Upcoming Events

Cosmetic & Personal Care Conference 2018

This year’s Cosmetic & Personal Care Conference looks at the strategic and social challenges facing our sector and initiatives to overcome them

  • Wednesday 5 December: Exclusive industry briefing on emerging international regulatory & trade issues and the Cosmetic Industry Leaders’ dinner
  • Thursday 6 December: Cosmetic and Personal Care Conference
  • Friday 7 December: Regulatory Basics – an introduction to the regulation impacting the cosmetic and personal care sector – a must for anyone new to the industry

We are being challenged by increased consumer expectations, greater diversification of expectations across the generations, a trust deficit, greater scrutiny of ingredients, technological disruption creating new communication and marketing channels, challenges to institutional and brand loyalty, and the growth of influencers outside of traditional supply chains. This year’s Conference will be examining the threats and looking at the opportunities created by this dynamic, ever changing global environment.

We are pleased to confirm the following speakersthe Conference:

  • John Chave, Director-General, Cosmetics Europe
  • Michele Levine, CEO, Roy Morgan
  • Lisa Powers, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications, US Personal Care Products Council
  • Peter Le Guay, Partner, Thomson Geer
  • Mark Daniels, Executive Director, Social Traders
  • Tim Duggan, Publisher, Junkee Media
  • Sharon Kwek Si Ling, Senior Innovation and Insights Analyst, Beauty and Personal Care, Mintel

Early bird registrations for the conference are open! Accord members can download the registration form from the member’s only section of the Accord website. Non-members, please contact shollands@accord.asn.au for more information.

Past Events

Accord Export Seminar

When: 27 September 2018
Location: Aerial UTS Conference Centre, Sydney

The Accord Export Seminar featured:

  • Lisa McAuley, CEO, Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA)
    Growing your business in international markets: the do’s and don’ts
  • Bryan Clark, Director, Trade and International Affairs, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)
    Let’s talk about trade: how to reduce costs for importers and exporters 
  • Richard Xiong, Business Engagement Manager, China Practice, NSW Business Chamber
    From Sydney to Shanghai: Australian Business Chamber – your trusted partner
  • Leela Hanson, Director, Business Development, Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic)
    Government finance to help your business grow internationally 

Members can download copies of the presentation from the members-only area of the Accord website.

Dream Ball 2018: Paint the Town Red

Date: Friday, 31 August from 7pm
Location: Grand Ballroom, International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney
Dress: Black Tie

Dream Ball returned in 2018 to celebrate the transformative effect that cosmetic industry supported charity, Look Good Feel Better, has on cancer patients. Once again this was a glamorous and spectacular event for the Australian Cosmetic Industry and supporters of Look Good Feel Better.

Canberra Day 2018

Date: Thursday 23 August 2018
Location: East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston ACT

Canberra Day 2018 looked at the reform landscape for regulation of Accord member products with the theme ‘Pathways to Better Balanced Regulation for Innovation’ .

Speakers included:

  • Adjunct Professor John Skerritt, Deputy Secretary for Health Products Regulation, Dept of Health – on TGA reforms
  • Sharon Appleyard, First Assistant Secretary, Office of Health Protection, Dept of Health – on industrial chemicals reform
  • Dr Chris Parker, Chief Executive Officer, APVMA – on APVMA priorities
  • Dr Allan Freeth, Chief Executive, Environmental Protection Authory NZ – on EPA NZ reforms
  • Brooke Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Packaging Covenent Organisation – on APCO’s agenda and future activities for packaging

The Seminar was preceded by the Industry Leaders’ Dinner at Waters Edge Restaurant on Wednesday 22 August 2018, with special guest Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie.

SOLD OUT – Dangerous Goods transport by road & rail training day – Members Only

Date: Sydney, 4 July 2018 | Melbourne, 2 August 2018

Accord offered a Dangerous Goods transport by road and rail training day for Accord Members, to help make the most of the expected benefits from the amendments in the new edition of the Australian Code for the transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail (ADG Code) edition 7.6

The training covered:

  • A “big picture” look at the regulation for the transport of dangerous goods
  • A brief explanation of roles and responsibilities of Commonwealth and State/Territory government departments and agencies
  • The ADG Code 7.6:
    • Refresher covering basic and general requirements,
    • New options for transport of cosmetics that are dangerous goods by road and rail (subset of LQ),
    • New options for transport of household cleaning products that are dangerous goods by road and rail (subset of LQ),
    • New provisions for Exempted Quantities.

If you are interested in additional sessions of the DG training, please contact shollands@accord.asn.au to register your interest.

Industry Briefing & AGM 2018

Date: Thursday, 31 May 2018
Time: Industry Briefing 9.30am – 12.30pm AGM 12.30 – 12.45pm
Location: Monash City Conference Centre, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

The Industry Briefing featured:

  • Dr Giacomo Ancri, R&D Chemist, Albright & Wilson Australia
  • Kevin O’Grady, Director and Principal Consultant, Pinnacle Quality
  • Mark Daniels, Head of Market & Sector Development, Social Traders
  • Joanna Robinson, Marketing Director, L’OCCITANE Australia

Accord End of Year Dinner and Innovation & Sustainability Seminar, 14-15 November 2017

Dinner: Tuesday 14 November, 7.00 for 7.30pm @ The Botanical
Seminar: Wednesday 15 November, 12.30-5.30pm @ Level 4 Innovation Space, Green Chemical Futures, Monash University


Following lunch and tours of Monash facilities, we had a great line-up of speakers:

  • The Boomerang Effect: Building a tribe of loyal customers – Tim Reid, Innovative Marketing Expert & SME Commentator
  • The answer is out there: Building effective research collaborations – Dr Erol Harvey Chief Executive Officer, MiniFAB and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)
  • New surfactant molecules for next generation delivery and formulation – Dr Rico Tabor, Senior Lecturer & ARC Future Fellow, School of Chemistry, Monash University
  • An Industry perspective – Embedded at Monash – Graeme Pearson, Business Manager, Axieo
  • Working with universities – Dr Ian James, Senior Sector Specialist, Monash University
  • R&D new technologies and changing products – Matthew Weston, Senior Account Manager, Dow Consumer Solutions: Food, Pharma & Medical, Dow Chemical (Australia)

This event was supported by Biz Better Together.

Dream Ball 2017: Believe in the magic

Date: Friday, 1 September 2017, From 7pm
Location: Grand Ballroom, International Convention Centre, 1 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour
Dress: Black Tie

Dream Ball returned in 2017 to celebrate the transformative effect that cosmetic industry supported charity, Look Good Feel Better, has on cancer patients. Once again this was a glamorous and spectacular event for the Australian Cosmetic Industry and supporters of Look Good Feel Better.

Canberra Day 2017 – Advocacy for innovation & contemporary regulation

Date: Thursday 17 August 2017
Location: East Hotel, 69 Canberra Avenue, Kingston ACT
Time: 9am – 2pm (lunch inclusive)

This year’s event focused on Accord’s advocacy for innovation and contemporary regulation. As such, we invited key speakers to discuss the range of important and impending regulatory reforms and challenges facing the industry.
Invited speakers include policy officials from the Department of Health and Department of Environment, along with heads of TGA and APVMA.  An update of Accord’s strategic responses to these reforms was also presented.
The Hon David Gillespie MP, Assistant Minister for Health joined members as our special guest to the Industry Leaders Dinner, 16th August 2017.

Industry Dinner (7.30-9.30pm, Wednesday 16 August, Ottoman Cuisine)
Canberra Day 2017 (9.00am-2.00pm, Thursday 17 August, East Hotel, Canberra)

Member Only Training – Regulatory Basics – SOLD OUT

Date: Wednesday, 7 June 2017
Time: 9:30am – 4pm
Location: Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central

Accord’s Australian Regulatory Basics training workshop provided an introductory overview of the Australian chemical regulatory system that affects Accord Members.
The training covered:

  • A “big picture” look at the Australian Chemical Regulatory system affecting Accord Members
  • A brief explanation of roles and responsibilities of Commonwealth and State/Territory government agencies
  • A summary of the roles and responsibilities of three major Commonwealth regulators:
    • Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA),
    • Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), and
    • National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS).
  • Some of the key regulations that affect labelling including:
    • Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations (GHS labelling),
    • The Poisons Standard,
    • Australian Dangerous Goods Code, and
    • The Cosmetic Labelling Standard.

The training offered hands-on learning experiences, with practical exercises on navigating through the maze of regulations.

Industry Briefing & AGM 2017

Date: Thursday, 25 May 2017
Time: Industry Briefing 9.30am – 12.30pm / AGM 12.30 – 12.45pm
Location: The Westin Sydney, 1 Martin Pl, Sydney NSW 2000

The Industry Briefing featured:

  • Gabriela Martinez, Brand Strategy Manager APAC, Buzzfeed
  • Trish Hyde, CEO, Australian Packaging Covenant
  • Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist, HSBC Australia & New Zealand
  • Mark Cormack, Deputy Secretary Strategic Policy and Innovation, Dept. Health