National Conference October 2018

Contact Information

02 9258 7700

Natalie Burt, Event Manager

Accommodation room block is sold out. If you require accommodation please contact Natalie Burt at the above contact details.



Crown Promenade, Melbourne
8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006


Registrations Open: 24th Jun 18 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 18th Oct 18 11:59 PM

Places Available: 5

  • Event date has passed
  • Registrations are closed

Program Highlights Speakers Fees & Information Registration Inclusions Social Events Awards Venue Accommodation FLIGHTS Pre & Post Conference Activities Sponsorship

Victoria, the education state of Australia, will host this year’s highly anticipated National Conference in Melbourne.

Join us at the premier event for lawyers, 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 from across Australia will discuss, analyse and give their perspectives on current national legal issues. You will gain access to information that contributes to your professional development, and will be challenged to think ahead and be inspired.

Not to be missed are presentations from notable members of the profession including Greg Barns, Carolyn Graydon and Tom Percy QC. Andrew Morrison SC, Michelle James, Luke Geary and Angela Sdrinis will be discussing institutional abuse and the Redress Scheme – this is a session not to be missed.

Conference attendees can earn up to 10 CLE points and are invited to attend the networking events, including the President’s Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner. Don't miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge, mingle with other legal professionals and enjoy all that Melbourne has to offer.

Program Highlights

  • Institutional child sexual abuse — Redress Scheme panel
    Michelle James, Principal, Maurice Blackburn (QLD)
    Andrew Morrison, RDP, SC, Wardell Chambers (NSW)
    Luke Geary, Partner, Mills Oakley(QLD)
    Angela Sdrinis, Lawyer, Angela Sdrinis Legal (VIC)
  • When negligence becomes a crime
    Janine McIlwraith, Principal Lawyer, Slater + Gordon (VIC)
  • Commonwealth compensation scheme: Rights under SRCA (Comcare)
    Tim White, Partner, Tindall Gask Bentley Lawyers (SA)
  • Plus much more, including human rights, ethics and the Annual Case Review.

Click here to view program

Conference Session Times

Friday 19 October 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday 20 October 2018 9:00am - 3:30pm

Speakers/ Panellists

Angela Sdrinis
Angela Sdrinis Legal (VIC)

Bill Madden
Special Counsel
Carroll & O'Dea

Dr. Carolyn Graydon
Principal Solicitor and Manager of the Human Rights Law Program
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Catherine Cheek
Special Counsel
Clewett Lawyers

Dr Andrew Morrison
Wardell Chambers

Dr Louis Schetzer
Policy and Advocacy Manager
Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA)

Dr Rebecca Michalak

Greg Barns
Salamanca Chambers

Jamie Ronald
Burley Griffon Chambers (ACT)

Janine Mcllwraith
Slater + Gordon

Jeremy King
Robinson Gill Lawyers

Joshua Aylward
Special Counsel
Shine Lawyers

Kim Shaw
Maurice Blackburn

Luke Geary
Mills Oakley

Mark Dohrmann
Dohrmann Consulting (VIC)

Mary Ann Hartley

Victorian Bar

Michael Dolan

Michelle James
Maurice Blackburn (QLD)

Mike Dudman
Blackstone Legal Costing

Paul O'Connor
General Manager, National Disability Insurance Agency

Robert Hulls
Centre for Innovative Justice - RMIT

Ron Merkel QC
Owen Dixon Chambers West

Sam Norton
Stary Norton, Halphen (VIC)

Sarah Varney

The Hon. Justice Rita Zammit
Supreme Court of Victoria

Tia Gaffney
Hindsight Forensic Engineering

Tim White
Tindall Gask Bentley

Tom Percy QC
Albert Wolff Chambers (WA)

Will Barsby
National Special Counsel
Shine Lawyers

Jane Campbell

Fees and Information

Rates inclusive of GST

ALA Committee Members: Email Conferences@lawyersalliance to book your ticket to the Conference.

Early-bird registrations close Friday 21 September 2018

(Register and PAY)


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Additional Sponsor rep



Registration Inclusions

  • Access to all Conference sessions from Keynote Address to the closing session;
  • All lunches, morning and afternoon breaks;
  • Password to access ALA National 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 President Welcome Reception on Thursday 18 October at Sealife Melbourne Aquarium for canapés and beverages from 6:30pm. Additional tickets can be purchased for Adults and Children;
  • Entrance to Conference Dinner to be held at the River Room at Crown Promenade on Friday 19 October 2018 from 7:00pm.
    Additional Adult tickets can be purchased.
  • Form for the ALA draw prize

Social Events

President's Welcome Reception

This function will be held on Thursday 18 October from 6:30pm at Sealife Melbourne Aquarium. Guests will be provided with canapés and beverages for 1.5 hours.

The visually stunning Fish Bowl at Sealife Melbourne Aquarium is only a short, 10 minute walk from Crown Promenade. Conference attendees and guests will be treated to an underwater world of wonder as they build their professional network while surrounded by hundreds of fish, great and small. This is sure to be a memorable event.

Admission is included with conference registration.
Additional guest tickets can be purchased upon registration. Rates are inclusive of GST.

