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Insights to Influence

Firmly established as the singular agenda-setting event for Australia’s Corporate Affairs community, the Corporate Affairs Summit is returning in August with renewed ambition to build business resilience. As our operating environment corrects, the Summit presents an enviable opportunity for the nation’s Corporate Affairs and Communication leaders to connect, combat shared challenges, and leverage opportunities emerging from the upturn economy.

Together, we will interrogate the forces shaping the profession, from the polarisation of civil discourse to crisis communication and technological advancement, all with the intent of charting a new path to progress.

Why attend?

  • For ten years we have secured the involvement of the highest calibre speakers from Australia and around the world. We have tools that make audience engagement seamless so you can ask the questions that matter.
  • Every session is independently moderated to facilitate candid discussion and debate.
  • Your experience is at the heart of the Summit. Our audience is screened for seniority, so you’ll be networking in a five-star environment with the minds shaping business.
  • We respect the seniority of our delegates by diving deeper into technical subject matter with a business-driven, outcomes focussed agenda.


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// 12 Keynotes
// 2 Powerful days
// Executive learning agenda
// 35+ Industry speakers
// 300+ Executives
// 5 Star networking environment

2020 Speakers


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Joy Tan
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs,
Huawei Technologies (USA)
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Jim Kennedy
Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
News Corp (USA)
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Isaac Levido
Political Strategist (UK)
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Sally Fielke
General Manager, Corporate Affairs
Coles
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Alison Terry
Director, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs and Joint Company Secretary
Fortescue Metals Group
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Professor Kerryn Phelps
Councillor
City of Sydney
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Melissa O’Neill
Global Director Corporate Affairs
Treasury Wine Estates
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Bede Fennell
Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Government and Industry
Tourism Australia
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Liz Deegan
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
National Rugby League
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Kate Campbell
Head of Communications
Adani Australia
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Andrew McGinnes
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
Qantas Group
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The Hon. Dr Craig Emerson
Economist
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Debra Richards
Director, Production Policy
Netflix
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Michelle Skehan
General Manager, Corporate Affairs
Australia Post
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Guy Matthews
Managing Director and Head of Corporate Affairs
Citi Australia and New Zealand
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Molly Harriss Olson
Chief Executive Officer
Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand
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Samantha Stevens
Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs
Origin Energy
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Jane Anderson
Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs
IAG
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Zed Ivankovic
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
Toll Group
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Mitch Cooper
Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs - Australia and NZ
Uber
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Nicholas Scofield
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
Allianz Australia
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Adam Kilgour
Managing Director
Diplomacy
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Andrew Sheridan
Vice President, Regulatory & Public Affairs
Optus
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Julia Foley
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
Healthscope
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Cecelia Burgman
Head of Government Relations
Telstra
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David Hickey
Vice President Asia Pacific
Meltwater
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Rebecca Irwin
Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs & Sustainability
Adelaide Brighton Ltd
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Christine Burke
Director of Communications
L’Oréal Australia
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Mary-Jane Bellotti
Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs
Watpac
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George Karagiannakis
Executive Manager, Government Relations
IAG
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Michelle Taylor
Chief Executive People, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability
Challenger
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Jessica Gooch
General Manager, Communications & Strategic Projects
Sydney Opera House
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Emily Ritchie
Divisional General Manager, External Affairs & Government Relations
Medibank
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Matthew Crossley
Government Relations, Communications & Community Division
CUA
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Sessions

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Tuesday 25th August 2020
  • 08:15Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 08:45Opening Remarks from the Chair

    Adam Kilgour
    Managing Director
    Diplomacy
  • 08:50Ministerial Interview

  • 09:10Global Keynote (via Live Link)

    Joy Tan
    Senior Vice President, Public Affairs,
    Huawei Technologies (USA)
  • 09:40Outlook Session

    Forging a Path Forward: Pragmatism in a Polarised World

    We are witnessing the hardening of ideologies on the world stage. Dialogue is struggling to pierce resolute socio-political division, while entrenched media echo-chambers are inflaming opinion and fuelling tribalism in discourse. On the surface, this titanic clash of views has created a perennial state of gridlock – the room for compromise is shrinking. In this session, we’ll hear about the principled pragmatism Corporate Affairs executives are adopting to recalibrate and navigate the polarisation of civil discourse, discuss how the truth is faring in the age of audible lies, and decide whether extreme ideas about politics and identity are as popular in the real world as they are on Twitter.

