The Nuffield Australia National Conference is the highlight of the Nuffield calendar. It’s a flagship event, offering a meeting point for Scholars, Investors and the broader agriculture industry.

Join us as we host our National Conference in Melbourne, Australia’s cosmopolitan and exciting culinary capital.

The theme is 'Produce Change', inspired and encouraged by both the successes of Nuffield Scholars who are redefining agriculture in an age of unprecedented technological advances and globalisation.

Producing change goes straight to the heart of what we do at Nuffield. Scholars research and deliver practical change that adds real value to farm businesses and the Australian community more broadly.


Over 25 Scholars will present the findings of their scholarship studies, and themes include:

  • Industry representation and the importance of agriculture to rural communities
  • The transfer of farming businesses and their assets
  • World best practice in marketing produce directly to consumers
  • Reigniting Australian leadership in precision agriculture
  • The future of food, from lab to paddock to plate


The opportunity exists for your organisation to partner with Nuffield for the National Conference in Victoria, Australia’s largest and strongest producing agricultural state. Melbourne is also the culinary capital of the country, a rich and diverse destination for the alumni, industry investors, conference partners and a broadening array of industry attendees.

The conference offers a unique opportunity for organisations to highlight and promote products and services to a highly targeted and engaged national agricultural industry audience.

This event has continued to grow over the last five years, with registrations reaching 360 attendees in 2016 and a similar number participating in 2017.

We look forward to welcoming you as a Nuffield Australia National Conference Partner in 2018.

Please contact the office to enquire about partnering with Nuffield for the National Conference.
Call 02 9463 9229 or email enquiries@nuffield.com.au

Program and Speakers

In 2018, the National Conference will open with the stylish and distinguished Annual Awards Dinner on the first evening. Here the new 2019 Nuffield Scholars are formally announced, introducing the newest group of emerging leaders in Australian agriculture and agribusiness to industry and the Nuffield Alumni.

In addition to the presenting Scholars, the National Conference will also feature a strong program of additional speakers, providing the most current and up to date insights on agricultural commodities, practices, innovation and technology.

The 2018 National Conference will continue with a new session titled, ‘Where are they now?’ Introduced in 2017, this session will focus on extraordinary members of the Nuffield Australia Alumni who will present and share stories and experiences since completing their Nuffield Scholarship. They will discuss the opportunities and challenges faced along the way, what this taught them and how the Nuffield experience has contributed to their success. This includes:

PETER NOTMAN, 1997 Nuffield Scholar, VIC

Peter and partner Elaine have two farming properties, milking 1,100 cows in Walcha Dairy (NSW) and Karoola Station (Guyra, NSW). They also run Notman Pasture Seeds, improving productivity and efficiency through enhanced growth in the paddock throughout Victoria and NSW. It has grown from a small business operating out of a tractor shed on the family farm to a large business working with hundreds of farmers annually to improve their pasture and crop potentials. Peter is a 1997 Scholar who focused on efficient dairy production, plant improvement and pasture management programs. Today, Peter is invited as guest speaker to agricultural events internationally, including Asia, Europe and New Zealand.

Among the 2017 Nuffield Scholar presentations are:

  • Matthew Gunningham, TAS: People management and motivation. Building great teams in agriculture
  • Daniel Meade, VIC: Industry representation and the importance of agriculture to rural communities
  • Claire Booth, NSW: The transfer of farming businesses and their assets
  • Brendan Hehir, VIC: Maximising spread between the price paid for milk and cost of milk production
  • Toby Bekkers, SA: World best practice in the marketing of fine wines directly to consumers
  • Luke Bradley, QLD: Reigniting Australian leadership in precision agriculture
  • Matthew Fealy, QLD: How the use of robotics in horticulture has the opportunity to revolutionise the industry
  • Lara Ladyman, WA: The future of food, from lab to paddock to plate. Technologies and change drivers that will shape how, and what, will be farmed and eaten in the future

