Queensland Conference 2019

Contact Information

02 9258 7700


Natalie Burt, Event Manager

If require accommodation for please contact Natalie at the above details.



The Star, Gold Coast
1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach


Registrations Open: 31st Oct 18 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 14th Feb 19 11:59 PM

Places Available: 1

  • Event date has passed
  • Registrations are closed

Queensland Conference 2019


Program Highlights Speakers Fees & Information Registration Inclusions Social Events Awards Venue Accommodation Sponsorship

Facing the future is this years theme for the highly anticipated 21st Queensland Conference. Join us at the premier event for Queensland lawyer's, academics and other professionals who are dedicated to protecting and promoting justice, freedom and the rights of the individual.

Over the course of two days our expert presenters will discuss, analyse and give their perspectives on current personal injury legal issues. You will gain access to information that contributes to your professional development.

We have also introduced an Essentials stream, where sessions will cover fundamental legal concepts that can operate as either an introduction or a refresher. Additional streams will cover both national and Queensland-specific issues, including the Redress Scheme, the Financial Services Royal Commission, medical negligence, MVAs and more.

Conference attendees can earn up to 10 CLE points and are invited to attend the networking events, including the Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner. Don't miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge, mingle with other legal professionals and enjoy the new facilities at The Star, Gold Coast in the heart of Broadbeach.

Program Highlights

  • Keynote address
    Dr Dinesh Palipana, Gold Coast University Hospital
  • Claims-farming legislation in Queensland
    Rod Hodgson, Maurice Blackburn
  • The National Injury Insurance Scheme, Queensland: the story so far
    Sally Noonan, Chief Executive Officer, National Injury Insurance Agency Queensland

  • Plus much more, including civil litigation, ethics and medical negligence topics.


Conference Session Times

Friday 15 February 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday 16 February 9:00am - 3:45pm

Speakers/ Panellists

Dr Dinesh Palipana
Gold Coast University Hospital

Richard Douglas QC
Callinan Chambers

Sarah Atkinson
Maurice Blackburn, Sunshine Coast

Melinda Fisher

Rod Hodgson
Maurice Blackburn, Brisbane

Paul Green

Cate Heyworth-Smith QC
Level 33 Chambers

Nina Kaarsberg
Shine Lawyers, Toowoomba

Kathryn Townsend
Shine Lawyers, Toowoomba

Jan Saddler
Shine Lawyers, Brisbane

Joshua Aylward
Shine Lawyers, Brisbane

Danielle Little
Little Estate Lawyers

Phil Nolan

Adam Tayler
Turner Freeman, Brisbane

Danielle Wadley
Lex Medicus

Sarah Vallace
Maurice Blackburn Brisbane

Clare Eves
Shine Lawyers, Robina

Chris McManus
Murphy's Law

Catherine Cheek
Clewett Lawyers

Laura Neil
Endeavour Chambers

Gerard Mullins
Darrow Chambers

Roger Kahler

Jeremy Wiltshire
Inns of Court

Mark Glen
Endeavour Chambers

Rebecca Nicholas
Queensland Bar

John Kimmins
Inns of Court

Travis Schultz
Travis Schultz Law

Peter Gibson
Shine Lawyers,
Sunshine Coast

Dominic Murphy
31 West Chambers

Prof. Melinda Edwards
Mewise Pty Ltd
Keith Howe
Inns of Court
Melinda Fisher
Beth Rolton
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

Fees and Information

Rates inclusive of GST

Early-bird registrations close Friday 11 January 2019


(Register and PAY)


ALA Member





Additional Sponsor rep ( day pass only)


The ALA is offering one day tickets to young professionals to attend the conference on Friday only, Social functions are an additional cost.
This special rate is available only to students, law graduates, paralegals and ALA Junior Professional members, to claim special offer email,



Junior Professional


Social Function

Guest ticket

Welcome reception


Conference dinner


Delegate Registration Inclusions

  • Access to all Conference sessions from the Keynote Address to the closing session;
  • All lunches, morning and afternoon break refreshments;
  • Password to access ALA Queensland Conference event app through Attendeehub, which includes conference papers, maps, event schedules, push notifications, speaker biographies, Sponsor information and chance to interact with other delegates;
  • Admission to Welcome Reception on Thursday 14 February 2019 at The Star, poolside for canapés and beverages from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Additional tickets can be purchased for adults;
  • Entrance to Conference Dinner to be held at the The Star Marquee on Friday 15 February 2019 from 7:00pm.
    Additional Adult tickets can be purchased and;
  • Form for the ALA draw prize.
  • Claim up to 10 CLE points

Young Professional Registration Inclusions

  • Access to Friday conference sessions ONLY;
  • Lunches, morning and afternoon break refreshments;
  • Friday papers only post-conference.

