NSW/ACT 2016 State Convention

Convention theme: My Vision, My Choice, My Way

‘My Vision, My Choice, My Way’. These three areas are of particular importance to all of us at the moment. We all have a common vision, and that is to live a healthy life through participation in all types of recreation, social inclusion, and having choice in all decisions that affect our way of carrying out day-to-day activities.

This year’s convention will look at all of these areas, to fulfil our vision we will have an interactive panel on types of recreation to suit all. Whether you enjoy keeping fit outside, or are happy to keep active from inside your home, there will be something for everyone.

In addition to this, given the broader roll out of the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) and MAC (My Aged Care) we will also have a panel of representatives and recipients to discuss and answer any questions around the roll out of both schemes.

Date: Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th October 2016

Venue: Marina Room, Novotel Pacific Bay Resort
Address: Corner of Pacific Highway and Bay Drive, Coffs Harbour

Hotel Phone: (02) 6659 7000

This year’s convention will also feature a Technology Expo with the latest technology and mobility aids from all of the major technology and service providers.


Please Note:Members are encouraged when booking accommodation at the Novotel Coffs Harbour to quote the Blind Citizens Australia NSW/ACT State Convention to receive the discounted booking rate.

Single: including breakfast $140 per night.
Twin share: including breakfast for both $159 per night.

Registration Package Options

All sessions, morning and afternoon tea on Saturday, Morning tea on Sunday, lunch both days and the convention dinner on the Saturday night $185.00

Saturday only: includes all sessions morning/afternoon tea and lunch $65.00

Sunday only: includes all sessions, morning tea and lunch $50.00

Convention dinner only: Includes a sumptuous three course dinner $70

Go here to download the NSW/ACT draft convention program(Word doc 84kb)

Payment Options for State Convention registration

Registration can be paid by PayPal or Credit Card using the PayPal button below. For other payment options, please contact the BCA National Office on 1800 033 660

Payment Options

Options for Registration

There are several ways you can register to attend the conference. Download and complete the downloadable registration form (Word doc 28kb)

complete the on-line registration form below.

Or, contact BCA on 1800 033 660 or email bca@bca.org.au

NSW/ACT 2016 State Convention Registration form

  • Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October 2016

  • 1. Contact Details
  • I am attending

  • Personal Information (To ensure maximum comfort for attendees)

  • On submitting your form, you should be presented with a confirmation page. If you are not presented with a confirmation page there are errors in your form. Errors will be highlighted.


Tickets for the major raffle will be on sale throughout the convention. Don’t miss out on your chance to win one of the amazing prizes on offer below. The cost is $2 each, 3 tickets for $5, or 7 for $10.


Two nights twin share accommodation includes breakfast. Donated by the Novotel Pacific Bay Coffs Harbour.

Victor Reader Stream (New Generation)
Donated by Humanware. Visit: www.humanware.com

$500 Gift voucher from Pacific Vision. Visit: www.pacificvision.com.au

$200 Myer gift card, and 4 hours training with Jaws or any Open Book product. Donated by Quantum Reading, Learning, Vision. Visit: www.quantumrlv.com.au

$250 Westfield Gift Voucher. Donated by Vision Australia. Visit: www.visionaustralia.org

A finely crafted and unique jewellery piece from Luscious Jewellery. Like us on face book:

Summarised Draft Program:

Friday 14 October 2016
6.30pm: Welcome function

Saturday 15 October 2016

8.20am-9.00am: Registration

9.00am-9.10am: Welcome, acknowledgement of traditional owners and opening remarks

9.10am-9.20am: Official Convention opening

9.20am-9.50am: Keynote Address, Jason Bake

9.50am-10.00am: Roll Call

10.00am-10.30am: Morning Tea

10.30am-11.20am: National Disability Insurance Scheme

11.20am-12.10pm: Building the Perfect Service Provider for the Blindness and Low Vision Community:

12.10pm-1.00pm: Lunch

1.00pm-2.00pm: Recreation, Games and Sport

2.00pm-3.00pm: Emergency Service Awareness: Fire/Police/ SES

3.00pm-3.30pm: Afternoon Tea

3.35pm-3.50pm: Newcastle/Hunter and Canberra Branch Reports

3.50pm-4.40pm: Technology and Service Providers presentations

4.40pm-5.00pm: Tips, Tricks and Tales

7.00pm-11.00pm: Convention Dinner

Sunday 16 October 2016

All sessions will be held in the Marina Room

8.30am-9.00am: Registration

9.00am-9.05am: Open and housekeeping

9.05am-9.55am: Health and Fitness – move it or lose it

9.55am-10.45am: Over 65’s: My Aged Care

10.45am-11.15am: Morning Tea

11.15am-12.15pm: Women’s Branch Presentation

12.15pm-12.45pm: Where to from here – BCNSW and BCA?

12.45pm-1.45pm: Lunch

1.45pm-2.05pm: What’s happening at National Office, and what’s the bigger picture for BCA

2.05pm-2.35pm: Don’t our Senior and Younger BCA members advocate well together

2.35pm-2.45pm: Tweed Valley Branch Report and Sydney Branch Report

2.45pm-3.00pm: Convention Round-Up