“The rules that were employed in the 1972 “It’s time” campaign

became the gold mark for future successful elections.”

Bruce Hawker, Political Strategist

Symposium Costs:

$495pp, including Welcome Dinner at Hotel Kurrajong on Thursday night, 30th November

Optional dinner on Friday evening, 1st December: $80 per person, including drinks

6.30pm – 9.00pm Welcome Dinner

Partners are welcome

The Kurrajong Room, Hotel Kurrajong
8.30am – 9.00am Registration Opens

Tea & Coffee is served

Members Dining Room 2
9.00am – 9.05am Delegates take their seats Members Dining Room 2
9.05am – 9.10am Conference Opening Members Dining Room 2
9.10am – 9.40am “It’s time” – a walk down memory lane The Hon. Bernie Ripoll

Former Labor MP &

Federal Member of Parliament &

Chair of the 2009 PJC Inquiry

9.40am – 10.10am Introduction of “The Scheme” IFAAA President
10.10am – 10.50am It’s time to show the world what ethics means Dr. Simon Longstaff AO

Board Member of FASEA &

Executive Director of The Ethics Centre

10.50am – 11.05am MORNING TEA Members Dining Room 2
11.05am – 11.50am “It’s time” to put it into practice Gary Bertwistle

Motivational Speaker &

Innovative Thinker and Strategic Facilitator

11.50am – 12.30pm “It’s time to make a difference…” Andrew Heslop

Founder of Australia’s Neighbour Day,

Social Entrepreneur &

Community Advocate

12.30pm – 1.15pm LUNCH Members Dining Room 2 & Terrace
1.15pm – 1.45pm The Secrets of Old Parliament House All delegates
1.45pm – 3.15pm Problem solving & decision making Private Dining Room 1
3.15pm – 3.30pm AFTERNOON TEA Private Dining Room 1
3.30pm – 3.50pm Photo on steps of Old Parliament House All delegates
3.50pm – 4.10pm Presentation of Gold Medallions House of Representatives Chamber
4.10pm – 4.20pm Closing speech IFAAA President
4.20pm – 4.25pm Announcement of 2018 Symposium Venue All delegates
4.25pm – 5.30pm Drinks and Canapes Private Dining Room 2
6.30pm Delegate Dinner

Partners are welcome

Private Dining Room

Ottoman Restaurant


Dr. Simon Longstaff AO

Every day of our lives is punctuated by points of decision. Some of the decisions will be momentous, remembered for decades; most will go unnoticed, by us and by others. Yet all our choices matter: taken as a whole, they shape our lives and contribute to the rhythms of the world.

Hear from the man who dropped out of school and worked as a janitor for a BHP-owned mine on Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory. He ultimately obtained a degree from Cambridge University, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, and founded a tiny not-for-profit that has successfully operated for 25 years giving advice to governments and leaders around the world. Simon asks the question what ought one do? In everyday situations that can present ethical challenges for a career professional. Simon has developed ethical patterns that help the professional answer this question.

Simon commenced his work as the first Executive Director of The Ethics Centre in 1991. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia and in June 2016, was appointed an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University – based at the National Centre for Indigenous Studies. Formerly serving as the inaugural President of The Australian Association for Professional & Applied Ethics, Simon serves on a number of boards and committees across a broad spectrum of activities. He was formerly a Fellow of the World Economic Forum.

Andrew Heslop

An award-winning social entrepreneur, Andrew is widely acknowledged and respected as a community leader.After senior roles with Australian Red Cross and British Red Cross, Andrew founded Neighbour Day in 2003 when the remains of an elderly woman were discovered in her home. She had died two years earlier but had been forgotten.

Neighbour Day actively builds social capital, promotes social inclusion, develops social cohesion, integration and positive relationships between neighbours of all ages and from all cultural backgrounds all year round. Through this initiative Andrew has empowered communities and demonstrated how the power of advocacy can positively change the way we interact, achieve and communicate.

In 2013 in a generous act of philanthropy he gifted Neighbour Day in perpetuity to Relationships Australia after leading and personally funding it for ten years, rather than sell to the highest bidder. He now holds the role of Ambassador and Neighbour Day founder with the organisation.

His background in mainstream media, politics and government plus the not-for-profit sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom, allows him to speak passionately and knowledgably about other issues close to his heart: charities, public transport, eHealth, mainstream media and the emergence of new media.

Bernie Ripoll

Described as the Father of the Future of Financial Advice reforms, Bernie chaired a Parliamentary Joint Commission (PJC) that looked at issues associated with the collapse of financial services firms including Storm Financial and Opes Prime. In 2009, the PJC’s report made recommendations including financial advisers should have a fiduciary duty and that payments from product makers to advisers be stopped.

Bernie is an advocate of the benefits of financial literacy and has been working with ASIC’s MoneySmart initiative to give individuals and community groups across the country the skills to improve their personal finances and protect themselves against financial scams. Bernie also launched a new MoneySmart teaching package to help young Australians become more confident, informed and responsible financial consumers.

Bernie is actively involved in local charity work and is the founder of the Western Corridor Community Fund, aimed at helping young people in need. He is also patron, founder and organiser of the Brisbane 2 Ipswich Challenge annual charity bike ride raising a record $75,000 in funding in 2012 which was distributed to the Heart Foundation, the Ipswich Hospital Foundation, 24/7 Cycle Safety Fund and the Western Corridor Community Fund.

Bernie is now a director of Map My Plan, a free online financial planning service that sidesteps the need for financial products and aims to help users achieve their financial goals by mapping out their own journey.

Gary Bertwistle


Gary’s drive comes from having people and organisations think differently to generate new ways of doing things.


As a thought leader in innovation and creativity, Gary has helped companies of all sizes, in all industries and categories, to look at how they currently do things and address what needs to change in order for them to think differently and maximise the ideas that currently exist within the business, with the view to making the company more successful.


He speaks to audiences around the world about unlocking their thinking, imagination and ideas in the areas of performance, problem solving, innovation, marketing, strategy, creativity and learning.


Gary’s innovative approach assists organisations and individuals in challenging their traditional way of thinking to be able to successfully unlock the great ideas that already exist within them. In order to truly innovate and develop breakthrough ideas you need to think differently and that is what Gary is all about.


His speeches are not only empowering, they are also enjoyable and entertaining, and his simple, straightforward approach to thinking differently is always well received.