    Samantha Stevens
    Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs
    Origin Energy
    Mary-Jane Bellotti
    Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs
    Watpac
    Nicholas Scofield
    Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
    Allianz Australia
    Christine Burke
    Director of Communications
    L’Oréal Australia
  • 10:30Keynote

    Coles in the Community: Stepping up to the National Challenges of 2020
    Sally Fielke
    General Manager, Corporate Affairs
    Coles
  • 10:55Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:25Partner Keynote

  • 11:55Strategy Session

    The Price of Empowerment: Arming Your Employees as Ambassadors

    In times where credibility is an increasingly scarce resource, employees are being called upon as powerful, authentic brand ambassadors. But empowerment is a two-way street, and employees with a genuine and amplified voice can do considerable damage to an organisation’s reputation. In this session, we will hear how businesses are leveraging experience and engagement to empower employees to speak their own truth while still steering the corporate narrative, and discuss how you can redefine your strategic communications to close the gap between public representations and the lived truth at your organisation.

    Rebecca Irwin
    Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs & Sustainability
    Adelaide Brighton Ltd
    Julia Foley
    Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
    Healthscope
    Melissa O’Neill
    Global Director Corporate Affairs
    Treasury Wine Estates
    Mitch Cooper
    Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs - Australia and NZ
    Uber
  • 12:45Keynote Interview

    Strengthening Community and Stakeholder Relationships
    Alison Terry
    Director, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs and Joint Company Secretary
    Fortescue Metals Group
  • 13:10Lunch Welcome Remarks

  • 13:15Lunch & Networking

    Sponsored by Salt & Shein
  • 14:10Keynote

  • 14:35Communication Session

    Collective Conscience: The Art of Storytelling in Corporate Communication

    A decade ago, commentators were declaring that traditional media was terminal. Established media entities were tasked with rebuilding their planes while remaining airborne. Newcomers, with revolutionary ground-up models, were destined to soar across platforms and channels. Today, our media landscape is more congested and complex than ever. Corporate Affairs executives charged with nurturing reputation now need to weave a story across multiple platforms and channels. In this session, we’ll unveil the new face of masterful storytelling in multichannel environments, covering everything from advertising spend to earned media to see how the nation’s leading communicators are ensuring that their message reaches the right people at the right time.

    Andrew McGinnes
    Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
    Qantas Group
    Debra Richards
    Director, Production Policy
    Netflix
    Guy Matthews
    Managing Director and Head of Corporate Affairs
    Citi Australia and New Zealand
    David Hickey
    Vice President Asia Pacific
    Meltwater
  • 15:25Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

  • 15:55Government Session

    Advocacy with Transparency: Accountable Government Engagement

    While there are no guarantees of political longevity, the Australian political landscape appears to have steadied, bringing stability to corporate affairs professionals tasked with engaging government stakeholders. In a newly heightened regulatory environment, with the Federal Government responding to growing constituent pressure to hold previously untouchable pockets of corporate Australia to account, Corporate Affairs departments are adopting a permanently campaign-ready approach to construct and implement cabinet advocacy campaigns. In this session, we’ll analyse the impact of social media and heightened corporate transparency on government lobbying and forecast the ramifications of the contemporary accountability culture for firms operating in Australia.

    Matthew Crossley
    Government Relations, Communications & Community Division
    CUA
    George Karagiannakis
    Executive Manager, Government Relations
    IAG
    Cecelia Burgman
    Head of Government Relations
    Telstra
  • 16:45Trailblazer Keynote (via Live Link)

    Isaac Levido
    Political Strategist (UK)

  • 17:10Closing Remarks from the Chair

    Adam Kilgour
    Managing Director
    Diplomacy
  • 17:15Networking Drinks Welcome Remarks

  • 17:20Networking Drinks Reception

  • 18:20Close of Day One

Wednesday 26th August 2020
  • 08:40Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 09:00Opening Remarks from the Chair

    Adam Kilgour
    Managing Director
    Diplomacy
  • 09:05Mastermind Keynote (via Live Link)

    Driving Business with Creativity
    Jim Kennedy
    Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
    News Corp (USA)
  • 09:40Crisis Session

    Mission Critical: Communication at the Speed of Crisis

    Today’s hyper-connected world has rendered the traditional, reactive approach to crisis communications obsolete. Corporate Affairs is changing as rapidly as the digital media environment in which it must now operate. The nature of risk management has shifted as new factors such as cybercrime present very real threats to an organisation. Today, we will discuss the practical methods by which you can protect your brand through a multi-disciplined, multi-channel approach, and pre-emptively resolve potential PR crises. We’ll also take a look at the importance of an organisation-wide approach to risk management, and analyse how an ethical workplace culture translates to effective Corporate Affairs.

