Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

What is the Better Boards Conference?

The Better Boards Conference is the governance and leadership conference for leaders of Australasia’s not-for-profit organisations. 

It is a valuable opportunity for those responsible for the governance of their organisation to make connections, share ideas and gather information with other board members, chief executive officers and senior managers from not-for-profit organisations.

Who attends the Conference?

  • Directors
  • Board Members
  • Committee Members
  • Chairpersons
  • Treasurers
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Managing Directors
  • and those involved in governing or leading a not-for-profit organisation.

It is beneficial for organisations to send their entire board and chief executive officer together.

What events can I attend?

    • Main Conference – Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 August

The heart of the Better Boards Conference runs over the Saturday and Sunday with fully catered breaks and a mix of concurrent workshops and plenary presentations. Hundreds of board members and CEOs attend the Main Conference forming one of the largest regular gatherings of leaders from not-for-profit organisations in Australasia, and creating an environment ripe for making connections, the sharing of ideas and gathering of information with peers.

It is an essential event for your board and leadership team, and is well worth booking as your board’s main development activity this year.

    • CEO’s Day – Friday 10 August

A day of presentations and discussions curated specifically for chief executive officers or their equivalent.
The day will include a short offsite tour component and a strong networking focus with the aim to create quality opportunities for chief executive officers to discuss issues, ideas and solutions together.

CEO’s Day is a brilliant networking and information gathering opportunity for CEOs of not-for-profit organisations. Numbers are limited to keep the day intimate and allow for quality networking between attendees.

    • Board Member Innovation Tour – Friday 10 August

A unique opportunity for you to get out and about with your ‘board member’ hat on, and hear ideas, innovations, strategies and experiences with a range of other directors. The Board Innovation Tour will take delegates on an excursion to diverse organisations around Adelaide. At each facility, a representative will discuss improvements, and you will hear first-hand about the strategic process, implementation and solutions from the CEO and Chair.

Tour delegates will be able to meet and chat with directors and peers with a wide range of experience from various industries and sectors, in a relaxed setting over a seated lunch.

A great opportunity to see how others have done it and meet leaders from the not-for-profit world.

    • Pre-Conference Masterclasses – Thursday 9 August

Two half-day masterclasses are available this year, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and each run by an expert in a specific area. A great opportunity to focus in-depth on two key topics prior to the conference proceedings. Each Pre-conference Masterclass is ticketed separately, so you may choose to attend either or both.

    • Leadership Networking Drinks – Friday 10 August, 5-6:30pm

Complimentary for those delegates attending any of the events on Friday (pre-registration is a must), the Leadership Networking Drinks provide a great opportunity to continue conversations and follow up introductions made throughout the day. Drinks and canapés will be provided.

    • Gala Dinner – Saturday 11 August

The Gala Dinner is the social highlight of the Better Boards Conference and is a great chance to unwind after a day of information gathering. Enjoy a meal with your board, meet others and be entertained!

Do you have a printable version of the conference program?

Yes, a printable PDF of the program will be available as a download early in 2018. Look for the PDF download link at the top of the program page.

I belong to a not-for-profit organisation/community organisation/charity/association/NGO… is the Better Boards Conference relevant to my organisation?

If your organisation is any kind of not-for-profit organisation with a board or other group responsible for governance, then the Better Boards Conference will be relevant to you. Every year we have delegates who attend from a wide range of organisation types and sectors, these include:

      • Community services
      • Aged Care services
      • NGOs
      • Charities
      • Sporting clubs
      • Disability services
      • Private schools
      • Trusts and foundations
      • Peak bodies and industry associations
      • …and many more.

Please contact us if you have any questions about whether the Better Boards Conference is relevant to your organisation.

Can I access a copy of speaker X's presentation?

The speakers’ slides and handouts will be made available online approximately one week after the Conference.

What is the dress code?

The dress code for the Conference is business casual and for the Gala Dinner on Saturday evening it is ‘after five attire’. Room temperatures always fluctuate so please dress appropriately for your comfort.

My partner will be joining me. Are there any social events that they can attend?

Partners are more than welcome to attend the Leadership Networking Drinks on Friday 10 August and the Gala Dinner on Saturday 11 August. Tickets can be purchased when you book your own tickets.

What opportunities exist for networking at the Conference?

The Better Boards Conference offers many opportunities for delegates to mix and mingle. Within the Conference program, delegates can discuss the day’s events and make plans for the rest of the Conference. Refreshment breaks, the tour component on CEO’s Day and the Board Member Innovation Tour, lunches, the Friday Networking Drinks and the Gala Dinner on Saturday night also ensure delegates have ample opportunity to make and maintain connections.

Event Logistics

When should I arrive at the venue?

