General Information


(For ALL presenters and chairpersons) 4.45 pm to 5.00 pm Sunday 24 May 2020.

Pre-Registration/Drink and Welcome Reception

Registration will be from 4.15 pm – 5.30 pm on Sunday 24 May 2020 and each morning from 8.00am Monday to Wednesday. Enjoy a drink while looking around the exhibition. The winner of the Mindil market vouchers will be drawn during the Pre-Registration, so please ensure you are in attendance.

Welcome Reception

To highlight one of Darwin’s attractions, following pre-registration delegates will proceed to Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. Enjoy drinks, finger food and networking.


A dedicated exhibition area has been included for the duration of the national conference within the Darwin Convention Centre, for companies and organisations to display their products and resources. Delegates are asked to show their support by visiting each display during the national conference.


Pre-Registration Drink Sunday, arrival tea and coffee, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea each day, will be served in the exhibition area.


Speech Pathology Australia is committed to reducing its carbon footprint, decreasing waste and improving sustainability. For the 2020 national conference the Conference Planning Committee has been working hard to put initiatives into place to reduce the environmental impact on the national conference.

These initiatives include: having an electronic final program, which will be available via the national conference app (hard copies only available by request, when registering online); a biodegradable conference bag; environmentally friendly name badges and lanyards and working with the Darwin Convention Centre on their carbon footprint and waste.

We hope that you will help us to make this our most sustainable national conference yet by embracing these initiatives as well as doing your part to contribute to our commitment to reduce our environmental impact. (e.g. bringing a reusable water bottle, utilising the online program, bringing a keep cup for tea and coffee, using public transport or ridesharing apps and all the other possibilities you can think of!)

Poster prizes

At the Speech Pathology 2020 National Conference prizes will be offered to the best poster presentations. Two poster prizes, each worth $50, are available. All poster presentations will be considered eligible for the prizes. There will be one prize determined by two anonymous judges. For this prize, posters will be rated on overall design and clarity of the poster content. The second prize will be for a category called the ‘People’s choice’ poster prize. National Conference delegates will be able to vote for the poster that most inspired them. The poster with the majority of votes will be awarded the prize.

Student oral presentation prize

One prize worth $100 will be awarded to the best student oral presentation. The judges will rate the presentation delivery style, verbal and nonverbal presentation skills and the overall clarity of the presentation content. To be eligible, you must be a student (undergraduate or postgraduate) and a member of SPA.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Speech Pathology Australia recognise the importance of SIGs and support National SIG meetings at this national conference. More information will be available at the national conference. Local SIGs may also wish to gather – groups are encouraged to arrange this independently, perhaps at one of the cafés or restaurants close to the Conference venue.

Special Assistance

If you have a dietary requirement or require special assistance, please include this information when registering online for the national conference.


It is the responsibility of the individual delegate to arrange personal and travel insurance.

Parenting while at the conference

We recognise that some delegates will be caring for young children while at the national conference. Young children are welcome, though we are unable to offer childcare. Support people are welcome to attend to help care for young children. The Darwin Convention Centre has a dedicated baby changing room on the ground floor near the café and a feeding room.