC regulation.

  • New Credit Reporting changes

Julia Davis, Financial Rights

Credit reporting legislation has changed. What does this mean for your work?


12.30 pm | Lunch

1.30 pm

Concurrent Sessions

10 choices. So many good ones. How will you choose? 


3.00 pm | Afternoon tea

3.30 pm

First Nations update: Closing the (financial) gap

Senator Malarndirri McCarthy 

Each year we hear directly from our colleagues who work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This year, we've invited Senator Malarndirri McCarthy to share her story and explain why closing the financial gap is a priority. 


The 'closing the gap' strategy was supposed to be the blueprint for improving lives of our First Nations peoples. But there was no mention of household financial capacity.


Chaired by Lynda Edwards (FCA).

4.00 pm

Uluru statement

Thomas Mayor,
Author of Finding the Heart of the Nation

Makkarata is the Yolngu word meaning ‘coming together after a struggle’. Financial counsellors know what it is like to struggle, and have change take way too long.

So the purpose of this session is to add our voices and help put the Statement of the Heart back on the agenda. It is unfinished business. First we have to understand what the statement is calling for. Then we have to understand what we can do.  Between us we come from over 200 organisations across the land and we’re well placed to add our support.

Add our voices and help put the Statement of the Heart back on the agenda. Unfinished business


4.30 pm – 4.45 pm

Conference close

The formalities are over. Thank you for coming. Please join us at Mindil Beach market to watch the famous sunset, with a beer and dinner from one of the many stalls. This is what Darwinites do!

5.30 pm Mindil Beach Market

We will set up our blue and green flags from 5.30 pm. You can b.yo. drinks from the bottleshop next door to the conference venu (Lizards, 105 Mitchell St)