IPTA Annual Conference

13-16 May 2020 **CANCELLED**


On behalf of the Council of IPTA, we have great pleasure in inviting you to the 2020 Annual Conference including the 101st Annual General Meeting.

The 2020 Annual Conference will be held from 13 to 16 May 2020 in Darwin. Business sessions will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre and adjacent Vibe/Adina Waterfront Hotels.

Home to traditional owners the Larrakia people, Darwin historically has experienced adversity both from climatic and conflict perspectives. Since the city was established, originally as Palmerston in 1869, Darwin has been hit by major cyclones with the last devastating cyclone, Tracey, in 1974. During World War II, Darwin was bombed by the same Japanese fleet that attacked Pearl Harbour 10 weeks earlier, with more bombs being dropped in Darwin than on Pearl Harbour. Each time, Darwin was badly damaged or virtually destroyed, but the spirt and strength of the people prevailed and Darwin was rebuilt.

Today, Darwin is a modern vibrant and thriving city enriched by its diverse and highly multicultural population. With a year-round tropical climate, the month of May is an ideal time to visit with warm sunny days and cooler nights. Darwin is the gateway to exploring Australia’s famous national parks of Kakadu and Litchfield with the Tiwi Islands a boat trip away…

Michael Caine

Kind regards,
Michael Caine

Jennifer McEwan

Jennifer McEwan
Convenor, Conference Committee

Dear Delegates

We encourage you to arrive early and stay longer so that you can enjoy all aspects of Darwin.  With this in mind please enjoy discounts on Tours, Attractions and Car Hire.

The Venue

Darwin Convention Centre

10 Stokes Hill Rd, Darwin City, NT 0800

Found at the magestic Darwin Waterfront, just walking distance from Darwin’s city centre.

Set in a stunning tropical waterfront location, the spectacular Darwin Convention Centre is a world-class venue for business events.


Waterfront Hotels

Perfectly positioned amongst the entertainment and dining hub of Darwin’s seafront promenade, the Vibe/Adina Waterfront Hotels are surrounded by great shopping, a range of Territorian pubs, as well as some of the most amazing restaurants and cafés in the NT.

As direct flights to Darwin are limited IPTA suggests that you book your flights as soon as possible. IPTA’s preferred travel agent is Luxe Executive Travel and you may wish to contact Lea Burford on lea@luxetravelco.com.au or phone 03 5261 9677 who will be happy to assist you with your booking.

Welcome To Country

The Youth Mill provides performances for events through our ‘Beats of Culture’ music (BoC Music) program which focuses on the preservation of Indigenous culture and language. BoC Music program supports young Aboriginal people to explore, their cultural and linguistic heritage by telling their own stories through contemporary music and art forms.

Normally, both language and culture are passed on easily between generations, but for most Aboriginal people, such processes have been disrupted by colonialism. The Youth Mill is honoured to work with a diverse range of Aboriginal groups and to assist in creating opportunities for young people to maintain the world’s oldest culture by supporting the continuance of the Indigenous cultural artistic movement.

The cultural performances that are presented by the young people vary across a range of contemporised: traditional dance, song, music, didgeridoo playing and Welcome to Country and at times performances are merged with young classical musicians and other cultures to depict the diverse world we live in.


Botanic Gardens

Join us on our visit to the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.

Wellness Lunch

We will be discussing the hot topic of work-life balance.

Fun Run / Fun Walk

Make sure you get your teams together for the annual IPTA Fun Run / Fun Walk!


Looking after our bodies by stretching and breathing.

YIPTA Members

Special registration discount for YIPTA members!

Wednesday 13 May 2020
YIPTA Pre-Dinner Drinks

Friday 15 May 2020
YIPTA Members Breakfast and Presentation


13-16 May 2020

Wednesday 13 May 2020

7:30am - 9:00am


Early morning walk and visit to George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.

11:00am - 5:00pm

Registration & Business Sessions

11:00am - 12:00pm

Welcome Brunch

Convention Centre Waterfront Room

12:15pm - 12:30pm

Welcome by Michael Caine IPTA President
Welcome to Country by Youth Mill

6:00pm - 7:00pm


YIPTA Pre-Dinner Drinks

6:00pm - 7:00pm


Welcome Reception & Dinner


Hospitality Suite

Thursday 14 May 2020



Annual Fun Run and Walk

8:30am - 5:00pm

Registration & Business Sessions

09:00am - 9:45am


IPTA Annual General Meeting & President’s Address

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Wellness Lunch

6:00pm - 10:30pm

Informal Dinner

Mindil Beach Casino Resort


Hospitality Suite

Friday 15 May 2020

7:00am - 7:45am


Yoga Stretching & Relaxing

7:30am - 8:30am


(i) Corporate Members Breakfast and Presentation
(ii) YIPTA Members Breakfast and Presentation

8:30am - 5:00pm

Registration & Business Sessions

7:00pm - 11:00pm

Gala Dinner

Pee Wees at the Point
Guest Speaker: Roz Watkins, UK- Author of “The Devil’s Dice”


Hospitality Suite

Saturday 16 May 2020

8:00am - 4:00pm


Picking up in front of Adina/Vibe hotel at 8.00am

Enjoy an informative 90 minutes’ drive to Corroboree Billabong where you will then delight in taking a cruise on the spectacular Mary River system. This wonderful cruise will give you a close-up look at a pristine wetland habitat along with saltwater crocodiles, beautiful water lilies and a host of exotic birdlife. Enjoy two stops on the wetlands where you will have the opportunity to learn about Culture, Flora, Fauna, early European settlement concluding with the second stop at Fogg Dam which has a lovely bird viewing platform.

After the cruise we will drive to The Humpty Doo Hotel, one of Australia’s most iconic pubs, for a two-course lunch. The Humpty Doo Hotel is a Northern Territory landmark which features in several bush ballads including "The Man from Humpty Doo" by Ted Egan and Slim Dusty's "Humpty Doo Waltz".

Coach returns to Darwin at 4.00pm
Tour Duration: 8 hours


Wednesday Dinner
Wharf One Alfresco

Thursday Dinner
Mindil Beach Casino Resort

Friday Dinner
Pee Wees at the Point

IPTA Annual Conference

13-16 May 2020