University of New England Business School students win International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) competition

Reposted from the Armidale Express

THREE University of New England (UNE) Business School students have won their division in an international business competition in Miami.

Sarah Wall, Max Laurie and Rebecca Clapperton won the Undergraduate division of the 2017 International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) Student Case Competition.

They beat 80 other contestants from every continent except Antarctica.

The competition is part of the IFAMA World Conference, and asks student teams to address a business challenge – this year, on how IFAMA can move to a more viable business model.

Team manager, UNE’s Sally Strelitz, said the three distinguished themselves by looking past conventional answers for new ideas, such as a sustainability checklist for agribusinesses that would enable them to earn IFAMA endorsement.

She said presentation was also a key to their success.

The team was supported in the lead up to the event by Lyn Gollan from UNE’s Law School, who is also a member of Toastmasters, and at the event by Ms Strelitz and their academic adviser, Dr Stuart Mounter.

UNE was also represented by a postgraduate team, made up of Christina Stannard, Matthew Winkel and Casey Onus.

The theme of the 2017 IFAMA conference continues the three-year initiative, Become the Solution: Food Security 2050.

This was introduced in 2015, which was also the first year UNE students took part. UNE is also the only Australian university to participate.

The team sponsors included Syngenta, Ceres Ag, Guyra Milling, Rabobank, Rex Airlines and UNE’s School of Environmental and Rural Science.


Ms Clapperton is a fourth-year Bachelor of Agriculture and Business student, who has done most of her training via Skype from her home in Central Queensland. She grew up on a beef cattle property.

Future Directions, Our Council Our Voice — Driving Cultural Change

By Lyn Buckley, NCWQ President


The Governor General, His Excellency the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Noela O’Donnell, Alison Muir and Lyn Buckley

The strategic objective of the 2017 NCWA Mid Term conference, held in Canberra in June, was to create the opportunity for all people of all ages to come together and hear from national experts on the topics of:

  • women’s economic empowerment
  • women’s leadership; and
  • women’s safety

The key presentations on older women and homelessness, economic security for older women, gender equality and domestic violence provided opportunities for attendees to take part in panel discussions and workshop to find solutions.

The speakers spoke on matters that are impacting our communities. Maree Crabbe, co-founder of Reality & Risk, a community-based project that supports young people, parents, schools, government and the community sector spoke on understanding and addressing the influence of pornography. Maree stated: “Professionals who work with young people are increasingly aware of – and concerned about – the extent to which young people access porn, including extreme and violent porn, and the influence this is having on their lives”.

Penny Leemhuis, social activitist and housing affordability advocate and representative of Older Women Lost (OWLs) spoke of her personal experience in being homeless.  A true insight into the pathway to homelessness and the difficulties in finding safe and secure affordable housing.

Anusha Goonetilleke who is the Supervising Solicitor of Street Law, an outreach legal service in Canberra which helps people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, including people escaping domestic/family violence.  Anusha highlighted the need to help disadvantaged people to have access to justice, to know their legal rights and to have representation when faced with matters that bring before the courts and tribunals.

The Conference was opened by The Governor General, His Excellency the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) who spoke on the importance of recognising women’s contribution to all levels of community, business and government and encouraged everyone to nominate more women for the Australian Honours and Awards.

A number of resolutions covering a diverse range of topics were discussed.  The following resolutions were passed by NCWA members:-

