Women and Firefighting Australasia Conference 2016

"Stepping Up and Standing Out"

The Women and Firefighting Australasia (WAFA) Conference 2016 will be held from 30th August until 1st September 2016 at the Brisbane Entertainment and Convention Centre, Brisbane, Queensland. This year, WAFA has entered into an exciting new partnership with the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) which will see the 2 conferences collocated.

Attendance at this conference will not only give you access to a host of excellent and informative presentations, hands-on workshops, mentoring and career advice but it will also allow you access to AFAC Conference keynote speakers, local and international Commissioners, CEOs and Fire Chiefs and complimentary entry to the international standard AFAC Fire Industry Tradeshow.

Download :  WAFA conference Shedule (2.1MB)


WAFA Conference 2016

Delegate Information


9am -  4.30, Tuesday the 30th August 2016

WAFA Hands on Training Day (HOT) Sessions

This day provides delegates registered for the HOT sessions with an opportunity to participate in 90 minute training sessions in some of QFES's disciplines including Live Fire, Vertical Rescue, Building Collapse, Road Crash Rescue, Virtual reality- command and control and Lifts and Carries.

Venue: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Training Academy

15 Howard-Smith Drive

Port of Brisbane

Dress Code: Delegates wishing to participate in hands on Training are required to bring/wear long pants, long sleeves and closed in shoes.

Bring with you a change of clothes, socks and underwear.

Provided by WAFA: All turn-out / protective Gear (PPE) will be provided

Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea provided

A bus will be picking up delegates at the BCEC at 8am sharp for those who have not made alternative travel arrangements. (Email Kathryn.Terrill@qfes.qld.gov.au to book a place on the bus)

NOTE: Some sessions have maximum number restrictions you will be provided an opportunity to make your preferred selections on 24 and 25 August once ticket purchasing has closed.


7pm- 11pm, Tuesday the 30th August 2016


Pre evening drinks will commence outside the function room at 7.00pm. Dinner will commence at 7.30pm with a 3 course alternate drop. WAFA awards will be presented, the guest Speaker will be Elizabeth Broderick, previous Sex Discrimination Commissioner and Creator of "Male Champions of Change" the evening will continue with dancing and live music.

Venue: Boulevard Room Level 3

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Cnr Merivale Street and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane.

Dress Code: Semi-formal Evening wear


8.30 4.30pm, Wednesday the 31st August and Thursday the 1st September

WAFA conference

(co-located with AFAC conference)

Venue: Various Rooms (see agenda)

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Cnr Merivale Street and Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane.

Dress Code: Smart Casual / Business Attire




AFAC Gala dinner and welcome drinks are optional extras (see website for details):



Note: All options include Delegate Pack and Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea on days attending.

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