All CSSA Members and fellow Catholic organisations are invited to join us for the 2022 CSSA National Conference. The title "Galing gananggarr" in the language of the Djabugay* people translates to English as "Going ahead".

The pandemic has disrupted many aspects of our personal, working and spiritual lives. In particular, many of us have felt isolation and disconnection from our workplaces and our broader Catholic network.

The theme for the Conference is one of "Review, Reset and Renew" and is an opportunity to look at how we overcame the challenges of recent years, exchange ideas and innovations, and discuss how we "Go ahead" more inspired and resilient than ever.

(also known as Djabuganydji or Tjapukai)
2022 CSSA National Conference
23 - 26 August 2022
Cairns, Queensland
Registration Fees
 Description Duration Rate per person
 Early bird member From opening to 7 June 22 $575
 Early bird non-member From opening to 7 June 22 $650
 Standard member 8 June to 23 August 22 $625
 Standard non-member 8 June to 23 August 22 $700
 Conference Dinner (additional guest ticket) Until 23 August 22 $100
 Members Only: Buy four, get the fifth registration free At the early bird rate until 7 June, then the standard rate.  
CSSA is putting out the call for event Sponsors. To view our Sponsorship Invitation, click here.

A letter and formal proposal has been distributed to key Catholic organisations. If you are interested in finding out more please email us at
[email protected]

Watch this space!
This section will be updated as speakers and sessions are confirmed.
Tues 23 Aug
Agency Heads Day
10:30 am - 4 pm
Cairns Colonial Club Resort

The Agenda will be developed in consultation with Agency Heads.
CSSA propose that there be a session on Safeguarding and another on Modern Slavery reporting requirements.
Welcome Event
5 pm - 7 pm
Tjapukai NOW (formerly Aboriginal Cultural Park Tjapukai)

All Delegates are invited to join us for a Call to Country, followed by drinks and canapés.

Coach travel will be provided to and from the event: Departing the Resort at 4:45 pm and departing the event at 7:10 pm.
WED 24 Aug
Main Conference: Day 1
8:30 am - 3 pm
Cairns Colonial Club Resort

Opening Session: 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Morning Tea: 10:30 am - 11 am
Session Two: 11 am - 1 pm
Lunch: 1 pm - 2 pm
Session Three: 2 pm - 2:45pm (including Afternoon Tea)
Travel to St Monica's by coach: Departing the Resort at 2.45 pm
3 pm - 4 pm
St Monica's Cathedral

Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Paul Bird C.Ss.R. (Ballarat, Victoria). Member of the Bishop's Commission on Social Justice and CSSA Board Member.
Following Mass, there will be an opportunity to view the famed stained glass windows in detail.

Optional: For those who would prefer not to attend Mass, they may still catch the coach into the CBD for free time.

Delegates are asked to make their own way back to the Resort following the Mass and free time in Cairns.
Thur 25 Aug
Main Conference: Day 2
8:30 am - 4 pm
Cairns Colonial Club Resort

Opening Session: 8:30 am -10:30 am
Morning Tea: 10:30 am - 11 am
Session Two: 11 am - 1 pm
Lunch: 1 pm - 2 pm
Session Three: 2 pm -3 pm
Afternoon Tea: 3 pm - 3:30 pm
Closing Session: 4 pm - 4:30 pm
Conference Dinner
6:30 pm -10 pm
Pullman International Cairns

A coach will depart the Resort at 6:10 pm. Delegates are asked to make their own way back to the Resort following the Dinner.
Frid 26 Aug
Wellbeing Workshop
9:30 am - 12 pm
Cairns Colonial Club Resort

"Thrive, not just survive" workshop, delivered by Christine Coop.
Ms Coop is a Senior Occupational Therapist and Director, at Enable Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Pty Ltd, Townsville.
Farewell Lunch
12 pm - 1 pm
Cairns Colonial Club Resort
Professor Anne Graham
Keynote Speaker
Prof. Graham will provide an overview of her work, with particular acknowledgement of the affect of the pandemic. 
David Callan
‘Critical Engineering – Responding Effectively in a time of Crisis’
Rob Edwards
'Setting Goals That Really Matter'
Sue Gore Phillips
'In The Same Storm'
Christine Coop
'Thrive Not Just Survive: Emotional Energy'
Fr Frank Brennan
Fr. Brennan, former CEO of CSSA and the Rector of Newman College at the University of Melbourne, will close the Conference on the second day. He will provide a reflection on the pandemic and what we've learned about ourselves and people we serve. 
The primary conference venue is the Cairns Colonial Club Resort. There will also be another three off-site venues for specific events:

 Venue Event Time & Date
 Cairns Colonial Club Resort Main Conference Tuesday, 23 August: Day (Agency Heads day)
 Wednesday, 24 August: Day
 Thursday, 25 August: Day
 Friday, 26 August: Morning (Optional)
 Tjapukai NOW

 Welcome Event, including Call to Country Tuesday, 23 August: Evening
 St Monica’s Cathedral 
 Mass Wednesday, 24 August: Afternoon
Pullman International Cairns Conference Dinner Thursday, 25 August: Evening
From the airport:

It is a nine-minute car ride from both the airport to the Cairns Colonial Club Resort [5.1 km] and from the airport to the Cairns CBD [5.6 km].

There is a list of transport options on the
Cairns Airport website.

The approximate cost to travel from the airport to the Resort or the CBD is $20-$30.

Travel between Conference venues:

Some transport by coach between Conference events is included in the cost of Delegates' registration:

- To and From the Welcome Event at Tjapukai.
- To Mass in the Cairns CBD, delegates are asked to arrange their own return.
- To the Conference Dinner, delegates are asked to arrange their own return.

QLD Government Covid-19 travel advice can be found
CSSA has reserved a number of guest rooms at the Conference venue and encourages delegates to book accommodation on site. When making your booking, please let staff know that you are with the CSSA Conference, and provide them with the code # 2934173. Providing the code will ensure you obtain the conference rate, and are booked into the section we have arranged with them.

Please note: The rooms will be held for delegates to book until 60 days before the Conference (approx 20 June 2022).

 Cairns Colonial Club Resort

 Accommodation with Breakfast (23-27 August 2022) - Delegates may extend their stay at these rates.
 Superior Room – single occupancy  $140.00 per night 
 Superior Room – double occupancy  $165.00 per night 
 Studio Room – single occupancy  $140.00 per night 
 Studio Room – double occupancy  $165.00 per night 
 Garden View Room – single occupancy  $134.00 per night 
 Garden View Room – double occupancy  $159.00 per night 
 Resort Room – single occupancy  $126.00 per night 
 Resort Room – double occupancy  $151.00 per night 

You can view each room type on the website here.

Cairns Colonial Club Resort: Phone: 07 4053 8800 | Email: [email protected]

Delegates may also choose to stay in the Cairns CBD, which is 3.4 km from the Conference venue. Delegates staying off-site are responsible for their own travel to and from the venue. The Cairns Accommodation website provides a variety of accommodation options.

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