CLICK HERE for online Individual registrations

CLICK HERE for online Group registrations of 2 – 5 delegates (discounts apply)

For bookings of 6 or more or if you are a Forum Facilitator or Academic, please contact the office on 1800 249 357 for assistance (discounts apply)

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* Early Bird pricing ends 5th July

Tipping Points
It’s all in the timing

Business – and life – is full of tipping points! Change is always on the horizon. What lies ahead? What do you and your family need to do to prepare for the future?

Join us on beautiful Hamilton Island for our 3-day conference program that explores the answers to these questions. Hear from experts and other family businesses, and be inspired with new ideas to implement in your family business.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Thomas Schwarz is the Founder of Black Forest Business Solutions based in Arizona, USA.

Tom’s extensive career has centered on family businesses. He is a long-time family business educator, academic and consultant, he has started and managed numerous family business programs and centres in the United States.

Tom was a co-founding editor of the Family Business Practitioner published by the Family Firm Institute (FFI), which specialises in ‘translating’ the latest academic research to family business advisors and owners.

Tom will be talking about ….. The Science of Family Business
Leading a family business is a complex job … that’s why historically nearly 70% fail to make it past the first generation.  This complexity, though, is becoming better understood as family business scientists from all over the world examine the causes and relationships operating within family businesses.  What can you and your family learn from this body of knowledge? 

Tapping into the global body of academic research, Tom will outline the Top 10 scientific discoveries about family businesses and illustrate how they have made a difference within the practice of family enterprise.


Bernard Salt AM is regarded as one of Australia’s leading social commentators.

The founder of KPMG Demographics, Bernard has popularised demographics through his books, columns and media appearances.

Bernard is perhaps best known to the wider community for his penchant for identifying and tagging new tribes and social behaviours such as the ‘Seachange Shift’, the ‘Man Drought’, ‘PUMCINS’ and the ‘Goats Cheese Curtain’. He was also responsible for popularising smashed avocados!  

He was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Australia Day honours.

Bernard will be talking about ….. Steering family businesses to future prosperity
Australia is in transition to a post industrial economy.  Digital disruption combined with powerful demographic shifts are reshaping the business landscape.  What is required is a vision for the future and a bold plan to get there.  Bernard’s presentation will help you formulate ideas about how steer your family business to future prosperity.

Chris Adams is the Founder of Orbit Media Group. He has had a career in a variety of diverse industries and has become a major voice on digital disruption, innovation and engagement.

Some of Chris’ most recent activity has been on the board of directors and an Adviser at unified social messaging company Thred, Board Director at social media management company Manalto and Adviser to the start-up Haystack. Prior to these positions, he worked with prominent digital brands Facebook and eBay and headed up Entertainment Business Development for Amazon.

He has also authored a children’s book entitled “Dan The Biggest Dump Truck” which was narrated by Hugh Jackman and benefits The Global Poverty Project and World Vision.

Chris will be talking about ….. Digital Debunked
Disruption is such a hot topic that it’s gone from a noun to outright jargon.  But what does it really mean?  Chris Adams has spent his career in disruptive environments and believes that disruption is not just for start-ups.  It’s part of life.  Chris will share stories and insights from the front line of disruption, shedding the hype and getting to the relevance.


Family Business Masterclass

International Presenters: Joost Minnaar and Pim de Moree, Founders and Owners, Corporate Rebels

Joost Minnaar and Pim de Morree are on a mission to make work more fun! Two years into their corporate jobs, when they became frustrated with the way their organisations were run. Like 87% of employees, they were disengaged! These “Corporate Rebels” now meet with the world’s most progressive organisations – including many family businesses – to learn how they create environments that fully unleash the potential of employees.

Pim and Joost join us from the Netherlands and will share the most important lessons they have learned from travelling the world and learning from over 50 successful workplace pioneers.

Adviser Masterclass

International Presenter: Dr Thomas Schwarz

Tom will share research and insights into working with Family Businesses, and explore the notion of a Trusted Adviser. Join your fellow advisers at this Masterclass designed as a forum to consider new ideas and debate best practice in Family Business Advising.

NxG Longest Lunch

The NxG Longest Lunch, hosted by KPMG, provides you with the opportunity to meet and mingle with other NxG over an afternoon of fun and laughs.

Longest Lunch

The tradition continues! The longest lunch is a chance to network with conference participants and kick off your conference experience overlooking the beautiful Whitsundays.

Beach BBQ Dinner – Sponsored by AH Beard 

A trip to Hamilton Island wouldn’t be the same without a casual Beach BBQ Dinner by the sea. This is an easy way to connect with those you have met on Day 1 of the conference and re-connect with members of your family .

Awards Dinner

To conclude the conference, please join us in a celebration of Family Business Excellence with the presentation of the Awards for Distinguished Family Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and Next Generation Achiever.
Dress code: cocktail.

Sightseeing Cruise 

Spend Saturday morning cruising in paradise whilst enjoying brunch! Let the spectacular landscape and endless horizon dotted with islands wash over you as you experience the ultimate in relaxation. This 2 hour cruise is the perfect way to end your Island experience with FBA.

National Conference at a glance 


Wednesday 30 August

Thursday 31 August

Friday 1 September


Family Business Masterclass

Adviser Masterclass
(both 8.30am – 12.30pm)




Longest Lunch
NxG Longest Lunch
(both 1.00pm – 5.00pm)





Beach BBQ Dinner
(6.30pm – 9.00pm)

Awards Dinner
(7.00pm – 11.00pm)

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Please CLICK HERE for pricing information.


CLICK HERE for online Individual registrations

CLICK HERE for online Group registrations of 2 – 5 delegates (discounts apply)

CLICK HERE for a downloadable interactive registration form

For bookings of 6 or more please contact the office on 1800 249 357 for assistance (discounts apply)

To view our terms and conditions click here

* Early Bird pricing ends 5th July. Registrations close 15 August. 


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We look forward to seeing you there!

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