FRSA National Conference 2019

FRSA National Conference 2019
19-22 November 2019
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley


The FRSA National Conference is one of the largest annual gatherings of practitioners, academics and policy makers working to support children, 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.

This year’s Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, 19-22 November and the theme is New Horizons: Building the future, Paving the way. 

Conference 2019 will provide us with opportunities to identify how we can continue to pave the way to brighter futures for Australian children, families and communities, including in regards to how we can better use technology, be more innovative, build our workforce capacity, and measure and increase our service delivery success. Together, we will also explore new collaborative ways practitioners, policy-makers and researchers can work together, including in taking a more coordinated prevention and early intervention public health approach.

Key Dates

Open Call for Abstracts

11 April 2019

Early Bird Registration open

24 April 2019

Call for Abstracts CLOSED

24 May 2019

Notify Authors

June 2019

Early Bird Registration close

30 August 2019

Standard Registration close

6 November 2019

This is an Australian Community Workers Association endorsed CPD event. Members can claim Continuing Professional development (CPD) hours for their participation.


Family & Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) invites you to submit an abstract to present at the 2019 FRSA National Conference.

The theme this year is New Horizons: Building the future, Paving the way. This year’s conference theme caters for an exploration into how we can best deliver our services to our clients with the aim of helping them to enjoy better lives.

Amidst continual reviews of our services and revisions to our funding and reporting requirements, and with further changes afoot regardless of the outcome of this year’s national election, our services excel at keeping our focus on the changing needs of children, families and communities. With these new horizons we face, comes exciting opportunities for us to reach out to our clients in more meaningful, innovative, collaborative, coordinated and holistic ways. The constantly changing landscape in regards to what an Australian family is and the associated complexity of family and relationship issues further keeps us on our toes in regards to best responding to the needs of all Australians.

We welcome abstracts that touch on how we do and can continue to pave the way to achieve better outcomes for Australian children, families and communities, including in regards to how we can better use technology, be more innovative, build our workforce capacity, and measure and increase our service delivery success. Together, we will also explore new collaborative ways practitioners, policy-makers and researchers can work together, including in taking a more coordinated prevention and early intervention public health approach.

In preparing and making your submission, you are asked to select and position your abstract within one of the six following streams (identified stages in the family lifecourse):

    1. The first 1000 days
      Topics covering the period from preconception to birth, the birth of a child, child health and wellbeing and impact on family relations 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 education and counselling and developing and maintaining respectful and safe relationships.
    4. Relationship breakdown and re-partnering
      Topics can include family law services, FDR, parenting after separation, ensuring the best interests and wellbeing of children are paramount, family/Domestic violence, men’s behaviour change programs, and the changing nature of family dynamic experienced during and after separation.
    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.
    6. Across the lifecourse

FRSA strongly encourages abstracts that focus on services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and other vulnerable groups of children, families and communities.

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 more information about submitting an abstract, please contact FRSA Senior Policy Officer, Dr Adam Heaton at or (02) 6162 1811.

All Abstracts must be submitted online by 5.00pm AEST, Friday 24 May 2019


Concurrent sessions are typically 30 minutes in length and can be interactive with the audience or with minimal interaction. Abstracts for a 30 minute presentation must be between 200 and 400 words in length.


Staying within the Abstract guidelines outlined above, you may team up with three to five others to submit an abstract for a symposium. A symposium comprises a series of presentations organised around a common theme to engage the audience in critical reflection on key issues and questions relevant to the topic area. The duration of a symposium is around 90 minutes to allow time for three to five presenters to share and for discussion among attendees, with the presentations coordinated/facilitated by a moderator and/or a discussant.

We encourage symposiums in which presenters and moderators/discussants represent different perspectives, such as from policymakers, practitioners, and academics.

To submit an abstract for a symposium there is no need for each presenter to submit an abstract. Each symposium requires a primary organiser who is the chair and will serve as the single point of contact in the submission process. Submissions must detail who the primary organiser is and who the other presenters are. The primary organiser must collate and order the presenters’ ideas in a way that will best engage attendees, with the symposium abstracts being between 500 and 800 words.


3 May 2019 – Call for abstracts closes

10 May 2019 – Call for abstracts close extended

24 May 2019 – Call for abstracts close final extension CLOSED

June 2019 – Notification of acceptance begins

31 July 2019 – Speaker registrations close – after this date speakers will need to pay the appropriate Early Bird or Standard rate.

