FRSA National Conference 2018


Be the change: Leaving no one behind
20 Nov – 23 November 2018
Cairns Pullman International Hotel


The FRSA National Conference is one of the largest annual gatherings of practitioners, academics and policy makers working to support families and communities. This ‘not to be missed’ event will feature a number of highly acclaimed keynote presenters, as well as federal ministers and sector leaders with a focus on delivering the most effective services to children, families and young people.

To be held on the 20-23 November, 2018 at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel, this year’s theme Be the change: Leaving no one behind is a call to all family and relationship service providers to continue creating better futures for all Australian children, families and communities we serve in our delivery of evidence-informed, collaborative and innovative services.

The theme lends itself to a range of areas of exploration and discussion—from outcome measurement and reporting to FRSA’s current investment into seeking how our sector can take a more coordinated prevention and early intervention approach in its service delivery.


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    Key Dates

    Open Call for Abstracts
    16 April 2018

    Open Early Bird Registration
    7 May 2018

    Call for Abstracts close
    14 May 2018

    Notify Authors
    Early June 2018

    Early Bird Registration close
    31 August 2018

    Registration open
    1 September, 2018


Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) invites you to submit an abstract to present at the 2018 FRSA National Conference.

The theme this year is Be the Change: Leaving no one behind. With social services on the cusp of social change, we look to build on our sector’s strengths to further improve outcomes for children, families and communities. Our core priority is for all our services to continue serving each and every clients, ensuring that no one is left marginalised and disadvantaged.

FRSA welcomes abstracts that reflect on this theme. In doing so, you are asked to select one of the five following streams (identified stages in the family lifecourse):

  1. The first 1000 days
    Topics can include the preconception period (preconception to birth), the birth of a child, impact on family relationships and transitions into parenting.
  2. Key transition points in the schooling years
    Topics can include school readiness, transitions into and across primary and secondary schools/school years, young people with significant caring responsibilities and transitioning out of school into training, tertiary education or employment.
  3. Partnering and cohabitation
    Topics can include relationship formation, relationship and marriage counselling and developing and maintaining respectful and safe relationships.
  4. Relationship breakdown and re-partnering
    Topics can include family/domestic violence, family legal services, family dispute resolution, men’s behavioural change programs, parenting after separation, sole-parenting, sustaining the best interests and wellbeing of children and the changing nature of family dynamics experienced through reporting.
  5. Ageing
    Topics can include grandparents as primary care-giver of children, elder abuse and changing family structures as people stay at home for longer.

As well as selecting one of these streams, your abstract may also focus on sub-themes of importance to our sector, including:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services;
  • Services for people of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
  • Family Violence;
  • Technology; and/or
  • Workforce Capacity Building.

To submit your Abstract, please review the Abstracts Guidelines & Assessment Criteria below which outlines all abstract information and assessment criteria, and submit your Abstract via the button below.

For technical queries regarding the portal, please get in touch with our Conference Organiser at

The Call for Abstracts for this year’s Conference closes Monday 14 May, 2018.


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Cairns restaurants rank among the best in Australia. Considering the small population and status as a regional centre in Queensland, Cairns is lucky to have such a wide variety of quality cuisine at our doorstep. Dining in Cairns is unique because they have access to outstanding fresh local produce (especially seafood), and also because the thriving tourism industry attracts world-renowned chefs to the region.

To find a place to dine that best suits your taste, budget, atmosphere requirements and location – click here to view the Cairns Restaurants website.


For all information about Cairns national attractions and must see sights, head to Cairns Attractions.

Introducing Cairns

Cairns is a modern and vibrant city and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas and the Daintree Rainforest. Cairns is an ideal base to explore the wonderful attractions Tropical North Queensland has to offer.


Getting around Cairns
Airport transfers

Sun Palm Transport Group operates the only accredited airport shuttle, directly servicing all accommodation providers in the city centre, Northern Beaches and Port Douglas. They also operate the Airport Connect service which links both Terminals to the Translink public transport network. Click here to learn more.

Taxis are available from the main taxi rank in the City Place or along The Esplanade outside of McDonalds or outside the Reef Casino.
More information can be found at the Cairns Black & White Taxi’s web site

Black & White Taxis
(02) 9679 7212

Car rental
To hire a car, please visit Cairns Car Hire or Cairns Car Rental page.


