What is the Australian Virtual Assistants Conference?

The Australian Virtual Assistants Conference (AVAC) is the premier conference for Virtual Assistants in Australia and is now in its 10th year.

The very nature of the virtual assistant industry means that we, as VAs do not always get the chance to network, socialise and learn from our counterparts in the industry. We often network with business as potential clients and in the development of working relationships, but need to take some time to learn and develop our skills with our peers as well.

AVAC gives virtual assistants the opportunity to congregate in person with their peers, meet new VAs, network and socialise with familiar VAs and learn and grow, all in this awesome two day event. So, get inspired by a range of speakers well-known in their industries, relevant to our industry and learn some new skills to take back to your business.

Who is behind AVAC?

Two well-grounded Virtual Assistants of long-standing in Australia.

Kathie M. Thomas began her home based secretarial business in March 1994. Eighteen months later the internet entered the business scene in Australia and Kathie founded the first home based network of virtual workers (now known as Virtual Assistants) in Australia.

Today that network, known as “A Clayton’s Secretary” spreads into 7 countries and services clients worldwide.

Kathie is well known for her passion for the Virtual Assistant industry, writes the popular VA Blog and speaks at teleseminars, webinars and conferences both in Australia and overseas.

Kathie has accreditations in the VA industry and is also a multiple award winner for her efforts in the VA industry and home based businesses.  Her most recent achievements are nominations for “Australian of the Year” in both 2008 and 2009.  She is also listed in the 2009-2018 editions of “Who’s Who of Australian Women“.

Kathie is one of the founding  steering committee members for OIVAC (Online Internationals Virtual Assistants Convention) and is a moderator on the Virtual Assistants International Group (VAIG).

Anita Kilkenny started her virtual career started back in 1994 but didn’t become a full time VA until 2000, helping solopreneurs with their administration and secretarial needs and, more recently, with social media, email marketing and online events with AKA Virtual PA.

Having a long time interest in yoga, meditation and alternative health modalities. Anita saw a gap in this niche market and on 16 July 2014, The Holistic Virtual Assistant was born.

Anita’s passion is to help make the lives of business owners less stressful by assisting them to integrate email marketing and social media into their marketing plan, as well as day-to-day operations.

In 2002 Anita became one of the first in Australia to be awarded with the post nominal of Accredited Office Professional (AOP) and in 2003 was awarded a Master Virtual Assistant (MVA). Anita also won the 2003 AIOP (Australian Institute of Office Professionals) Award of Excellence. In 2006, Anita received the AIOP President’s Award for Excellence and was nominated for the National Award of Excellence and in 2011 Anita was nominated for the Thomas Leonard International Virtual Assistant of Distinction Award  (IVAD)

Anita was one of the founding steering committee members for OIVAC (Online Internationals Virtual Assistants Convention), founding Committee Member of the A4VB Au (Australian Chapter of the Alliance for Virtual Businesses) and Moderator on Virtual Assistants International Group (VAIG), as well as being a member on various online forums and groups.

How did the last event go?

AVAC was successful and so wonderful to see everyone there. Thank you so much for coming!

Here is just some of the feedback we got from delegates.

As a first time attendee at AVAC I was really impressed with the quality of the speakers & the content that each provided. I was also grateful for the warmth of all the attendees. Looking forward to attending many more. Sharon Baillie

The AVAC conference was a great event, I learnt new things, was inspired to take on a few things I hadn’t thgout about and I’m motivated and determine to keep my busines going and growing. Ban’t wait for the next conference. Leanne Rutherford

Once again, I have walked away feeling refreshed and ready to implement a heap of ideas into my business. I love being able to connect with VAs that I only get to communicate with “online” You can’t beat having that face to face interation over these two valuable days. Thanks again for organising & looking after us!! Monica Spiteri