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National Sports Convention Pivots to Offer Multiple NSC Forums for 2020

Australia’s leading National Sports Convention (NSC), postponed from July this year has embraced the COVID-19 challenge and pivoted, now offering three single day NSC Forums 2020 in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on the 9th, 11th and 13th November consecutively.

As the sport, government, recreation and play sectors start to focus forward, the NSC Forums bring together global and national leaders along with specialists in each state to share insights and opportunities to recalibrate and prepare ready for 2021’s strategic planning process.

With the continued support of Sport Australia, Sport New Zealand, State Governments of NSW, Victoria and Queensland together with each State Sports Federation an inspiring agenda has been developed.

The NSC Forums have been created to provide insights and opportunities ready for the business planning of 2021 focusing on how to reconnect physical activity, play, recreation and community sport. With significant emphasis on participant interaction, the NSC Forums are structured to encourage greater opportunity for discussions and questions. The initial Keynote Session thoroughly sets the scene:


Keynote Session 1: Active Communities and Community Sport – post COVID-19

Exploring what active communities and community sport look like post COVID-19 for delivering physical activity, play, recreation and sport. Ministers for Sport from all three States have been invited to participate and provide insights into their future commitment to sport and recreation to open each NSC Forum.


Peter Miskimmin, Chief Executive Officer, Sport New Zealand


The New World: A Generational Opportunity to Recalibrate Community Sport


Rob Dalton, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Sport Australia


Sustainability for Community Sport: The Big Picture Priorities and How Sport Australia can Support the Sector

Keynote Panel In each State, the panel members will include the CEO’s from the State Government Departments of Sport and Recreation, the CEO’s of the State Sports Federation and a CEO from Local Government to discuss the opening presentations, what is means for each State and the impact on planning for 2021 onwards.

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Each NSC Forum has limited tickets to attend in person, with options also available to participate virtually will be integrated into each Forum.

With online e-delegate tickets from only $99 +GST, it is expected that demand will be high.  Registrations open Thursday 23rd July.

Program details are available at


Editors Notes

The National Sports Convention (NSC) has grown since 2016 as Australia/New Zealand’s largest and most prominent community sport and recreation convention and expo attracting over 1,500 people annually.

Due to COVID-19 challenges the organisers have worked with its 40+ collaborators to pivot its offering for 2020 to take the NSC to key states and structure the event for online access in a Forum format.

The full NSC Forum Program can be found at

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Further information contact Martin Sheppard, Co-Founder and NSC Forum Convener at or 0404 022 355.


Event Details

  • NSC Forum – Sydney – Monday 9th November – Rosehill Gardens, Parramatta
  • NSC Forum – Melbourne – Wednesday 11th November – Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • NSC Forum – Brisbane – Friday 13th November – Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

2020 Australian Pride in Sport Awards POSTPONED

ACON is Australia’s largest not-for-profit health organisation for people of diverse sexualities and genders. We are a fiercely proud community organisation, and our first priority will always be the health and safety of those we engage with: our colleagues, members, event attendees and all event partners.

As a result of Prime Minister Morrison’s weekend announcement on the cancellation of events with over 500 attendees and the need to seriously consider any other non-essential events or gatherings alongside social distancing protocols, we would like to inform you of the precautionary steps that we have taken to protect the health and safety of all.

Pride in Sport Awards and Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards (AWEI and HWEI)

As a result of government advice regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards, scheduled for 22 May 2020, and the Pride in Sport Awards, scheduled for 1 April 2020, have now been postponed. New dates will be announced shortly.

We do not want to postpone these important awards events but obviously, the timing could not have been worse. It is important however, that we celebrate the amazing work and achievements of those participating in the index, alongside the work of individual award nominees who have really made a difference in terms of inclusion.

We will update you with all details as soon as we have secured dates, but at this point in time, we are anticipating holding both the Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards and the Pride in Sport Awards later in the year.

Of course, we will refund full ticket prices for those who cannot attend on the rescheduled date. Any tickets reimbursed will be offered first to those on our waiting list and then opened to the general public.

AWEI, HWEI and PSI Awards Results

All those participating within the AWEI, HWEI or the PSI will receive their results by the date of the original awards event. Results will include your overall scorecard detailing all scores obtained, employee survey results for those that participated and an AWEI, PSI or HWEI 2020 electronic logo to show participation that you are free to use both internally and externally.

However, all employer, sport and health tier rankings (Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze etc) and associated index and individual award winners will not be announced until the rescheduled event later in the year.



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Pride in Diversity and ACON are proud supporters of the Mardi Gras Film Festival, presented by QueerScreen, which starts two weeks from today, Feb 18 – Mar 3.
Full program here

Here are just some of the highlights:


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    Three couples – one gay, one lesbian, one straight – on a weekend away at a beach house.
    Dame Maggie Smith stars in The Lady In The Van and is a perfect British comedy.
    If you love Latin America, join Jess & James on a very fun road trip across Argentina.



    Join us for the 25th anniversary screening of In Bed With Madonna, an unmissable outdoor screening.
    Fans of Beyonce must see Waiting For B, a perfect doco set in Brazil, about a group of LGBTIQ youth, who camp outside her concert for two months, to get the best seats.
    HOLDING THE MAN fans, will love Remembering The Man, the documentary on the real people in the book and film.


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    Don’t miss the Australian Premiere of BACK ON BOARD: GREG LOUGANIS, a HBO documentary celebrating the life of the multiple Olympic gold medallist.
    An audience award winner at many festivals Game Face follows the one and only transgender lesbian MMA fighter Fallon Fox.
    Closer to home, the international hit SCRUM highlights the talent of the Sydney Convicts Rugby Club at the recent Bingham Cup.
    Out To Win chronicles the history of out sports stars and features high-profile athletes such as Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova.

Full program here

Sapphire event shines light on LBT Women in the Workplace

Sapphire event shines light on LBT Women in the Workplace

A panel of inspirational and “out” female role models, spoke openly about their personal experiences and challenges in the workplace and the community as part of Pride in Diversity’s Sapphire event hosted by Clayton Utz Brisbane.

Spanning three generations, the panellists – University of Sunshine Coast Head of the Student Access, Equity and Diversity and Pinnacle Foundation Board Member, Dr Ann Stewart, CU Perth senior associate, Liz Humphry, and Barrister and President of Queensland Young Lawyers, Florence Chen – each shared their own unique “coming out” journeys and spoke candidly on a range of topics including role modelling and parenting.  Lin Surch from Pride in Diversity facilitated the fascinating discussion.

Read the full story here.