Our Conference Organiser KAIGI have secured rooms at a selection of hotels with flexible terms and conditions exclusively for attendees of the FRSA 2018 National Conference. Book early to secure your room and let our dedicated accommodation team look after you whilst taking advantage of the following:

  • Specially negotiated rates
  • Wi-Fi included for hotel guests booking through KAIGI
  • Flexibility to change or cancel your booking at any time up to 30 working days prior to FRSA 2018 National Conference start date
  • One night’s room rate deposit is all you pay to secure your booking – no full pre-payment needed. Full pre-payment may be made if you prefer.
  • Your deposit is fully refundable up to 30 working days prior to FRSA 2018 National Conference start date
  • Please note that the hotel may not offer the same rates if you contact them directly.

Reap the benefits of booking with the FRSA 2018 National Conference Managers and staying in one of the officially contracted hotels below:

17 Abbott Street, 4870 Cairns, Australia
Conference Venue

Room Type Description Room rate per night
Queen Room City or mountain view room, with 1 queen bed. Includes complimentary wifi. $249.00
Twin Room City or mountain view room, with 2 x double beds. Includes complimentary wifi.  $249.00

2-4 Lake St, 4870 Cairns, Australia

Walking time to Cairns Pullman International Hotel 4 minutes

Room Type Description Room rate per night
2 Bedroom Apartment 2 bedroom apartments have full kitchen and laundry facilities. Bedding configuration is 1 king bed and 1 queen bed or 1 queen bed and 2 single beds. $345.00
(up to 4 guests – 5th guest additional $45 per night)
3 Bedroom Apartment 3 bedroom apartments have full kitchen and laundry facilities. Bedding configuration is 1 queen and 4 single beds or all queen beds. $465.00
(up to 6 guests – 7th guest additional $45 per night)

6 Lake St, 4870 Cairns, Australia
Walking time
to Pullman Cairns International Hotel 5 minutes

Room Type Description Room rate per night
Executive 1 Bedroom Apartment 1 bedroom apartments have full kitchen and laundry facilities. Bedding configuration is 1 king bed or 2 single beds. $205.00
(up to 2 guests – 3rd guest at additional cost of $45 per night)
Executive 2 Bedroom Apartment 2 bedroom apartments have full kitchen and laundry facilities. $310 (per night up to 4 guests – 5th guest at an additional cost of $45 per night)
Executive Hotel Room Includes complimentary wifi. $165.00


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The FRSA Conference is a truly national event, attracting over 400 delegates from organisations in every state and territory.

The Conference has established a reputation for delivering high quality speakers and presentations relevant to a range of individuals and organisations working in the family and relationship sector. Sponsorship will greatly enhance your organisation’s profile within this sector as well as allowing you to be seen supporting the work of family and relationship services.

Conference delegates have unique exposure to key products and information. In the past, the event has attracted sponsorship from funding bodies, suppliers and training and research institutes. The exhibition space at the FRSA Conference is one of the largest in the sector, with over two days of exposure to delegates.

Sponsoring this conference will enable you to:

  • Reach up to 400 senior executives, practitioners, and academics;
  • Support the work of family and relationship services;
  • Connect to leading Australian NGOs/community organisations;
  • Launch or promote new products;
  • Invest in knowledge sharing and practice development;
  • Showcase your services or contribution to this sector; and
  • Expand your networks to create opportunities.


Pullman Cairns International Hotel

The Pullman Cairns International offers you a perfect combination of comfort and convenience located in the heart of the city. With its close proximity to the fleet terminal our hotel is of the best location while exploring the World famous Great Barrier Reef and other nearby attractions. Pullman Cairns International is just 8 kilometers from the domestic and international airports and closest to the Cairns Convention Centre.

This unique 5-star hotel in Cairns city reflects the ambience and spirit of Far North Queensland and exudes the architectural style and grandeur of the city centre’s rich colonial past. Enjoy a relaxing treatment and harmonize your soul at Vie Spa and dine on the best local seafood in Coco’s Restaurant.

Exhibition floor plan

CONFERENCE SUPPORTERS - Partners, Sponsors and Exhibitors