State Forums 2018

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31 October & 1 November 2018

Novotel – 350 Church Street, Parramatta

The Novotel Sydney Parramatta is located on the banks of the Parramatta River. Prince Alfred Park and the Riverside Theatre are directly across the street and Parramatta train station is a short 12 minute walk away.   There is ample car parking onsite.


Hi everyone,

Welcome to the NSW/ACT Microfinance Forum 2018!

With a jam-packed two days planned, we will be investigating the new world of NILS and StepUP through the approach of many perspectives – the applicant, the interviewer, the assessor, the administrator, the organisation – and how everyone is working collaboratively to ensure the best outcome.

Come along and get the inside scoop from community sector peaks on what is really happening for our clientele around the cost of living and predatory financial products that are out to take advantage. Be part of the discussion and sharing of how we can work together for a brighter future for all.

Come and meet your fellow microfinance workers; engage in workshops to build your skills; and find out about NILS post transition, what’s happening for StepUP, and where we are all heading within the microfinance space.

I encourage all Microfinance front-line workers, managers and others interested in the Financial Inclusion space to attend the ❤ Small Loans, Big Hearts NSW/ACT 2018 Forum ❤. Come along, share the experience, and let’s support one another to actively move ‘Towards Tomorrow Together’.

See you there,

Sharon Hooker
Microfinance Manager NSW / ACT

Sharon Hooker


Delegates attending the NSW State Forum will receive a 15% discount off the best available rate for accommodation at the Novotel Parramatta when booking directly with Group Reservations (Email: H8787-RE@accor.com  Phone: 02 9890 0850) and quoting “Good Shepherd Microfinance”.    Visit the website to see room and rate options:  novotelparramatta.com.au