30 August 2019 – Early bird registrations closes.


Your abstract will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  1. The extent to which the author demonstrates an understanding of the impact of service delivery on clients and/or service providers in the chosen stage in the family life course
  2. The extent to which the presentation will explore how best clients and/or service providers within our sector and/or across sectors can work to ‘build the future and pave the way to new horizons’
  3. The extent to which the presentation will be engaging and informative
While we welcome abstracts from everyone, priority in assessing abstracts will be given to individuals and organisations who are FRSA members. For information on becoming an FRSA member please view our website and/or contact us on (02) 6162 1811 or at


Notifications of acceptance will be sent via e-mail to the submitting author from June 2019. Abstracts submitted for oral presentations that cannot be accommodated within the program will be considered and reviewed for a poster display.

Accepted abstracts will be published on the FRSA Conference website and in the FRSA 2019 Conference Delegate Handbook. 


  • All abstracts must contain original work of the presenting author(s).
  • A presenting author must submit the abstract.
  • Abstracts must be submitted online by 5pm AEST Friday 24 May 2019.
  • Abstracts will not be accepted via fax, mail, email or USB/CD.
  • All required fields on the online abstract submission form must be completed.
  • Acceptance of papers will be on the basis of blind peer review (i.e. you name and organisation will not be known to assessors).
  • The Conference Managers will not be held responsible for abstract submissions not received via the website or for submission errors caused by Internet service outages, hardware or software delays, power outages or unforeseen events.
  • Abstracts CANNOT be amended or replaced once submitted. The review process will commence as soon as the abstract is received.
  • Ensure that you DO NOT leave any abstracts in the Draft stage by the close date, abstracts left in the ‘Draft’ stage will not be reviewed.


Should your abstract be accepted, you will be invited to submit a longer paper for peer review. Should your longer paper be accepted it will be published in the FRSA 2019 National Conference e-Journal. Previous e-Journals can be seen here.

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

Download a PDF copy of this Call for Abstracts

SPEAKERS Coming Soon


Registration is now open for the FRSA 2019 National Conference!

Please note that all persons intending to attend the Conference must register, including invited speakers, chairpersons and media. Please register via the buttons below. 

Register before 30 June 2019 and go in the running to win a 128GB Wi-Fi Apple iPad!

Registration Fees

Delegate Registration Early Bird Registration Fee*
Before 30 August 2019
Standard Registration Fee**
From 31 August 2019
Onsite Registration Fee Applicable***
After 6 November 2019
Member Complete Conference Experience – Including dinner $995.00 $1,195.00 $1,345.00
Member Conference Only – No dinner $920.00 $1,120.00 $1,270.00
Non-Member Complete Conference Experience – Including dinner $1,295.00 $1,495.00 $1,645.00
Non-Member Conference Only – No dinner $1,220.00 $1,420.00 $1,570.00


* To be entitled to the early bird registration fee you must have registered and paid by 30 August 2019.

** Please note that registrations received after 30 August 2019 will incur additional fees.

*** Registration received within this time period prior to the Conference going onsite receive an additional fee of $150.00

Speaker Registration

Speaker Registration
All speakers must be registered by 31 July 2019
Registration Fee
Speaker Member Complete Conference Experience – Including dinner $885.00
Speaker Member Conference Only – No dinner $810.00
Speaker Non-Member Complete Conference Experience – Including dinner $1,070.00
Speaker Non-Member Conference Only
– No dinner


Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops Registration Fee
Member – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Workshop (All day) – Open to All
Member – Family Law Workshop (All Day) – Members Only
Member – Workshop 3 TBC
Non-Member – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Workshop (All day)- Open to All
Non-Member – Workshop 3 TBC


Group Registrations
FRSA 2019 is pleased to offer delegates the opportunity to register five (5) participants and receive the sixth registration complimentary. To be eligible for the complimentary registration, you must register your five (5) participants using the link below. Instructions on how to register your complimentary registration will be provided on the confirmation email. Interested in becoming an FRSA Member? Visit our Membership page.

Please note: When registering the 6 for 5, to receive the 6th registration free the same registration type must be purchased for the entire group.

Need help? Please contact the Conference Secretariat via, or phone on 02 6198 3218.


Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

430 Wine Country Dr, Lovedale NSW 2325

Less than 2 hours drive north of Sydney, nestled amongst the Semillon vineyards and majestic Brokenback ranges; Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley gives you easy access to 150 world-class wineries, indulgent restaurants, gourmet produce, boutique breweries and a remarkable blend of special experiences brought to life by the friendly local communities in the region.

