Conference 2023

Unimutual’s Conference 2023 will be held Wednesday to Friday the 8th – 10th of March at Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast.

Registration invitations have now been emailed. 

Please contact Christine Cummings or Kerry French at or 02 9250 2823 with any registration enquiries.

This will be our first face-to-face conference since 2019 and will mark Unimutual’s 33rd year of operation. In the three years since we last gathered in person, it’s safe to say a lot has happened. A global pandemic, ongoing lockdowns, extreme weather, escalating cybercrime, market volatility, global conflict, and an inflationary environment are just some of the challenges faced by us as professionals, and as humans.

The conference theme, Resilience in a changing landscape, reflects the journey that we’re all on. Our program of speakers, forums, and networking events aim to provide you with opportunities to delve into what it means to be resilient and deal with constantly shifting parameters.

At the Unimutual conference, we will examine the changing risk landscape and resilience investment for future natural hazards. The focus will be on how organisations can adapt and become resilient to major threats. The conference will explore the research on disaster insurance and how it is becoming unaffordable or withdrawn entirely and new schemes that are being created to combat this issue. The conference will review the changing cyber landscape and participants will hear first-hand from our CEO on the future strategic objectives of Unimutual. We will also be focusing on the resilience of the individual and the organisational workplace in a rapidly changing environment. The conference brings together individuals from the higher education sector and affiliated organisations focused on risk management and protection.

An outstanding speaker line up

We are excited to announce that Walkley Award winning journalist, Tracey Spicer AM, will be joining us as MC and Professor Tyrone Carlin, Vice-Chancellor Southern Cross University will be providing our keynote address. Additionally, we’ve secured for our Members, brokers, and other guests, a line-up of engaging speakers such as Professor Paula Jarzabkowski, from the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at University of Queensland who will present on ‘protection gap entities’ and saving disaster insurance. Andrew Gissing, Chief Executive Officer, Natural Hazards Research Australia will be exploring resilience investment for future natural hazard events and we will be delving into catastrophe modelling and COPE data with our Guy Carpenter our Reinsurance Broker. Victor Steffensen, indigenous writer and filmmaker will be providing his insights on cultural burning.

The past year’s events have also put the focus on the importance of mental resilience, and with this in mind, David Westgate from the Black Dog Institute will provide a session on mental health and understanding the core concepts of wellbeing and how these translate into daily life. You’ll also learn from Sarah Morse on how to cultivate a culture of courage to revive your workforce.

Hear from other Members and our team

The conference provides an opportunity for you to hear how your peers are capturing and utilising the significant amount of data held within their organisations. You will also hear from our recently appointed CEO, Geoff Henderson, on the future strategy plans for Unimutual. We also have our regular Member Forum and Broker discussion panel providing the opportunity to discuss and share information.

An invaluable networking opportunity

As always, the conference provides a unique annual opportunity for you to collaborate and network with your peers in the higher education and research sector. This will be an unmissable event and we hope that you can all join us for this event at the Sheraton Grand Mirage on the Gold Coast on 8, 9 & 10 March 2023.

It is important to note there is NO LIMIT on how many people can attend from your organisation