2016 PLA VIC/TAS Region Conference


 The State Conference aims to inform delegates of innovative ideas and emerging trends, and provides an opportunity for parks and leisure professionals to share learnings. The Conference has a strong emphasis on discussions and workshops, sharing ideas and experiences, and networking.

The Conference Organising Committee is seeking proposals for:

  • Single or shared oral presentations
  • Panel presentations
  • Workshops

Conference Streams

  • Sport
  • Leisure
  • Parks

and be of interest to people working in one or more of the following focus areas:

  • Metro Councils
  • Growth Areas
  • Rural Councils
  • Regional Cities


  • Presenters can submit more than one abstract.
  • Although many presentations use PowerPoint, its use is not a prerequisite. We encourage presenters to use other media such as film, photos, etc.
  • Presentation sessions will have a maximum time allocation of 45minutes. Presenters are encouraged to allow for and promote discussion, therefore, presentations should be planned for 30 minutes duration with a discussion time of 15 minutes duration.
  • The 45 minute session time will be strictly adhered to.
  • Dual presentations, workshops and panel sessions can be extended to 90 minutes duration.

Conference Organising Committee Comments

  • Abstracts with a rural context are especially encouraged.
  • Sessions which incorporate substantial delegate interaction are strongly encouraged.
  • Workshops are encouraged.

Presenter Nomination Process

  • Abstracts must be submitted using the online system.
  • Acknowledgement of the receipt of abstracts will be made by email.
  • Information required with any abstract submission:
    1. Title of presentation/ workshop
    2. Session type (single presentation, shared presentation, workshop or panel)
    3. Length of session (45 min or 90 min)
    4. Presenter name(s)
    5. Presenter’s position and workplace/ company
    6. Abstract

A summary of 100 – 150 words describing the issue/ presentation. Abstracts will be used in the Conference Program.

Submission Conditions

  • The invitation to submit an abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the Conference.
  • Speakers will have the option to register and attend the Conference for a reduced rate (speaker rate). Conversely, if a speaker can only be at the Conference for their presentation, no registration fee will be applicable.

Key Dates

Call for Abstracts Open 5 November 2015
Call for Abstracts Close 30 November 2015
Speakers Notified of Acceptance 20 January 2016