Cairns was chosen to play host to the 2022 Association of School Business Administrators Queensland State Conference in May (25-27), with organisers saying the destination was a perfect fit for their theme of Fresh Perspectives following over two years of disruption in the education sector.
The three day meeting and exhibition, which had more than 300 attendees, was held at the Cairns Convention Centre, with the Conference Dinner on the final evening taking place at the exceptional Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal.
Emma Bowyer, Owner and Managing Director of ICMS Australasia, the Organiser of ASBAQ 2022, said the Conference was a reset moment for hard-working Queensland school business administrators following a challenging few years in education.
“Our strategy for the Conference, in consultation with the Organising Committee, combined high level presentations from some of Australia’s most inspirational speakers with special events to allow attendees to reconnect with one another and take a breath,” she said.
“This Conference provided them with an opportunity to share experiences and look to the future with enthusiasm, and the setting of Cairns certainly helped us achieve this.”
Speakers included social analyst Mark McCrindle, trend forecaster, Michael McQueen, wellbeing advocate, Penny Locaso, mindfulness coach, Chelsea Potter, and retired General, Sir Peter Cosgrove who closed the Conference with a presentation on Mastering Leadership.
ASBAQ 2022 Chair, Mark McFie, said the ASBAQ program has always strived to be leading the way and asking the toughest questions facing the education sector.
“Worldwide circumstances did not only present challenges,” Mr McFie said.
“Silver-lining opportunities exist, and it is our task to find the new normal. To achieve this we need Fresh Perspectives.”
The ASBA (Qld) State Conference is held biennially and aims to provide an opportunity for professional learning and networking in a collegial environment. The association has a strong reputation for providing high quality PD for its members.