Submitted by: Bruno Torres

Your Guide to the Biggest Business Conferences in Australia 2015

For those in the corporate world, 2015 looks set to be a big year. With new technological advances come different ways to do business, and to keep up with it all there’s a number of nationally recognised events happening around the country. To be sure you’re part of each exciting event, mark the following dates on the calendar now:


ALIA Information Online Conference

The library and information profession is continually evolving and remains at the forefront of technology. The ALIA Information Online Conference 2015 has a theme of ‘At the Edge’, and is based upon innovation, cutting edge technologies, and what it means for libraries in Australia.
When: 2-5 February
Where: Hilton Sydney Hotel, Sydney


IWES is Australia’s leading provider of short courses for environment professionals, and the IWES Sydney 2015 will offer no less than nine courses in water and waste management.
When: 16 – 20 February
Where: Novotel Central Hotel, Sydney

Gartner Business Intelligence, Analytics and Information Management Summit

For BI and Information Management Professionals, the Gartner Summit 2015 is a must-attend event. The two day event will cover everything you need to know about new technologies and how best to use them in bringing organisational change and success.
When: 23 – 24 February
Where: Hilton Sydney Hotel, Sydney

Australian productivity and Competitiveness Summit

This summit, aimed at senior business strategy and process improvement managers, will examine the drivers and obstacles of productivity and competitiveness in the Australian economy. Attendees will be offered practical take-home benefits and will be invited to be part of an industry forum to have their say on necessary economic reforms.
When: 25 – 27 February
Where: Parkroyal Darling Harbour, Sydney

Convenience and Impulse Convention

Held at the Sydney Showgrounds, the 2015 Convenience and Impulse Convention and Expo is designed for all retailers with an impulse or convenience offer, across all banners and brands. The afternoons will showcase more than 120 suppliers and their goods, and the event will also include a special breakfast and cocktail evening.
When: 4 – 5 March
Where: Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney

National HR Summit 2015

Returning once again to the iconic Luna Park in Sydney, the National HR Summit will feature award-winning keynote speakers discussing a wide range of topics relevant to HR professionals. THe program focuses on leadership, legal, change management and communication skills,
When: 10 – 12 March
Where: Luna Park, Sydney

Future Schools Expo

This event is designed to cover all the questions people are asking about today’s schools and where they look to go in the future. Hear from over 80 leading educational experts and immerse yourself in emerging technologies that could potentially change the way in which we teach our children.
When: 11 – 13 March
Where: Australian Technology Park, Sydney

Energy, Oil and Gas Investment Summit

For companies looking to position or reinforce their brand in the energy investment sector, the Energy, Oil and Gas 2015 is the ideal opportunity to facilitate deals and learn more about the future of the oil and gas industry.
When: 16 – 18 March
Where: Sofitel Wentworth, Sydney

Field Service Management

Back for its 7th year, the FSM 2015 is Australasia’s most established event for field service management and field force automation. Each year, senior professionals come together to discuss latest developments, general enterprise mobility and other factors involved in the improvement of field services.
When: 18 – 20 March
Where: Australian Technology Park, Sydney

NSW Corporate Games

Australia’s largest multisport championship sees more than 5,000 participants from over 150 organisations compete over 4 days in events, such as basketball, netball, running, soccer and tennis.
When: 19 – 22 March
Where: Sydney

Leader’s Summit

Following the success of last year, the leaders Summit 2015 will return to Sydney and encourages the meeting of leaders for the Australasian Village and Aged Care sectors. THe event includes exclusive networking dinners at some of sydney’s best restaurants.
When: 19 – 20 March
Where: Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

Business of Sports Summit

This is a major event for those who are deeply ingrained in sport and is the largest and most important meeting of the Australian sports industry. 2015 will see the discussion of fan engagement and sponsorship, as well as ideas for growth in the industry.
When: 25 – 26 March
Where: Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

The Next Big Thing Summit

The Next Big Thing Summit is part of Victoria’s Connect Show, and is designed for business leaders wanting a better understanding of how ICT and emerging digital technologies are changing the way in which we do business. A great opportunity to meet the minds behind some pioneering companies.
When: 21 April
Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne

