Photo by UN/Marco Dormino


  1. International Women's Day event

    7 March 2019

    12:00pm - 2:00pm

    Canberra International Women’s Day Lunch

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

    DATE: Thursday, March 7 2019

    TIME: 12:00 – 2:00pm

    VENUE: Exhibition Hall, National Convention Centre Canberra, 31 Constitution Ave, Canberra ACT

    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.



    information for attendees

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

    Please arrive at the Exhibition Hall of the National Convention Centre from 11:30am, for a 12:00pm sharp start. The event will conclude at 2:00pm.

    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 National Convention Centre


    The NCCC undercover parking is open 24/7 and can be accessed via Constitution Ave, between the NCCC and Airservices Australia building. Take the driveway on the left of the ’24 Hour Car Park’ sign, go down the ramp and turn right into the car park.

    There is no access to turn right into the car park; you must approach the car park from the London Circuit end of Constitution Ave to allow a left turn. U-turn permitted at Allara Street.

    If you require further information, contact the ICCC Reception team on (02) 6276 5200. Prices can be found here.

    Public Transport

    There are extensive bus services available in Canberra through Transport Canberra. Use the helpful journey planner to find the best route from your location.

    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 National Convention Centre for any further access enquiries on (02) 6276 5200.



    Mele Maualaivao – Country Program Coordinator (Samoa), UN Women
    Also Speaking in Melbourne, Brisbane 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.

    Frances Adamson – Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

    Frances Adamson has led the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as Secretary since 25 August 2016.

    Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Ms Adamson was International Adviser to the Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP from November 2015.

    From 2011 to 2015, Ms Adamson was Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. She served in the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong in the late 1980s during the early years of China’s reform and opening. From 2001 to 2005, she was seconded as Representative to the Australian Commerce and Industry Office in Taipei.

    Ms Adamson has twice served in the Australian High Commission in London, as Deputy High Commissioner from 2005 to 2008 and as Political Counsellor from 1993 to 1997.

    She was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and then the Minister for Defence from 2009 to 2010.

    Ms Adamson is President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia ACT Division. She is a member of the Efic Board, the Advisory Board of the Australian National University’s National Security College and the Asia Society Australia Advisory Council. Ms Adamson is a Special Adviser to the Male Champions of Change and a member of Chief Executive Women. She was awarded a Sir James Wolfensohn Public Service Scholarship in 2015.

    Ms Adamson has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide and was a recipient of a 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. She joined the then Department of Foreign Affairs in 1985.

    She is married with four children.

    Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM FASSA – Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

    Martin Parkinson commenced as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet on 23 January 2016.

    Prior to this Martin was a professional Non-Executive Director, serving on the boards of ORICA, O’Connell Street Associates, and the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. He also served as a member of the Policy Committee of the Grattan Institute and on the Australian Federal Police Future Directions Advisory Board.

    From March 2011 to December 2014, Martin served as Australia’s Secretary to the Treasury. Prior to this, he was the inaugural Secretary of the Department of Climate Change from its establishment in December 2007. Between 1997 and 2000 he worked at the International Monetary Fund on reform of the global financial architecture.

    Martin is a member of the Male Champions of Change and has previously served as: a member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia; Chair of the Board of the Australian Office of Financial Management; and as a member of Prime Minister Abbott’s Business Advisory Council and Prime Minister Gillard’s Australia’s Asian Century Strategic Advisory Board. He has also served as a member of the Board of Infrastructure Australia, the Council of Financial Regulators, the Board of Taxation, and the Board of the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation.

    In 2008, Martin was awarded the Public Service Medal for his contribution to the development of economic policy. In 2017 he was awarded a Companion (AC) in the Australia Day Awards for eminent service to the Australian community through his public sector leadership roles. He is a life member of the Australian Business Economists, National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia, Fellow of the Australian National Institute of Public Policy, recipient of the ANZSOG Institute of Governance Public Sector Award for Excellence, and was awarded the Australian National University’s inaugural Alumnus of the Year in 2013.

    Martin holds a Ph.D and a M.A. from Princeton University, a M.Ec from the Australian National University and a B.Ec (Hons 1) from the University of Adelaide. In May 2015, Martin was awarded the degree of Doctor of the University (honoris causa) by the University of Adelaide.



    with thanks to our local supporters
         National Convention Centre Canberra

    The National Convention Centre Canberra (NCCC) is proud to host the 2019 Canberra International Women’s Day Lunch. Diversity and inclusion are integral to business success within the business events and hospitality industries. We strive to empower women throughout the industry through coaching and mentoring, shaping our women leaders now and into the future.

    NCCC is a leading, purpose built meeting and events venue in the nation’s capital. With a collection of 15 spaces over two floors, the NCCC features a compact and logical design with abundant natural light, taking advantage of Canberra’s clear skies and sunlight.

    Incorporated in the NCCC structure is a six level undercover car park, available for guests and visitors to the Canberra city CBD.

    For more information on hosting your next conference or event at the National Convention Centre Canberra, visit

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           ACT Office for Women


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