Upcoming Events


Brisbane: How to Effectively Engage the Australian Government

24 August 2018

HopgoodGanim, Level 8, Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane


Date:     Friday 24 August 2018
Time:    12.15pm Registration for 12.30pm – 2.00pm (Including lunch)
Venue:  HopgoodGanim, Level 8, Waterfront Place, 1 Eagle Street, Brisbane

Dealing with Australia’s Federal, State and Local Governments can be complicated and challenging, particularly for people new to the Australian business environment. The highly experienced lobbyists from Ethical Consulting Services will walk you through the key things to do, and not do, when connecting with various government agencies. Bring your questions to this exclusive event as there will be plenty of time for dialogue with the presenters. Due to the capacity of this luncheon, it is open to ACBC members only and strictly limited to 15 people.


Stephen Robertson 

Across 13 years, Hon Stephen Robertson served at different times as Minister for Health, Natural Resources, Mines, Energy, Water, Trade and Emergency Services, and on Cabinet's Budget Review Committee. He was also Parliamentary Secretary for State Development, chaired the Queensland Small Business Council, and was a member of the Queensland Innovation Council and the Queensland Food Industry Council. As a member of numerous national Australian Ministerial Councils, Stephen's understanding of the machinery, systems, and processes of Australia's Federal and State governance is extensive. He currently Chairs the Board of Natural Resources Management Regions Queensland Inc and is a member of the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service Board. He has previously served on the Board of several other organisations.

Mike Smith

Mike Smith has been a lobbyist for 14 years, and previously State Secretary of the Australian Labour Party, a Company Secretary, and a member of several Boards. He has lectured on government policy-making at the University of Queensland, as well as on government relations, governance, board effectiveness, elections and campaigning. He has developed and delivered customised training for business, community organisations, and to professional conferences. His main recreational interest is elections, and he’s been a volunteer in five US Presidential campaigns, as well as managing and mentoring many Australian campaigns. Mike is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institute of Public Administration Australia, the American Association of Political Consultants, and other professional organisations.


Ethical Consulting Services is a Brisbane-based consultancy all about communications – lobbying, government relations, stakeholder relations, campaigning, marketing, and governance, and customised training in all those areas. It was founded in 2013, is a partnership between Hon Stephen Robertson and Mike Smith, and more details can be found at www.ethicalconsulting.com.


ACBC Members Only: $98 +GST and booking fees
RSVP:   Friday 17 August (subject to availability)