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  • Where is the conference venue?
  • The 2018 Convention is being held at the Darwin Convention Centre, 10 Stokes Hill Road, Darwin City NT 0800

  • Is there parking at the Venue?
  • The Darwin Convention Centre offers 300 parking spaces, with easily accessible public car parks also available throughout the Darwin Waterfront Precinct.

  • What will the weather be like?
  • Darwin has a typically tropical climate and experiences two main seasons – a hot dry season and a wet humid season. Early September is just nearing the end of the dry season and we are lucky enough to expect a daily average of 28°C during our visit.

  • How do I pay for my accommodation?
  • If you have booked your accommodation when you registered, your credit card details have been transferred to the hotel you have selected - please confirm this on check in with your hotel. Your credit card will not be charged.

    If the card holder will not be present when you check-in please ensure you get the credit card authorisation form completed and returned to Conference Co-ordinators before you arrive. Click here to download the credit card authorisation template

    If you have any queries relating to your accommodation booking, please call Conference Co-ordinators 02 6292 9000.

  • What time does the registration desk open?
  • The registration desk will be open at the following times:

    Saturday 8 September

    10.00am - 5.00pm

    Sunday 9 September

    9.00am - 7.30pm

    Monday 10 September

    8.00am - 5.00pm

    Tuesday 11 September

    8.00am - 5.00pm

  • Where do I register?
  • Convention registration desk, Darwin Convention Centre

  • Will there be Wi-Fi available?
  • Delegates will have access to complimentary Wi-Fi for the duration of the conference. Simply select the free WiFi option from the available networks and you will automatically be connected.

  • Is there a Convention App available?
  • Yes, you can download the app from the below links:


  • What is the dress code for the conference?
  • Territorians believe they have the best lifestyle in Australia, and with good reason. The lifestyle in Darwin is casual and this is reflected in what people wear. This calls for what you may hear referred to as the various forms of “Territory Rig”. These are as follows:

    Territory Formal: Gentlemen – Dinner suit or dark trousers, long sleeve shirt, bow tie or tuxedo. Ladies – Evening wear

    Territory Rig: Gentlemen – Long trousers, long sleeve shirt and tie or Barong or long sleeve Batik shirt. Ladies – Day dress/After five

    Territory Informal: Gentlemen – Neat casual trousers, open neck shirt or short sleeve Barong. Ladies – Neat casual

    Palmerston Golf Course: Appropriate golf attire, including collared shirt and soft spiked shoes (running shoes will suffice). Denim or elastic waist sport shorts are not permitted.
    Welcome Dinner, Pee Wee’s at the Point: Territory Informal. Please note that pre-dinner drinks are on the lawns and high heels might be a challenge.
    Sunday Outing, Berry Springs Nature Park: Territory Informal and walking shoes. Although lunch is under shade, hats and sunscreen are recommended. There are swimming areas for those who are interested.
    Opening Dinner, Darwin Convention Centre: Territory rig.
    Partners’ Day Outings: Territory Informal and walking shoes suggested.
    Fancy Dress Night, Darwin Trailer Boat Club: Fancy dress costumes recommended. This year’s theme is: Tragic, Trashy or Terrific: Travel to the Trailer Boat Club
    The location of our fancy dress party is Darwin’s famous trailer boat club
    The place where boaties gather, it’s their favourite NT Pub
    Trailers conjure up images of people who just roam
    Those who own horse trailers, boat trailers or an expensive mobile home
    Then there’s Gypsy’s, tramps, thieves,
    Those cunning groups of people whose aim is to deceive
    In the States we hear of the so-called trailer trash
    Eking out their living while trying to protect their stash
    Let’s turn to the grey nomads who have lots of dough
    Who set off with no idea of where to go in their Winnebago
    Then look at movie stars whose trailers cost millions
    Whose made up faces can make them several billions
    They spend hours in their trailers fitting wigs and applying face putty
    But their on-screen performances often drive us nutty
    There’s famous families like the Millers who we met or Griswalds on vacation
    Making use of their trailers as their homes while on location
    So to the importance of trailers we have made our case
    It’s a home away from home for those seeking a quieter place
    At the APGA Fancy Dress Party at Darwin’s park for boat trailers
    Let your imagination run wild, don’t just dress up as a sailor

    APGA Annual Dinner, Darwin Convention Centre: Territory Formal.
    Business Sessions, Darwin Convention Centre: Territory Rig.

  • I have special dietary requirements – what do I do?
  • During the registration process you will be asked to list your special dietary requirements, which will be passed onto the venues close to the event date.

    Every effort will be made to accommodate all special dietary requirements where advance notification was given. You will need to make yourself known to a staff member at catering times in order to obtain your special meal.

  • I have accessibility requirements – what do I do?
  • During the registration process you will be asked to list your accessibility requirements, which will be passed onto the venues close to the event date.

    Access and facilities for people with disabilities are provided throughout the centre. All car parks and buildings are wheelchair accessible. If you require more details, please call Conference Co-ordinators 02 6292 9000.

  • Where can I get a delegate list?
  • Click here for the current delegates list

  • How will I know if there have been any changes to the program?
  • Every effort will be made to ensure the online program is updated as any changes come in.

  • How do I know if I am registered for a social function?
  • After registering for the APGA Convention you would have been emailed a Registration Confirmation which included the social functions you have been registered for. Tickets to all the social functions are included in full registrations; however you must select the functions if you are attending.

  • When and where are the Social Events?
  • Golf Day Palmerston Golf Course Saturday 8 September
    Welcome Dinner Pee Wee’s at the Point Saturday 8 September
    Sunday Outing Berry Springs Nature Park Sunday 9 September
    Opening Dinner Darwin Convention Centre Sunday 9 September
    Partners' Day Monday (includes lunch) Darwin Military History Day Monday 10 September
    Luncheon Darwin Convention Centre Monday 10 September
    Fancy Dress Party Night Darwin Trailer Boat Club Monday 10 September
    Partners' Day Tuesday Territory Wildlife Park Tuesday 11 September
    Luncheon Darwin Convention Centre Tuesday 11 September
    APGA Annual Dinner Dance Darwin Convention Centre Tuesday 11 September
  • Can we do a shared registration?
  • Yes, if you are choosing to share your registration you will only be issued with one name badge, satchel and social function tickets. We can re print a name badge with the next attendees name if the original badge is returned.

    Only one person under a shared registration may attend at any one time. Badges should be passed onto the next registrant or returned to the registration desk at the end of the session/day. Name badges will not be reissued if not returned. Please ensure all people attending under a shared registration are aware of the terms.

  • What are the public opening times for the Exhibition?
  • Monday 10 September

    8.00am - 5.00pm

    Tuesday 11 September

    8.00am - 4.00pm

  • How do I get a trade pass?
  • Please contact APGA for trade passes and information on the Exhibition

    Charmaine Ogilvie: cogilvie@apga.org.au 02 6273 0577

  • Disclaimer
  • APGA expressly disclaims any liability to Convention attendees (including but not limited to its members, their employees and agents) for any injury, claim, loss, damage or expense arising out of or in any way connected to the Convention. Attendees assume all risks when attending the APGA Convention. Certain Convention events, dinners, receptions and parties will serve alcoholic beverages and Convention attendees are responsible for their own well-being. APGA expressly disclaims any liability arising out of a Convention attendee’s consumption of alcohol at the Convention.