    Andrew Sheridan
    Vice President, Regulatory & Public Affairs
    Optus
    Liz Deegan
    Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
    National Rugby League
    Zed Ivankovic
    Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
    Toll Group
    Michelle Skehan
    General Manager, Corporate Affairs
    Australia Post
  • 10:30National Keynote

    Managing Reputation in the Age of Stakeholder Activism
    Kate Campbell
    Head of Communications
    Adani Australia
  • 10:55Morning Refreshments & Networking

  • 11:25Diamond Keynote

  • 11:50Community Session

    Fostering Engagement, Avoiding Enragement: Social Advocacy in the Reputation Age

    Just as brands have sought to humanise themselves to forge a unique identity in the minds of consumers, so too have they adopted ethical positions on contemporary social and environmental issues. The growing tendency towards inherent scepticism of corporate motives has required brands, through a process that combines deep community engagement and social listening, to develop genuine and authentic personalities in order to build trust. In a highly polarised socio-political environment, however, ‘the right thing’ differs wildly amongst consumers united only by a product, not by a shared moral compass. Today, we’ll discuss the methods by which you can understand the causes that matter to your consumers; why CSV is the new CSR; and how you can successfully navigate the often-murky ethical environment of your consumers to establish a competitive advantage for your brand.

    Jane Anderson
    Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs
    IAG
    Michelle Taylor
    Chief Executive People, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability
    Challenger
    Jessica Gooch
    General Manager, Communications & Strategic Projects
    Sydney Opera House
    Emily Ritchie
    Divisional General Manager, External Affairs & Government Relations
    Medibank
  • 12:35Keynote Panel

    The State of Debate: Improving Modern Discourse
    The Hon. Dr Craig Emerson
    Economist

    Molly Harriss Olson
    Chief Executive Officer
    Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand
    Professor Kerryn Phelps
    Councillor
    City of Sydney
  • 13:10Lunch Welcome remarks

  • 13:15Lunch & Networking

    sponsored by Wolters Kluwer
  • 14:10National Keynote

    Bede Fennell
    Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Government and Industry
    Tourism Australia
  • 14:40Technology Session

    Artificial Advantage: Recalibrating the Fabric of Communication

    Communication technology has enabled conversation between businesses and customers on a scale and in detail never before seen. With artificial intelligence and unfiltered, immediate content-sharing and live streaming on the rise, brands now have the opportunity to instantaneously reach customers on a deeper level than previously possible. Whilst this technology has opened a world of possibilities for PR and corporate affairs professionals to create, enhance and protect their business’s brand image, it can also pose a serious risk if mismanaged. Today, we’ll discuss how PR is changing and will continue to change over the coming years as consumer facing interfaces become increasingly autonomous; why personalisation and humanisation will become the most important elements in the corporate affairs department of tomorrow; and take a closer look at the game-changing technology that will redefine your role.

  • 15:30Closing Remarks from the Chair

    Adam Kilgour
    Managing Director
    Diplomacy
  • 15:35Close of Summit

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Sponsorship

www.meltwater.com/au

Meltwater helps PR, social and marketing teams go beyond media monitoring. Our local experts help clients build influence, connect with their audience and measure success on-the-go.

More than 30,000 companies use the Meltwater media intelligence platform to stay on top of billions of online conversations, extract relevant insights, and use them to strategically manage their brand and stay ahead of their competition. With 60 offices on six continents, Meltwater is dedicated to personal, global service built on local expertise.

www.ipsos.com.au

For over 40 years, the Ipsos Global Reputation Centre has been the trusted partner of choice in helping some of the world’s largest organisations unlock the value of their reputations.

www.templesearch.com.au

Temple Executive Search is the only firm staffed by experts in corporate and public affairs, with extensive networks and outstanding insights in our sector.

www.meltwater.com/au

Meltwater helps PR, social and marketing teams go beyond media monitoring. Our local experts help clients build influence, connect with their audience and measure success on-the-go.

