FRSA National Conference 2021

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Key Dates

Open Call for Abstracts

11 September 2020

Early Bird Registration open

21 September 2020

Call for Abstracts close

2 November 2020

Notify Authors

Early December 2020

Early Bird Registration close

1 February 2021

Standard Registration close

30 May 2021

FRSA National Conference 2021

Together we can

CONNECT . INNOVATE . TRANSFORM

The FRSA National Conference is heralded as a highlight event for the Family and Relationship Services network and 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.

As social service organisations we are always at the cutting edge of emerging trends and changes in society – for the FRS sector, especially for vulnerable children, families and communities.

The theme for the FRSA National Conference 2021 – Together we can: Connect, Innovate, Transform captures the spirit, resilience and adaptivity of the family and relationship services sector and will be held at the Hilton Adelaide, 7 – 10 June 2021.

In 2020, the sector’s ability to adapt and respond was tested like never before.  Alongside with ‘usual’ challenges of life, – the sector has found itself actively responding to bushfires, floods and the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 and the resulting period of ongoing social/physical distancing.  Life as we knew it ceased to function in the usual way.  As ‘essential services’ continued to provide vital support throughout this period, our sector remained connected to children, families and communities.  Some of this work was done face-to-face but to a large extent, provision of services moved to an online/technologically aided environment.  The striking feature from that time was how quickly services adapted to the rapidly changing environment to ensure that children, families and communities continued to be supported as the crisis unfolded.   As life continues and we adapt to new ways of working and engaging with children, families and communities what are the new challenges that arise for both the sector and for society.

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

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Family & Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) invites you to submit an abstract to present at the 2021 FRSA National Conference.

The theme for the FRSA National Conference 2021 – Together we can:  Connect, Innovate, Transform  captures the spirit, resilience and adaptivity of the family and relationship services sector.

As social service organisations we are always at the cutting edge of emerging trends and changes in society, especially for vulnerable children, families and communities.

In 2020, the sector’s ability to adapt and respond was tested like never before.  Notwithstanding the ‘usual’ challenges of life – right across the lifecourse – the sector has found itself actively responding to bushfires, floods and the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 and the resulting period of ongoing social/physical distancing.  Life as we knew it ceased to function in the usual way.  Home was the place to be – by law.  And, whilst for many people home is a place that represents safety and stability, for many others it does not and did not.  However, as ‘essential services’ continued to provide vital support throughout this period, our sector remained connected to children, families and communities.  Some of this work was done face-to-face but to a large extent, provision of services moved to an online/technologically aided environment.  The striking feature from that time was how quickly services adapted to the rapidly changing environment to ensure that children, families and communities continued to be supported as the crisis unfolded.   As life continues and we adapt to new ways of working and engaging with children, families and communities what are the new challenges that arise for both the sector and for society.

How can we build on and share this ability to innovate, connect and transform together? What are the practice learnings and how have they been applied? What have we learnt about the evolving needs of the children, families and communities that our sector serves?

How has our workforce needed to adapt during this time and what were some of the successes and challenges? What will the new Business as Usual look like? What impact does all this have on the strategic management and business planning for organisations in the FRS sector?

The FRSA Conference is heralded as a highlight event for the Family and Relationship Services Network and will, as always, deliver a prime opportunity to showcase the impressive work of the Sector.

We welcome abstracts that touch on how Together we can: Connect, Innovate, Transform to achieve better outcomes for Australian children, families and communities. This includes 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 by 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Partnering and cohabitation

Topics can include relationship formation, relationship and marriage education and counselling and developing and maintaining respectful and safe relationships.

  1. 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 dynamics experienced during and after separation.

  1. Ageing

Topics can include grandparents as primary care-giver of children, elder abuse and changing family structures as people stay at home for longer.

  1. 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 Manager of Policy and Research, Ms Robyn Clough at policy@frsa.org.au or (02) 6162 1811.

All Abstracts must be submitted online by 5.00pm AEST, Monday 2 November 2020

30 MINUTE PRESENTATIONS

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.

SYMPOSIUM OPTION

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.

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.

IMPORTANT DATES

2 November 2020 – Call for abstracts closes

3 December 2020 – Notification of acceptance begins

14 December 2020 – Speaker registrations close – after this date speakers will need to pay the appropriate Early Bird or Standard rate.