  1. The Federal Government to give priority to strategies combating global warming by reducing greenhouse gasses and promoting renewable energy while ensuring energy security, given the implication for Australia’s environment and such unique ecosystems as the Great Barrier Reef.
  2. More research required on gender differences in diagnosis and treatment of chronic disease including heart disease and recommends that heart healthcare has a greater focus on the different symptoms of heart attack and stroke in women and that NCWA support the promotion of this information among women and medical practitioners.
  3. Call for a House of Representatives Committee inquiry into residential aged care.
  4. Actions be taken to address the gender pay gap and women to be able to make superannuation contributions during times out of the workforce and that “no woman be disadvantaged at the time of retirement” be achieved.
  1. The Federal Government introduce a “Catch Up” promotional vaccination program, to be part of the Immunise Australia Program, to encourage adults over 20 to be fully immunised.
  1. State and Territory Governments put in place increased mandatory incentives and remove disincentives for affordable to housing to alleviate housing stress and homelessness.
  2. The Federal Government introduce adequate rental assistance to those in need to eliminate the risk of becoming homeless.
  3. Federally funded sporting organisations to provide general equality for travel, accommodation and remuneration for male and female sporting teams.
  4. The inclusion of free access to Herpes Zoster (shingles) vaccination for all older Australians (with the exception of those where it is medically contraindicated) by the Commonwealth Department of Health National Immunisation Program and adopt the Position Statement Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Vaccination for Older Australians”.

(The full resolutions can be viewed at

Members endorsed the adoption at the earliest opportunity of a Modern Slavery Act by the Australian Parliament and the recommendations from the 14th Biennial National Rural Health Conference, held in Cairns on 26-29 April 2017 and supported their implementation and funding.

Action will now be taken by members to put the resolutions to members of Parliament and the State Councils will continue to lobby governments on these important matters.

Members of the National Council of Young Women of Australia with Michelle Landry MP, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Senator Linda Reynolds (WA) and Barbara Baikie, President of NCWA

Launch of National Council of Young Women of Australia

The National Council of Young Women of Australia was launched at Parliament House by Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash Minister for Women. The NCYWA is a new initiative of NCWA to provide opportunities for young women to have a voice on issues of concern for young women. National Council of Young Women will be established by each State Council to provide greater representation for young women to address gender equality and practical solutions within our communities.

In conversation with Sallyanne Atkinson

Sallyanne Atkinson has a wealth of experience in government, business, social affairs and the community. As someone who has been directly involved in Local Government, State Government and the Commonwealth Government, she is uniquely placed to understand government from the bureaucratic perspective as well the political. Her 20-year business career has seen the evolution of changes in Australian companies and management and built on her role as leader of Australia’s largest and most multi-functional local authority.

In her various international roles, she has learnt the importance of cross-cultural understanding, still and increasingly important in a world of instant-connectedness.

As mother of 5 and grandmother of 14, she has been personally and professionally involved in all aspects of education and health care, personal growth issues and societal changes.

Best known as Brisbane’s first woman Lord Mayor from 1985 to 1991, she has also been the Australian Government’s Senior Trade Commissioner in France, Belgium, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, and the Queensland Government’s Special Representative in South East Asia.

Her international expertise was further strengthened by Brisbane’s Bid for the Olympic Games of 1992, her appointment as the European Delegate for the Sydney 2000 Organising Committee and her role as the Deputy Mayor of the Athletes’ Village at the Sydney Olympics. She is presently the Honorary Consul for Brazil in Queensland.

Her community involvements currently involve being Chairman of the Museum of Brisbane, president of Women’s College, Chairman of the Queensland Brain Institute’s Advisory Board and also of Fidelis Property Investment Group.

Ms. Atkinson has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the Australian Catholic University, Griffith University, and the University of Queensland, and made a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International and a Melvin Jones Fellow by Lions International. She is the recipient of the Australian Sports Medal, the Centenary Medal, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1993.

In this interview, we ask Sally Anne about her successes and challenges across a diverse professional and personal life.


Sallyanne, you’ve had quite an extraordinary life. Tell us what your professional highlights have been over the past few decades?

My greatest professional highlight was definitely being Lord Mayor. I found it to be a very creative role, with an opportunity to shape a city and really nurture it – as well as the lives of the people in it. This was very rewarding.

As Brisbane’s only female Lord Mayor, what were the challenges at the time in stepping into this role? How did you overcome them?

There were a couple of big challenges tied up in the role. I was the first Liberal candidate after 24 years of Labor being in power – this presented challenges in itself. Of course, being the first female Lord Mayor was also a challenge. When I was elected as an alderman in 1979 there was only one other woman on a Council of 21. When I was elected Lord Mayor in 1985,there were four in a Council of 26. At the time of my election to Council in 1979,there were no women in the House of Representatives so in 1985 a woman in politics was still rare.

