National Conference 2019

Contact Information

02 9258 7700

Natalie Burt, Event Manager

Accommodation is sold out! Click here for off-site options



Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort


Registrations Open: 7th May 19 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 23rd Oct 19 11:59 PM

Places Available: 2

  • Event date has passed
  • Registrations are closed

National Conference 2019

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

Queensland, the tropical state of Australia, will host this year’s highly anticipated National Conference in picturesque Port Douglas.

2019 marks 25 years since the ALA (previously known as the APLA) began, and National Conference 2019 will be the focus of our celebrations. Register now to be part of the festivities and to take advantage of our diverse CLE program.

This conference is 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 Janine McIlwraith, Naty Guerrero-Diaz, Andrew Morrison RFD SC, Angela Sdrinis, Graham Droppert, Amy Nikolovski, Robert Davis, Jane Campbell, Josh Mennen plus much more

Conference attendees can earn up to 9 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 Port Douglas has to offer.

Program Highlights

  • Keynote address: A quest for justice — evolution or catastrophe?
    Fiona McLeod SC, Sir Owen Dixon Chambers (VIC)
  • My pain and suffering is not negated by my death
    Janine McIlwraith, Slater + Gordon (VIC)
    Naty Guerrero-Diaz, Slater + Gordon (VIC)
  • Vicarious liability for child abuse
    Andrew Morrison RFD SC, Wardell Chambers (NSW)
    Angela Sdrinis, Angela Sdrinis Legal (VIC)
    Graham Droppert, Albert Wolff Chambers (WA)
  • Sexual harassment and discrimination in the era of the #MeToo movement
    Amy Nikolovski, Duncan Basheer Hannon (SA)
  • Common issues in plaintiff litigation — Witness preparation
    Robert Davis, Davis Legal (QLD)
  • What the Financial Services Royal Commission means for consumers
    Jane Campbell, Aeran (NSW)
    Josh Mennen, Maurice Blackburn (NSW)
  • Julian Assange and the threat to human rights
    Greg Barns, Salamanca Chambers (TAS)
  • Urgent litigation for medical evacuation of refugees from Nauru and Manus
    David Burke, Human Rights Law Centre (VIC)
  • Police accountability — Lawyer X
    Nicholas Boag, Robinson Gill Lawyers (VIC)
    Yusur Al-Azzawi, Robinson Gill Lawyers (VIC)
  • Older Australians — Care Factor Zero?
    Bill Mitchell, Townsville Community Legal Service Inc. (QLD)
    Catherine Henry, Catherine Henry Lawyers (NSW)
  • Asbestos litigation
    Martin Rogalski, Rogalski Lawyers (QLD)
  • The impact of the Jackson Reforms on the English legal system. Can Australia learn anything?
    Reuben Glynn, Partners in Costs Limited (ENGLAND)

Plus much more, including an expert conclaves panel, ethics and an annual case review.

Conference Session Times

Friday 25 October 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday 26 October 2019 9:00am - 3:30pm

Speakers/ Panellists

Angela Sdrinis
Angela Sdrinis Legal (VIC)

Dr Andrew Morrison
Wardell Chambers

Naty Guerrero-Diaz
Principal Lawyer,
Slater + Gordon (VIC)

Janine Mcllwraith
Slater + Gordon

Graham Droppert
Albert Wolff Chambers

Amy Nikolovski
Duncan Basheer Hannon

Robert Davis
Davis Legal

Jane Campbell
Principal, Aeran

Josh Mennen
Princpal Lawyer,
Maurice Blackburn

Andrew Stone SC
Sir James Martin Chambers

Martin Rogalski
Rogalski Lawyers

Greg Stretton SC
Blackburn Chambers

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 20 September 2019

(Register and PAY)


ALA Member





Additional sponsor rep ( day pass only)



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 24 October at Poolside, Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas for canapés and beverages from 6:00pm. Additional tickets can be purchased for Adults and Children;
  • Entrance to Conference Dinner to be held at the Glade Pavillion, Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas on Friday 25 October 2019 from 6:30pm.
    Additional Adult tickets can be purchased.
  • Form for the ALA draw prize

Social Events

This function will be held on Thursday 24 October from 6:00pm at Poolside, Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas. Guests will be provided with canapés and beverages for 2 hours.

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 $50.00

This event will be held at the Glade Pavilion at Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas from 6:30pm, be prepared an evening of spectacular food, beverages and entertainment. Pre dinner drinks will commence at 6:30PM in the exhibitor area with staff to direct attendees to the pavilion at 7:00PM.

