2019 National Convention


“You can do it your way”


This year, our National Convention will be held in Tasmania at The Old Woolstore, 1 Macquarie St, Hobart, from Friday 29th to Sunday 31st March 2019, with an additional sight-seeing day on Monday 1st April. Please ensure that you register online or via phone on 1800 033 660 by Friday 15th March.

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Venue Information

We are excited to be partnering with The Old Woolstore, a historic building in the heart of Hobart, to host the convention proceedings as well as our accommodation. The venue is full of character while also being accessible. It is centrally located, close to cafes, restaurants, shops, entertainment, and other accommodation options. And less than 20 minutes from the airport.

The Old Woolstore has a mixture of accommodation types which you can book at the following rates using the code “BCA” when you call 03 6235 5355:

  • Hotel room – $170 per night
  • 1 bed apartment – $205 per night
  • 2 bed apartment (sleeps 4) – $270 per night

This means there are more options for those who wish to share accommodation or prepare their own meals while attending convention.

All travel and accommodation arrangements must be made and paid for by the individual attending the convention.

Visit The Old Woolstore online at www.oldwoolstore.com.au

The Program

There will be workshops on the Friday afternoon, followed by more formal convention sessions on the Saturday and Sunday. We will also be arranging sight-seeing options on the Monday for those who wish to stay a little longer.

Please read the Draft Convention Program carefully before registering, as it includes details about optional activities that you will need to register for.

Family Friendly Event

We want to make conventions as inclusive as possible, which in this case means ensuring that partners and children have activity options available to them while Convention sessions are taking place.

This may include:

  • Having volunteers dedicated to supervise youngsters for different activities
  • Providing a child care service

If you have any feedback about this, or further suggestions, please feel free to get in touch. You will also be able to express interest in this option when you register.


Nominations for David Blyth Award

Every National Convention year, BCA presents the David Blyth award to a person who has made a substantial and enduring contribution to the lives of people who are blind or vision impaired. Do you know someone who should be nominated? Has the person contributed at a national level?

Written nominations outlining the work of the nominee, and why they should be considered, must be received by Friday 1 March. The nominee can be a person who is blind, vision impaired or sighted. Send your nominations to bca@bca.org.au with the subject line “David Blyth Award”, or call us to submit your nomination on 1800 033 660.

BCA Certificates of Appreciation

At each National Convention, BCA awards up to two Certificates of Appreciation to BCA members or volunteers who have contributed to advancing the values and mission of our organisation. Successful individuals may have contributed to BCA at a national, state or territory level.

If you would like to nominate an individual for a BCA Certificate of Appreciation, please submit a written nomination outlining the reasons why the nominee should be considered. Send your nominations to bca@bca.org.au with the subject line “Certificates of Appreciation”, or call us to submit your nomination on 1800 033 660. Nominations must be received by Friday 1 March.

Nominations for the Diana Braun Aspirations Award

Who can nominate an Australian woman to receive this award?

Those nominating or seconding a woman for the Diana Braun Aspirations Award will need to be a National Women’s Branch member (female or male).

What should nominations include?

Nominations should be in writing, providing details of why you believe the woman you’re nominating should be considered for the award, along with evidence-based information about her achievements in the following areas if applicable, as well as any other information you care to put forward to support your nomination:

  • Paid work undertaken
  • Volunteering activities
  • Community participation
  • Entrepreneurial accomplishments
  • Other notable achievements

How many words should nominations be?

We ask that nominations be approximately 250-300 words in length; this will provide the NWB Committee with comprehensive knowledge about each nominee on which to base their final decision.

Where should nominations be sent?

Please email your nomination to nwb@bca.org.au

When do nominations close?

Nominations will close at 5pm, Thursday 28 February 2019.

If you require assistance submitting your nomination, please call the BCA office and leave a message for Janene Sadhu to make contact with you.

Some former winners of this award have not been able to attend BCA’s National Conventions, so it is not a requirement that the winner of this award be in attendance at the Convention.

Call for Recommendations

BCA full members and branches are invited to submit recommendations for discussion at convention. Recommendations should suggest a particular action that the BCA board could take in relation to issues directly impacting on people who are blind or vision impaired or the functioning of the organisation. For example, recommendations could relate to BCA policy and advocacy work, strengthening engagement with branches, or any other aspect of the organisation’s work.

Please read the Guidelines for Submitting Recommendations before submitting your recommendation. The closing date for submissions is Friday 1 March. Again, please send these in to bca@bca.org.au with the subject line “Recommendation for National Convention” or call 1800 033 600.

Information for First Time Attendees

Buddy Program:

We will be offering a “Buddy Program” to assist first time attendees and more recent members to feel more at home during the convention. If you are attending convention for the first time and would like the benefit of a more experienced buddy over the convention weekend, please complete the relevant section of this registration form. Also, if you would like to act as a buddy during the convention, please complete your details on the registration form.

Financial Assistance:

We have limited funds available to support people outside of Tasmania to attend the convention. This financial assistance would help to cover costs of travel and accommodation, but does not include covering the cost of registration. 

If you believe that you would not be able to attend the convention without financial assistance, please tick the relevant box on the registration form, and also complete the Application Form which you can email to bca@bca.org.au with the subject line “Financial Assistance Application”.

It is important that you complete and pay for registration as well as completing your application for financial assistance. If you are successful in receiving financial assistance, we will discuss travel and accommodation arrangements with you. If you are unsuccessful, we will give you the option to continue with your attendance, or to issue a refund for your registration.

Volunteering at Convention

Volunteers are essential to ensuring members are adequately supported throughout the convention. To find out more about volunteering at national convention please read our Information Pack, which also includes an application form. If you have queries that cannot be answered in the information pack you can contact Naomi Barber at BCA on 1800 033 660.


Note: If you are attending the convention as a volunteer, nominated agency representative, carer, or guest speaker attending your session only, please contact BCA on 1800 033 660 before you register to discuss the process for registration.

 Registration Types:

  • Pack 1: Full Convention (includes complete Friday-Sunday program, Friday night welcome function, Saturday night dinner, and Sunday night BBQ): $250
  • Pack 2: Full Program (includes complete Friday-Sunday program, does not include evening functions): $200
  • Pack 3: Saturday and Sunday Convention (includes the Saturday and Sunday program, Saturday night dinner, and Sunday night BBQ): $220
  • Friday workshops: $50
  • Friday night welcome function: $20
  • Saturday Program (does not include dinner): $70
  • Saturday Dinner: $60
  • Sunday Program: $70
  • Sunday night BBQ: $40

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