National Conference 2021

Contact Information

02 9258 7700

Natalie Burt, Event Manager

There is high tourism in Barossa Valley during the conference dates. We highly recommend securing accommodation early.



Novotel Barossa Valley Resort
Golflinks Rd, Rowland Flat SA 5352


Registrations Open: 29th Jun 21 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 12th Oct 21 12:00 PM

Places Available: 146

  • Event date has passed
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National Conference 2021

The 2021 Australian Lawyers Alliance National Conference has been postponed. More information will be available shortly

Registration is open for the ALA’s National Conference, the annual CPD event for plaintiff lawyers.

Over two days, expert presenters will discuss and analyse current issues in personal injury law, and provide you with information that will contribute to your professional development. Up to 10 CPD points can be claimed.

The Conference will be divided into two concurrent streams, with sessions covering dust disease-silicosis, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, institutional sexual abuse claims, traumatic brain injury, TPD and CTP.

There will be a number of networking and social events, including the welcome reception and conference dinner, where you’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of the facilities and picturesque surroundings of the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort. The gala dinner will be held at Seppeltsfield Winery, where you have the option in to add on a port tasting and tour.

This event will follow all COVID-19 safety protocols.


We are hopeful that there will be no border closures in place by October. However if government lockdowns or border closures mean that you are unable to attend, your registration and accommodation costs will be fully refunded.

As there is limited accommodation, we suggest you book in for the conference by 27 August 2021.

Program Highlights

  • Keynote address
    Chief Justice Chris Kourakis (SA)
  • Law and tech collide: Legal implications of automated vehicles and augmented human drivers
    Associate Professor and Dean of Law, Tania Leiman, Flinders University (SA)
  • Institutional and vicarious civil liability for child abuse
    Chris Barry QC, Barrister, Selborne Chambers (NSW)
  • The injustice of Australia’s cannabis driving offences
    Greg Barns SC, Salamanca Chambers (TAS)
    Dianah Walter, Patient Advocate, Regions Matter (SA)
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and case law
    Rebecca Thomas, Special Counsel, Travis Schultz & Partners (QLD)
  • Including the annual case review, Royal Commission into Aged Care and wellbein

Click to view conference program

Conference session times

Friday 15 October 2021 | 8:30am–5:00pm
Saturday 16 October 2021 | 8:30am–3:15pm


Member Early-bird
Register and pay Friday 27 August 2021

Member Standard


Registration Inclusions

  • Access to all Conference sessions from keynote address to the closing session;

  • All lunches, and morning and afternoon breaks;

  • Password to access ALA National Conference event app through Events Air, which includes conference papers, maps, event schedules, push notifications, speaker biographies, sponsor information, and option to interact with other delegates;

  • Admission to welcome reception on Thursday 14 October 2021 at Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, including canapés and beverages from 6:00–7:30pm;

  • Admission to conference dinner held at Seppeltsfield Winery on Friday 15 October 2021 from 7:30pm;

  • Entry form for the ALA draw prize.

Social Events

The welcome reception will be held on Thursday 14 October from 6:00–7:30pm at Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, Lawns . Guests will be provided with canapés and beverages for the duration of the reception.

Admission is included with conference registration.

The conference dinner will be held at Seppeltsfield Winery from 7:30pm – be prepared for an evening of spectacular food, beverages and entertainment. Please note that due to limited COVID-safe capacity, no guest tickets can be purchased for the social events.


Novotel Barossa Valley Resort
Golflinks Rd, Rowland Flat SA 5352

Novotel Barossa Valley Resort is located in the Barossa Valley district, set in a natural amphitheatre overlooking Jacob’s Creek. The guest rooms all feature private balconies and views of the Barossa Range. Both comfort and functionality are assured with 32-inch LCD televisions, access to pay TV channels, in-room films, comfortable workstations (including ergonomic chairs and internet access), a large chaise lounge, and air-conditioning. Accommodation has been reserved for delegates only at the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort.

Plenary: Cabernet Room
Stream B: Shiraz Room
Exhibition: Pre function


Novotel Barossa Valley Resort offers complimentary parking in its outdoor car park to all guests using the facilities.


Novotel Barossa Valley Resort
Golflinks Rd, Rowland Flat SA 5352

The Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) has arranged discounted accommodation at Novotel Barossa Valley Resort for Conference attendees. There are four accommodation types, listed below – when booking online please select the correct room type as they have different prices.

