When:
June 18, 2024 @ 9:00 am – June 19, 2024 @ 4:30 pm
2024-06-18T09:00:00+10:00
2024-06-19T16:30:00+10:00
Where:
Pullman Cairns International
17 Abbott Street Cairns Qld 4870
Australia
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NESA First Nations
Employment Conference 2024

Better Together – Connecting for First Nations Employment

As the gateway to the Great Barrier reef, Cairns is the perfect setting for our First Nations Employment Conference at the Pullman International Cairns on 18 and 19 June 2024.

Important conversations and strong, connected voices are important in shaping the future of First Nations Employment. Our conference program will provide opportunities to have these important conversations and connections, in addition to hearing from some of Australia’s leading First Nations experts in policy, service design and evidence.

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Event Details

VENUE

PULLMAN CAIRNS INTERNATIONAL
17 Abbott Street
Cairns Qld 4870, Australia
T: + 61 7 4031 1300

CONFERENCE DAY 1

Tuesday 18 June 2024
9.30am - 5.00pm

NETWORKING DRINKS

Tuesday 18 June 2024
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Daintree Pool

DAY 2 - CONFERENCE

Wednesday 19 June 2024
9.00am - 4.30pm

Topics

** Subject to change **

Building Strong Capability

Economic Development

Youth

Care Careers

Co-Design for Working with Communities

Literacy (Digital and LLN)

Employer Engagement

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Conference Masterclass

WITH INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED EXPERT, MEGAN HUNTER, CO-FOUNDER AND CEO OF THE HIGH CONFLICT INSTITUTE (HCI)

Designed to tackle the most challenging behaviours in human interactions head-on, this Masterclass will provide participants with a comprehensive toolkit for navigating high-conflict scenarios with confidence.

The Conflict Influencer Masterclass empowers participants to understand the dynamics at play and respond effectively to defuse conflicts and foster positive outcomes, whether client-facing or internal in the workplace. This Masterclass will provide participants the opportunity to master proven advanced techniques and practice essential skills for navigating high-conflict scenario with confidence and less stress that elevate user experiences for all stakeholders and cultivate a calmer internal workplace environment.

This Masterclass is designed on train the trainer principles. Participants will receive a workbook and resources to enable them to share lessons and strategies to build capacity of co-workers to also manage difficult behaviours better.

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Pricing

NESA Member

1 - 2 DELEGATES
$ 1499
00
per registrant
  • Attendance to the Pre-Conference Masterclass | Tues 18 June
  • Attendance to Day 1 and 2 of the First Nations Employment Conference | Tues 18 - Wed 19 June
  • Networking Drinks | Evening of Tues 18 June
  • Prices are inclusive of GST

NESA Member

3+ DELEGATES
$ 1399
00
per registrant
  • Attendance to the Pre-Conference Masterclass | Tues 18 June
  • Attendance to Day 1 and 2 of the First Nations Employment Conference | Tues 18 - Wed 19 June
  • Networking Drinks | Evening of Tues 18 June
  • Prices are inclusive of GST

Non-Member

1 - 2 DELEGATES
$ 1799
00
per registrant
  • Attendance to the Pre-Conference Masterclass | Tues 18 June
  • Attendance to Day 1 and 2 of the First Nations Employment Conference | Tues 18 - Wed 19 June
  • Networking Drinks | Evening of Tues 18 June
  • Prices are inclusive of GST

Non-Member

3+ DELEGATES
$ 1699
00
per registrant
  • Attendance to the Pre-Conference Masterclass | Tues 18 June
  • Attendance to Day 1 and 2 of the First Nations Employment Conference | Tues 18 - Wed 19 June
  • Networking Drinks | Evening of Tues 18 June
  • Prices are inclusive of GST
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Accommodation

Book your hotel room at a special rate, exclusive to our event. Bookings must be made before 24 May 2024.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

Join us in our mission to empower and support disadvantaged Australians in their journey towards employment and inclusion.

By placing your organisation in the spotlight of our large and diverse audience, you can associate your brand with the outstanding work done by the sector. Together, we can create meaningful change and pave the way for a brighter future for all Australians.

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Contact Us

SPONSORSHIP/EXHIBITOR ENQUIRIES

Annette Gill
annetteg@nesa.com.au
T: + 61 409 551 182

REGISTRATION ENQUIRIES

Bec Game
events@nesa.com.au
+61 468 441 316

KENNY BEDFORD

Kenny Bedford is a Traditional Owner of the Meuram Tribe of Erub (Darnley Island) Torres Strait and a Board Director of NESA.. Kenny has served his community and region as the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) Member for Erub and held the Fisheries Portfolio on the TSRA Executive for almost a decade. Kenny was also a Councillor and Deputy Mayor of the inaugural Torres Strait Island Regional Council. As President of the Erub Fisheries Management Association (EFMA) Kenny re-established the only community owned and managed commercial fishing operation in the Torres Strait.

Kenny Bedford is an Owner Director of his own business, Indigenous Initiatives and Innovation and is an establishing Board member of Zenadth Kes Fisheries. He is also a Director of the My Pathway Group and Board Member of Reconciliation Australia. Kenny will graduate with a Masters of Indigenous Business Leadership from Monash University in 2024.

