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 who are all encouraged to attend.

Join us as we host our conference at The Royal International Convention Centre – EKKA Precinct in Queensland, a world-class events and lifestyle venue.

The theme is 'Collaborate. Innovate. Cultivate', showcasing Scholars’ ability to learn from farmers around the globe, identify cutting edge farming practices and technology, and sow the seeds of change that see individuals, businesses and the wider industry flourish.

The program will provide in-depth insights into Australian and global agriculture along with a detailed look at agriculture in Queensland. In addition to more than 25 Nuffield Scholars presenting the findings of their scholarship research, there will be a broad array of other speakers focusing on the conference theme.


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

  • Effective branding to attract a premium
  • Facilitating the uptake of new agricultural technology
  • Strengthening business and strategic planning capability
  • Business risk management in a variable climate
  • Soil health and regeneration principles in agriculture
  • Key factors affecting farmer uptake of information
  • Management practices used to combat urban growth in productive agricultural regions


Partner with us at our 2019 National Conference!

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.

We will showcase some of the best farmers, and as well as Queensland's diverse and dynamic agricultural sector. Our conference has continued to grow over the last five years, with registrations reaching 360 attendees in 2017 and a similar number participating in 2018.

Please download the prospectus, and we look forward to welcoming you as a valued partner in 2019.

We thank our 2019 National Conference partners:


Program and Speakers

Our 2019 event will open with the stylish and distinguished Annual Awards Dinner on the first evening. Here the new 2020 Nuffield Scholars will be announced, introducing the newest group of emerging leaders in Australian agriculture.

In addition to Scholars, the event 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 2019 National Conference will also continue with a new session titled, ‘Where are they now?’ Introduced in 2017, this session will focus on extraordinary members of the 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. One such Scholar who will present is:

JACK MILBANK, 2007 Nuffield Scholar, QLD

Jack was brought up on mixed farming property in Zimbabwe and went on to study a Bachelor of Applied Science at The University of Queensland. Jack has worked in a diverse range of farming, geotechnical, food and beverage industries. In 2009, Jack became the Managing Director of Hortus Technical Services, a leading independent certified laboratory and agronomic services company. In 2013, he became Founder of microbial biotechnology company - Biofilm Crop Protection Pty Ltd. and in 2014 founded the Bargara Brewing Company, producing Craft Beer and Cider. For his scholarship in 2007, he studied "Globally competitive horticultural production processing and marketing using renewable energy".

Among the 2018 Nuffield Scholar presentations are:

  • Stewart Borg, QLD: Strategies that can be adapted to help establish feedlot’s in Queensland’s tropics
  • Shannon Notter, VIC: Key factors affecting farmer uptake of information
  • Andrew Slade, WA: Facilitating uptake of new AgTech through integration of farm data to common platforms
  • Olabisi Oladele, VIC: Decision making for automation in packhouse and human capital requirements
  • Dylan Hirsch, WA: Financial risk management systems in variable climates
  • James Stacey, SA: Management practices used to combat urban growth in productive agricultural regions
  • Sarah Sivyer, NSW: Optimising trust in a brand by leveraging a culture of continuous improvement
  • Alison Larard, QLD: Strengthening business and strategic planning capabilities of family-owned northern beef enterprises

Tuesday 17 September – Annual Awards Dinner, Royal International Convention Centre (RICC), EKKA Precinct, from 6pm
Wednesday 18 September – Conference Day One and Networking Reception, RICC, EKKA Precinct, from 8am
Thursday 19 September – Conference Day Two, RICC, EKKA Precinct, from 8am
Thursday 19 September – Social Evening, from 8pm (venue TBC)
Friday 20 and Saturday 21 September - Regional Tour, Darling Downs

Thursday – Social Evening

Following the formal close of the conference on Thursday, 19 September, delegates can attend a social evening. 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. More details of this event will be confirmed soon.

Regional Tour

The post-conference regional tour to the Darling Downs will stimulate agricultural enthusiasts keen to understand primary production in South-East Queensland. This large farming region on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range is dominated by rolling hills covered by pastures, vegetables, legumes, cotton, wheat, barley and sorghum. Farms also include livestock including beef, dairy, pigs, sheep and lambs. Other typical sights include irrigation systems and windmills providing water from the Great Artesian Basin.

This tour is a must-see and is being passionately organised by Nuffield Scholars farming in this area.

Over two days, the tour will travel west from Brisbane through Toowoomba and be based out of Dalby, an area known as Queensland's wheat centre. Dalby is a large and prosperous rural centre offering picnic spots beside the river, an attractive park, wide treets and plenty of attractions for visitors. More details will be available soon.



Registrations will open in early-June.

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


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 Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Three options for consideration are:

  • CeeBee Care (also do Corporate and Event Child Care), 29 Thornbury Street, Spring Hill Ph: 07 3839 5047. Click here
  • Goodstart Early Learning Centres, 95 Brookes Street, Fortitude Valley Ph: 07 3252 9911. Click here
  • Little Ducks Childcare, 55 McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley Ph: 07 3252 1841. Click here

    Brisbane Weather (September)

    The month of September marks the arrival of the lovely spring season in Brisbane. The average temperature in this month is around 19 degrees Celsius and in the range averaging between 23 and 14 degrees Celsius. Brisbane experiences about nine hours of sunshine with an increasing trend in the length of the day. September can experience an average of 30mm rainfall. More information here.

    Exploring Brisbane

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


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