The Hunter Valley’s only fully integrated resort, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley provides world class facilities to help you relax and connect with colleagues. Explore the spectacular 18-hole championship golf course set amongst the vineyards, tennis, the region’s largest pool. Lovedale Brewery and a vast collection of unique experiences for all age groups are all on-site, as is Ubika Spa – which offers individual, couple and group treatments.

Resort Experiences

Experience resort style golf in the heart of the Hunter. Enjoy a spectacular 18 hole championship course set amongst the Hunter Valley’s world famous vineyards. With experiences available for small, medium and large groups up to 120 people. The Pro Shop is equipped with everything you need for your group’s hire or purchase.

UBIKA is from the Ancient Indian Sanskrit meaning ‘to grow’. The UBIKA Spa menu features a diverse selection of therapies for both men and women that help regenerate and restore – whether it’s an energising body scrub, muscle-melting hypnotic back massage or results-oriented facial. The instant you step into our Spa time will slow down.

If you are looking to simply relax and unwind, the resort’s two fully serviced outdoor swimming pools are the perfect place with sun beds, furniture and umbrellas.

The resort boasts three grass tennis and one basketball court which can be reserved for your group.

Balance out all the gourmet food, cheese platters and fine wine with complimentary access to our onsite gym. The centre is fully equipped with cardio equipment, rowing machines, weights, change rooms, showers and lockers.

The resort hosts its very own double decker bus which can take your group of up to 93 people, on a recommended or tailor made Hunter Valley winery tour.

The boutique store, located at the resort entrance, is your one-stop-shop to browse for Hunter Valley giftware, refreshments, everyday essentials and resort accessories.

Located next to the resort pool, our games room is ideal for big and little kids. Equipped with classic and the latest arcade games, our games room is guaranteed to provide hours of fun.


From wine tasting in Australia’s oldest wine region to bushwalking in UNESCO World Heritage wilderness, the Hunter Valley is a marvellous escape. You’ll discover incredibly delicious food and wine experiences and beautiful landscapes of rolling vineyards, mountain ranges and ancient rainforest.


Getting to the Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley is within easy reach from Newcastle Airport, approximately 45 minutes drive. Choose from a range of transport services on arrival, including car rentals, limousines, shuttle buses as well as group and private transfers. Public transport options are available from the airport.

Newcastle Airport offers up to 50 direct flights a day to cities along the east coast.

Jetstar flies direct to and from Melbourne, the Gold Coast, and Brisbane. QantasLink operates direct flights to and from Brisbane. Virgin Australia flies direct to and from Brisbane and Melbourne. FlyPelican operates direct flights to and from Adelaide, Dubbo, Ballina, Canberra and Sydney. Regional Express also flies to and from Sydney.

Airport transfers

FRSA will be offering bus coach transfers from Newcastle Airport to the Conference venue on 18 Monday and 19 Tuesday and from Conference venue to Newcastle Airport on 22 Friday and 23 Saturday November 2019 (depending on demand). Please register your interest for the bus transfers with the Conference Secretariat Kaigi when purchasing your conference registration.


For a public coach, Rover Coaches can pick up from Morisset Train Station & they match their transfers with the train timetable.


Newcastle Airport’s taxi rank is adjacent to the departures end of the terminal. Newcastle Taxis can be contacted directly, free-of-charge, on the dedicated taxi phone located in the arrivals end of the terminal. For bookings call: 133 300

Visit Cessnock Radio Cabs website for local taxi services around Cessnock, hunter Valley, Pokolbin, Branxton/ Greta, Lovedale area. Maxi taxi and wheelchair accessible vehicles are available on request.


Over Sydney Harbour Bridge and follow the A1 (Pacific Highway) towards Hornsby. Before Hornsby (at Wahroonga) take the M1 (Pacific Motorway) north towards Newcastle and take one of three exits to the Hunter Valley Vineyards.

Driving Routes From Sydney

ROUTE 1: After 120km (1 hour 15 mins), exit the M1 at the Newcastle Interchange and take the M15 (Hunter Expressway) and follow the M15 until you reach the Lovedale Road exit (24km), the Wine Country Drive exit (36km) or the Hermitage Road exit (48km).

ROUTE 2: After 100km (1 hour), exit the M1 at the B82 (Freemans Drive) exit ramp and follow the signs along the B82 to Cessnock/Hunter Valley Vineyards.

