IT HAS been an interesting couple of years for professional development and networking events in our industry – and all other industries for that matter – with the pandemic bringing in-person events to a halt. Thankfully, we are now able to get back to meeting face-to-face and increase these types of events across the country for our members.


Since the start of the pandemic lockdowns, the jobs landscape has changed dramatically; many roles have shifted to become much more based from home. As there have been some benefits of remote working, there are still some in organisations who have yet to meet many of their colleagues who are office-based. In these instances, industry networking events can assist businesses in helping build team spirit.

Attending the IFCBAA National Conference provides a unique platform to gain insight into emerging trends, network with industry leaders, and exchange knowledge with like-minded individuals.

By attending, delegates can stay up to date with the latest innovations, expand their business networks and discover new opportunities for collaboration and partnership. In a rapidly evolving industry like logistics, attending conferences is a valuable investment that can enhance skills, foster professional development, and ultimately drive business growth. There are also insightful presentations and panel discussions over the two days.

Industry events, such as the conference, are key to increasing international and domestic travel to and within Australia. Events such as these create reasons for people to travel and engage in leisure activities post conference, which in turn is a boost for the local economy.

The networking element of an event gives all attendees the opportunity to relax, unwind and enjoy themselves with colleagues and industry peers. This creates a positive impact for all concerned.


Events are a core part of many business marketing plans and offer a unique opportunity for direct interaction between brands and their audiences.

The annual IFCBAA National Conference offers members and event partners the opportunity to demonstrate and showcase their latest products and services. They also help to develop strong relationships with existing and prospective clients.

A more relaxed atmosphere at the National Conference allows attendees to interact with the event partners and other attendees on a more human level, which in turn builds more positive relationships.

“Emerging opportunities and risks for international trade” is the IFCBAA National Conference theme for 2024.

The conference is being held at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel. And this year, the welcome reception will be held on Thursday evening to officially open the conference.

The plenary sessions of the business program begin on Friday 24 May and we are very excited to announce that IATA will be partnering with IFCBAA to present special air cargo sessions.

Friday evening will be free time for delegates to explore Cairns themselves and enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants and night spots.

Plenary sessions continue Saturday 25 May and the IFCBAA gala dinner and awards night is held that evening.

This article appeared in the November 2023 edition of DCN Magazine