VIC Convention Program

7:00 am



8.00 am

Welcome Address

Mr. Brad Leonard
President VIC, CBFCA

Mr. Zoran Kostadinoski
Regional Manager VIC, TAS, SA, CBFCA

8:15 am

ABF Trade and Goods Compliance

Mr. Greg McCarthy
Assistant Director,  Trade and Advanced Analytics, Intelligence Division, Department of Home Affairs
  • Compliance focus 2019
  • Current issues in Border Operations
  • Questions and Answers     

Australian Trusted Trader (ATT) - update

Ms. Jessica Winnall
Director, Australian Trusted Trader
Australian Trusted Trader and Trade Services Branch
  • Questions and Answers     

9:15 am

CBC Session 19/20-01

Mr. Jagtej Singh, Assistant Secretary, Compliance Policy Branch, Compliance Division, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Mr. Dean Merrilees, Assistant Secretary, Compliance Controls Branch, Compliance Division, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

  • BMSB - review of main issues / treatment certs / planning for next season
  • AEPCOMM - what's next ???
  • Approved Arrangements
  • Questions and Answers

10:15 am


Illegal Logging - Update

Ms. Kerrie Boulton, Director, Non-Compliance Assessment and Response, Compliance Testing and Intervention Branch, Compliance Division

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Recent prosecutions
  • Brokers obligations
  • What to tell your clients
  • Questions and Answers

10:45 am

Morning Tea        


Mr. Andrew Hudson
Partner, Rigby Cooke Lawyers
Mr. Andrew Hudson
Partner, Rigby Cooke Lawyers

11:15 am

Chain of Responsibility and Customs Brokers / Freight Forwarders

Mr. Larry Phillips
Services Director, COR Australia

  • Review of CoR Parties
  • Review of CoR and its impact on Customs Brokers/Freight Forwarders
  • Review of possible solutions for handling containers
  • Questions and Answers

12:15 pm

Free Trade Agreements - an update

Mr. Michael Dean,
Director, Trade and Investment Advocacy Branch
Regional Trade Agreements Division
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


  • The negotiating agenda for Free Trade Agreements
  • What the government is doing about non-tariff barriers
  • How can the FTA Portal assist you
  • Questions and Answers

1:15 pm

Product Emission Standards - Update

Ms.  Amanda Morvell - Education Manager, Air Quality Section, Industrial and Air Quality Branch , Climate Change Division
  • Questions and Answers 

1:45 pm



2:30 pm

LCBs - agent of the client or agent of the Government. The conflicting career

Mr. Andrew Hudson
Partner, Rigby Cooke Lawyers
  • Questions and Answers

3:30 pm

Risk Management & Innovation in Customer Credit Processes

Mr. Darren Vardy
Director, SVPartners
  • Risk management when you subcontract out transport
  • Processes and rights surrounding exercising lien rights
  • Questions and Answers

4:30 pm

Compliance from a Brokers Perspective

Ms. Sue Danks - Vice Chair, CBFCA
Director, Susan Danks Tariff Consulting Pty Ltd
  •  Questions & Answers

5:30 pm

Convention Close


5:30 pm 

Networking & Drinks

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