Successful event in Canberra

A successful event for government relations practitioners has taken place in Canberra.

The event, which was held at the National Press Club in late May, attracted around 30 local and interstate government relations practitioners and was run in collaboration with the Canberra “Pub Affairs” networking group, which has been established by Sally Mackenzie, who works in public affairs with the Customer Owned Banking Association.

The event was an excellent opportunity to promote the work the Australian Professional Government Relations Association (APGRA) is doing on behalf of members, as well as the benefits of being a member of the APGRA.

Such was the success of the event, the APGRA is aiming to hold similar events in Canberra on a quarterly basis, with the next one tentatively scheduled for September.

As soon as a date for the next Canberra event is finalised, the APGRA will advise members.

Victorian Networking Events

Come join us for a soothing beverage and an intel sharing (good gossip). If you are in Melbourne please join us for a drink at Siglo Bar in the lead up to the election. It would be great to see some new faces or catch up with existing members. All welcome!

When: Wednesday April 17th

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Where: Siglo 2/161 Spring Street, Melbourne (above The European)




APGRA kicked off their membership drive in the West with last month, with a small event hosted by local government and corporate affairs firm GRA Partners. The appointment of GRA Partner’s Amanda Reid to the APGRA Members Committee, will ensure there is a focus on Western Australia and that local GR advisers are represented and engaged. Taking advantage of GRACosway CEO and Founding Partner Les Timar being in town, a handful of WA in-house government relations advisers heard first-hand about the work of APGRA over the last couple years. Les spoke about the changing regulatory environment for GR at both a Federal level and across the multiple jurisdictions.

There was good discussion about the impact of the Government’s Foreign Influence and Transparency Scheme and the work that had been undertaken by APGRA with the Attorney General and his Department to provide greater clarity and understanding of the impacts on businesses.

With representatives from companies including Woodside, Newmont Mining and BHP there was on overview provided on the regulatory changes in other States and what impact they might have on Western Australia.

APGRA is keen to grow WA membership and will embark on a series of local events over 2019.



APGRA was delighted to host a members and friends breakfast as part of the International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC) world conference in Sydney last November.

The highlight of the event was hearing from senior political consultants and journalists from the USA analyse the outcomes and implications of the recent US Mid-Term Elections. The forty odd attendees, relished the opportunity to see ‘under the hood’ of what is evolving in US politics and hear speculation from those directly involved in key campaigns on ‘what is coming next’.

At the time of the breakfast the south American refugees were walking through Mexico to the US border, with fears of conflict violence when they arrived.

As a result, an additional bonus was the analysis of this tension in the context of the recent Mexican Presidential Election by Gisele Perezzblas. Gisele is one of South America’s leading political campaigners. She was fresh from helping deliver success to 40+ candidates in their national and state elections.

APGRA members, political tragics that we are, greatly enjoyed the opportunity to explore global trends in voter behaviour, messaging and campaigning strategies that these excellent speakers shared under Chatham House Rules.

Speakers from Left: Feyi Akindoyeni- Newgate Communications, Dae Levine - Revolution Message (USA), David Catanese - US News (USA), Giselle Perezzblas - AUGURO STRATEGY AND COMMUNICATION (Mexico) & Sal Russo (USA)