Program being updated | DAY 2, THURSDAY

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.

10.15 am

Climate Crunchtime


Dr Ron Ben-David, Monash University


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.

11.00 am | Morning Tea

11.30 am

Bite size crunching

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


National Debt Helpline website

Quick tour of new useful resources 

Bite size crunching continued


Gambling regulator meet and greet 

ACMA, Fiona Cameron

NT Racing Commission (tbc)


We've never met a gambling regulator. This year we'll meet two. The NT Gambling Commission is Darwin based, and is the most important state gambling regulator as most of the online gambling companies are licensed in the NT.


ACMA is a federal regulator for  telco consumer issues and some aspects of online gambling including the illegal offshore online casinos and the prohibition on credit betting.


We now have an Online Gambling Consumer Protection framework, so you need to know what to do when you see issues.

12.00 noon

Taking the Pulse

With live polling, we're taking the pulse of the sector. There will be three quick surveys, each with three questions. Turn on your mobile phone.


The first Taking the Pulse audience poll is about wages. What else should we ask 500+ delegates? Results will be live and unfiltered.

12.30 pm | Lunch

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

1.30 pm

Concurrent Sessions

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

3.00 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).

3.30 pm

Unfinished business: Uluru Statement of the Heart

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.

3.45 pm

Final keynote

Watch this space as we always end with a wonderful keynote.

4.15 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 glass of wine and dinner from one of the many stalls. This is what Darwinites do!