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well-respected veteran of the
events industry for 18 years, she
is currently the ACT branch chair
for Meetings & Events Australia
(MEA) and a member of the Professional
Convention Management Association’s
Regional Advisory Board for Asia Pacific.
Adding to her various roles, Ms Goodacre
was the winner of MEA’s Events Manager of
the Year in 2013, winning the ACT award in
the same category in 2015, and won the
National Association/Government Event of
the Year for Trucking Australia 2013.
A graduate of the Australian Institute of
Company Directors, Company Director
course, she also consults to the Board of the
National Folk Festival.
Oh, and did we mention that in addition to
pursuing leisurely activities such as bike riding
and dining with her family and friends, Tania
just happens to be studying for her MBA!
Clarifying why she chose a career in
events, Ms Goodacre said it was during the
1990’s working at the Embassy of Israel in
Canberra that she first became exposed to
many business events including their yearly
“From there I joined the Australian Medical
Association where I had my own portfolio of
events and found that organising events
really suited me and my skill set.
“I love that I need a range of skills, the
diversity of what I do and that my role is a
people facing one. Most of all I love the strategy behind ‘the what and the why’ of events,”
Prior to her MCA role Tania was employed at the Australian Trucking Association. “It was here that
I discovered the benefits and subsequently implemented a dedicated events registration software.”
Now with a role organising and managing events Australia-wide, the MCA‘s largest event is
Minerals Week, which is always held in Canberra.
Currently the MCA holds 10 major events a year and numerous ad hoc ones too. “Events
that support the MCA’s business objectives,” she said. “These are to: demonstrate the
industry’s economic value – showcase the industry’s environmental and social performance and
values – advocate for internationally competitive policy settings and provide forums through
which the minerals sector comes together to share knowledge and promote industry initiatives.
“These events enable member companies to engage with opinion leaders and other
stakeholders and demonstrate the industry’s contribution to the sustainable economic benefit of
“Content,” she continued, “is incredibly important to our members. They want to know the
latest trends or effects of proposed legislation on their business. However, given the
geographical spread of our members, destination too is a consideration.
“In my role I also provide strategic advice and management in the development and delivery
of the MCA’s event calendar which promotes the minerals industry’s policy agenda and engages
critical target audiences.
“What I learnt at last year’s MCA Environment and Communities Workshop was that events
definitely educate. It really opened my eyes even further to the world-leading work companies are
undertaking to improve environmental performance for sustainable eco-systems beyond the life of
the mine and to build mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous and local communities.”
Responding to the seemingly polarising effect the mining industry has on the community, she
pointed out, “People recognise the value that it brings to the economy, however, there are some
who believe that it can have an environmental impact. To this end we show people the positive
impact Australia’s world-class mining industry has, especially in the areas of jobs, innovation,
economics and environmental sustainability,” she explained.
With some local Australian Associations looking to grow their membership into Asia, to the
question, what is the MCA’s strategy and why, Ms Goodacre replied, “We are here to deliver
excellent and high value events to our members in Australia. We know what our charter is and
the MCA focuses on executing that strategy to represent the minerals industry in Australia.” m
With a slew of glittering prizes and an appetite for getting
the job done well, Minerals Council of Australia assistant
director, Tania Goodacre, is the epitome of an achiever.
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