Not only do you not need to be a conference rep to go to conference, you don’t need to go to federal conference to become a federal voting conference rep.
It’s often assumed that it is only worth becoming a conference rep if you are going to go to conference, and as a result local parties further away from the venues in particular often do not elect a full slate of conference reps. However, whilst this is the primary role for voting conference reps, it is not the only role. Notably, it is the conference representatives who get the votes in the party’s internal committee elections – for the Federal Executive, Federal Policy Committee, Federal Conference Committee and so on.
So when it comes to your local party’s AGM, why not make sure your local party has a full set of conference reps, regardless of how many are intending to go to conference next year?
You may also find my Ten tips for running a better AGM helpful too.