Connect Show

The Connect Show is an exhibition showcasing the innovative technologies of today, a summit for hearing from a range of speakers, and an excellent opportunity to network with some of Australia’s leading companies.
When: 21 – 22 April
Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne

Slush Down Under

Slush Down Under is in collaboration with Northern Europe’s largest tech start up, Slush, and is the premier launch platform for local start ups.
When: 22 April
Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne

Australasian Hotel industry Conference and Exhibition

Over two days, AHICE 2015 is your opportunity to hear from the best in investment, management, innovation, and information regarding the hotel industry.
When: 29 – 30 April
Where: Grand Hyatt, Melbourne

General Counsel Summit

The GC Summit gives some insight into the perspectives of Australia’s leading General Counsels and their plans to navigate compliance risks to shape core business strategy. For two whole days, the Amora Hotel in Sydney will house some of the most brilliant legal minds in the country.
When: 2 – 5 May
Where: Amora Jamison Hotel, Sydney

Cards and Payments Australia

The 20th annual Cards and Payments Australia event, to be held at Melbourne’s MCEC, will bring leading global technology innovators together with payment leaders to explore the changing face of payments.
When: 20 – 21 May
Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne

Retail TECH X

Retail TECH X is Australia’s most exciting new retail summit and expo, and will focus on how shopping is set to change in the coming years. Technology now gives shoppers the opportunity to shop any time, day or night, but there’s so much more it can do for retailers.
When: 20 – 21 May
Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne

Smart Conference

The annual Smart Conference will leave Sydney in 2015 and head to Melbourne, where it will look at the rapidly evolving disciplines which are currently affecting the supply chain and logistics industry.
When: 26 – 27 May
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne

Search Marketing Expo

SMX Sydney is a conference where online marketing, SEO, and PPC experts get together to mingle and learn from one another. Whether you’re just getting started or consider yourself a dab hand, SMX Sydney will help you with your online marketing.
When: 27 – 28 May
Where: Crystal Palace Ballroom, Milson Point

World Business Forum

The World Business Forum, Sydney aims to inspire, teach and transform the way leaders handle their business. The program offers a great line up of speakers and an incredible breadth of content designed to help you meet today’s challenges.
When: 27 – 28 May
Where: The Star, Sydney


EduTECH is the southern hemisphere’s largest education congress and ed tech expo, and will attract more than 8,000 people to Brisbane. It’s the only event that brings together the entire education and training sector.
When: 2 – 3 June
Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane

Business Excellence Summit Conference

The 2nd time to Sydney, the Business Excellence Summit 2015 will focus on LEAN, KANBAN, ScrumBan, DevOps, Innovation Games and Mind Mapping.
When: 17 June
Where: TBC


The Sydney Showground will play host to Agriworld 2015, an initiative of Reed Exhibitions and the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales. It will bring the agri-food industry together over two days, and will attract everyone from food processors, manufacturers and deliverers to retailers, investors and policymakers.
When: 15 – 16 July
Where: Sydney Showground, Sydney

Corporate PA Summit

The Corporate PA Summit program is designed to deliver content that can easily be implemented within business. The summit will see high profile speakers such as Michelle Bridges, David Koch, and Charlie Brown.
When: 21 July
Where: Sheraton on the Park, Sydney
When: 28 July
Where: Park Hyatt, Melbourne
When: 2 December
Where: Pan Pacific Hotel, Perth

26th International Congress of Vexillology

ICV26 is a meeting of the world’s flag experts that is held every two years around the world. In 2015 it’s Sydney’s turn to play host, and the week-long event will consist of a number of lectures on a diverse range of flag topics.
When: 31 August – 4 September
Where: Telstra Experience Centre, Sydney
IUCN World Parks Congress
The IUCN World Parks congress is a landmark global forum on protected areas. It’s held every ten years, and gathers the most influential in the protected area management sector.
When: 12 – 19 November
Where: Sydney

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