Registrations Open!

This year we’re heading to Alice Springs for FBA’s 20th annual National Conference. An exciting 3 day program awaits, full of inspiration and motivation to ensure you have the tools you need to build stronger families and healthier businesses. You will engage with experts and leaders in family business through an action-packed program of masterclasses, keynote speakers, panel sessions and a truly unique social program like you’ve never seen before. This year, we’re harnessing the competitive advantage of family! 

The Destination – Alice Springs

Think you know Alice Springs? Think again…

Unlike any other place, only Alice Springs provides an authentic outback experience coupled with high quality facilities befitting an international city. Renowned as the artistic capital and centre of excellence for indigenous knowledge, renewable energy, health and education, this cultural melting pot connects all people to learn and be inspired. A destination where you can explore historic sites, try the many adventure activities amongst desert landscape, or visit Aboriginal art galleries featuring local artists.

Haven’t been there lately? Well, it’s time to see for yourself…!

In 2018, Family Business Australia and Alice Springs will unite. You will have the opportunity to get back to grass roots, connect deeply with the red heart of Australia and really tap in to your competitive advantage as a family.

You will be awe-struck by the venues we have in store – from the Old Quarry, to the Telegraph Station, Simpson’s Gap, and Ooraminna Homestead Station.

This will be an adventure you won’t forget, you’ll arrive open-minded and leave inspired and truly touched by this incredible place. This is also a chance to consider Alice Springs for the whole family – we want this to be an experience where you can share your memories and take-outs around the board table and the dinning table.

The Conference Theme

The Competitive Advantage of Family

The power of business + family is proven! Family businesses are more trusted, generate higher ROI on R&D, have more committed employees, and customers who are prepared to pay more for their products – when compared to non-family businesses*.

Speakers at FBA’s 2018 National Conference will provide thought-provoking sessions on core elements of success for families in business. Along with iconic multi-generational business families sharing their journeys, you will be asking yourself if you are doing enough to leverage your family business advantage – and if not, what you need to do to start.

The Conference at a Glance



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B2B Speed Networking
(7.00am – 8.30am)

Family Business Masterclass
(8.30am – 12.00pm)

Adviser Masterclass

(8.30am – 12.00pm)

NxG Masterclass

(11.00am – 12.30pm)






Main Conference

(8.30am – 12.30pm)

Women in Family Business Breakfast

(7.00am – 8.30am)


(8.30am – 9.00am)


Main Conference
(9.00am – 12.30pm)

Day trip to Uluru & Kata Tjuta, including  Field of Light

(6.15am – 2.00am Friday)


Ambrose Golf Tournament

(7.30am – 1.00pm)



NxG Workshop Cont…

(12.30pm – 5.30pm)

Longest Lunch

(1.00pm – 5.00pm)



Main Conference
(1.30pm – 4.00pm)


Main Conference

(1.30pm – 4.00pm)


Welcome Drinks at Simpsons Gap
Dress code:  Casual

(4.00pm – 6.00pm)

NxG Dinner at Ooraminna Station
Dress code:  Casual
(6.00pm – 10.00pm)

Awards Dinner at the Telegraph Station
Dress code:  Smart Casual

(6.00pm – 11.00pm)

Dinner at The Old Quarry
Dress code:  Casual

(6.00pm – 10.30pm)

  • Program subject to change

Click here to view the full program

Some of our Activities 

National Family Business Awards Dinner

A highlight of our red centre experience will be the annual National Family Business Awards evening. The opportunity to celebrate and recognise the achievements of family owned Australian businesses, and the special achievers who contribute positively to our lives, our culture and the future of the Australian economy. This magical evening will take place within the unique outdoor setting of the historic Alice Springs Telegraph Station. Set amongst the stunning ambience of authentic, heritage listed buildings dating back to 1871, and the natural beauty of the reserve and wildlife, we will celebrate under a sky of a million twinkling stars. This will be a night to remember!  Click here to find out more

NxG Masterclass

FBA National Platinum Sponsor, KPMG Enterprise, will host a full day NxG workshop at a truly special location. Ooraminna Station is unlike any other experience. A 600 acre property with the rustic backdrop of glorious visions of desert hills, you will enjoy the tranquility and charm of the Outback. Click here to find out more

The Longest Lunch

A true highlight in the conference program are the Longest Lunches, these are an opportunity for you to mingle and meet old friends and new over lunch and in 2018 they will be back! Enjoy an afternoon of good food, great company and lots of fun. Click here to find out more

Dinner at The Old Quarry

The Old Quarry is stunning! Surrounded by ragged rock faces and a deep ravine through the MacDonnell Ranges, this unique outback setting allows you to gain an insight into the rich cultural centre of Central Australia. Our final night of festivities will bring together families and new friends as we enjoy a true rustic dining experience. Click here to find out more

Getting There

Getting to Alice Springs is easy, with direct daily flights from most Australian capitals – one quick flight and you’re there. We are proud to be partnering with Qantas as our exclusive Airline Partner click here to book your flights today!


There are over 1,500 rooms available across Alice Springs to suit all budgets. The majority of rooms are within close proximity of the main conferencing facilities. For conference delegates, We are holding rooms at four hotels within walking distance to the Alice Springs Convention Centre. FBA National Conference delegates will be able to access discounted room rates by clicking here.



Exclusive Airline Partner


FBA National Sponsors

National Platinum Sponsor

National Gold Sponsor


* Edelman Trust Barometer: Special Report: Family Business available at: