Conference Updates


Exciting Annoucement!

NCEIF 2023 will be held at the brand-new venue Saint Malo in Canberra from 28 – 30 August 2023.

NCEIF 2023 will be held at the brand-new venue Saint Malo in Canberra from 28 – 30 August 2023.

Our theme is ‘Refresh and Renew – Engagement in full bloom’.

Based on your feedback at this year’s Forum, we have:

  • Added in more networking sessions
  • Deleted the breakout sessions
  • Added a day for interactive workshops and a site tour
  • Kept the program high quality and are currently negotiating with a couple of high-profile speakers who we know you will love
  • Created an even more exciting and bespoke program of activities and events
  • Included – at no extra cost - airport transfers at the end of the conference so that we all finish the conference together.

Here’s a snapshot of what we have planned for you:

Day One: Interactive workshops and a site tour. We also have a ‘paint and sip’ session where we will learn about art therapy as a form of community engagement. We will end day one with welcome drinks at Canberra’s very own Bentspoke Brewery.

Day Two: Start the day with a guided bike tour around Lake Burley Griffith and then join us for keynote speakers, panels and all the surprises you’ve come to love at NCEIF. Finish the day with our cocktail and networking function at Ovolo Nishi (also our preferred accommodation provider).

Day Three: Commences with a picnic breakfast overlooking the Floriade site. Then enjoy more keynote and panel discussions throughout the day.

This year we have organised a bus at the end of day three to transfer guests from the venue directly to the airport – be sure to tick the box when ordering your ticket to secure your spot.

Click here to book your tickets.

Accommodation: we have organised a special NCEIF price at the beautiful Ovolo Nishi Hotel (which is about 700m from the Saint Malo)The NCEIF price is $349 per night including the Ovolo Perks package:

  • Breakfast
  • All day snacks
  • Social hour
  • Self service laundry
  • 24-hour Gym
  • Free loot bag
  • Superspeed Wifi
  • In room mini bar (included)

This is also the venue for the cocktail party. To book at the special NCEIF rate, call the hotel on 02 6287 6287 and quote NCEIF to get the discount.  

Sponsorship: packages are limited and are being offered to our current sponsors first. If there are any further packages available, we will offer them on our website and advertise through social media.

Kind regards,

Your NCEIF Co-chairpersons Donna Groves and Melanie Layton


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