2018 Ruby Hutchison Memorial Lecture & National Consumer Congress

Closed 5 Mar 2018

Opened 30 Nov 2017


The ACCC will be hosting two key consumer events in Sydney– the annual Ruby Hutchison Memorial Lecture (co-hosted with CHOICE) and the National Consumer Congress.

Ruby Hutchison Memorial Lecture

Wednesday 14 March 2018
Sydney Conservatorium of Music, 1 Conservatorium Road, Sydney
6:00 pm–8:30 pm

This event honours Ruby Hutchison, the founder of the Australian Consumers’ Association, the organisation we now know as CHOICE.

In 2018, the ACCC and CHOICE invite you to hear from one of Australia’s leading consumer advocates, Fiona Guthrie AM, Chief Executive Officer of Financial Counselling Australia as she presents the latest instalment of the highly regarded Ruby Hutchison Memorial Lecture series. Fiona’s work is driven by her passion for fairness and has been involved with the consumer movement for over 30 years.

A cocktail reception will follow the keynote address.

Further details will be added on this page.

For information on previous speakers, see Ruby Hutchison Memorial Lecture.

National Consumer Congress

Evolving markets, enduring questions

Thursday 15 March 2018
The Ivy, 1/330 George Street, Sydney
8:45 am–4:30 pm

The National Consumer Congress is the annual conference bringing together stakeholders from across the public, private and community sectors to explore the key issues facing Australian consumers.

Hosted by the ACCC, the 2018 Congress will feature speakers from a range of backgrounds sharing their perspectives on issues including:

  • the world of big data and the algorithms that predict the way we consume
  • challenges facing consumers with retirement housing choices, including complex contracts and fair access to dispute resolution
  • effects of competition in the banking and energy sectors.

More detail about the speakers and sessions is available in the draft Congress program below.

For information on previous years program and speakers, see National Consumer Congress.

Registration process

This form will allow you to register your interest in attending one or both events.

Places for each event are strictly limited. The ACCC will confirm your registration and that a place has been allocated to you within 5–10 business days.

If you are attending on behalf of an organisation, please consult with your colleagues prior to submitting your registration. Please be aware that in some cases numbers per organisation may need to be restricted due to capacity constraints.

This is an invite only event and registrations received outside of the invitation process will be considered accordingly.


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  • Consumer issues