Is the 2020 Oration going ahead?

Yes, it is!  We will be livestreaming the Oration on Sunday, 26 July 2020 at 11am.  With the current social isolation measures in place, we’ve decided to trial a new solution to allow people to watch – and participate – this year.  Please keep your eye on our webpage for more details as we get closer to the date.


What is the 2020 Oration about?

The 2020 Oration is titled “The Australia We Want”.  It will focus on the next generation of young Australian leaders and how Australia might do things differently.


Who is delivering the 2020 Oration?

The Orator for 2020 is Cathy McGowan AO, the former independent Member for Indi, academic and rural consultant 


What are you doing in the lead up to the 2020 Oration?

The Kerferd Oration Committee and Quercus, Beechworth have jointly funded a project in the lead up to the 2020 George Briscoe Kerferd Oration titled Young People – Your Community – Your Voice.

The project will run until June 2020 and seeks feedback from young adults about the Australia they would want to see – particularly in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.  


What is the purpose of the project?

The project has two primary objectives:

To gather the views of young people about how the next generation of Australian leaders in politics, business and communities can better meet future challenges. This information will be used to inform the 18th George Briscoe Kerferd Oration, to be delivered by Cathy McGowan AO.

To explore options about how things might be done differently and how young people can gain the skills and experience to allow them to actively participate in decisions about their future.

A report on how Indigo Shire, businesses and local communities might best engage with and utilise the skills and enthusiasm of young people in future decision making will be made available through Quercus Beechworth later in the year.


Who is running the survey?

The survey is one component of the project and has been issued by the Kerferd Oration Committee in partnership with Quercus Beechworth.


Who can complete the survey?

Anyone is able to complete the survey – and we encourage you to participate in the project.  Your opinion is important!


What happens next?

Young people aged 18-30 who participate in the survey will be offered the opportunity to participate in a series of online forums to get further information about what would make it easier for them to engage with their communities and the skills they need to do so.


Why should I get involved? 

Decisions being made now and in coming months are the ones which will shape our future.

Young people aged under 30, currently make up more that 38% of our population, and about half are old enough to vote in local state and federal elections. 

Young people are currently under-represented in decision making processes which may affect them for the rest of their lives.  This project gives us the opportunity to develop a new approach which will give young people a voice in responding to the challenges ahead and identify ways in which they can help to develop the policies, skills and innovation which will lead Australia into the future.


How will my information be stored and who will it be given to?

Any information collected during the course of this project will remain the property of the project sponsors, the Kerferd Oration Committee and Quercus Beechworth.

Survey answers will be used to inform the 18th George Briscoe Kerferd Oration and may also be used in the preparation of the final report, and for promotion of the 2020 Oration. 

We may quote your answers in a report or promotional material. If we do this we will not use your name or address or any other information that could identify you unless we get your permission. 


What are the expected outcomes and will I receive notification of these?

The project is expected to be completed in June 2020.  If you participate in the online forums during April and May, we will send you a copy of the final project report following the Oration in July.

After the Oration, the report will be available on the Kerferd Oration website and the Quercus Beechworth website



How can I be more involved in the project?

The most important thing you can do to get involved is to complete the survey, which you can find here


How can I get more involved with the Kerferd Oration?

If you’d like to join the Kerferd Oration Committee, please send your details to the Kerferd Committee email address:

We’re currently looking for new members and we’d love to hear from you!