SNAICC National Conference is nearly here — register now or miss out!

11 April 2013 | SNAICC NEWS

The 5th SNAICC National Conference — For Our Children: Living and Learning Together — will be held in Cairns from 4 to 6 June.

The biggest forum of its type in the southern hemisphere, the conference will feature international and local keynote speakers and over 70 concurrent sessions including yarning circles and workshops.

The conference is a must for those working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child and family services.

Two pre-conference workshops are also available on the afternoon of Monday, 3 June with either Associate Professor Cindy Blackstock or Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson.

All conference registrations close on 17 May.

Book now to guarantee the sessions you want to attend and don’t miss our special pre-conference workshops.


We’ve had a many registrants take up our Early Bird offer which is now closed, but you still have until 17 May to take up our final registration offer before all registrations close. Registrations are on a first in basis so we recommend you get in now and not miss out.


There is a range of discounted accommodation options that Ozzaccom+ have put together for the SNAICC conference. The conference headquarter hotel is the Hilton Cairns and they are still holding a limited number of rooms for the conference at discounted rates. We recommend you book you accommodation very soon to be able to access the discounted rates as full rates will apply after this.

For more information on our accommodation webpage.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Don’t forget to book the opportunity to attend one of our pre-conference workshops on offer on the afternoon of Monday 3 June.

Children’s Voices have Power! Associate Professor Cindy Blackstock

Cindy Blackstock is the Executive Director, The Caring Society of Canada and Associate Professor, who has worked in child and family services for over 20 years. Also a keynote presenter at the 2010 SNAICC conference, Cindy will run a workshop focusing on how to reach out and engage young people and outline the processes and resources involved. The workshop will also showcase some of the work of First Nations and other children and young people in Canada in equity based campaigns coordinated by The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.

Working with children at risk: developmental trauma within a complex trauma environment. Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson

A workshop with Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson, Member Harvard Global Mental Health Scientific Research Alliance, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Scientific Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation and Patron of the We Al-li Trust.

This workshop will outline the We Al-li approach as an Indigenous educaring response to developmental trauma in children living in family situations of complex trauma. We Al-li focuses on building skills in workers so they are better equipped to support healing in children and their families across a complex of community generational healing needs.

Refer to our SNAICC Conference registration page to book these workshops.

Philanthropy & Fundraising insights at SNAICC Conference

Following our popular publication SNAICC's Guide to Philanthropy and Fundraising, SNAICC’s key contributors to this publication Sue Beecher and Emily Cheesman will be holding a yarning circle to discuss how philanthropy and fundraising could help raise money and support for your organisation. What are some of the things that your organisation may want to consider before contacting philanthropic sources or planning fundraising events? How do you apply for deductible gift recipient (DGR) status (and survive?!) What may be involved if you are planning to 'make the ask', apply for grants, or hold fundraising events?

A great opportunity to gain some knowledge into how philanthropy and fundraising can support your organisation. The session is running at 11am Wednesday 5 June.

Conference Social Events

As well as our conference dinner on the Wednesday evening we have also put together a number of special events on the Tuesday evening and organized an art market on the final conference day. See some of these highlights below.

Tuesday 4 June Dinner and Film Night at Yarrabah ?6pm to 10.30pm

An opportunity to visit the coastal Yarrabah community located east of Cairns. You will be entertained by the local community with a dinner of local Yarrabah seafood and bush tucker. After dinner you will be able to join the local community under the stars for an outdoor screening of films made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people from all over the country.

The film program includes ‘We Made These Films’; a collection from Leramugadu (Roebourne), favourites from our last conference such as Ngapartji Ngapartji shorts. A new set from Larapinta (host of film night last conference ) as well as delightful music clips and stories created in Yarrabah, Maningrida and more.

Bookings for this event are essential

Refer to our SNAICC Conference registration page to book these workshops.

THURSDAY 5 JUNE Art Market, 3pm to 5pm

SNAICC is proud to partner with Umi Arts to present a local arts and craft market at the conference that will feature various works created by local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

The market will be held on the Thursday afternoon of the final conference day in the convention centre's foyers. It will give you the opportunity to meet some of the local community and to purchase and learn about the traditional Indigenous arts and cultures in Far North Queensland.

By purchasing at this arts market you will be supporting the local arts community and 100 per cent of the return goes back to the community.

See conference social events page for more details