All CSSA Members and fellow Catholic organisations are invited to join us for the 2022 CSSA National Conference. The title "Galing gananggarr" in the language of the Djabugay* people translates to English as "Going ahead".

The pandemic has disrupted many aspects of our personal, working and spiritual lives. In particular, many of us have felt isolation and disconnection from our workplaces and our broader Catholic network.

The theme for the Conference is one of "Review, Reset and Renew" and is an opportunity to look at how we overcame the challenges of recent years, exchange ideas and innovations, and discuss how we "Go ahead" more inspired and resilient than ever.

(also known as Djabuganydji or Tjapukai)
CSSA National Conference 2022
23 - 26 August 2022
Cairns, Queensland
Registration Fees
 Description Duration Rate per person
 Early bird member From opening to 7 June 22 $575
 Early bird non-member From opening to 7 June 22 $650
 Standard member 8 June to 23 August 22 $625
 Standard non-member 8 June to 23 August 22 $700
 Conference Dinner (additional guest ticket) Until 23 August 22 $100
 Members Only: Buy four, get the fifth registration free At the early bird rate until 7 June, then the standard rate.  
CSSA are delighted to announce that Australian Catholic University (ACU), long time supporters of CSSA, have come on board as Gold Sponsors to support our National Conference in 2022. 
Tues 23 Aug
Agency Heads Day
10:15 am - 4:00 pm
Somerset Room, Cairns Colonial Club Resort, 18-26 Cannon St, Manunda

 6:30 am -10:30 am  Breakfast (For Resort guests)
 Poolside Restaurant
 10:15 am -10:30 am Morning Tea Somerset Room
 10:30 am - 11:45 am Opening Meeting Francis Sullivan, CSSA Chair
 11:45 am - 12:15 pm Presentation:
 The Power of Data
 Nick Collins, CatholicCare Victoria
 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch Thirsty Flamingo Restaurant (onsite)
 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm Presentation:
 Opportunities for Catholic Leadership & Collaboration in Response to the Modern Slavery Act Reporting Requirements
 Alison Rahill, Anti-Slavery Taskforce (Archdiocese of Sydney)
 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Guided Discussion:
 Prison Post-Release Support
 Jen Cleary, Centacare Country SA, &
 Peter Selwood, Centacare Brisbane
 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Afternoon Tea Somerset Room
 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Presentation:
 Safeguarding for Catholic Agencies
 Daniele Donnini, Australian Catholic Safeguarding Ltd
 3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Wrap Up Francis Sullivan, CSSA Chair

Welcome Event
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tjapukai NOW, 4 Skyrail Dr, Smithfield

All Delegates are invited to join us for a Call to Country, followed by drinks and canapés. 

Please note that dinner will not be provided at the event. 

Special Guest: Mr Michael Healy MP, Qld State Member for Cairns

Coach travel will be provided to and from the event: Departs the Resort at 4:45 pm and departs the event at 7:15 pm.
WED 24 Aug
Main Conference: Day 1
8:00 am - 2:45 pm
Lockhart Room, Cairns Colonial Club Resort, 18-26 Cannon St, Manunda

 6:00 am – 10:30 am Breakfast (For Resort guests) Poolside Restaurant
 8.00 am – 8:30 am Registration Lockhart Room Verandah
 8.30 am – 9:00 am Welcome & Opening Prayer Lockhart Room
 9:00 am – 9:45 am Presentation:
 Critical Engineering – Responding Effectively in a Time of Crisis
 David Callan, Speaker
 9.45 am – 10.45 am Keynote Presentation:
 Navigating the Impacts of Change, Loss, and Uncertainty
 Prof. Anne Graham, Southern Cross University
 10:45 am – 11:15 am Morning Tea  Lockhart Room
 11.15 am – 1.00 pm Presentation & Activity:
 In the Same Storm
 Sue Gore Phillips, CSSA
 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch Lockhart Room & Verandah (Buffet)
 2.00 pm – 2.30 pm Program Demonstration:
 Centacare FNQ Team
 2.30 pm – 2:45 pm Preparation for our visit to St Monica’s Cathedral for Mass
 (Instructions & distribution of Afternoon Tea pack)
 Coach boards at 2:45 pm

Those choosing not to attend Mass are also welcome to join the coach travelling to the Cathedral; located close to the Cairns CBD.
2:55 pm - 4:15 pm
St Monica's Cathedral, 181 Abbott St, Cairns

 2:55 pm – 3:30 pm Self-guided tour of the Cathedral The Cathedral is famous for its beautiful stained glass windows -  the Peace Window & the Creation Windows
 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Conference Mass Celebrated by Bishop Paul Bird C.Ss.R. (Ballarat, Victoria).  Member of the Bishop's Commission on Social Justice 
 and CSSA Board Member

Day 1 of the Conference concludes with Mass. Delegates are encouraged to enjoy free time and dinner in the Cairns CBD, and make their own way back to their accommodation at their leisure. 
Thur 25 Aug
Main Conference: Day 2
8:15 am - 4:30 pm
Lockhart Room, Cairns Colonial Club Resort, 18-26 Cannon St, Manunda

