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 recreation and physical activity; horticulture and gardens, parks and open spaces; health; and economic and socio-economic benefits and sport. Join us for PLA2022 GrassrootsWhere It Starts, in Melbourne and let’s reconnect our industry. 





16 - 19 OCTOBER


CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park is a new state-of-the-art conference and events centre. Primely positioned at the heart of Melbourne’s premier sports and entertainment precinct, with sweeping views of the city skyline. The venue’s unique architectural design allows it to transform for an array of events and embodies the allure of Australia’s natural landscape and surrounding open green spaces of flora and fauna. Find touches of Australiana throughout the venue and tributes to Melbourne Park’s rich sporting history. CENTREPIECE spans three levels of exceptional spaces and is flanked by the iconic Rod Laver Arena and the MCG.


Join us as a conference sponsor and promote your organisation to all attendees.  PLA2022 conference offers premium and supporting opportunities providing both broad branding exposure and targeted interaction. 

Regardless of sponsorship level chosen, you are invited to participate and learn from the field during all sessions.  

To find out about sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, download the PLA2022 prospectus.