19 to 22 MAY 2022

The venue for the Association’s National Conference and Annual General Meeting on 19 to 22 May 2022 has been confirmed as the Hotel Realm National Circuit Barton ACT

Members and their guests are encouraged to ‘save the date’ and to anticipate registration being opened in February 2022.

The  Board and the ACT Branch look forward to your participation in ‘Celebrating Service .


As previously advised, the 2022 National Conference and AGM will be centred on Hotel Realm in Canberra’s inner south.  The ACT Branch Committee is now pleased to announce further details.


Members will appreciate that COVID-19 considerations continue to complicate our planning, but an indicative program and schedule of fees and ticket costs is as follows.

  • Conference Registration Fee. Member – $210    Guest – $210
  • Thursday 19 May.
    • 12.00 – 4.30pm (TBC). Registration Desk open at Hotel Realm.
    • Time TBC. Vice-Regal Reception at Government House, Yarralumla.
      • Dress – Lounge Suit and Miniature Medals.
      • Please Note: For security reasons, all attendees will be required to use bus transport provided by the ACT Branch, departing from and arriving at Hotel Realm. Private transport to Government House will not be permitted.
    • Friday 20 May.
      • 7.30am – 4.30pm. Registration Desk open at Hotel Realm.
      • 8.30am – 4.30pm. National Conference at Hotel Realm.
        • Dress – Business Attire and Lapel Badge.
        • 08.30 – 09.00am. Introduction, Welcome to Country.
        • 9.00 – 10.00am. Session 1 – National Oration.  The Hon Shane L. Stone AC, QC, Chair of the Council for the Order of Australia and Coordinator-General of the National Recovery and Resilience Agency.
        • 10.30 – 11.30am. Session 2 – Speaker TBC.
        • 11.40am – 12.40pm. Session 3 – Speaker TBC.
        • 1.30 – 2.45pm. Session 4 – Panel on Public Service hosted by Brendan Nicholson.
          • Paul Symon AO, Director General, Australian Secret Intelligence Service.
          • TBC
          • TBC
        • 3.15 – 4.30pm. Session 5 – Panel on Community Service, host TBC.
          • Jenny Bowker AO, quilter and textile artist.
          • Dr Sue Packer AO, paediatrician and child advocate.
          • Scott Saddler AM, Director, National Arboretum.
      • 4.45 – 5.30pm. Fellowship Drinks at Hotel Realm.
    • Saturday 21 May.
      • 8.30am – 12.30pm. Registration Desk open at Hotel Realm.
      • 9.00 – 11.30 am. National AGM & Members’ Forum at Hotel Realm.
        • Dress – Business Attire and Lapel Badge.
      • 6.45 – 10.30pm. Conference Dinner including presentation of Foundation Awards at National Arboretum, $120pp.
        • Dress – Black Tie preferred and Miniature Medals.
      • Sunday 22 May.
        • 11.15am – 12.15pm (TBC). Commemorative Service at National Museum of Australia.
          • Dress – Business Attire and Full-Size Medals.
          • Speaker.  Matt Anderson PSM, Director, Australian War Memorial.
        • 12.30 – 2.30pm (TBC). Farewell Luncheon at National Museum of Australia, $65pp.
          • Dress – Business Attire and Full-Size Medals.
          • Speaker.  Mr Mathew Trinca AM, Director, National Museum.
          • Handover to Victoria Branch.


  • Members and their guests wishing to attend the Conference and associated activities must register and pay the conference registration fee.
    • The Vice-Regal Reception, Fellowship Drinks, Conference Dinner, Commemorative Service and Farewell Luncheon are considered associated activities. It is a condition of booking for associated activities that the conference registration fee has been paid.
  • The Vice-Regal Reception, Fellowship Drinks and Commemorative Service are included in the conference registration fee, but tickets for the Conference Dinner and Farewell Luncheon will be billed separately.
  • Members wishing to attend the AGM & Members’ Forum only (ie not attending the conference or associated activities) must register for these events but attendance will be free of charge.
  • Registration will open in mid-February 2022. Members are strongly encouraged to register and book tickets online through our registration platform Sticky Tickets, but a hard-copy alternative will be available.  Details will be in the February issue of The Order and on the website.


  • On arrival in Canberra, delegates should register at the Registration Desk as soon as possible. A nametag with a unique QR code will be issued as part of the registration process and delegates must wear their nametag to enable check-in at each activity.
  • In accordance with the Association’s policy, all delegates to the Conference, associated activities, the AGM and the Members’ Forum must be double-vaccinated for COVID-19 with booster as appropriate or hold a medical exemption.
  • In addition to the Association’s check-in procedures, delegates must download the Check In CBR app and use it when arriving at venues. Hard-copy alternatives will be available.
  • Relevant COVID-19 protocols will apply throughout the Conference, associated activities, the AGM and the Members’ Forum. Details will be advised in the February issue of The Order and on the website and confirmed in the Conference Booklet.


Hotel Realm is part of the Doma Group, four hotels within easy walking distance of each other and offering a range of accommodation styles and prices.  Delegates can book accommodation at Doma Group hotels now.


All four hotels are pleased to extend 15% off best available rates for delegates attending our Conference.  To take advantage of the discount, delegates can visit the respective website, follow the links to make a reservation, then enter the booking code EVENT.

Alternatively, delegates can call or email Doma Group Central Reservations and advise which hotel they would prefer to book and quote the code EVENT.

T: 0261631888 |E: [email protected]


No organised tours are planned in conjunction with the 2022 Conference.  Delegates wishing to arrange their own tours or find out more about what to do in Canberra may wish to use the Visit Canberra website at

Speaker Biographies

Scott Saddler AM

National Museum of Australia