All prices include one breakfast – if two people will be occupying the room, you will need to add an additional breakfast to your booking (cost of $25).

For further information on the available room types, please click here before selecting your room type.

Bedding configuration is either king or two king singles.

Please note that the room rate increases to $70 for Saturday night.

If you would like to secure accommodation we recommend the below sites.


Studio King

Each room features a private balcony with panoramic views over the Jacob’s Creek Vineyards and the Barossa Range. Sleeping up to two people, the rooms feature either a king-size bed or two king single beds.
Superior King

Each room features a private balcony with panoramic views over the Jacob’s Creek Vineyards and the Barossa Range. Sleeping up to two people, the rooms feature either a king-size bed or two king single beds.
Spa King

Each room features a private balcony with panoramic views over the Jacob’s Creek Vineyards and the Barossa Ranges. The en suite bathroom features a corner spa bath for added relaxation.

Two-bedroom Apartment

Spacious two-bedroom apartments are perfect for a longer stay, or for those wanting extra space.

Accommodating up to four people maximum in two separate bedrooms, the main bedroom features a queen bed while the second bedroom features. two king single beds or one king-sized bed. The room has a separate lounge and dining area, plus a kitchenette with cooking facilities including hot plates and microwave.

The refurbished bathroom features a large walk-in rain shower or a separate bath tub.



Please indicate on your booking if you would like two king single beds or one king bed, rates include

one breakfast. Additional breakfast is $25.

Accommodation rates increase to $70 for Saturday night.

If you would like to arrive prior to the available accommodate nights, please reach out to the ALA via

If you would like to arrive prior to the available accommodate nights, please reach out to the ALA via



$25 per person when pre-purchased through the ALA (otherwise you will be charged $31 upon checking out).
Breakfast is located in the main building at Cellar Kitchen.


No penalty will apply for accommodation cancellations prior to 27 August 2021.

The ALA will endeavour to sell the cancelled accommodation to another delegate. If we are unable to, the delegate wishing to cancel accommodation will be subject to 100% of the accommodate rate.

No-shows are subject to 100% of the accommodation rate.

If you require a twin room, please specify during registration and email

If sharing a room with someone (other than a partner), please state their name under the 'share with' option when completing registration. Please ensure that one of the delegates secures and pays for the accommodation.

Upon check-in, a credit card will be required and a $100 bond per night will be held on the card. Delegates are to settle their own account according to the hotel terms and conditions.


Please see below sponsorship opportunities available at the Conference:

  • Partner
  • Exhibitor
  • Advertiser

Please contact to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

Terms and conditions

Cancellations received before 10 September 2021 will be refunded in full. NO REFUNDS WILL BE MADE AFTER as all costs will be pre-paid to service providers, these cancellation conditions apply to all registration, accommodation and social event payments. Changes are subject to availability. Substitutions are allowed up to 48 hours prior to the commencement of the Conference and all requests must be made in writing. If there is a COVID-19 outbreak and the South Australian Government announces that events of 150+ attendees are not allowed, the ALA will provide access to the virtual conference.

All payments for registration, accommodation, activities and any applicable membership fees must be made prior to the commencement of the Conference. We reserve the right to cancel some or all of your booking if payment is not received. Accommodation payments, cancellations and changes are subject to the requirements of the hotel and its arrangements with the Australian Lawyers Alliance in relation to room guarantees. Accommodation charges include one breakfast. Delegates are responsible for all incidental charges payable to the hotel on departure. In the case of a 'no-show', all payments for registration, social events, accommodation or any associated fees will still need to be settled by the registrant after the event.

The Australian Lawyers Alliance reserves the right to alter any published program. The right is reserved to cancel or change itineraries or substitute services without notice. In most instances, comprehensive papers are provided by the speakers however the Australian Lawyers Alliance is unable to take responsibility for papers not provided.

The Australian Lawyers Alliance assumes no liability whatsoever for injury, damage, loss, accident or delay to persons or property other than to the minimum extent required by law. In view of statutory or contractual limitations that may apply to personal injury or property damage and loss, the purchase of accident, baggage and travel insurance is strongly recommended.

The Australian Lawyers Alliance manages your personal information in accordance with our responsibilities under the relevant laws. All attendee contact details will be provided to event partners for one post-event email.