Call for Abstracts Open for Australian Regional Development Conference

Call for Abstracts are open for the Australian Regional Development Conference, an initiative of the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc., a non-Government ‘not-for-profit’ organisation. The program will include an extensive range of topics with Keynote Presenters, Concurrent Sessions, Case Studies, Workshops and Poster Presentations.

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

The Conference Streams are below (followed by sub-themes for concurrent sessions):

  • Innovation
  • Infrastructure
  • Cultural Tourism / Regional Tourism Development
  • Free Trade Agreements
  • Transport and Logistics
  • NBN / Broadband Communication
  • Banking / Finance

Sub themes for concurrent sessions:

  • Innovation
  • Infrastructure
  • Cultural Tourism / Regional Tourism Development
  • Free Trade Agreements
  • Transport and Logistics
  • NBN / Broadband Communication
  • Banking / Finance

All presenters at the conference can have papers included in the “Book of Proceedings” which is published internationally with an ISBN number. Peer reviewing is available. Delegates also have access to the podcast resource, post conference. A collection of presentations on Regional Development recorded in 2014 and 2015.

For more information or to submit an abstract, please click here.

Keynote Speaker Highlight: Su McCluskey, CEO, Regional Australia Institute

The Australian Regional Development Conference will explore the issues and opportunities facing Regional Australia today and into the future. The Conference will be held at the Commercial Club Albury on the 26– 27 August 2015.

The Australian Regional Development Conference is pleased to announce Su McCluskey, Chief Executive Officer, Regional Australia Institute as a Keynote Speaker.

Su McCluskeySu McCluskey is the CEO of the Regional Australia Institute (RAI), the first national independent policy think tank devoted to regional issues. The RAI conducts research into priority policy issues impacting all areas of Australia lying outside capital cities. Su is also a member of the Competition Policy Review Panel.

Su joined the RAI from the Council of Rural Research and Development Corporations where she served for three years as CEO. Su is a past Executive Director of the Office of Best Practice Regulation, was a Consultant Specialist Advisor to the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources and held senior policy positions with the Business Council of Australia, the National Farmers’ Federation and the Australian Taxation Office.

Su has extensive expertise in regional policy development, taxation, regulatory reform and governance. As well as a broad understanding of policy implementation, her personal experience running a beef cattle stud in Yass, NSW gives her grassroots insight into regional and rural issues.

Su was named the winner of the 2013 Australian Financial Review and Westpac Regional Women of Influence Award and the 2014 winner of the Women in Australian Agribusiness outstanding contribution to policy category.