ROUTE 3: After 40km (20 minutes), exit the M1 (Pacific Motorway) at the Calga Interchange (Peats Ridge) and follow Tourist Drive 33 (TD33). This route will take you through scenic mountains and into the Hunter Valley at the historic town of Wollombi.

Car rental

To hire a car from Newcastle Airport, please visit their website


To travel by train, the most convenient stations are at Maitland, Newcastle or Morisset. There are connecting buses from each of these stations to the Hunter Valley.

For train timetables, click here or call 131 500. For information on connecting buses, click here or call +61 2 4990 1699.

Charter Flights

Cessnock Airport is located right across from the Conference venue, and offers charter and private flights.

Blue Sky Airways offers charter services for groups of up to nine people from Sydney through to the Crowne Plaza hotels at Newcastle and Hunter Valley via its twin-engine Piper Chieftain, with a SeaFury seaplane and Beaver seaplane. Services are frequent from Friday to Monday, unless there is additional demand.

For more information visit the Blue Sky Airways website.


Did you know the Hunter Valley has four SMH Good Food Guide hatted restaurants? Yes, they have all the ingredients for a tasty gourmet getaway with 60 plus eateries serving knockout food.

For a quintessential dining experience you can’t beat an al fresco meal in a vineyard, but the Hunter Valley also has stylish hotel restaurants and oodles of places with stunning bushland views. No matter where you dine you’ll be treated to some of the freshest produce, plated creatively by our acclaimed chefs, using local olives, oils, cheeses, poultry and beef, along with a dose of true-blue Hunter hospitality.

To find a place to dine that best suits your taste, budget, atmosphere requirements and location – click here to view the dining options in the Hunter Valley.


For information about exploring the Hunter Valley’s activities, attractions and must-do experiences. Everything from tutored wine-tastings and boutique brews to cooking classes, championship golf and spa treatments. For more information visit the Hunter Valley Wine Country Website.


We have secured rooms at a selection of rooms at the Conference Venue with flexible terms and conditions exclusively for attendees of the FRSA 2019 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 2019 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 2019 National Conference start date

Please note that the hotel may not offer the same rates if you contact them directly.

Need help? Please contact the Conference Secretariat via, or phone on 02 6198 3218.

Reap the benefits of booking with the FRSA 2019 National Conference Managers and staying the officially contracted hotel below:

Deluxe Room

Room rate per night: $230

Each room features a private balcony or courtyard with picturesque views of the sparkling onsite pool, undulating hills or manicured golf course with 1 King Bed. Includes complimentary wi-fi and x1 full buffet breakfast.

Twin Deluxe Room

Room rate per night: $255

This room offers contemporary décor and a bathroom with a walk-in shower. You can unwind on your private balcony or courtyard with 2 Double beds. Includes complimentary wifi and x2 full buffet breakfast.

One Bedroom Villa

Room rate per night: $315

This modern villa offers scenic views of the resort grounds and surrounding vineyards. You can relax in the spacious living area which includes a kitchenette. The villa also features a private balcony or courtyard with x1 King Bed. Includes complimentary wifi and x1 full buffet breakfast.

Two Bedroom Villa

Room rate per night: $410

Two bedroom villas are created by combining an adjoining Villa Guest Room and 1 Bedroom Villa with x2 King Bed.  The villa is equipped with a master bedroom with ensuite, kitchenette, separate lounge and dining areas and a spacious balcony or courtyard with beautiful views of the resort and surrounds. Includes complimentary wifi and x2 full buffet breakfast.

Three Bedroom Villa

Room rate per night: $500

Catering for up to six people, the three bedroom villas come in two configurations. The first offers a master bedroom with king bed and two queen bedrooms, while the second has a master bedroom with king bed, one room with a queen bed and another room with two single beds. Each villa comes equipped with a kitchenette, separate lounge and dining areas and a spacious balcony or courtyard with beautiful resort views. Includes complimentary wifi and x2 full buffet breakfast.


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.

For further information and to discuss how we can assist you to tailor a sponsorship package to ensure your organisation gains maximum benefit from this opportunity, please contact the Rebecca at, call the FRSA office 02 6162 1811 or complete the form below.

Sponsorship Form



Interested in being our virtual conference satchel? Our virtual satchel is a great alternative to providing a satchel to delegates at the conference.

Find out about pricing, sponsorship packages and more on the Sponsorship tab. Or download our Sponsorship Prospectus here.

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