October 23rd 2019 saw the best in print return to Parliament for a second consecutive year. The second Print2Parliament! was a standout success and afforded PVCA members, industry representatives and passionate print supporters the opportunity to speak directly with Members of Parliament and Senators. The evening was a spectacular opportunity to showcase what our industry does, and how well we do it.
The Hon Paul Fletcher, Minister for Communications and Arts gave the opening address to the large crowd.
Minister Fletcher was followed Mr Milton Dick MP, Member for Oxley.
As the premier lobbying event in the print calendar, all guests had ample time to remind the legislators in attendance that there are printers in every single Australian electorate. Delegates ensured that the challenges and top 5 priorities for print, packaging and visual communications remain at the forefront of the politicians’ minds. These priorities are
- Reliable and affordable energy
- Funding for training, skills development and apprenticeships
- Simpler Industrial Relations to boost productivity
- Government recognition of Sustainable Green Print accreditation
- Australia first procurement policy for government printing
Additionally the attending policymakers were introduced to the art, precision, beauty and sheer brilliance of the best in print from around Australia.
Print2Parliament! is a showcase of the Gold winning entries from the National Print Awards, the annual recognition of the best in print from across Australian states and territories. The National Print Awards judging panel were revealed during the evening, and thanked by Andrew Macaulay, CEO of the PVCA for contributing their expertise to the 2019 Awards Programme. Two International judges, Tricia Pink from New Zealand and Major Wong Wing Kwong were in attendance. Both judges were honoured to discuss the entries, as well as their experience in this years programme, and delighted in meeting the producers and creators of the pieces that they had carefully assessed in the months prior.
The remaining two judges, Chief Judge Daniel Trathen, and long-time friend of the National Print Awards, and esteemed print veteran John Shallvey could not attend.
The 2020 National Print Awards is set to kick off early next year when entries open on 20th January 2020. PVCA members’ first entry into the awards is free. Further details will be released by the PVCA through Dec 2019 and Jan 2020.
At the close of the evening, Andrew Macaulay, CEO of PVCA said “For a second year, we are delighted at the level of engagement at this event, which is incredibly beneficial to the entire print, packaging and visual communications industry. The PVCA maintains an open dialogue with the Federal Government, as well as working collaboratively with our partners and friends in the industry to keep the industry moving forward. Events such as Print2Parliament! assure us of keeping momentum”
Print2Parliament! Photo Gallery