More than 30,000 companies use the Meltwater media intelligence platform to stay on top of billions of online conversations, extract relevant insights, and use them to strategically manage their brand and stay ahead of their competition. With 60 offices on six continents, Meltwater is dedicated to personal, global service built on local expertise.

www.advoc8.co

Public policy development is a crowded space. Influencing issues that support business goals, requires successful navigation of complex stakeholder relationships.

Advoc8 is a full-suite technology platform for corporate public affairs teams, giving them the cutting edge in stakeholder engagement, and providing the tools and data needed to amplify their influence.

www.wolterskluwer.cch.com.au/our-products/content-solutions/cch-parliament/cch-political-alert

CCH Political Alert from Wolters Kluwer provides immediate, customised and unbiased political monitoring so that organisations are empowered to rapidly respond to political developments. The Alerts are delivered via email within minutes of the event and provide a summary of the political event as well as the content source. Choose from 36 topics and over 350 sub-topics to create customised alerts for your organisation.

www.saltshein.com.au

Salt & Shein recruits executives in the fields of marketing, corporate affairs and communication. Please get in touch whether you are looking to make a hire, or thinking about the next step in your career.

www.iabcapac.com

The International Association of Business Communicators is a global network of communications professionals. Each summer, IABC hosts World Conference, a three-day event with professional development seminars and activities, as well as talks by industry leaders.

www.pria.com.au

The Public Relations Institute of Australia is a peak body for public relations and communication professionals in Australia. It promotes high ethical standards in the public relations and communication industry through accredited membership, resources, training, and recognition.

www.templesearch.com.au

Temple Executive Search is the only firm staffed by experts in corporate and public affairs, with extensive networks and outstanding insights in our sector.

Celebrating its 10th year, the Corporate Affairs Summit is unparalleled in the level of delegates and speakers it attracts.

The Summit is driven by an ambitious business agenda, and our audience is screened for seniority to ensure you are networking with the minds shaping business. Our limited keynote and moderated panel speaking opportunities will effectively embed you in this top-end business community. Digital and physical brand activations, as well as consultations in dedicated activation spaces further enable you to engage with this decision-making audience.

As a marketing platform to demonstrate expertise, credibility and grow your business with the Corporate Affairs and Communication profession, the Corporate Affairs Summit offers unrivalled cut-through.

This event was sold out in 2019

 

Angel Gomez – Commercial Director
Tel: 02 8090 4363
Email: [email protected]

Venue

 

ICC SYDNEY

14 Darling Drive, Sydney
New South Wales 2000, Australia

Click HERE for more venue details

 

Flights

 

Official Airline Partner

 

Qantas is delighted to be the exclusive airline partner for the 2020 Corporate Affairs Summit, being held on the 25 & 26 August.

Qantas is offering registered delegates and travel partner’s special discounted airfares which are easily booked online via the dedicated booking portal below.

When booking, use the allocated code CAS20 to access these airfares. Please note: multiple stopover flights are excluded from this offer.

Qantas is Australia’s largest domestic and international airline and is widely regarded as the world’s leading long distance airline.

With a reputation for excellence in safety, operational reliability, and world-class customer service; Qantas offers a truly global network proposition for delegates travelling to Sydney, Australia for the Corporate Affairs Summit in 2020.

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ACCOMMODATION

Discounted Accommodation is available at the Novotel Sydney, Darling Square.

To receive a 10% discount on the best flexible rates, contact the Novotel and quote the code CAS20.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (02) 8217 4000

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Online – Click Here
02 8004 8590
[email protected]


Pricing and Discounts Early Bird Registration
(until 10/07/2020)
Standard Registration
(from 11/07/2020)
1 Delegate $1,695 + GST $1,995 + GST
4 Delegates (includes 1 FREE) $5,085 + GST $5,985 + GST
8 Delegates (includes 2 FREE) $10,170 + GST $11,970 + GST

* Please note if you are a Service Provider to corporate affairs professionals, email [email protected] to register.


