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Bids to host the NSW Nationals 2018 Annual General Conference are now open

Branches and Electorate Councils across the State are encouraged to consider nominating their local towns to host the 2018 Annual General Conference.

Applications opened on Monday 20 February and will close at 5pm on Friday 24 March, with Central Council deciding the winning bid at their March meeting. Each bid will be given the opportunity to put forward their case to Central Council.

Conference is the biggest event of the year for the NSW Nationals and it sees hundreds of delegates converge on the host town to set down the policies of the Party.

Importantly, it is also a time for socialising and meeting like-minded people from right around New South Wales, especially during the Friday and Saturday night functions.

By hosting Conference, a Branch or Electorate Council will generate positive media coverage for the Party and local Nationals’ Members of Parliament. It also provides a valuable boost to local businesses and gives them exposure to potential markets outside of their own region.

Recent years have seen considerable competition to host Conference and your proposal will need to include the 

  • Various venue options for each event
  • A list of local operators to assist (for example: Bus companies, florists, catering companies)
  • Recommendations for the Opening Prayer, Anthem and Welcome to Country
  • Other activities for visitors to do whilst visiting your town

It is also important to outline accommodation options and a venue for the Thursday meeting of Central Council that precedes the Conference.

All bids can be sent to Head Office via post or email

NSW Nationals                  OR

GPO Box 4558

Sydney NSW 2000

Non-Central Council delegates will be able to attend to present their bids. Please note that these dates are final, and no late submissions will be considered.

Guidelines for 2018 Annual General Conference Bids

Bids Open – Monday 20 February 2017

Bids Close – Friday 24 March 2017 at 5:00pm

The table below is a broad outline of the event and venue requirements that will need to be addressed in your Conference bid.





Central Council


9:00am – 5:00pm

AV Capability

Conference Catering


Theatre Style

Welcome Reception

Thursday evening

6:30pm – 9:30pm

Drinks and Canapes





Friday and Saturday

9:00am – 5:00pm

Conference Space

Conference Catering

Exhibition Space

Corporate Lounge Space

Meeting Room Space


Classroom Style

Young Nationals Trivia

Friday evening

6:30pm – 10:00pm

Dinner and Drinks




Corporate Lunch


12noon – 2:00pm

Close to Conference

Sit down lunch


Banquet Style

Corporate Reception

Friday evening

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Canapes and drinks



Gala Dinner

Saturday evening

6:30pm – 12midnight

Dinner and Drinks

350 – 400

Banquet Style

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