Tuesday 18 September – Annual Awards Dinner, Conference Hall, Crown Metropol, Melbourne
Wednesday 19 September – Conference Day One, Conference Hall, Crown Metropol, Melbourne
Wednesday 19 September – Networking Cocktail Reception, Hopscotch Urban Bar, Southbank, Melbourne
Thursday 20 September – Conference Day Two, Conference Hall, Crown Metropol, Melbourne
Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September - Regional Tour, Northern Victoria

Thursday – Belgian Beer Cafe

Following the formal close of the conference on Thursday, 20 September, delegates can attend a social evening at the Belgian Beer Cafe at the base of Eureka Tower in Southbank. This function will provide an elegant and relaxed space for delegates, family and friends of Nuffield and a chance to unwind after conference week formalities.

Regional Tour

The post-conference regional tour will stimulate agricultural enthusiasts keen to understand primary production in Victoria. There will be a focus on beef production, horticulture, viticulture and lamb enterprises in Northern Victoria.

The tour will travel north from Melbourne towards the Goulburn Valley, passing through the Yarra Valley wine region. More details will be available in due course.



Registrations will open in mid-July.

Terms and Conditions

Cancellation refund policy: Before 15th August – 75% refund. Between 15th-30th August – 50% refund. After 1st September - no refund.

All events and functions must be pre-paid in advance.

Registrations must be pre-paid with a credit card, in Australian Dollars.

Bookings will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are limitations on bookings, particularly for the regional tour.

Nuffield Australia will not be responsible for any medical expenses, loss or accidents incurred during the event.

Plan Your Visit


Crown Metropol Nuffield Australia has arranged a group booking accommodation rate at Crown Metropol. The ultimate in contemporary luxury, these rooms feature specially commissioned works of art, bespoke fittings and designer furniture to deliver a truly unique hotel experience. All Luxe Rooms in Crown Metropol are configured with either one king bed or two queen beds. To book, contact Metropol Reservations Melbourne here or phone 03 9292 6211. Please quote “Nuffield Australia National Conference” to obtain the group rate.

Dress Code

Awards Dinner: Lounge Suit
  • Gentlemen: Suit and tie
  • Ladies: Formal wear, dress or evening pants suit
Conference Days: Business Formal
  • Gentlemen: Trousers, Shirt and Tie
  • Ladies: Smart casual, skirt or trousers
Networking Cocktail Function: Cocktail
  • Gentlemen: Trousers, Shirt and Tie
  • Ladies: Dress or an evening pantsuit
Regional Tour: Casual
  • Casual wear, with good walking shoes for farm visits

Childcare options in Melbourne

Three options for consideration are:

  • Only About Children. Click here
  • City Kids Early Learning Centre. Click here
  • Little Assets. Click here

    Melbourne Weather (September)

    During spring average temperatures range from 10 - 20°C. The season is known as the most variable of the year, when weather can quickly change from calm and sunny to cold and windy – so pack a jacket and your umbrella! More information here.

    Exploring Melbourne

    For those wishing to explore, click through to the 'Visit Melbourne' website here.

    Some ideas might include:

  • Melbourne’s Laneways; cobbled laneways in the centre of the CBD lined with coffee shops and unique shopping – start at Flinders St station, wander down DeGrave’s Street and explore.
  • Markets; Melbourne is home to several markets that sell local produce, arts and crafts and vintage fashion – check out the Queen Victoria Markets or South Melbourne Market
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground; Melbourne is known as Australia’s sports capital and it’s AFL finals week so go and get caught up in footy fever or do a behind the scenes tour!
  • Arts and Culture; Melbourne is home to world class art galleries and exhibitions such as the National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image
  • St Kilda Beach; Melbourne’s most popular seaside destination only 20 minutes away by tram


    If you have any questions, please contact Nuffield Program Operations Manager Nicola Raymond by emailing here