IPTA Annual Conference

26-29 May 2021

Invitation

Welcome, again….

A year ago, plans for our Annual Conference had been finalised, launched and a number of registrations had been received. Everything was ready, going smoothly and everyone here at IPTA were excited to be going to Darwin since our last conference there in 2001. Then, bang. The COVID-19 pandemic hit the world like a bat out of hell, and we had to cancel. A year later, during which time we have coped with lockdowns, state border closures, working from home, hand sanitiser, masks and a general contraction of life as we knew it, 2021 began with low infections, an overall improvement in daily life, a TransTasman travel bubble and a big hope for the vaccines currently being rolled out.

Against this backdrop and the steadily growing confidence in business and communities, IPTA made the decision to proceed with our Annual Conference and we do so with the same confidence. Of course, as we have all seen recently, things can change quickly and if it does take a turn for the worse, the conference will be cancelled, and all paid registration fees refunded.

So, on behalf of the Council of IPTA, we have great pleasure in inviting you again to Darwin for the 2021 Annual Conference including the 102nd Annual General Meeting. The 2021 Annual Conference will be held during 26 to 28 May 2021. Business sessions will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre and adjacent conference hotels, the Vibe and Adina Hotels.

Home to traditional owners the Larrakia people, Darwin historically has experienced adversity both from climatic and conflict perspectives…

Jennifer McEwan

Jennifer McEwan
Convenor, Conference Committee

Michael Caine

Kind regards,
Michael Caine
President

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.

Accommodation

Vibe/Adina
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.

Activities

Botanic Gardens

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

Wellness Lunch

We will be discussing the hot topic of “Managing Work Life Balance in the Post COVID Era”

Fun Run / Fun Walk

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

Yoga

Looking after our bodies by stretching and breathing.

YIPTA Members

Special registration discount for YIPTA members!

Wednesday 26 May 2021
6.00pm-7.00pm
YIPTA Pre-Dinner Drinks

Friday 28 May 2021
7.30am-8.30am
YIPTA and Corporate Members Breakfast and Presentation

Schedule

26-29 May 2021

Wednesday 26 May 2021

7:30am - 9:00am

Wellness

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

10:00am - 5:00pm

Registration & Business Sessions

11:00am - 12:00pm

Welcome Brunch

Convention Centre Waterfront Room

12:10pm - 12:30pm

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

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Drinks

YIPTA Pre-Dinner Drinks

7:00pm - 10:30pm

Dinner

Welcome Reception & Dinner

10:30pm

Hospitality Suite

Thursday 27 May 2021

7:00am

Wellness

Annual Fun Run and Walk

8:30am - 5:00pm

Registration & Business Sessions

9:15am - 10:15am

IPTA AGM

IPTA Annual General Meeting & President’s Address

7:00pm - 10:30pm

Informal Dinner

Mindil Beach Casino Resort

10:30pm

Hospitality Suite

Friday 28 May 2021

7:30am - 7:45am

Wellness

Yoga Stretching & Relaxing

7:30am - 8:45am

Breakfast

YIPTA and Corporate Members Breakfast and Presentation

8:30am - 5:00pm

Registration & Business Sessions

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Wellness Lunch

7:00pm - 11:00pm

Gala Dinner

Pee Wees at the Point
Guest Speaker: Bruce Pascoe, Author of “Loving Country”

10:30pm

Hospitality Suite

Saturday 29 May 2021

8:00am - 4:00pm

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY

CORROBOREE BILLABONG CRUISE AND TUCKER
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

Restaurants

Wednesday Dinner
Wharf One Alfresco
http://wharfone.com.au/functions/

Thursday Dinner
Mindil Beach Casino Resort
https://www.mindilbeachcasinoresort.com.au/functions

Friday Dinner
Pee Wees at the Point
https://www.peewees.com.au/

IPTA Annual Conference

26-29 May 2021