Information 2019-08-30T15:33:55+00:00
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Summit Venue

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

1 Convention Centre Place
South Wharf VIC 3006

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is located on the banks of the iconic Yarra River in South Wharf, just a short walk from Melbourne’s central business district and just a 20-minute drive from Melbourne Airport.

Recognised as Australasia’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre in 2012 and 2013 by the prestigious World Travel Awards, MCEC connects you with everything you need for a successful event. This includes amazing spaces, leading technology, creative food and wine and staff with the skills and experience to bring it all together.

Getting There

By Tram
Tram routes 96, 109 and 12 (Stop 124A Casino/MCEC) will take you to the Clarendon Street entrance. Otherwise, tram routes 70, 75 and the City Circle (Stop D5) take you to Flinders Street. For further tram timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website.

By Train
The closest station is Southern Cross. Once you exit the station, you can catch the 96, 109 or 12 tram routes and arrive at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in just a few stops. For further train timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website.

By Taxi or Uber
Ask your taxi or Uber driver to drop you off at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s Clarendon Street entrance. There are two nearby taxi ranks – Crown, Clarendon Street and DFO, Convention Centre Place.

By Bus
From Monday to Friday, bus route 237 goes via Southern Cross Station to Lorimer Street, which is roughly a five-minute walk to Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. For further bus timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website.

By Car
1,060 undercover parking spaces are available, managed by Wilson Parking. Entrance and exit are off Normanby Road. The carpark is open 24 hours, seven days a week. Visit the Wilson Parking website for current parking fees.


The summit and social functions are non-smoking.

Wheelchair Access

There are accessible toilets, ramps and lifts throughout our venue, including lift access from the car parks.

Parent Rooms

Parent Rooms are located in both the Convention and Exhibition Centres. These feature everything you need to change or feed in privacy and comfort.

Cloak Rooms

Visit the Customer Service desk at either the Convention Centre Place or Clarendon Street entrances.

Summit App

2019 ALPMA Summit App


The 2019 ALPMA Summit app is now live for viewing on your iOS or Android device or desktop. The app is a convenient way to review everything you need to know about the 2019 ALPMA Summit in Melbourne.

Enhance your Summit experience by using the app to view your personal schedule, take and save notes, download documents, and contact other Summit participants and more right at your fingertips! You can also view partners and exhibitors, interactive maps and important information regarding the event.

Get started by downloading the app to your iPhone, iPad or Android devices today.

To download the Summit app, search “ALPMA Summit” in the Apple Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android). Alternatively, click on the relevant store links below.

Download on Apple Store
Download on Google Play

Blackberry and Windows phone users can access the web-based app at

Download the Summit App Guide & FAQs


To download this app, click on the relevant icons above or search “ALPMA Summit” in the Apple Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android). Install the app onto your device.

After you have downloaded the app, tap to launch the 2019 Summit app.

Once download has completed, you will be able to access content for the upcoming Summit. Changes to the program, partners and exhibitors and Summit information will be updated as planning progresses and will be automatically updated when you view the app.


The 2019 ALPMA Summit app is free to use and available to everyone.

Should you have any questions or issues regarding the app, please contact the Summit Manager at +61 2 9368 1200 or email

General Information

Anti-Trust 2020-03-06T11:45:48+00:00

The 2020 ALPMA Summit shall be conducted in accordance with the relevant competition and anti-trust laws.

Attendees shall not enter into any discussion, activity or conduct that may infringe any applicable law.

Attendees are reminded not to, directly or indirectly, engage in anti-competitive conduct, including: price fixing; restrictive covenants; misuse of market power such as predatory pricing; exclusive dealing; resale price maintenance; or any other conduct which substantially lessens competition.

This applies not only to discussions at the summit but also to informal discussions before and during the summit. Should the summit discuss matters that are considered to be breach of competition law, the Organising Committee will close the meeting.

Catering 2018-11-19T18:23:57+00:00

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be available during the summit in the exhibition area and is included in your registration fee.

Conditions 2018-11-16T17:09:39+00:00

International Conferences & Events (ICE) Pty Ltd reserves the right to deny entry and/or terminate the registration of any person who demonstrates behaviour that International Conferences & Events (ICE) Pty Ltd deems to be inappropriate and/or a risk to others.

Currency 2018-11-19T18:05:46+00:00

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (AUD).

Delegate List 2018-11-19T18:04:50+00:00

An attendee list will be supplied to all attendees including exhibitors and partners. If you do not wish to have your details on the delegate list please ensure you indicate this on your registration form.

Dietary Requirements 2018-11-19T18:25:02+00:00

Please note any dietary requirements when registering for the summit. If you have purchased additional tickets for accompanying guest(s), please also indicate their requirements under your registration record. All dietary requirements will be forwarded to the venue.

Disclaimer 2018-11-19T18:10:50+00:00

All details are correct at the time of publication. The Organising Committee reserves the right to change the program and functions at any time without notice.

Opinions expressed by authors in their abstracts and during their presentations are personal and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Organising Committee members or the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association.

Dress Code 2018-11-19T18:25:58+00:00

The dress code throughout the summit is neat casual. The dress code for each function is indicated in the function description on the Social Program page.

Duplication/Recording 2018-11-19T18:13:15+00:00

Unauthorised photography, audio taping, video recording, digital taping or any other form of duplication is strictly prohibited in summit sessions.

Electricity 2018-11-19T18:14:27+00:00

The electrical supply is 240 volts, 50Hz. The connection for appliances is a flat 3-pin plug of unique design. Most hotels provide 110 volt outlets for shavers.

Exhibition 2020-03-06T11:50:07+00:00

The exhibition will be located in both the Royal Benowa Foyer and the Marquis Room  of the RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast.

GST Information 2018-11-19T18:19:15+00:00

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a broad-based ten percent tax included in the shelf price of most Australian goods and services. The Tourist Refund Scheme allows international travellers to claim a GST refund (subject to certain conditions) on goods purchased in Australia. The refund only applies to items worn or goods taken on board as hand luggage when leaving the country.

For more information, please visit

Immigration Information 2018-11-19T18:22:35+00:00

Travellers to Australia need a valid passport or similar certificate of identification. Everyone, except travellers with Australian and New Zealand passports, requires a visa. You may ask your travel agent for advice or to have them organise your visa.

For more information, visit

Insurance 2018-11-19T18:28:06+00:00

The registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. Participants are advised to take out personal insurance, including cover for travel, accommodation and personal possessions. Neither the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association nor International Conferences & Events (ICE) Pty Ltd covers individuals against the cancellations of bookings for any reason including cancellation or postponement of the summit or for theft or damage to belongings.

Liability 2018-11-19T18:29:49+00:00

In the event of industrial disruptions or natural disasters, the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association and International Conferences & Events (ICE) Pty Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any financial or other losses incurred by the delegates. Nor can the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association and International Conferences & Events (ICE) Pty Ltd take responsibility for injury or damage to persons or property occurring during the summit or associated activities. Insurance is the responsibility of the individual delegate.

Messages 2018-11-19T18:31:09+00:00

A message board will be located near the registration desk. Please check here for all summit updates and messages as they will not be personally delivered.

Mobile Phones 2018-11-19T18:32:16+00:00

Delegates are asked to set their mobile phones to silent when in sessions.

Name Badges and Lanyards 2018-11-19T18:33:32+00:00

Name badges will be issued when registering at the summit. For security purposes the summit name badge must be worn at all times during the summit and social functions. Entry may be denied if no name badge is displayed.

Privacy 2018-11-19T18:34:53+00:00

International Conferences & Events (ICE) Pty Ltd will gather and record personal information necessary for your attendance at the summit. Personal information will be gathered, stored and disseminated in accordance with the National Privacy Principles.

Program 2018-11-19T18:36:07+00:00

Every endeavour has been made to produce an accurate program. The program is correct at time of printing.

Registration Desk 2020-03-06T11:35:34+00:00

The registration desk will be located in the hotel lobby on the ground level of the RACV Royal Pines Resort.

Security 2018-11-19T18:40:26+00:00

Please ensure that you take all items of value with you at all times when leaving a room. Do not leave bags or laptop computers unattended.

Smoking 2018-11-19T18:41:39+00:00

The summit, social functions and associated venues are non-smoking.

Special Requirements 2018-11-19T18:44:00+00:00

Please note any special requirements, i.e. mobility or sight, when registering for the summit. All special requirements will be forwarded to the venue and we endeavour to accommodate the requirements.


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Related Events

Australian Lawyers Alliance National Conference 2019
Date: 24-26 October 2019
Location: Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas

Continuing Legal Education Association of Australasia (CLEAA) Annual Conference 2019
Date: 17-18 October 2019
Location: NSW Bar Association, Sydney


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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I register? 2019-01-12T02:13:11+00:00

Head to the online registration form to register. The preferred method of registration is via the online form, however if you experience issues with our online registration form, please contact us on +61 2 9368 1200.

