With the origins of our Association cemented in parks and leisure administration since 1926, we celebrate the foundation of everything we do using the metaphor ‘Grassroots’ and where ‘it’ all starts.

In this connection ‘grassroots’ is intended to reflect the basic outcomes of parks and recreation to provide health, activity, socialisation and environmental settings, as well as where sporting elite performance has its start. 

Hosted at the brand-new Centrepiece at Melbourne Park as our backdrop, this year’s theme will address sports and physical activity; horticulture and parks, gardens and open spaces; health; and economic and socio-economic benefits. Join us for PLA2022 Grassroots, Where It Starts, in Melbourne and let’s reconnect our industry. 


The National Conference Executive Committee 

John Senior (Conference Chair) Mark Band (CEO)
Barbra Gaiotto (National Board representative)


Parks & Leisure Australia (PLA) has been in existence in various forms since 1926 and is the peak body for professionals working in the parks and leisure industry in Australia. As the national peak body for the ‘people behind the places,’ we promote the good use of leisure time through provision of quality places, programmes and services. 


Our vision is for Australia to be the most liveable country in the world, renowned for its parks, sport and recreation facilities that provide the foundation for healthy communities and liveable towns and cities.


PLA membership includes professionals from community and urban planning; parks management, environment and conservation; sport and physical activity and tourism and the arts. PLA supports and partners with a number of organisations and individuals in the development of evidence-based research to highlight the importance of the Industry. It also works closely with the private sector to support growth and development of quality products and services that enhance opportunities and lifestyle of all Australians.