On Friday 20 January 2017, the Australia Day Council of South Australia will host its annual Australia Day Luncheon – the official launch of Australia Day activities in South Australia. The Australia Day Luncheon is a highly esteemed event which brings together the South Australian community to discuss National Identity and celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian. 

Each year, the Australia Day Luncheon is engaging, thought provoking and inspiring to those who attend. Many businesses and councils utilise the event to network, host key stakeholders, entertain staff or celebrate with members of their community. Individual tickets to the Australia Day Luncheon are $150 or $1430 for a table of ten.

The Australia Day Luncheon has hosted a range of speakers including; His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC, Former Prime Minister of Australia The Hon Julia Gillard, Dick Smith AO, Professor Patrick McGorry, Jonty Bush, Maggie Beer, Stephanie Alexander, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le Governor of South Australia, Dr Gill Hicks and Shanaka Fernando.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Fiona Kerr

Dr Fiona Kerr is on a mission to change the way we think about how we think. Fiona combines a half time academic role with Adelaide University as their Systems and Neural Complexity Specialist, with public speaking and consulting on a range of SCN areas and neuro-ethics. She advises a number of Australia’s largest companies on how leaders can build better brains and create organisations that flourish, and has spent time with a number of fascinating organisations including the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil. She has consulted and collaborated for many years to governments here and overseas on building creative democracies and innovative ecosystems.

All of these things revolve around Fiona’s passion regarding the value of human interaction and its amazingly transformative power, whether it is the ability of leaders to build flourishing environments and boost complex thinking, or the power of human touch and eye gaze on healing and wellness.

Comedian: Peter Rowsthorn

Peter Rowsthorn is a high energy, fast paced stand up comedian one minute and a measured character actor the next. A masterful MC of corporate and private functions, he has been performing his slick & blistering stand up for almost two decades.

Peter has appeared regularly on Thank God You're Here series 1, 2, 3 and 4, popped up on Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation and hosted the delightful Can We Help on the ABC. Most recently, Peter has had TV roles in Open Slather, Underbelly: Squizzy, It’s A Date and Timothy, and performed on stage in The Importance Of Being Ernest and Laughter On The 23rd Floor. He has also starred in the short film Welcome To Dookie and feature film Paper Planes.

Peter is probably still best known as long-suffering husband and pants-man Brett Craig on Kath & Kim, reprising this role on the silver screen in 2012 in Kath & Kimderella.

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If you have any enquiries please contact the Australia Day Council of South Australia on (08) 8463 5436 or

Australia Day Luncheon 2016: Keynote - Shanaka Fernando