The SYDNEY ACM SIGGRAPH held a neat little a forum moderated by Shilo McClean at COFA today (a little while after the week-0 intro from the MDM staff). The topic was "The Working Artist: career info for DVFx artists" and had a suite of industry folk from freelancers to big production houses like Animal Logic and Dr. D.
Apart from the discussions and questions we saw a few showreels from current professionals and from successful Traineeship applicants.
I am hoping to get a bit more involved with our local SIGGRAPH chapter now - great bunch of people. The next event at COFA looks like being "Acting for Animators" which should be fun.