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MEGAN HUNTER

Megan Hunter, MBA, is co-founder and CEO of the High Conflict Institute along with author and speaker, Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. who developed the high-conflict personality theory. Megan developed the concept of the Institute after eight years with the Arizona Supreme Court and five years with the Dawes County Attorney’s Office in Nebraska.

Megan has trained professionals across a wide spectrum of industries in the U.S. and in eight other countries. She is the author and/or co-author of several books on high conflict interactions and co-host with Bill Eddy of the podcast, It’s All Your Fault! and host of the podcast, Life Unhooked.

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Mick Gooda

Mick Gooda’s people are the Ghungalu from the Dawson Valley in Central Queensland on his mother’s side and Yiman from around Taroom on his father’s side. He has spent the last 30 years advocating for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. He was appointed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner in February 2010 and held that position until September 2016 when he was appointed Co-Commissioner on the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

He has undertaken work a wide range of roles such as the CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health, Native Title Consultant with the Western Australian Aboriginal Legal Service and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, ATSIC.

He chaired the Queensland Stolen Wages Reparation Taskforce and the National Centre of Indigenous Genomics and has been a member of the Expert Panel and the Referendum Council which were convened to advised the Federal Government on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Australian constitution.

More recently, he was a Co-Chair of the Interim Truth and Treaty Body which is tasked with maintaining the momentum on the Path to Treaty here in Queensland previous to this he Co-Chaired the Treaty Advancement Committee which recommended the next steps in the Queensland treaty and truth telling process.

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PROFESSOR VALERIE COOMS

Valerie belongs to the Nunukul people of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) in Queensland and is Director of Aboriginal Hostels Limited and Ministerial Advisor at the Department of Climate Change, Energy Environment and Water.

Professor Valerie Cooms has extensive experience in native title, having worked as a full time Member of the National Native Title Tribunal, as well as serving in multiple Executive positions in government, academia and advisory roles across Western Australian and Queensland, including the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Australian National University), Bachelor of Arts Degree Honours (First Class) (University of New England) and a PhD (Australian National University). She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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PAUL PAULSON

Paul Paulson (Dip. Teach (Sec), B. Ed, M.Ed.) is a Mununjali man from Beaudesert and a graduate from Queensland University of Technology and a master’s degree from Griffith University. Paul has been employed at Universities, TAFEs, and schools and as a manager for state and federal government department programs for over 25 years. Paul was an inaugural member of the Queensland Indigenous Education Consultative Body (QIECB), representing the Independent Schools of Queensland (ISQ). Paul was instrumental in introducing the Traditional Aboriginal Games throughout Australia, with his success implementing the games through the Anglican Schools sector in Queensland.

Paul has authored a book titled Binanma-The Stolen Generations for Teachers to use as a teaching resource in Queensland schools to teach the next generation of Australian children about the history and impacts of the Stolen Generations. Paul has also worked as the national Corporate Relationship Manager at Reconciliation Australia, which oversees the RAP program for the corporate sector, developing specific community plans for indigenous people across Australia.

Paul also has presented at state, federal and international government, community and corporate forums and conferences, speaking on a range of diverse topics affecting Aboriginal Australians. Paul also served as the National Manager of the National Innovation Education Portal (NEIP) working with Education Qld and with universities and schools across Australia. Paul was also the 1st Indigenous Teaching Fellow in the Health Faculty at the University of Canberra in 2016. Paul is a registered expert on the panel with the Australian Institute of Health & Well Being in Canberra.

Paul continues to work exclusively with the Australian corporate sector, his clients included the top 15 companies on the ASX, this includes the finance, construction, mining & resources and legal sectors, plus other multi-national companies in Australia. Paul is completing his PhD on Aboriginal social capital as a means of closing the gap for Aboriginal Australians.

Paul was recently the Cultural Consultant at the Qld Law Society (QLS) delivering the cultural competency course to the 13 000 (QLS) membership, which includes lawyers, barristers, judges, and Queen Counsels. Paul is currently the Director of Indigenous Education to the Queensland Anglican Schools Commission undertaking several specialist programs involving the 24 schools within the commission on all aspects of indigenous education.

His community work extends to being the Chairman of the Mununjali Health Service which provides health services for his community in Beaudesert. He is the founder of the Nahri Institute, which is the Australia’s 1st International indigenous School. A school dedicated to indigenous best practice and to Close the Gap in the 6 Social Determinants of Health affecting Indigenous Australians.

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Greg Golder

Greg, a proud Waanyi descendant has been in the Education and Learning Industry for 25 years in numerous settings locally, nationally and internationally. As a Head of School, Greg brings operational, strategic and administrative experience to any situation. With a Master’s Degree in Innovative Learning, he appreciates the future needs of learners and how to support high-level engagement, knowledge growth, and skill development. He enjoys finding practical and effective ways to implement the changes required in any educational setting. Greg is passionate about Indigenous affairs, particularly in the Training and Development space.
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