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  1. International Women's Day event

    6 March 2019

    7:00am - 9:00am

    Brisbane International Women’s Day Breakfast

    We are more powerful together – join us as we celebrate International Women’s Day in Brisbane.

    DATE: Wednesday, March 6 2019

    TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 am

    VENUE: Great Hall, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Merivale St & Glenelg Street, South Brisbane QLD

    UN Women National Committee (NC) Australia hosts Australia’s largest International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrations in March each year. IWD is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women. It is also a day to review how far women have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development.

    IWD also provides an opportunity to unite, network and mobilise funds to foster meaningful change into the future.

    For enquiries, please contact our event contractors Event Head at [email protected] or on 0434 608 433.



    We look forward to welcoming you to International Women’s Day in Brisbane!

    Please arrive at the Great Hall of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 6:30am, for a 7:00am sharp start. The event will conclude at 9:00am.

    Upon your arrival, please enter the room and head directly to your table. There is no need to present a ticket. There will be volunteers to assist with directions, if needed.

    If you registered on behalf of others, please let them know your assigned Table number.

    Getting to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre


    The BCEC provide undercover parking for up to 1500 vehicles and the best car parks are 1 and 2 off Merivale Street. From the car park guests are to take the lift up to the main foyer.

    See car parking rates and availability.


    BCEC is a short stroll across from the Brisbane CBD connected by Victoria Bridge. Hotels, restaurants & bars, South Bank beach and its parklands are all within walking distance from BCEC.

    Public Transport


    South Brisbane Railway Station adjacent to the Convention Centre on Grey Street or South Bank Railway Station are the most convenient stations to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.


    The Cultural Centre Station on Melbourne Street and the South Bank Busway Station at the Cnr of Colchester and Tribune Streets are closest to BCEC.


    The public transport ferries CityCats operate every day and stop at the South Bank River Terminal on the Clem Jones Promenade. The inner-city ferry travels between the CBD, North Quay and Kangaroo Point, stopping at South Bank Terminal 1 and 2 on the Clem Jones Promenade.

    Please find further helpful information on the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre website.

    If you have any other questions

    For any other enquiries, please contact our event contractors Event Head on 0434 608 433 or email [email protected] You can also contact the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre for any further access enquiries on (07) 3308 3000.



    Mele Maualaivao – Country Program Coordinator (Samoa), UN Women
    Also Speaking in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney

    Mele Maualaivao is the Country Program Coordinator for UN Women based in Samoa, operating in four countries – Samoa, Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue.

    Under her leadership, UN Women has been able to develop partnerships with organisations such as the Samoa Judiciary to facilitate forums on “Family Law and Restorative Justice”.  Mele has been instrumental in establishing the Ending Violence in Samoa Roundtable, a monthly discussion group which address issues of family violence featuring a range of guest speakers. Mele has also been closely involved in supporting projects focussed on women’s political participation and leadership in Samoa. She has been involved in post-cyclone response efforts to Tonga and Samoa where addressing gender in humanitarian action was key to interventions supporting women in urban and rural areas.

    Prior to working for UN Women, Mele worked with the National University of Samoa in hosting forums on Domestic Violence, Women’s Political Participation and Women’s contribution to Samoan’s Political Development.

    Julieanne Alroe – Chair, Infrastructure Australia

    Julieanne Alroe

    Julieanne Alroe is the Chair of Infrastructure Australia. In addition to this role, Julieanne is a member of the University of Queensland Senate and was recently appointed to the Board of ERM Power and the Board of the
    Queensland Ballet. She is also a Member of the Council of Governors of the American
    Chamber of Commerce QLD (AMCHAM) and is the Inaugural President of the Queensland Futures Institute (QFI).

    Julieanne Alroe retired in June 2018 from Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) where she held the position of CEO and Managing Director since 1 July 2009. With more than 40 years’ in the aviation industry, she was one of only a handful of women in the world to run a privatised airport. Julieanne has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland and was granted the Doctor of the Griffith University (honoris causa) in December 2016. She also is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Chief Executive Woman (CEW).

    Todd Battley – Chief Executive, AECOM Australia New Zealand 

    Todd Battley became chief executive in 2017 and leads a team of over 3,500 designers, engineers, planners, scientists, and project managers across 25 offices in Australia and New Zealand. He is a member of AECOM’s global Executive Committee and Asia-Pacific leadership team.

    The traditional engineering consulting firm he joined as a civil engineering graduate of James Cook University in 1996 has changed significantly in the past 22 years.

    Todd has a relentless focus on staff and client service excellence which has enabled him to build a resilient and dynamic business, despite the highs and lows of the Australian infrastructure market.

    Most recently Todd led the cultural change that has made flexible work the norm at AECOM and helped launch Australia’s first term time contracts for professional engineers. He plays a leadership role in improving gender diversity across the infrastructure sector through his participation in the Male Champions of Change initiative and as a Pay Equity Ambassador for the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.



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