Adult guest ticket $88.00
Child guest ticket $45.00

Conference Dinner

This event will be held at the River Room at Crown Promenade from 7:00pm, be prepared an evening of spectacular food, beverages and entertainment. The River room has a stylish balcony overlooking the Melbourne Skyline and Crown's signature flame towers.

The Baker Boys Band will be the evening's entertainment and are sure to get everyone onto the dance floor.

Additional guest tickets can be purchased upon registration. Rates are inclusive of GST.

Adult guest ticket $155.00


Civil Justice Award

Each year the ALA presents a National 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 with the wider public.

Member of the Year Award

The Donoghue v Stevenson Award for Outstanding Contribution to the ALA is awarded annually at the National Conference. It is for members whose efforts have been pivotal to the ongoing success of the ALA in its role of protecting and promoting justice, freedom and the rights of the individual.
Click here to view the application criteria.

Forward all nominations for The Civil Justice and Member of the Year Awards by close of business on Friday 21 September 2018 to Richard Trim at


Crown Conference Centre

Crown Promenade
8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, VIC 3006

Plenary–Conference Hall 1 & 2
Concurrent Sessions–Conference Hall 1–3
Exhibition–Conference Hall Foyer


Crown Melbourne Parking
8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, VIC 3006
Multi-level parking–daily Maximum $17.00


Crown Promenade
8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, VIC 3006

Located in bustling Southbank, Crown Promenade delivers stylish, modern, luxury accommodation. Just moments from Melbourne’s CBD, featuring floor to ceiling windows giving amazing city views of Melbourne, all rooms are furnished in natural tones and feature original art by local artists.

Block Accommodation rooms with special rates have been arranged at the Crown Promenade. To obtain these rates add accommodation to your registration online. If you would like to do so after your registration has been processed, please email and confirm number of rooms and the dates.

To obtain the discounted rate for 18-20 October 2018, 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

Accommodation room block is sold out. If you require accommodation please contact Natalie Burt at the above contact details.

Standard King Room


Room rate per night

$295.00 inclusive of GST
Discounted rate can only be secured through registration with the Australian Lawyers Alliance


$33.00 per person and will be charged upon check-out. Breakfast is located at Mesh Restaurant next to reception.


Complimentary wi-fi in accommodation and Crown Conference Centre.
Distance from Crown Conference Centre Both accommodation and Crown Conference Centre are located within Crown Promenade, 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 14 September 2018.

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 accommodate rate.


Majority of accommodation are king bed configuration. 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 'share with' option when completing the registration. Please ensure that one of the delegates secure, and pays for 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 account according to the hotel terms and conditions.


The Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) have arranged discounted flights with Virgin Australia. Attendees for the ALA National Conference 2018 are enetitled to 10% discount on all flight ticket types.

Click here to book Virgin Australia flights

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Pre & Post Conference Activities

We look forward to welcoming you in Melbourne for the National Conference. If you are travelling to attend, consider taking a few days around the conference to enjoy everything that Melbourne and its surrounds has to offer.

Melbourne is a city filled with natural beauty, cosmopolitan flavour and a diversity of experiences on offer. Whatever your interests, something is sure to delight or enrapture - stroll the city laneways and soak up the atmosphere, street art, architecture and the friendliness of locals; linger in a bustling café, share a peaceful park with a black swan, or saunter along a city beach.

Things to do in Melbourne

1. The colonial Tram Car Restaurant – A famous fleet of historical trams that have become The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. These glossy, burgundy restaurants on wheels are the first travelling Tramcar Restaurants in the world and ensure a delightful, innovative approach to dining.

As they cruise the city streets of Melbourne, diners can enjoy our seasonal menu, quality Australian wines or make a selection from our fully stocked bar at an all inclusive price. click here for further information

2. Melbourne Museum – Enjoyed by over one million visitors each year, Melbourne Museum is one of Melbourne's favourite award winning cultural destinations.

3. Melbourne Cricket Ground - Explore the inner sanctum of the MCG, walk on the hallowed arena and experience where legends play by taking a guided MCG tour! Tours may not run on event days, please refer to our operating hours page for more information.When purchasing tickets online, visitors are welcome to arrive at any time from 10am on the day of their booking.

Things to do outside of Melbourne

1. Yarra Valley Winery Tours – Visit your choice of the picturesque Yarra Valley or stunning Mornington Peninsula where you can sample some of the best wine in the region.

2. Penguin Parade to Phillip Island – Witness this uniquely Australian experience at Phillip Island as the world’s smallest Penguins come home from the sea and waddle across the beach to their sand dune burrows.

4. Healesville Sanctuary – The wonder of the Australian bush comes alive at this premier wildlife park. It is home to over 300 species of wildlife including koalas, dingoes and the platypus.

Sponsorship and Exhibition

Please see below sponsorship opportunities available at the conference

  • Major Partner
  • Partner
  • Exhibitor
  • President Welcome Reception Sponsor
  • Conference Dinner Sponsor
  • Photo booth Sponsor -SOLD
  • Conference App Sponsor -SOLD
  • Lanyard Sponsor -SOLD
  • Advertiser

Please contact to discuss sponsorship opportunities.





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