CFA Sydney workshop – How to make friends and influence people in a new political landscape

Give your organisation the tools to influence change in 2014.

After the success of our workshop How to make friends and influence people in a new political landscape in Melbourne last year, CFA is taking this engaging and thought-provoking part-day event to Sydney.

CFA Sydney Workshop: How to make friends and influence people in a new political landscape

Date and time: 27 February 2014, 2pm – 5pm.

Venue: UTS Aerial Conference Centre, Harris Room, Building 10, Level 7, 235 Jones Street Ultimo, Sydney 2007.

About CFA’s Sydney Workshop
Changing governments can present consumer advocates with new challenges and opportunities, often requiring a strategic rethink of the approaches to core priorities to influence change.

This timely, three hour workshop sets out the basics – starting by mapping a general strategic approach, we outline steps that will help your organisation form valuable new relationships, and give you tips on how to frame issues in a way that speaks to decision makers in the new environment.

The workshop will be led by experienced consumer advocates Teresa Corbin (CEO, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network), Matt Levey (Director of Campaigns and Communications, CHOICE), and Gordon Renouf (Deputy Chair, CFA; Ethical Consumers Australia).

RSVP: Please RSVP your attendance by close of business on 26 February, 2014 by emailing

Payment: CFA members may receive one complimentary place on request, while additional attendees or non-member places will cost $50. Payment can be made either by cheque made out to Consumers Federation of Australia, by electronic transfer (CFA postal address or account details available on receipt of RSVP).

Refreshments: Afternoon tea will be provided.

About the panel

Teresa Corbin photo -01Oct13Teresa Corbin is a co-founder and CEO of ACCAN, Australia’s peak body for communications consumers. Prior to this she was the CEO of the Consumers’ Telecommunications Network. Teresa’s community sector links span a 20-year period in both policy and management positions and include strong ties with consumer groups. She currently sits on many industry and government bodies including the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Council, the ACMA Consumer Consultative Forum and the NSW Information Privacy Advisory Committee.

matt0b54504Matt Levey is Director of Campaigns and Communications at CHOICE, Australia’s largest consumer organisation. Matt leads the CHOICE media and campaigns teams in their work across a range of consumer protection issues and advocacy projects. He has previously worked as a policy adviser with the Australian Government in areas including energy efficiency, climate change, environmental protection, and the arts. Matt has joined the CFA Executive for 2014.

gordon1c526ccGordon Renouf is one of the team at Ethical Consumers Australia. He is a consumer policy consultant and a member of the Banking Code Monitoring and Compliance Committee, Deputy Chair of Justice Connect, a member of the Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council and Chair of Good Environmental Choice Australia. Gordon was previously Director, Policy and Campaigns, for CHOICE.