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Monday 13th November 2023

business TRADE SHOW

Over 90 businesses will be available for delegates to visit and discuss their procurement needs, and several key stakeholder booths showcasing the programs and initiatives that government and industry offer to the infrastructure and construction sector, for example, training and skills providers. The tradeshow is fully catered, and a business lounge will be available throughout the event.

9:00 AM      Exhibitor registration opens

9:30 AM      Indigenous business masterclass

                    Exclusive session for Indigenous businesses working within the infrastructure and construction sector.

10:30 AM    Delegate registration opens​


11:00 AM    Official tradeshow opening and welcome

1:00 PM      Networking lunch     


4:30 PM      Closing remarks and wrap up

networking Event

As day 1 draws to a close, delegates are invited to a casual dinner, entertainment and networking event on the terrace; a perfect environment to unwind from the tradeshow, further engage and make new connections. Those who like a challenge can enter the ‘You’re in a League of their Own’ competition and try their chance a special prize.

5:00 PM      Event opens

5:30 PM      'You're in a league of your own' challenge commences

6:00 PM      Networking Dinner 

8:00 PM      Event closes


Tuesday 14th November 2023

Knowledge Forum

The ICF Knowledge Forum will consist of innovative presentations from key industry and government change makers, and Indigenous business showcases.​ Delegates can engage with expert panelists to learn and unpack what local and global best practice Indigenous engagement looks like and how this can be applied within their own organisations. The Knowledge Forum is fully catered and a business lounge is available throughout the day.

8:00 AM       Delegate registration opens

9:00 AM       Official forum opening and welcome

9:15 AM       Cultural performance

9:30 AM       Ministerial addresses

9:50 AM       Keynote address

10:10 AM     Morning tea

10:40 AM     Urban Indigenous business showcase

                     5 Indigenous entrepreneurs will present their NSW urban based businesses to the forum. 

11:15 AM     Panel Session 1: Procurement roundtable

                     From policy to practice, hear from procurement leaders about how they are ensuring the acceleration of Indigenous                         engagement in today's ever-changing marketplace.

11:55 AM     Panel Session 2: Indigenous led social value

                     Hear from innovative Indigenous entrepreneurs on how their businesses are leading the evolution of social value.

12:35 PM     Networking lunch

1:35 PM       'You're in a league of your own' competition final 

1:50 PM       Panel Session 3: Buying on Country

                     This panel of Indigenous engagement professionals will unpack how to maximise opportunities within regional         

                     infrastructure and construction projects.

2:30 PM       Regional Indigenous business showcase

                     5 Indigenous entrepreneurs will present their NSW regionally based businesses to the forum. 

3:05 PM       Afternoon tea

3:35 PM       Panel Session 4: Better building, 65,000 years on

                     Hear from our award-winning panelists on how they connect ideas of design, identity, and place.

4:10 PM       Closing remarks and wrap up

ICF Awards & Gala Dinner

The annual ICF Awards and Gala Dinner; a mesmerising black tie event and the place to come together and celebrate Indigenous business excellence and industry advocacy. Delegates are treated to a night of exceptional cuisine and great entertainment, right in the heart of the Hunter Valley.

6:30 PM      Delegate arrival

7:00 PM      Official opening and welcome

7:10 PM      Cultural performance

7:20 PM      ICF award presentations commence

9:20 PM      Closing remarks

9:30 PM      Live entertainment 

12:00 AM    Event closes

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