Speakers

As well as State Office presentations and displays from various departments within the organisation we also have a great line up of guest speakers for you :

Our MC – Peter Rowsthorn

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Once again our MC is the very funny Peter Rowsthorn.  Peter is one of Australia’s most talented performers and comedians, best known for his role as Brett in the hit series Kath and Kim.  With decades of stage and performance experience under his belt and a fast and accessible comedic style, he’s a natural and thoroughly entertaining MC.

Peter’s career took off in 1988, when he was offered roles in The Comedy Company, Fast Forward and The Big Gig, all in the same week.  He chose The Comedy Company and spent the next two seasons with the show.  After performing in the feature film Crackers, he became a semi-regular on Hey Hey, It’s Saturday and hosted the Red Faces spin-off Gonged But Not Forgotten.  He was also the host of Foxtel’s Sunday Roast for two seasons.   Most recently, Peter has guested regularly on Thank God You’re Here Series 1,2,3, and 4, popped up on Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation and hosts Can We Help for the ABC on Friday nights.

Peter is one of Australia’s best stand-up comedians and is also an extremely skilled Master of Ceremonies.


Guest Speaker – Kurt Fearnley OAM

Australian wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley AO, is one of Australia’s most well-known and respected athletes.

Winner of some of the world’s most prestigious marathons, in London, Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. The latter two, 5 times. Kurt won the Paralympic men’s wheelchair marathon in Athens in 2004 and retained his title in Beijing in 2008. In Athens he also won gold over the 5000m on the track. He was recently able to finish a 20 year representative career with a dominant Gold Medal performance at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, whilst also receiving the honour of carrying the Australian Flag into the Closing Ceremony.

Off the racing circuit Kurt has been a winning crew member of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, taking line honours in 2011 on board the yacht Loyal. However he is most well-known for his amazing feat of crawling the 96km Kokoda track.


Guest Speaker – Rachael Robertson

After 15 years leading diverse and remote teams and business units, Rachael took the jump and led the 58th annual expedition to the edge of the world: Antarctica. It was a tough, gruelling and exhausting year, but ultimately extremely rewarding and fruitful.

The intensity of this leadership role, where the leader is on-duty all day, every day, for 12 months with no respite, gave Rachael the opportunity to road test her leadership ideas the hard way – without the luxury of peers, a desk or high-speed broadband! A “leadership laboratory” in the most extreme, hostile environment on Earth.

She present real leadership. Real stories and real insights – the highs and lows and the ups and downs of being an authentic leader.


Welcome to Country – Prof Colleen Hayward AM

Professor Colleen Hayward AM is a senior Noongar woman with extensive family links throughout the south-west of WA. She is currently the Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University’s Centre for Indigenous Education and Research, a position she concurrently holds with being Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Equity and Indigenous, across the University.

For more than 30 years, Professor Hayward has worked to influence policies and programs on a wide range of issues, reflecting the needs of minority groups at community, state and national levels. With an extensive background in the areas of health, education, employment, training, housing, child protection and law and justice, Professor Hayward is highly regarded for her long-standing work for and on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.

In 2012, Professor Hayward was inducted into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame as well being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for service to tertiary education through administrative and research roles, to the advancement of the rights of Indigenous people, particularly in the areas of social welfare, law and justice and children’s health.