Capacity for the Summit / Forum is strictly capped to 250 delegates. Register now to secure your place.

COVID 19 Additional Information – Secure your place with confidence

We are continuously following the advice of the Australian Department of Health and the ICC Sydney. The health and safety of our delegates, partners and staff remains our number one priority.

Health and Safety Measures in place include:

  • No International attendees. International Keynote Addresses conducted remotely via live-link as indicated in the programme.
  • Total attendance capped with strict adherence to physical distancing measures, including traffic management and spaced seating configurations within the venue
  • As an invitation-only event, delegate contact details are acquired prior to commencement, and on-site attendance is recorded. Delegates are encouraged to download the COVIDSafe App
  • Event located at an industry-leading venue with precautionary sanitation measures, including regular cleaning of all surfaces; increased awareness and provision of sanitiser; and continued rigorous adherence to ISO and HACCP food safety management standards within all culinary services

For any other questions, please contact [email protected].

We look forward to delivering this event for you.

  • Terms & Conditions

    Delegate Package:

    Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to speaker presentations. Please note: not all speakers choose to provide presentation papers. One delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. Organiser’s reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not registered.

    Payment & Discounts:

    Payment of invoice is due within 7 days of registration. A 3% surcharge is payable for all credit card transactions. Only one promotional discount code can be applied per registrant. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST. Payment in full is required by the first day of the event. Please note: Registrations made within 7 days of the event can only be paid via credit card.

    Organiser’s Rights:

    Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd endeavors to ensure the conference programme and speaker line-up is correct at the time of the event. All advertised details are correct at time of publishing. Due to unforeseen circumstances Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd reserves the right to alter the programme prior to the event without notice. We also reserve the right to cancel or postpone the event. Where Connect Media is unable to run the event in the next 12 months (from the date of the event), you will be entitled to a full refund. In the unlikely event that it is cancelled or postponed, no compensation will be provided for cancelled/amended travel arrangements. Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd reserves the right to deny access to any individual that engages in or is alleged to engage in practices that are considered unprofessional and inappropriate for a business conference. We reserve the right to deny access to delegates that may affect the client / vendor ratio of attendance in favour of the interests of sponsors and commercial partners of the event.

    Photography and Video:

    Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd may take photographs and/or video of the event you are attending and in doing so your image may be included in the photographs and videos reproduced and distributed by Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd in any medium to any part of the world. By attending the event you irrevocably agree to submit your image for reproduction by Connect Media and Communications Group Pty Ltd in distributing marketing material and/or video footage of the events. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise [email protected].

    Cancellation Policy:

    A substitute delegate is welcome at any time provided the request is made in writing. A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    Full payment is required within 7 days of registration – if payment is not received in this time and cancellation is requested more than 10 days after registration – payment is to be honoured.

    Privacy Disclosure:

    We take your privacy seriously. Information collected on this registration will be held in the strictest of confidence on a secure database. This information may be used in order to contact you regarding future events, product development and services offered. If you do not wish to be contacted please email [email protected]. To view our full privacy policy please visit: https://connectmedia.com/privacy-policy/ .

  • FAQ

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    What’s included in my delegate pass?

    A Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, and access to provided speaker presentations.

    Is there a group booking discount?

    Yes – groups of 3 people or more are entitled to a discount. Full discount information is available on our registration page. If you have any questions about how group bookings work, please contact [email protected]

    Can I transfer my pass?

    A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. A substitute delegate is welcome at any time prior to the event, provided the request is made in writing to [email protected]

    How do I receive my delegate pass?

    Following the completion of your registration and payment, you will receive an email confirmation. We will contact you via email one week before the event to provide final information regarding your participation. Delegate badges and all event material will be provided upon arrival at the event – nothing will be sent in the post.

    Is media registration available?

    No, this is a closed and confidential event. Media registrations are not available.

    Cancellation Policy:

    A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

    What is a Service Provider?

    A service provider refers to an individual or organisation who supplies products and/or services to the primary audience of corporate affairs professionals.

    Service providers may only have one representative at the event. A delegate pass is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. All service providers who apply for a pass will be reviewed internally before a registration is completed.

    Will there be a delegate list available?

    No, Connect Media does not provide delegate lists to attendees.