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The 34th NTCA AGM & Industry Conference was held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre on the 22nd and 23rd of March 2018 to a full-house of over 450 delegates. The conference program was designed to challenge, stimulate and promote thought and discussion with a focus on the “Innovation Generation” that awaits the North Australian beef industry.

Delegates heard from experts in innovation, technology, and the concepts that could potentially disrupt the way NT pastoralists, and the agriculture industry as a whole, does business – right down to the production node. Blockchain, artificial intelligence and virtual reality were just some of the ideas and insights that were imparted by presenters.

Delegates had the privilege of hearing from one of Australia’s most distinguished military leaders in Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret'd), who delivered the keynote address, sharing insights into how to bring about positive cultural change.

The NTCA team was proud to deliver a first-rate conference program with topics relevant to NT and Australian pastoral industry.

The culmination of the two-days was the NTCA & AACo Gala Dinner, which was held at the Alice Springs Turf Club and attended by 480 guests, who were treated to an amazing meal prepared by MLA corporate chef, Sam Burke, and an incredible performance from violinist Sally Cooper.



Thursday 22 March 2018

12:00pm NTCA & Bilba Group Ladies Lunch

3:30pm NTCA Annual General Meeting

5:30pm NTCA & Pioneer Water Tanks Welcome Drinks

Friday 23rd March 2018

7:30am Registration

8:00am President’s Address – Outgoing President, Tom Stockwell

8:30am Opening Address – Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Hon. David Littleproud

8:50am Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d): Creating a Safer Environment in Aviation

9:40am NAB Agribusiness Morning Tea

10:05am The Alward Foster Memorial – Emerging Indigenous Pastoral Leader Award, presented by Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, Hon. Ken Vowles

10:15am Kaila Colbin, NZ and Australian Ambassador for Singularity University: Riding the Exponential Wave of Change

11:00am Wesley Lefroy, Rabobank: Blockchain and Banking in the Future

11:40am Dr Phil Holmes, Holmes and Company: It Doesn’t Have to be Like This

12:25pm Darwin Port Lunch Break

1:15pm Sean Starling, MLA Research and Development: Innovation and Future Developments in the Red Meat Industry

1:45pm David O’Mahony, Small Business Innovation, Google: Google Development for Regional and Remote Locations

2:15pm Tim Gentle, THINK.DIGITAL: Immersing Yourself in Technology

2:45pm Future NTCA Announcement

2:50pm Afternoon Tea Break

3:15pm Industry Panel Session: Future Perspectives

4:15pm Closing Address: Hon. Michael Gunner, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory

6:30pm NTCA and AACo Gala Dinner


The NTCA would like to thank our very loyal supporters - without you the NTCA Annual Industry Conference would not be what it is today.



The 2019 sponsorship proposal will be released in October 2018. If you are interested in being a sponsor at the NTCA Conference please email


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