How much are the registration fees / What is included in the registration fee? 2019-01-12T02:13:25+00:00

Please refer to the registration page for a full breakdown on the registration types and entitlements.

I tried to sign in to the registration portal but received an error message saying ‘signing in failed’ 2020-03-06T11:53:23+00:00

If this is your first time registering for the 2020 ALPMA Summit, you will need to create a new account. If you have forgotten your password, there is the option to reset this. If you continue to have problems signing in, please contact us on +61 2 9368 1200.

What is the late registration fee? 2019-01-11T18:21:34+00:00

The late registration fee is charged for all registrations received within ten (10) working days to the start of the summit.

How do I confirm that I am successfully registered? 2019-01-11T18:21:26+00:00

Once your registration is finalised, you will receive a confirmation email indicating that you are officially registered. Attached to this email will be your tax invoice and receipt as proof of payment.

When do registrations close? 2019-01-11T18:21:16+00:00

Registrations will be open until the end of the summit allowing you to register at your convenience.

Do I need to register for the concurrent sessions in advance? 2019-01-11T18:21:06+00:00

Delegates are free to choose the concurrent sessions they would like to attend on the day, there is no need to register selections in advance.

Can I attend the summit for one day? 2019-01-11T18:23:30+00:00

Day registrations are available for the summit. Select your preferred day of attendance during the registration process.

Can registrations be shared? If I cannot attend, can a colleague attend in my place? 2019-01-11T18:32:32+00:00

Registrations cannot be shared. If a delegate is unable to attend, they may send a substitute in their place. Substitutions can be made by notification in writing to the Summit Manager at

Which credit cards does the summit accept? 2019-01-11T18:29:38+00:00

We accept Visa, MasterCard and AMEX.

Can I request an invoice? 2019-01-11T18:30:04+00:00

The online registration form requires full payment at the time of registration. If you require a tax invoice, please complete the manual registration form or contact the Summit Manager prior to completing the form.

Can I register now and pay onsite or after the summit? 2019-01-11T18:32:20+00:00

No, all payments must be received prior to the summit commencing.

How can I amend or cancel my registration? 2020-03-06T11:54:26+00:00

All cancellations and amendments cannot be accepted over the telephone. Cancellations and amendments must be sent in writing either by mail, fax or email to the Summit Manager. All cancellations will be proceed in line with 2020 ALPMA Summit’s cancellation policy.

Do I need personal insurance? 2019-01-11T18:35:43+00:00

Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. Participants are advised to take out personal insurance, including cover for travel, accommodation and personal possessions.

How do I obtain a certificate of attendance? 2019-01-11T18:36:57+00:00

A certificate of attendance personalised to reflect your registration will be emailed one week after the summit.

How do I obtain the delegate list? 2019-01-11T18:37:57+00:00

An electronic copy of the delegate list will be emailed to attendees after the summit.

Am I allowed to bring a guest? 2020-03-06T11:55:32+00:00

No, everyone who attends the 2020 ALPMA Summit needs to be registered.

Can I add a social function ticket to my registration? 2019-01-11T18:40:35+00:00

This will be subject to availability at the time of request.

Can I cancel a social function ticket? 2019-01-11T18:42:10+00:00

Yes. A refund will depend on whether your social function ticket has been sold to another guest.


Can I book with the hotel directly? 2020-03-06T11:58:25+00:00

Special rates have been negotiated for summit delegates at properties around the RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast . These rates are only available to summit delegates and bookings MUST be made via the online registration form. Do not contact the hotel directly to book these rates.

Can an accommodation booking be made without credit card details? 2019-01-11T18:45:08+00:00

No, all accommodation bookings must be confirmed and guaranteed with a credit card.

Will the credit card supplied be used to pay for the accommodation booking? 2019-01-11T18:46:23+00:00

No, the card is only used to guarantee the booking, not for full payment. Full payment can be made upon check-in or check-out depending on the hotel’s policy.

Can pre-payment for accommodation bookings be organised? 2019-01-11T18:48:09+00:00

Yes, if you would like to pre-pay your accommodation please contact the Summit Manager at who will request an invoice from the hotel on your behalf.

