What is it?

RYLA O Day is a one-day RYLA program for RYLA Alumni, run concurrently across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands.

The objective of RYLA O Day is for RYLArians to connect across Oceania in an accessible way. RYLA O Day is intended to become an annual event, to be held in October.

The program for RYLA O Day will be standardised across the region and delivered in select areas by local teams. The program will feature keynote presentations that will be streamed digitally across the region, for both online participants and those attending the in-person events. The in-person events will also have localised content, determined by local teams.

RYLA O Day has been designed for a COVID-world where there’s an ongoing risk of border restrictions. This format will allow RYLArians to attend an in-person event if they are able to travel, but also allow for RYLArians to participate online if they’re unable to travel.

When is RYLA O Day?

Saturday 16 October 2021. Mark it in your calendar!

The program for the online portion is still being finalised, but it will likely go for 3-4 hours and will be held around noon AEST so that everyone can participate together, from Auckland to Perth.

For each local in-person event, the host organisers will schedule their own times around the online component.

What is the online program for RYLA O Day?

We are creating a program template that balances shared content for everyone, which also allows for the in-person teams to add their local flair.

We have also secured a major partner for RYLA O Day, who will provide a keynote presentation and a leadership activity. Please expect an announcement about this in the coming weeks, which will also include the theme and the logo for this year’s event.

The program is expected to have these common elements for both online and in-person attendees:

  • 2x keynote presentations that will be presented digitally, and simultaneously broadcast across the region.
  • 1x common leadership activity that will be facilitated by local teams.

Where are the in-person events?

In-person event locations will be formally announced in the coming weeks.

We have received expressions of interest from teams in the following locations:

  • Auckland
  • Queenstown
  • Northern NSW
  • Adelaide
  • Perth

If a local event isn’t being held in your area, or if you’re unable to attend a local event, that’s no problem! Everyone can join the online program to hear amazing speakers and connect with fellow RYLArians.

What are the COVID-safe measures in place to protect in-person events?

RYLA O Day has a physical and digital element. RYLA Oceania is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and is in a position to pivot quickly in the event of an outbreak or border closures to deliver a digital-only experience. All local teams will be required to prepare a COVID plan that aligns with the relevant government regulations.

What does RYLA O Day cost to attend?

The cost to attend RYLA O Day will vary depending on the location, but all efforts are being taken so that it is affordable for anyone to attend. We will provide prices when tickets are formally launched in the coming weeks.

Where can we find out more information?

If you are a RYLA Alumni, please join the Facebook group “RYLA Alumni in Oceania” and follow for updates.

Register your interest at http://www.rylaoceania.org or follow RYLA Oceania on Facebook and Instagram to find out more.