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It is only a little over two months before the 2012 Engineering Leadership Conference will be held in Adelaide.  Have you registered yet for this major engineering event?  Conference planning is virtually complete, with a comprehensive technical program in place plus a full range of social activities and associated tours.  Early bird registration has been extended until 31 March for those delegates still wishing to take advantage of the lower rates.  A range of delegate scholarship and mentor packages are also available, with details of how to apply available from the conference website and from the Engineering Leadership Community social media groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.


As this email was going to air, the Premier of South Australia, The Hon Jay Weatherill, has agreed to be keynote speaker at the ELC 2012 Business Breakfast. Don't miss this opportunity to hear about the Premier's vision for South Australia and his views on the role the engineering industry can play in achieving that vision. More details in the next few weeks.

Conference Registration

Early bird registration prices for ELC 2012 end 31 March. This is your last chance to take advantage of the discounted rates. With typical registration rates for commercially organised two day technical conferences well in excess of $1,000, the early bird member rates for ELC 2012 of $960 for an Engineers Australia member, $880 for a YEA Member and as low as $600 for a Mentored YEA Member represent excellent value.  These rates include participation in up to two free conference workshops covering the development of leadership skills, facilitated by Engineering Education Australia.  Attendance at two of the major conference social events ($220 of value) is also included in all full registrations.

Details of registration fees, including day registration options and the cost of associated events, are provided on the conference website registration page at http://www.elc2012.org/register.asp.

Delegates wishing to attend the free conference workshops are reminded to book early, as numbers are limited at these sessions.  Pre-conference tours and pre-conference workshops also represent excellent value, with numbers again limited and available on a “first come first served” basis.

Delegate Scholarship and Mentor Packages

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors ARTC, Leed Engineering, HDS Australia, Engineering Leaders and Centrex Metals, the ELC 2012 Organising Committee is pleased to announce an offer of four delegate scholarships (value $2,000 each) and thirteen delegate mentor packages (value $600 each) to assist Engineers Australia members to attend ELC 2012.

Delegate scholarships are open to all Engineers Australia members.  They are designed to encourage conference attendance by engineers who might be currently unemployed or self-employed, who are based in regional areas of Australia and have added costs to attend, or who work in industries like the non-government aid sector (NGOs), education or small business (where their employer is unable to fund conference attendance).  The scholarships will cover the cost of a full two day conference registration and participation in one pre-conference technical tour, plus provide a further $1,000 towards travel expenses, including domestic airfares to and from Adelaide, two nights of accommodation and incidental costs.

Delegate mentor packages are only open to Young Engineers Australia members.  They will cover the cost of a full two day conference registration as a Mentored YEA Member, and are particularly designed to encourage participation of recently graduated young engineers who have been unable to secure support from their employer to attend the conference.  Final year engineering students who are YEA Members may also apply.  These packages are a great opportunity to assist young engineers attend the conference.

Further details on how to apply for the delegate scholarships and delegate mentor packages are available from the conference website or from the Engineering Leadership Community social media groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.  Applications close Monday 16 April.

Year of the Regional Engineering Team

Building on Engineers Australia’s “2012 Year of the Regional Engineering Team” (YORET) theme, the ELC 2012 Organising Committee has included a number of presentations on regional engineering leadership challenges as part of the ELC 2012 technical program.  This includes plenary session presentations by keynote speakers The Honourable Tim Fischer AC and Jillian Kilby, as well as concurrent sessions on regional engineering issues.

To celebrate the Year of the Regional Engineering Team, the YORET Steering Committee is offering one regional member from each of the nine Engineers Australia divisions a free registration to attend ELC 2012, including one pre-conference technical tour (value $1,000 each).  Regionally based Engineers Australia members should apply to their respective divisions to be considered for this valuable opportunity to participate in ELC 2012.  Applications close on varying dates depending on individual division arrangements.

To further celebrate the Year of the Regional Engineering Team, Engineers Australia’s Women in Engineering National Committee is offering a scholarship for a regional female engineer to attend ELC 2012.  The scholarship will cover the cost of a full two day conference registration and participation in a pre-conference technical tour, plus provide a further $1,000 towards travel expenses.  Details have been advertised in Engineers Australia eNews over the last two weeks, with applications closing on 23 March.

The ELC 2012 Organising Committee greatly appreciates the support of the YORET Steering Committee and Women in Engineering in offering the nine free registration opportunities and one additional scholarship to regional engineers.

Sponsorship Update

Along with all of the previously acknowledged sponsors, particularly Leighton Contractors as major sponsor, the ELC 2012 Organising Committee also welcomes Centrex Metals as an ELC 2012 Conference Supporter.


It is great to have a company from the mining sector as a sponsor for ELC 2012.  The mining sector is a significant employer of engineers and technologists and has a strong presence in regional Australian centres.  While opportunities to participate as an ELC 2012 sponsor are closing soon, any further representation from the mining sector is particularly welcomed.  There are also a few industry showcase booths remaining, which provide a powerful opportunity for employers to connect with the large number of young engineers expected to attend the conference.

Sponsorship of ELC 2012 provides organisations with highly cost effective exposure to delegates and the broader engineering community. To register interest in sponsorship, contact the conference administrator or email the Organising Committee Chair, John Olson, at chair@engineeringleadership.org.

We will continue to provide further conference updates over the next two months, including weekly posts on Facebook and LinkedIn.  We look forward to seeing you at ELC 2012.  Don’t forget the date:

30th May to 2nd June 2012, Adelaide Convention Centre



Leighton Contractors


Defence Force Materiel



ASC Pty Ltd

Parsons Brinckerhoff








SAI Global

Engineering Leaders



Engineers Media


Please download the Sponsorship and Industry Showcase Prospectus

For further information on sponsorship and industry showcase opportunities please contact the Conference Office on
+61 7 3844 1138 or email


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