TUESDAY, MAY 15
Master of Ceremonies: David Tennant, CEO, Shepparton Family Care
8.00 am | Registration
9.00 am Let’s start our story
- Introduction and Welcome to “The Big Yarn” Stories that Stir” – David Tennant, Master of Ceremonies
We are meeting on the lands of the Mouheneenner
(pronounced Moo-he-ne-nah) People.
Their dreamtime stories tell of the creation of the land and everything in it.
- Welcome to Conference – Carmel Franklin, Chair, FCA
9.30 am | Ministerial Address
The Hon. Dan Tehan (TBC)
- We have invited the new Minister for Social Services, Dan Tehan to open the conference.
10.00 am | Keynote: inspiring, provocative and profound
- Watch this space, there’s more information coming soon.
10.30 am | We Can Close the Gap – Changing the Story
- Sometimes the stories we hear of Indigenous Australia tell only of deficit and disadvantage. But there is a different narrative that is also true: stories of progress and achievement.
- Our speaker will also launch FCA’s Reconciliation Action Plan. They will be joined in the launch by Lynda Edwards from FCA who chaired the RAP working group. Lynda is a Wangkumara woman from far west NSW.
11.00 am Morning tea
11.30 am | Rant and Rave
- Got something really important to share?
- Hear from the people who put up their hand when we called for submissions for this spot – they’ve got a minute each to rant or rave (or even both)
11.35 am | FCA – Stories to Share
- What have been the important events for the financial counselling sector and what is coming up?
- This session includes updates from FCA staff.
12.00 PM Rank the … Energy and Telecommunication Companies
Speakers and facilitator TBC
- Once upon a time, energy was deregulated … Once upon a time, there was no such thing as a text message or the internet …
This session is a deep dive into the hardship practices in both the energy and telecommunications industry.
12.30 pm | Bankruptcy as an Option: What’s its impact?
Professor Ian Ramsay, Harold Ford Professor of Commercial Law, University of Melbourne
- In ancient Greece, people who couldn't pay their debts were forced into debt slavery. In later centuries, we invented debtor’s prisons. We have moved a long way since then and the laws of insolvency continue to evolve.
- Find out about mooted changes to bankruptcy and debt agreement laws. We also share the findings of research from Melbourne University into insolvency, including the perceptions of financial counsellors.
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm | concurrent sessions
3.30 pm Afternoon tea
4.00 pm | Stirring the Pot: How Telling Our Stories Makes a Difference
- Financial counselling has always worked within a social justice framework. We take the individual stories we see in our casework and place them in their broader social, political and economic contexts to achieve positive change.
In this panel session, we hear from the regulators about how we can continue to make a difference.
4.20 pm | Final keynote: Trust
Anna Bligh AC, CEO, Australian Bankers’ Association
- Australia’s banks are backing the Royal Commission. Find out how the banks are responding and what they are doing to rebuild trust.
Anna Bligh had a long and distinguished career in politics including as the Premier of Queensland. She was most recently the CEO of YWCA NSW, an organisation assisting woman and children affected by domestic and family violence.
5.00 pm | Close Day 1
7.00 pm Jan Pentland Conference Dinner