South Australia & Northern Territory Financial Counselling Conference 2022

Join us on 7 & 8 November at the Adelaide Convention Centre


About the Conference

The South Australia and Northern Territory Financial Counsellling Conference 2022 will be held at the prestigious Adelaide Convention Centre on the 7th and 8th of November.
SAFCA would like to acknowledge that we will be hosting this conference on the land of the Kaurna people.  We would like to pay our respects to elders past and present, as well as emerging leaders.
Diversity is having a seat at the table, inclusion is having a voice and belonging is having that voice be heard” Liz Fosslien
How much do we all want to belong?  We all want to feel heard, understood and valued for who we are as people.  We also want to be recognised and encouraged in our abilities and strengths. 
This conference aims to celebrate abilities, highlight the benefits of diversity and demonstrate the importance of belonging.  No matter what our race, culture, gender, ability, religion, age, sexual orientation, health etc. we are all people.
We called this conference Rivers of Change – we liked the theme of flowing water for so many reasons.  Karrawirra Pari (River Torrens) flows just down the hill from where we are at the Adelaide Convention Centre and has been an important resource for Kaurna people for thousands of years.  Rivers provide an important resource for people, native animals and plants.  Clean water is essential for life, health and growth.  We hope this conference, through the great presenters we have on offer, provides an opportunity for growth for you also.
We look forward to you joining us at the conference where we will improve our understanding of Neurodiversity, the National Disability Insurance Scheme, working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities, catch up on local and national issues and so much more.  It will also be an opportunity to have meaningful discussions with colleagues, key stakeholders and the broader sector.
It's been a  long twelve months with much to discuss.  SAFCA understands the importance of collaboration and connectivity between colleagues, community and industry.
The Conference program spans two days covering a variety of topics and promotes a 'think tank' type event for all stakeholders in the financial counselling and hardship arena to collaborate towards combating systemic hardship and finding pathways to assist our most vulnerable.  The conference will be delivered in a COVID safe environment according to the rules and restrictions at the time of the event.
SAFCA's membership has grown and as we welcome our Northern Territory financial counsellors and financial capability workers, we are moving to Hall F at the ACC, a much larger space.
SAFCA welcomes our new and returning conference partners .  The conference offers a unique opportunity for financial counsellors to bring their burning questions and for our industry partners to gain greater insights into their customers facing hardship.
To secure your seat at the conference, click on the Register button below and complete your registration.  
The Monday evening will see us all enjoying informal drinks and canapes at the Regattas Function Centre just a short walk away.
We look forward to seeing you all in person at the Adelaide Convention Centre in November.


SA & Northern Territory Members, Financial Capability Workers and students




Cups of coffee


Massage Therapists

Conference Highlights

The Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC)
The Centre is conveniently located at the heart of the City. To the North, the Centre overlooks the River Torrens and surrounding parklands, while to the South, the Centre sits on North Terrace, one of four major terraces that bind Adelaide’s City Centre.
The airport is just seven kilometres from the Centre, making it accessible and a quick and economic taxi ride, and trams stops are located directly outside the centre.
This year we are moving to a a larger space.  Hall G offering more room to move and opportunies for all  stakeholders to be involved. Click here for a link to the map
The Keynote Speaker

When it comes to neurodiversity, the mainstream media keep getting it wrong. Not just from a dignified, human response but also from an identity point of view. 

ABC’s 2019-2022 Diversity and Inclusion Plan was a promising idea, but something was missing: its language. Instead of a more diverse and inclusive language that gives a neurodivergent person their identity, they are given labels, and their identity is suppressed.

Dorian Tisato is a radio and TV reporter that reads these stories every day. He is also autistic and epileptic and will explain his strong stance that every neurodivergent deserves to have their voice heard and why language is more important now than ever.

Networking Monday AND Award Presentations
Following the first day of conferencing it's time to catch up with our colleagues for some informal face to face conversation and to raise a glass or two together - it's certainly been long enough.
This year we are including an Awards Presentation - acknowledging the dedication and services of  six amazing people. 
Join us at Regattas Bar & Kitchen, directly after the conference for drinks, roaming entertainment and canapes. Regattas is located along the river, onsite at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
Program Highlights
The program (whilst still a work in progress) is shaping up to deliver two full days of inspirational speakers, a Welcome to Country ceremony, sector updates, a couple of surprises, and 'speedy' interactions with our Conference Partners during 'speed dating'  - make sure you have your burning questions or any casework issues ready.
There are also a number of breakout sessions to choose from on the second day.  Click here to visit the program page, read up about each session and make your breakout selection prior to registration.


Meet the Experts

With thanks to our Conference Partners 2022