You will be able to register from the Friday morning of the first day of the Conference. Registration desk opening times are:

      • Friday 10 August 2018: 7:00am
      • Saturday 11 August 2018: 8:00am
      • Sunday 12 August 2018: 8:30am

Please note that delays may occur at peak arrival times, so do ensure you arrive early as there are close to 500 people that intend to check in prior to the event starting.

Where is the event being held?

The Better Boards Conference 2018 will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre. For information about getting to the centre please click here.

Adelaide Convention Centre
North Terrace, Adelaide,
South Australia

Phone: +61 8 8212 4099

How can I book accommodation?

Accommodation for the Conference is managed by The Hotel Network. Click here to view the different options available.

Natalie Stephens
Conference Coordinator
The Hotel Network
p (02) 9414 4983 f (02) 9411 4243

Is there parking at the venue?

Visit the Adelaide Convention Centre website for information on parking at the venue.

What are the public transport options?

Visit the Adelaide Convention Centre website for information on public transport to the venue.

What will the weather be like in Adelaide in August?

The average temperature in Adelaide in August is 8-16 degrees Celsius.

Please visit the Bureau of Meteorology website for current local weather forecasts and weather warnings.

Application to Speak & Program

Can I still submit an abstract?

Applications to Speak at the Better Boards Conference 2018 will close on 15 December 2017.
Applications received after this date may still be forwarded to the organising committee but may only be able to be considered if there are any speaking slots remaining to be filled.

To receive a notification when speaking applications open next year, sign up for the Better Boards Newsletter.

To find out more about this opportunity and for further information please contact a Better Boards staff member on (03) 5429 3786 or

How do I find information about this year's speakers and topics?

Updates will be posted on this website as they come to hand, look under the program link in the menu for the latest information. Our newsletter subscribers will be the first to hear of any updates, if you are not already subscribed, sign up here to receive the latest information and announcements.

What happens if there are changes to the program?

The most up-to-date Conference program will be available on this Conference website. While we aim to publish the most accurate information, occasionally changes happen to the program that are beyond our control. Better Boards reserves the right to alter the program at anytime without notice.


What are the registration fees for the Conference?

Visit the pricing page of this website for more information on registration fees.

How can I register to attend the Better Boards Conference?

Head to to register. The preferred method of registration is via the online form, however if you experience issues with our online registration please contact us on +61 3 5429 3786 and we’ll do our best to assist you.

Can I register onsite at the event?

Due to its popularity the Conference and associated events regularly sell out in advance, so it is not possible to purchase a ticket on the day. To avoid disappointment we recommend you register early to guarantee your place.

Do I need to register for workshop sessions in advance?

Delegates are free to choose the workshops they would like to attend on the day, there is no need to register selections in advance. The Pre-Conference Masterclasses are ticketed separately and must be booked in addition to the Main Conference.

What if I need to cancel my registration?

Please see the Terms and Conditions for cancellation information.

Can registrations be shared? If I cannot attend, can a colleague attend in my place?

Registrations cannot be shared. If a delegate is unable to attend, they may send a substitute in their place. Substitutions can be made by notification in writing to Better Boards (

Better Boards must be notified of all substitutions prior to 18 July 2018.

Is a BoardWise membership required to attend the Conference?

BoardWise membership is not required to attend the Conference, but member and non-member registration fees differ. If your organisation is thinking of becoming a BoardWise member please visit our BoardWise website or contact us at

When do I collect my delegate pack?

Delegate packs are distributed when you check in at the Conference registration desk.
Registration Desk opening times are:

Friday 10 August 2018:

      7:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday 11 August 2018:

      8:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday 12 August 2018:

      8:30am – 2:00pm


    Do I need personal insurance?

    Tickets or other purchases from Better Boards Australasia do not include insurance of any kind. Delegates are regarded in every aspect as carrying their own risk for loss or injury to persons or property, including baggage and other personal items during the Better Boards Conference 2018.

    We strongly recommend that at the time of booking your event tickets, travel, accommodation, tours and any other arrangements to attend the event that you take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy of your choice. The policy should cover the loss of deposits or monies through cancellation, medical emergencies, personal injury, loss or damage to personal property, financial loss incurred through disruptions to accommodation or travel arrangements due to strikes, other industrial action or any other unforeseen events including but not limited to: war whether declared or not, insurrection, fire, storms or other severe action or the elements, accidents, government restrictions or for any other cause whether like or unlike the foregoing which are unavoidable.

    The organisers are in no way responsible for any claims concerning insurance.

    Sponsorship & Partnership Opportunities

    What sponsorship options are available and what are the costs?

    To view the sponsorship opportunities, download the Trade and Sponsorship Opportunities prospectus.