Australian Fertilizer Industry Conference (AFIC) 2019
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Fertilizer 2018

Event Start Date: 9/10/2018 6:30 PM

Event End Date: 11/10/2018 5:00 PM

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This joint national conference between the Australian Fertiliser Service Association (AFSA) NSW branch and Fertilizer Australia at Hotel Realm Canberra will provide high quality presentations, time for meeting and networking and time for fun and fellowship. Tuesday 9th is set aside for industry meetings and the conference Welcome Reception to be held at the National Museum of Australia.  Wednesday 10th is the main presentation day at Hotel Realm with a conference dinner in the evening at the same location. The Machinery Field Day will be held on Thursday 11th at the Sutton Rd Driver Trainer Centre, Mijura ACT

The conference program will provide summaries of:

  • Economics, Markets & Policy
  • Fertilizer Handling & Application
  • Business Leadership & Management
  • Soil & Plant Nutrition

Join around 150 Delegates including CEO’s, Senior Managers, leading technical and logistics staff, owners and operators of fertiliser spreading and services businesses and plant nutrition agronomists for this major event.


Full pricing, including member discounts is available on the Registration Tab below.

Conference Location - Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT


The conference commences with a Welcome Reception and drinks at the National Museum of Australia on Tuesday the 9th of October at 18:30. There will be an opportunity to view the Museum if you wish. Buses will pick up from Hotel realm at 18:00, take you to the Museum and return at the conclusion of the Welcome Reception.

The draft conference program for Wednesday 10th October is as follows. More topics and speakers are being added to the agenda.

Session 1 Economics, Markets & Policy

·         World fertilizer supply, demand & pricing – Implications for Australia -  Carl Roache from Argus Media 

·         Update on Qld Governments plans to broaden & enhance reef regulation – Elisa Nichols from the Office of the Great Barrier Reef

·         Overview of the Fertilizer Australia strategy survey and the revised strategy  – Nick Drew from Fertilizer Australia

·         Changes to freight Chain of Responsibility. What do the new Primary Duty Laws mean for the fertilizer supply  chain? - John Gilbert from National Heavy Vehicle Regulator 

Session 2 Fertilizer & Application Technology

·         Nitrogen fertilizer from the sun - Is it a pipe dream or soon to be reality? - Chris Rijksen from Yara Pilbara Fertilisers.

·       Ship to shed - Meeting & exceeding community expectations now and in the future - Paul Radford from Wengfu and Ryan Hazel from Linx

·         What is the value of Fertcare and industry associations? How does this help when things go badly wrong? - Rod Abbot from Korumburra Lime & Spreading

·         Fungicide treated fertilizer, what are the grain contamination risks and how can we as an industry contribute to managing these risks? -  Tim Ross from Grain Trade Australia

Session 3 Business Leadership & Management

·         Growing healthy family businesses – Greg Griffith from Family Business Australia

·         Blockchain – the new digitised approach to managing supply chains. What might it mean for the fertilizer supply chain? - Wes Lefroy from Rabobank  

·         Cyber Security – What are the risks to your business and how can they be managed? - Nick Cheatham from the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

Session 4 Soil & Plant Technology

·         Best practice pasture phosphorus management now and in the future -  Dr Richard Simpson from CSIRO

·         NSW alternative pasture fertilizer trials summary - Fiona Leech from LLS

·      More profit from nitrogen in dairy - Dr Helen Suter from The University of Melbourne

·      More profit from nitrogen in cotton - Dr Graeme Schwenke from NSW DPI


Machinery Field Day is on Thursday 11th of October at the Sutton Road Driver Training Centre, 441 Sutton Majura ACT. Buses will be available to transport you from Hotel Realm to the Machinery Field Day. More information on the Machinery Field Day tab.





Public and Member registrations include Welcome Reception on Tuesday night, all conference sessions, lunch and the Conference Dinner on Wednesday. Thursday’s Machinery Field Day is an additional registration cost.

Partner registration includes Welcome Reception on Tuesday night plus Conference Dinner on Wednesday night.

If you wish to register more than one delegate, simply select the number of delegates on the registration page, you will then fill in details for the first registrant and when you click on register, you will fill in details for the second and so on.
After mid-night on July 27 the pricing is:
Public  $745
AFSA Member $650
Fertilizer Australia Member          $650
Partner $195
Partner Tour $30

You can pay online at the time of registration or opt to receive an invoice which will be due for payment in 14 days.

Cancellations prior to July 27 will receive a refund, less an administration fee of $100 per registration. There is no refund for cancellation after July 27, however the registration can be transferred.

Industry Meetings


The NSW branch of AFSA will hold its AGM 12:00 to 13:00 at Hotel Realm Tuesday the 9th.The Australian Fertiliser Services Association will hold its National AGM at 14:00 on Tuesday the 9th of  October followed by a member forum. All AFSA members are welcome to attend.

A board meeting will be held after the member forum and is restricted to Directors of the AFSA.

Fertilizer Australia

The Fertilizer Australia AGM will be held at 16:30 on Tuesday the 9th of October. All Fertilizer Australia members are welcome to attend.

A board meeting will be held earlier in the day and is restricted to Directors of Fertilizer Australia.

Accommodation is available at Hotel Realm and the 4 other properties owned by Doma Hotel Group. 

The Doma Group Hotels include Burbury Hotel, Little National Hotel and Brassey Hotel which are all next to or behind Hotel Realm. 


To attract the conference room rates shown below, delegates must contact the reservations team on (02) 61631888 or email Conference rates are not available online.  You must call or email to receive the discounted price.


Doma Hotel Group also operate Pinnacle Apartments which is about  1.5 kms away in Kingston. If you wish to explore accommodation at Pinnacle Apartments or Brassey Hotel, please contact Doma Hotel Group and mention Fertilizer 2018 conference.  


All rooms will be release to the public and the conference room rate will lapse on the 7th of September.





Room type and

rate per night


Realm Room


Realm Suite



Burbury Room



Standard Room





Click Here for other accommodation options in the area.





The Machinery Field Day will be held on the 11th of Oct at 9am at the Sutton Road Driver Training Centre located at 441 Sutton Road Majura ACT. A bus will leave Hotel Realm at 8.30am to provide transport to the Machinery Field Day and return you to the hotel in the afternoon.
Registration includes bus transfer, lunch, morning and afternoon tea.

Machinery Field Day Program

8:30 Buses depart Hotel Realm

8:50 Arrive Sutton Road Driver Training Centre

9:00 Welcome, outline of the day & safety matters

9:05 Daimler Trucks Huntingwood address

9:15 Fertilizer management using digital agriculture and automation technology’ - Dr Rohan Rainbow from the Society for Precision Ag Australia

9:35 More profit from nitrogen using remote and proximal sensing technologies - Alexis Pany from The University of Melbourne

9:55 Penske Commercial Vehicles address

10:00 Morning tea

10:30 Machinery viewing, demonstration & Accu-Spread testing

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Remote & proximal sensing demonstration14:00 Machinery viewing, demonstration & Accu-Spread testing

15:40 Buses depart for Hotel Realm

Hop On Hop Off

Canberra's Own Red Explorer Bus

The Red Explorer Bus will give you an opportunity to visit Canberra's best attractions at your own pace whilst taking the hassle out of driving and finding a park. We have negotiated with the owner to pick you up from the Hotel Realm at 9am Wednesday. The cost is $30 per person which allows you to get on and off the bus at different locations all day. You can spend a little time or a long time at each site depending on how you feel. Click Here for the timetable. It may change slightly to include Floriade at that time of the year. 






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