 6:00 am – 10:30 am Breakfast (for Resort Guests) Poolside Restaurant
 8:15 am – 8:30 am Welcome & Opening Prayer Lockhart Room
 8:30 am – 10:30 am Presentation:
 Setting Goals That Really Matter
 Rob Edwards, Speaker
 10:30 am – 11:00 am Morning Tea Lockhart Room
 11:00 am – 12:45 pm Member Presentations: (20 min each)
(1) 150 Years of Marist in Australia
(2) Power to the Kids
(3) Build Up Tassie
(4) Autism Connect Phoneline
(1) Peter Monaghan, Marist 180
(2) Robyn Miller, MacKillop Family Services
(3) Belinda Clarke, Centacare Evolve Housing (Tas)
(4) Tracey Hall, Marymead CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn
 12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Lockhart Room & Verandah (Buffet)
 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Member Presentations: (20 min each)
(5) Early Intervention
(6) Service Delivery in the Time of Covid - Innovative Responses in Country Communities in SA

(7) Learnings from the Establishment of CatholicCare Victoria - Challenges & Opportunities for the Future

(5) Roseanne Plunkett, CatholicCare Wollongong
(6) Jen Cleary, Centacare Catholic Family Services Country SA

(7) Agnes Sheehan, Nick Collins & Deanna Davis, CatholicCare Victoria
 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Networking Session (Guided activities) CSSA Team
 3:45 pm – 4:00 pm Afternoon Tea Lockhart Room
 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Conference Wrap Up Fr Frank Brennan, Newman College (UniMelb)

The coach to the Pullman International will depart the Resort at 6:15 pm. 
Conference Dinner
6:30 pm -10:30 pm
Pullman International Cairns, 17 Abbott St, Cairns

Event Sponsors: Australian Catholic University (ACU)
Guest SpeakerDr Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer, National Head of School (Theology), ACU

Link to Menu. Suggested dress code: Semi-Formal or Cocktail Wear

A coach returning to the Cairns Colonial Club will depart the Pullman International at 10:45 pm.
Frid 26 Aug
Wellbeing Workshop & Lunch
9:00 am - 1:45 pm
Somerset Room, Cairns Colonial Club Resort, 18-26 Cannon St, Manunda

****Please note that Resort guests are asked to check out before the Workshop****

 6:00 am - 10:30 am Breakfast (for Resort guests) Poolside Restaurant
 9:00 am – 10:30 am Wellbeing Workshop:
 Thrive not just survive
 Christine Coop, Enable Occupational Therapy in Mental Health
 10:30 am – 11:00 am Morning Tea Somerset Room
 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Workshop Continues Christine Coop, Enable Occupational Therapy in Mental Health
 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch Somerset Room
 1:45pm Conference concludes 

Professor Anne Graham
Keynote Speaker
Prof. Graham will provide an overview of her work, with particular acknowledgement of the affect of the pandemic. 
David Callan
‘Critical Engineering – Responding Effectively in a time of Crisis’
Rob Edwards
'Setting Goals That Really Matter'
Sue Gore Phillips
'In The Same Storm'
Christine Coop
'Thrive Not Just Survive: Emotional Energy'
Fr Frank Brennan
Fr. Brennan, former CEO of CSSA and the Rector of Newman College at the University of Melbourne, will close the Conference on the second day.
He will provide a reflection on the pandemic and what we've learned about ourselves and people we serve.
The primary conference venue is the Cairns Colonial Club Resort. There will also be another three off-site venues for specific events:

 Venue Event Time & Date
 Cairns Colonial Club Resort Main Conference Tuesday, 23 August: Day (Agency Heads day)
 Wednesday, 24 August: Day
 Thursday, 25 August: Day
 Friday, 26 August: Morning (Optional)
 Tjapukai NOW

 Welcome Event, including Call to Country Tuesday, 23 August: Evening
 St Monica’s Cathedral 
 Mass Wednesday, 24 August: Afternoon
 Pullman International Cairns Conference Dinner Thursday, 25 August: Evening
From the airport:

It is a nine-minute car ride from both the airport to the Cairns Colonial Club Resort [5.1 km] and from the airport to the Cairns CBD [5.6 km].

There is a list of transport options on the
Cairns Airport website.

The approximate cost to travel from the airport to the Resort or the CBD is $20-$30.

Travel between Conference venues:

Some transport by coach between Conference events is included in the cost of Delegates' registration:

- To and From the Welcome Event at Tjapukai.
- To Mass in the Cairns CBD, delegates are asked to arrange their own return transport.
- To and From the Conference Dinner at the Pullman International.

QLD Government Covid-19 travel advice can be found
CSSA has reserved a number of guest rooms at the Conference venue and encourages delegates to book accommodation on site. When making your booking, please let staff know that you are with the CSSA Conference, and provide them with the code # 2934173. Providing the code will ensure you obtain the conference rate, and are booked into the section we have arranged with them.

Please note: The rooms will be held for delegates to book until 60 days before the Conference (approx 20 June 2022).

 Cairns Colonial Club Resort

 Accommodation with Breakfast (23-27 August 2022) - Delegates may extend their stay at these rates.
 Superior Room – single occupancy  $140.00 per night 
 Superior Room – double occupancy  $165.00 per night 
 Studio Room – single occupancy  $140.00 per night 
 Studio Room – double occupancy  $165.00 per night 
 Garden View Room – single occupancy  $134.00 per night 
 Garden View Room – double occupancy  $159.00 per night 
 Resort Room – single occupancy  $126.00 per night 
 Resort Room – double occupancy  $151.00 per night 

You can view each room type on the website here.

Cairns Colonial Club Resort: Phone: 07 4053 8800 | Email: [email protected]

Delegates may also choose to stay in the Cairns CBD, which is 3.4 km from the Conference venue. Delegates staying off-site are responsible for their own travel to and from the venue. The Cairns Accommodation website provides a variety of accommodation options.

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