VIC State Conference May 2017


(1.5% surcharge applies for credit card payments)
Voting Member Early Bird: $860 (if BOOKED & PAID IN FULL BY 11 April 2017, otherwise $1,060).
Non-voting Member Early Bird: $760 (if BOOKED & PAID IN FULL BY 11 April 2017, otherwise $860).

Non Member: $1,650

GROUP BOOKINGS: Don't select option ADD TO GROUP if you are not attending as a Delegate.



Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo


Registrations Open: 28th Mar 17 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 13th May 17 11:59 PM

Places Available: 202


The historic city of Bendigo will host our 2017 VIC State Conference for the first time, 12-13 May 2017.

Located conveniently in the centre of Victoria, Bendigo is just 90 minutes' drive from the Melbourne CBD.

Modern day Bendigo has sublime food, wine and shopping experiences against a stunning heritage backdrop. The city has become a vibrant and contemporary place boasting many cultural attractions including the historic Town Hall, the internationally renowned Bendigo Art Gallery, Australia's oldest working pottery and the old Bendigo Gaol, which houses the Ulumbarra Theatre.

Conference attendees will obtain up tp 8 compulsory CPD points - Don’t miss your opportunity to obtain up-to-date, essential information to assist you in your practice.



  • Keynote Address - Deborah Glass OBE, VIC Ombudsman - Investigation into the Management of Complex Workers Compensation Claims and WorkSafe Oversight
  • Panel session update on TAC matters - led by Geraldine Collins, Maurice Blackburn
  • WorkCover Panel Discussion led by Shaun Marcus, Arnold Dallas McPherson - Update on current Policy issues at WorkSafe, recent statutory benefit decisions and the practical effect of recent changes to the Common Law Ministerial Directions.
  • Workers Compensation: Jarvis’ Case and the Scope of Judicial Review of WorkCover Decisions; the relationship between compensation and common law damages entitlements. Andrew Moulds QC, VIC Bar
  • Acting for a Person Under a Disability - Carolyn Ford and Alice Lau of Maurice Blackburn discuss the legal and practical considerations when dealing with clients who lack capacity, including obligations on legal practitioners, how to identify incapacity and processes for appointing substitute decision makers.
  • Coronial Inquiries: Their Relevance to Wrongful Death and Other Damages Actions - John Kelly SC, VIC Bar
  • The NDIS: Scope of Scheme, Recent AAT Decisions and Implications for Compensation and Damages Law, Tom Ballantyne, Principal, Maurice Blackburn
  • Writing and the Law: Judgements & statutes, ‘true crime’ & fictions based on law – writing and the law are inextricably linked. Hear Julian Burnside AO QC, Vic Bar in conversation with authors Gideon Haigh and Julie Szego (both of whom have recently provided training to County Court judges in judgement writing and written books about criminal trials in Melbourne).
  • All About Trial PreparationJacinta Forbes SC explains how to assemble the evidence needed to present your case.
  • PLUS the Annual Case Review - Cases You Need to Know



Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo


Voting Member Early Bird: $860 (if BOOKED & PAID IN FULL BY 11 April 2017, otherwise $1,060).
Non-voting Member Early Bird: $760 (if BOOKED & PAID IN FULL BY 11 April 2017, otherwise $860).

Non Member: $1,650


Friday 12 May 2017
9am-5pm Day 1 Sessions (Registration from 8.30am)
7pm-11pm Conference Dinner - Town Hall

Saturday 13 May 2017
8am-1.30pm Day 2 Sessions


Drawing from the art and cultural overtones of Bendigo, the Schaller Studio’s rooms and common spaces are inspired by contemporary expressionist artist, Mark Schaller’s working studio.

The communal spaces, guest rooms and gardens are filled with original artwork and large-scale sculptures and mosaics.
Workspace Queen & Twin rooms: $140 p/night, room only. (Sleeps 1-2 persons). PLEASE NOTE: Limited number of Twin rooms (2 x single beds) only available Friday 12 May.


The 2003 redevelopment of the Town Hall was commissioned to reflect the exuberance and splendour of Bendigo's golden age. Decorative plaster adorned with 22 carat gold leaf, befitting a European palace, holds the stories of a city built on gold. Guest tickets: $130.
GUEST SPEAKER: Her Honour Judge Andrea Tsalamandris, County Court of VIC
Proudly sponsored by Lennon's List and City of Greater Bendgio.


This event is an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to approximately 200 legal practitioners with a social justice focus. Various sponsorship packages are available for this conference, ranging from major partners, exhibitors, advertisers, social event sponsorship and tailored packages.

For more information, CLICK HERE. We can also be contacted at or phone (02) 9258 7700.

Major Partner