Conference Theme "The Changing Face of International Trade"


Thursday October 24

5.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Annual General Meeting

Crown Promenade
8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, Melbourne
Meeting Room M6

Friday October 25 - Promenade Room

8:00 am


9:00 am

Official Welcome

Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Ltd.
9:30 am

Australian Border Force

Dr. Bradley Armstrong PSM
Deputy Comptroller-General and Group Manager Customs Australian Border Force

  • ABF direction, delivery and partnership
  • Opportunities and challenges
  • Role of new Customs Group
  • Questions and answers
10:00 am
Morning Tea         
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10:30 am

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Mr. Michael Dean, Director, Trade and Investment Advocacy Branch, Regional Trade Agreements Division, DFAT
  • Update on Australia's FTA's
  • Benefits for importers and exporters
  • Questions and answers
11:00 am

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Mr. David Cranston, Director Airports, Post, Ports and Road Reform Section, ACCC

  • ACCC powers and role in monitoring ports, airports, roads, stevedores 
  • Actions on unfair stevedore terms and conditions
  • Other restrictions for the port and land side logistics industry
  • Questions and answers

11:30 am

Leading from the Inside Out

Ms. Gabriel Edwards
Associate Partner and CogNative Lead at Fisher Leadership

You are more than the job you do each day:

  • Explore leadership mental health and well-being
  • Our health, relationships and peace of mind
  • Our ability to balance high level professional performance with personal well-being

Mr. Conor O'Malley
Principal at Conor O'Malley
  • Taking a humanistic approach to leadership
  • How to "listen to our listening" to make choices and then take purposeful action
  • Questions and answers
12:30 pm
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1:30 pm

Aircargo Security Update

Mr. Matthew Pedler, Assistant Secretary, Air Cargo Security 
Aviation and Maritime Security Division
Department of Home Affairs

Mr. Aaron Wigg, Special Project Manager, South Pacific, Air Menzies International

  • Enhanced Air Cargo Examination early learning and future direction
  • Training requirements for RACA, Known Consignor or AACA
  • CTO experience post 1 March 2019 changes to air cargo security and key issues
  • Domestic screening 2020
  • Questions and answers
2:30 pm Port and Airport Infrastructure
Mr. Andrew Newman, Acting CEO, Freight Victoria

Mr. Jim Cooper, Executive General Manager, Commercial, Port of Melbourne

Mr. Lil Valente, Property Asset Manager, Melbourne Airport​

  • Update on the Victorian Freight Plan
  • Port pricing and access review
  • Port and Airport infrastructure developments 
  • Questions and answers

4.00 pm

Conclusion of the Day

Master of Ceremonies
Mr. Scott Williams
6.30 pm

Welcome Cocktail Function

Tonic Bar


Saturday October 26 - Promenade Room

7:45 am


8:30 am

Sessions in Focus - review of Day 1

Mr. Scott Williams
Master of Ceremonies
8:45 am

Australian Border Force

Mr. Craig Palmer
Regional Commander Victoria and Tasmania
Australian Border Force
  • Compliance update and issues
  • Future compliance focus
  • ABF priorities
  • Role of the new Customs Group
  • Questions and answers
9:45 am

Department of Agriculture

Mr. Dean Merrilees
Assistant Secretary, Compliance Control, Compliance Division
Department of Agriculture
  • BMSB impact post 1 September 2019
  • Compliance update and future focus
  • AEPCOMM expansion
  • Future department priorities
  • BMSB IGB review and recommendations
  • Questions and answers
10:45 am
Morning Tea

11:15 am

Legal Session


Mr. Andrew Hudson

Partner, Rigby Cooke Lawyers
  • How corporate social responsibility issues impact the international supply chain and how business needs to respond 
  • Questions and answers
12:15 pm

Victoria Police / Trident Taskforce

Mr. Chris Ellway, Detective Acting Senior Sergeant, Crime Command Victoria Police

  • How organised crime targets supply chains
  • Signs to look for and how industry can help
  • Questions and answers
1:15 pm
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2:15 pm

Broker Radar

Mr. David Ware, Partner National Global Trade Advisory Leader
Deloitte Tax Services
  • Broker Radar demonstration
  • Customs brokerage use cases
  • Key takeaways
  • Questions and answers 
2:45 pm

Emerging Technological Developments  

Mr. Peter Kosmina, Owner / Principal at ​MisterMina Group
(former 1-Stop CEO)
  • Benefits of port community system
  • Is a single window to trade achievable
  • Industry systems interaction with port system or single window to trade
  • Blockchain
  • Questions and answers
3:15 pm

Inside Broker Licencing / How can we Help

Mr. Steve Moore, Director, Customs Licensing
Trusted Trader and Trade Services Branch, Customs Group 
Australian Border Force

Mr. Taras Lubczyk, National Manager, Professional Development
and Training CBFCA
  • Customs licensing role, structure, statistics etc.
  • NCBLAC role, legislative powers
  • CPD obligations and audits
  • Licensing review recommendations
4:00 pm

Conference in Review & Close

Mr. Paul Damkjaer, CEO - Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Ltd.

Mr. Scott Williams
Master of Ceremonies
7:00 pm

Pre Dinner Drinks - Promenade Room Foyer

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7:30 pm

Gala Dinner & Awards Night
"Celebrating 115 years"

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