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The AOA’s National Olive Industry Conference & Trade Exhibition heads back to Canberra this year, marking a return to the national capital after a 13-year hiatus.

Running across two full days and evenings on Thursday 26 and Friday, 27 October, the 2023 National Olive Industry Conference & Exhibition will be held at the Ann Harding Conference Centre, part of the University of Canberra in the ACT suburb of Bruce.

Responsive program

This year’s program is a little different than in recent years and will feature shorter plenary sessions on both days, combined with in-venue and field activities. Feature presentations respond directly to topics raised at last year’s Conference, or suggestions from growers at other AOA events throughout the year, while a tour of local groves on the Friday afternoon will provide the ever-popular opportunity for peer discussion and problem-solving of grove management issues.

Discounted delegate accommodation rates – book early

The AOA has secured discount rates for the Mercure Canberra Belconnen, located within walking distance of the Conference venue. To access the delegate rate, book online via the link on the Conference website – – under the Delegate Information dropdown. The special rate is available for a limited number of rooms only, and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so booking early is advised.

More information

The Conference program is available here and will be updated as any final elements are confirmed.


Registration is now open via the Conference website here. Book your tickets and accommodation, mark off the diary and get ready for another inspiring information-sharing industry event.

2023 AOA National Olive Industry Conference & Trade Exhibition program

Thursday, 26 October & Friday, 27 October, Ann Harding Conference Centre:

  • Plenary sessions
  • Grove visits
  • EVOO cooking class
  • Tasting workshop

Thursday pm: Conference Dinner, Canberra Institute of Technology Restaurant

Friday pm: 2023 Australian International Olive Awards Presentation Dinner, Ann Harding Conference Centre (Optional – additional ticket)

Full program and details TBC.

The National Olive Conference & Trade Exhibition is facilitated by the Australian Olive Association , partially funded by Hort Innovation using the Olive R&D levy, with in-kind contributions from the Australian Olive Association and funding from the Australian Government. The event is also supported by a range of industry sponsors and exhibitors.