Social Events

Welcome Reception

This function will be held on Thursday 14 February from 6:15pm at The Star, Poolside. Guests will be provided with canapés and beverages from 6:15-8:15pm.

Take in the beautiful weather Broadbeach has to offer while watching the sunset and mingling with your fellow attendees.

Admission is included with delegate conference registration.
Additional guest tickets can be purchased upon registration.

Conference Dinner

This event will be held at The Star Event Gallery for pre-dinner drinks with the dinner to follow at The Star Marquee.

Additional guest tickets can be purchased upon registration.


Civil Justice Award

Each year the ALA presents a Queensland Civil Justice Award to a deserving recipient in accordance with the outlined criteria.

The award provides a platform of recognition to an individual who has fought for justice. The award generates significant media attention and provides additional opportunities for the recipient to raise further awareness about the issues for which they have fought, both within the legal fraternity and more broadley.

Forward all nominations for the Civil Justice Award by close of business by Friday December 21, 2018 to Richard Trim at enquiries@lawyersalliance.com.au.


The Star Event Centre
1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach

Freshly renovated and ideally situated on Broadbeach Island, this slice of paradise is the perfect place to combine relaxation and learning. With over 500 luxurious rooms, enjoy sweeping coastal and hinterland views and kick back poolside. With award winning restaurants, a 24 hour casino and our Event Centre all within arm's reach, you have all the ingredients for a memorable stay - whether it's for business, pleasure, or a bit of both.

Plenary: Southport gallery
Concurrent Sessions: Southport 1-3 and Broadbeach 1-2
Exhibition: Star Event Gallery


Star, Gold Coast Parking

The Star Gold Coast offers a secure, undercover, complimentary car park to all guests using the facilities. Access to the carpark is via Hooker Boulevard/Nerang-Broadbeach Rd or the Gold Coast Highway and T E Peters Drive. Valet parking is also available at a $40 per day.


The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast
1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach

If you require accommodation please contact Natalie Burt on 02 9258 7726 or Conferences@lawyersalliance.com.au

The Star Grand and Event Centre are located within arm's reach, with newly renovated rooms The Star Grand is the place to stay.

To obtain the discounted rate for 14-16 February 2019, please secure your accommodation through registration or by contacting our events team via email. If you would like to add additional nights to your accommodation booking or request a twin room please contact conferences@lawyersalliance.com.au.

Standard King Room


Room rate per night

$249.00 inclusive of GST
Discounted rate can only be secured through registration with the Australian Lawyers Alliance


$25.00 per person, charged upon check-out. Breakfast is located at Garden Kitchen and Bar.


Complimentary wi-fi in accommodation and Star Event Centre.
Distance from The Star Event Centre Both accommodation and The Star Event Centre are located within The Star, Gold Coast. Ask hotel reception for directions; there are various directories located within the hotel.
Terms and Conditions

No penalty will apply for accommodation cancellations prior to 4 January 2019.

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 conferences@lawyersalliance.com.au.

If sharing a room with someone (other than a partner), please state their name under 'share with' option when completing the registration. Please ensure that one of the delegates secure, 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 will settle their own account according to the hotel terms and conditions.

Sponsorship and Exhibition

Please see below sponsorship opportunities available at the conference:

  • Major Partner - SOLD
  • Partner - SOLD
  • Exhibitor - SOLD
  • Welcome Reception sponsor - SOLD
  • Conference Dinner sponsor - SOLD
  • Photo booth sponsor - SOLD
  • Conference app sponsor - SOLD
  • Lanyard sponsor - SOLD
  • Advertiser- SOLD
  • Catering break sponsor
  • Session sponsor

Please contact enquiries@lawyersalliance.com.au to discuss sponsorship opportunities.