I called the hotel but they don’t have my booking 2019-01-11T18:50:44+00:00

Each booking is managed through an event group block so hotels will often have this listed differently. For any and all accommodation queries, please contact the Summit Manager at rather than going to the hotel directly.

When do accommodation bookings close? 2019-01-11T18:52:24+00:00

At 30 days prior to the summit, all unsold accommodation rooms will be released back to the hotels. After this point, all bookings will be made on a request basis and will be subject to the hotel’s availability with rates often different to the special summit rates. It is for this reason that we encourage all accommodation bookings to have been made before 30 days prior to the summit.

How can I cancel my accommodation? 2019-01-11T18:53:39+00:00

All cancellations and amendments cannot be accepted over the telephone. Cancellations and amendments must be sent in writing either by mail, fax or email to the Summit Manager. All cancellations will proceed in line with the individual hotel’s cancellation policy.

I would like to stay longer than the dates available on the online registration form 2019-01-11T18:55:49+00:00

Should you wish to extend your stay beyond the summit dates, please contact the Summit Manager at advising of the check-in and check-out dates and the room type required. We will then make the booking on your behalf.

About Melbourne


Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, sits on the Yarra River and around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Lauded for its sense of style and elegance, Melbourne boasts glamorous festivals and events, Australia’s best shopping, a lively passion for eating and drinking, and a flourishing interest in the arts. Restored and preserved nineteenth-century architecture, built following the discovery of gold, provides a heady reminder of a prosperous age, while beautifully tended parks and gardens present a therapeutic respite from the pace of city life.

Getting Around

Most visitors base themselves in the city centre, the buzzing commercial heart of Melbourne that is also home to museums, theatres, restaurants, bars and shops. Melbourne’s grid layout makes it an easy city to navigate, with most attractions within walking distance. Transport options include train, tram, bus or bike.

myki Cards
myki is Melbourne’s ticket to travel on the city’s trains, trams and buses. It is a plastic smartcard with stored value which can be topped up and used again. myki cards can be purchased online at the myki website, premium train stations, retail outlets displaying the myki sign (including 7-Elevens), or by calling 1800 800 007 (free from a land line) in Australia.

Fare Types
Metropolitan Melbourne is divided into two zones. When you touch your myki on and off the electronic readers as you travel, the lowest fare for your trip is deducted. Train travel completed before 7:00am on a weekday is free. For more information on zones, ticketing and timetables, visit the Public Transport Victoria website.


Shopping in Melbourne always comes with added extras, with laneway discoveries and cafe culture as much a part of the experience as the loot from local designers and the best of international brands.

Ever-evolving shopping choices make it possible to create a different shopping spree every time you venture out, whether you’re after high fashion or fine art, jewellery or accessories, homewares or stationery. The city’s myriad laneways and arcades harbour untold gems, inner city precincts spoil you for choice, while department stores and shopping centres continue to raise the bar.

The city’s passion for fashion is a serious matter, a fact not overlooked by international retail giants looking to establish Australian outposts, and local designers keen on getting a strong start.


Melbourne enjoys warm summers, glorious springs, mild autumns and crisp winters.

With its variable climate, Melbourne hots up December to February (summer), cools down March to May (autumn), chills out June to August (winter), and warms up again September to November (spring).

What’s on in Melbourne

Keep an eye on all the events and activities that are happening in Melbourne in September 2019 for the full Melbournite experience.

The Australian Ballet: Sylvia

Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne | Until 10 September 2019
Meet the wonder woman of dance in Stanton Welch’s new production of Sylvia, for the Australian Ballet. [more information]

Drinking History Tours

Federation Square, Melbourne | Until 25 September 2019
This tour is a fun, unique and social way for Melbournians, visitors and groups alike to uncover the secrets behind this magnificent city. [more information]

Legends and Champions Tours

National Sports Museum, Jolimont | Until 31 October 2019
Celebrate the city’s sporting heritage this spring racing carnival at the MCG, the National Sports Museum, and Champions Racing Museum and Gallery. [more information]

Spring Racing Carnival

Racing Victoria, Flemington | Until 24 November 2019
Opening with the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield and closing with the Ballarat Cup at the end of November, the Spring Racing Carnival showcases some of the globe’s greatest equine athletes. Whilst racing is the central theme, the Spring Racing Carnival is about more than horses and jockeys as the worlds of sport, entertainment, food and fashion collide in a unique spectacle. [more information]

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Princess Theatre, Melbourne | Until 1 December 2019
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. [more information]