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The National Conference is a highlight of the SoCLA year.

Our first conference was held in the Perth in 2010. Since then the Conference has been held in Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide (Working Weekend), Melbourne, Canberra and the Gold Coast.

The  conference also incorporates the presentation of the Brooking Prize and the grand final of the Charrett Moot.

We are pleased to announce that the 2018 National Conference will be held in the Hunter Valley from 16 to 18 August 2018.

Our theme is "Best Enjoyed in 2030 … the future of the construction professions".

Join us in Lovedale, two hours north of Sydney in one of Australia's most celebrated wine regions, for two days of conference activities at the Crowne Plaza. Scenic backdrops combined with a full-service spa and 18-hole golf course set the stage for memorable experience. The Crowne Plaza offers a range of accommodation options, including suites and villas, which are ideal for families travelling together or for an extended stay after the Conference.

The Conference will commence with our AGM at 3pm on 16 August in the Vintage Room, Crowne Plaza Hotel, followed by Welcome Drinks at Keith Tulloch Winery from 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm

A full day conference program will take us through Friday 17 August, before we enjoy a Gala Dinner at the Two Hat "Muse" Restaurant on Friday evening - seating is strictly limited to 120 seats so book early for this conference highlight. 

10 July - online registrations for the gala dinner have closed - the event is fully booked.

The conference program continues on Saturday morning followed by closing drinks at the conclusion of the formal program.

The Society is delighted to announce that Tim Urban will deliver the keynote address at the 2018 National Conference.

Conference Location

The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 430 Wine Country Drive, Lovedale, NSW.

It is approximately 2 - 2 1/2 hours drive north of Sydney CBD or 45-60 minutes from Newcastle Airport.

Transport to and from the Welcome Drinks and Gala Dinner

If sufficient interest is received, coaches will be arranged with designated times

  • to and from the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Keith Tulloch Winery on Thursday 16 August; and
  • to and from the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Muse Restaurant on Friday 17 August

More information as to transport options will be provided at a later date, with availability and departure times of transport to be determined by the committee.


Registrations are now open.  In order to register you must have a user account on this website. When clicking the link to register, you will be taken to the log in page if you are not already logged in. If you do not have an account, it is quick and easy to set up one first. Register for the Conference here.  Please note our online payment system can only accept Visa or MasterCard

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National Conference

Our 2018 National Conference will be held in the Hunter Valley, NSW from 16-18 August 2018. Click here for further information

Mentoring Program

Applications for our 2018 mentoring program have closed. Further information about our mentoring program is available here.