What were you most proud of in your role and time as Lord Mayor?

I’m most proud of taking Council out of City Hall and having those meetings in the suburbs. Mind you, this was considered very radical at the time. I’m also proud of restructuring Council management and finances – I felt this was an important task to be done. Of course, developing Southbank after Expo was another activity I’m very proud of.

Why do you think it’s important to have more women in leadership roles in politics and business?

 It’s simple really. It’s important to have women because we are half the population so logically have half the available talent! I believe in different ways of doing things, and this diversity is important in politics and business.

What would your advice be for younger women wanting to work towards leadership roles?

My advice for younger women would be very straightforward: keep working hard and remember to be yourself at all times. There are no tricks.

Name 3 qualities you think are important for female leaders to master?

For politicians I would say the 3 qualities you need are patience, a sense of humour, and a thick skin. But leadership also requires an ability to take risks, the capacity to take personal responsibility for your decisions and actions, and a strong sense of purpose – so you know what and why you’re doing something.

Who have been your personal and professional role models and inspirations?

I suppose I would say that my father was a role model, but I didn’t recognise his worth until later reflection in life. In my book No Job for a Woman I tell of him losing his job in the 1950s and selling insurance door to door in a new country in order to support his young family.

I’d also say that Edmund Hillary is a hero – not only did he climb Everest but followed through by helping local people for many years afterwards.



2017 Queensland Women in STEM Prize & communication training

The Office for Women and Domestic Violence Reform is pleased to be a partner for the Women in STEM Awards 2017 and communication training being offered as part of the Queensland Women’s Strategy 2016-21.

Are you working in a STEM field?

Do you identify as a woman?

The World Science Festival Brisbane, and the Queensland Government’s Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist and Office for Women and are proud to present the 2017 Women in STEM prize.

Two cash prizes of $5,000 are available.

The aim of the competition is to showcase inspiring females working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers whose practice aligns with Queensland’s Science and Research Priorities and has the potential to benefit Queensland.

The 2017 Women in STEM prize will also identify those female STEM professionals who are not only making a positive to contribution to their individual field, but are also engaging with and communicating their practice to a broader community.

Enter here:

Competition closes 17 February 2017

Women interested in entering the competition and further developing their communication skills are invited to register for a FREE communication training session (details below).

Training session

Date: Monday 30 January 2016

Time: 9 am – 4.30 pm, includes morning & afternoon tea and lunch

Location: Auditorium, 111 George Street Brisbane

Dress: Casual


Please feel free to forward this email to your female colleagues.

Gender equality scorecard

NCWQ is proud to support the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in Australia. The Agency is an Australian Government statutory agency charged with promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces in accordance with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (the Act). The Agency’s vision is for women and men to be equally represented, valued and rewarded in the workplace.

Released in November 2016, key findings from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s 2015-16 reporting data revealed many insights.

Said the agency, ‘our 2015-16 dataset shows some encouraging signs – a continued downward trajectory of the gender pay gap and increased women’s representation in leadership. But progress is modest at best.

Employers tell us that reporting to the Agency has prompted them to take a close look at their data and face up to their own gender equality ‘hot spots’ – whether it is rates of return to work after parental leave, representation of women in leadership or technical roles, or access to flexible work arrangements.

Ultimately, we will only see a significant shift in gender equality indicators across our dataset when employers take responsibility for improving outcomes in their own workplaces, encouraged and questioned by employees and by boards demanding evidence-based reporting and improvements’.

Download the full report here.



Mums at Work Program

Women’s Health Queensland Wide is excited to launch ‘Mums at Work’ – a new program designed to support busy, professional women in planning for their pregnancies, birth and return to work. The program offers individual, personalised guidance with the same midwife at a time convenient for each woman, via Skype, phone or in person.

A free trial of ‘Mums at Work’ commences this week and they invite pregnant women to be part of this exciting new program. For more information on the program see the attached brochure.

Do you know someone who would be interested? Contact one of the friendly midwives on 3216 0976 or

Read more here.