The Tony George 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 $160.00


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 20 September 2019 to Richard Trim at


Sheraton Grand Mirage Port Douglas Resort
Port Douglas Road, Port Douglas, QLD 4877

The 2019 National Conference will be held at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas, located approximately one hour’s drive north of Cairns in Far North Queensland. The Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas is the only international five star resort in Far North Queensland that is located on the magnificent Four Mile Beach. The famous natural beauty of the region is in easy reach, including Mossman Gorge, the world heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

After completing a A$43 million refurbishment to accommodation rooms and restaurants in 2016, the hotel is a revitalised beachfront luxury resort surrounded by 147 hectares of lush tropical gardens, 2 hectares of sparkling saltwater lagoon pools, an 18-hole golf course and 5-star resort amenities. The newly transformed 5-star rooms and suites offer captivating views of the lagoon pools, tropical gardens and select rooms feature private balconies.

Plenary: Mirage Ballroom
Stream A: Mirage Ballroom 1-2
Stream B: Mirage Ballroom 3
Exhibition–Mirage Pre Function


There is complimentary parking onsite for all conference delegates


Sheraton Grand Mirage Port Douglas Resort
Port Douglas Road, Port Douglas, QLD 4877

Accommodation is sold out, Click here for off-site options

Accommodation is available at the meeting venue, the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas. The Sheraton is located on Four Mile Beach and has direct beach access. All accommodation rooms were renovated in 2016.

A special meeting accommodation rate has been negotiated for delegates wishing to stay at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas. This is a “Resort view or Lagoon view Room "Run of House” rate. All accommodation rooms have views of lagoons or tropical gardens. Each is serviced daily, receives a nightly turn down and contains two double beds or one king size bed, with a spacious sitting area and separate bathroom. Rooms with two double beds are limited and are available on a request basis only.

Discounted rate is valid 24-27 October 2019. If you would like to secure accommodation prior and after these dates at the discounted rate please contact the ALA Event Manager via email.

If you would like to upgrade your room to a pool access, Corner spa or 2 bedroom, please contact

Standard King Room


Room rate per night

$235.00 inclusive of GST
Run of house Resort view and Lagoon view rooms.
Discounted rate can only be secured through registration with the Australian Lawyers Alliance. - SOLD OUT!


Please note that breakfast is not included in the above accommodation rates. Breakfast is available in Feast Restaurant at the Sheraton for $30.00 per person per day from 7.00am - 10.30am.


Complimentary wi-fi in accommodation and meeting rooms
Terms and Conditions

Full payment of accommodation is required by Friday 20 September 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 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 $1.00 bond per night will be held on the card. Delegates will settle their account according to the hotel terms and conditions.

Alternate accommodation options

Book directly with resort


Qantas Airways, Virgin Blue and Jetstar operate flights to Cairns from major Australian cities and offer a range of flights and times to suit most schedules. To book your flights, go to the relevant website:

Prior to confirming and paying for a flight reservation online, please ensure you read the Terms and Conditions of travel, as flights are usually non-refundable once booked. Please ensure you make your flight booking in the name of your photo identification so you do not have any problem at check-in. Photo identification is a requirement for travel with all airlines.

ALA National Conference commences on Thurs 24 October at 6.00pm, and concludes on Saturday 24 October at 3.30pm.

Getting There

Please note that Cairns Airport is approximately a one hour drive from Port Douglas via shuttle coach, or 45 minutes by private car.

Transfer Information

Kindly note that the cost of transfers between Cairns Airport and Port Douglas and return are not included. However, bookings and direct payment can be made as follows:

Exemplar Coaches and Limousines are happy to extend discounted transfers for the ALA National Conference being held in Port Douglas in October 2019.

Seat in Coach transfers between Cairns Airport and Port Douglas will be a cost of $39.00 per adult and $19.50 per child (2-11years) each way.

To make your booking call our friendly reservations team on 07 4213 3333; or go to our website

Quote you are a member of the ALA National Conference to lock in the discounted rate.


(Prepayment via credit card or PayPal (if using the website) will be required at time of booking, please be sure to book your seat in advance).

Pre & Post Conference Activities

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

Things to do in Port Douglas

1. 9 Hole golfing tournament

Enjoy an optional golf day at the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas prior to the Welcome Reception in the evening on Thursday 24 Oct 19. The golf course has an even combination of pars ensuring that you have a challenging variety across the front and back nine.
Includes: 9 holes of golf, cart, full set of clubs and 4 golf balls.
$95 per person plus netwokring drinks hosted by Dohrmann Consulting.

Sponsorship and Exhibition

Please see below sponsorship opportunities available at the conference

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

Please contact to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

Major Partners