Registrations open – 5th March 2018!

Next 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. Next year, we’re harnessing the competitive advantage of family business! 

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

9th September 2018

Welcome drinks before sunset at Simpsons Gap.

10th September 2018

Masterclasses – Tailored to you (Advisers, Family Business 1-2 Generations and Family Business 3+ Generations)
Longest Lunches.
KPMG Enterprise NxG Workshop at Ooraminna Homestead Station (featured in the photo above). 

11th September 2018

Conference Day 1
Welcome to Country and Official Opening.
The founder and his son – guardians of an empire – tell of their experience and lessons learned.
An iconic fifth-generation Australian Family Business share their extraordinary journey.
Four lightning keynote presentations with tailored workshops – choose which best suits your business and/or family needs!
National Family Business Awards Dinner held at the Telegraph Station.

12th September 2018

Conference Day 2
Women in Family Business Breakfast.
Family Business Australia AGM.
Hear from the man who over 45 years ago stepped into the fast lane and became one of Australia’s most successful business people.
Parallel sessions, covering a range of topics – Decide which is most valuable to your business!
Casual Dinner at The Old Quarry. 

13th September 2018

Ambrose Golf Tournament – lots of prizes and giveaways!



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!

NxG Workshop

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.

The Longest Lunches

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.

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.

Getting There

Getting to Alice Springs is easy, with direct daily flights from most Australian capitals – one quick flight and you’re there. 


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 will be holding rooms at two premier hotels:

Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters boasts superior 4.5 star rooms and suites nestled beneath the famous MacDonnell Ranges. All rooms feature a private balcony with views of the nearby 18-hole Alice Springs Golf Course, the Todd River, swimming pool or the MacDonnell Ranges.

Double Tree Hilton offers spacious guest rooms and suites offer mountain views, luxurious bedding and high-speed internet access. Work out in the 24-hour fitness center, improve your serve on one of two tennis courts, swim in the heated outdoor pool overlooking the lush garden landscape or play a round on the 18-hole golf course located just next door.

Accommodation booking information will be available soon!


An event not to be missed!


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


FBA National Sponsors

National Platinum Sponsor

National Gold Sponsor