1 February 2021 – Early bird registrations closes.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

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 ‘connect, innovate and transform together’
  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 contact@frsa.org.au.

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE

Notifications of acceptance will be sent via e-mail to the submitting author from Thursday 3 December 2020.

Accepted abstracts will be published on the FRSA Conference website and in the FRSA 2021 Conference Delegate Handbook. 

OPTION TO SUBMIT A LONGER PAPER FOR THE FRSA E-JOURNAL

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 2021 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 frsa@kaigi.com.au.

REGISTRATION

Registration for the FRSA 2021 National Conference will open 21 September 2020.

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

Registration Fees

Delegate Registration Early Bird Registration Fee*
From 21 September 2020 for FRSA MEMBERS ONLY 
Standard Registration Fee**
From 2 February 2021
Onsite Registration Fee Applicable***
After 30 May 2021
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 1 September 2020.

** Please note that registrations received after 1 September 2020 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 opens 3 December 2020

Speaker Registration
All speakers must be registered by 14 December 2020
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
$995.00

 

Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops Registration Fee
Member Price – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Workshop
$150.00
Member Price – Family Law Workshop (All Day) – Members Only
$150.00
Member Price – Workshop 3
$150.00
Non-Member Price – Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Workshop
$250.00
Non-Member Price – Workshop 3
$250.00

 

Group Registrations
FRSA 2021 is pleased to offer FRSA Members 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 frsa@kaigi.com.au, or phone on 02 6198 3218.

SPEAKERS COMING SOON

VENUE INFORMATION

Hilton Adelaide

233 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000

Beautifully located overlooking Victoria Square, Hilton Adelaide is at the heart of the city’s business, entertainment, shopping and dining precincts. The Central Market’s, Chinatown and Gouger Street, Adelaide’s most vibrant dining destinations are right next door and at the hotel’s doorstep is the Adelaide tram which will take you directly to seaside Glenelg or along North Terrace.

Hilton Adelaide sets the standard for accommodation in South Australia with a great choice of accommodation, ranging from stylish Deluxe rooms to the Executive Floor rooms and suites.

The hotel boasts extensive leisure facilities with a newly built state-of-the-art gym, outdoor heated swimming pool with spa, a full size tennis court and jogging track. Setting the bench mark in food and beverage; Coal Cellar + Grill impresses with a Seriously South Australian® modern grill menu and for the wine enthusiasts, the glass-encased cellar houses over 550 wine labels. The Collins Bar offers a creative selection of cocktails and snacks, at one of Adelaide’s best locations overlooking the city and square.

TRAVEL, DINING & SIGHTSEEING

Travel

From the Airport

From the Airport, proceed East along Sir Donald Bradman Drive for 2km until you see the Hilton. Turn right at Victoria Square and follow the square around, this will bring you to the front entrance.

Distance from Hotel: 6.2 km.
Drive Time: 15 min.
Bus
If you wish to use public transport to/ from Adelaide Airport, Adelaide Metro offers an express double decker bus service called JetExpress between the airport and the city.
JetExpress is a Metroticket service. Single trip and daytrip tickets can be purchased from bus drivers. Click the links above for more information to find your closest service stop. Alternatively call Adelaide Metro Infoline 08 8210 1000.

Pick up and drop off is from the bus stop located on the left hand side of the plaza as you leave the Terminal. Click here for Adelaide Airport grounds map.

Shuttle Bus

Airport City Shuttle offers a Door to Door service from Adelaide Airport to Adelaide Hotels and Businesses and return.

Bookings are not needed from the airport, please follow instructions below:

On arrival please make your way to the Information and Tourism Bookings Booth located on the ground floor of the terminal opposite the bottom of the escalator. The friendly staff will help you with your booking and inform you of the next shuttle time (approximately every half hour).

City Shuttle Bus operating hours are as follows:

Monday – Friday from 6.30am – 7.30pm
Saturdays from 6.30am – 5.30pm
Sundays from 6.30am – 5.30pm

The cost is $10 per person each way. Contact City Shuttle on 0433 533 718. For more information on Group bookings (08) 8385 9967.

Car rental
To hire a car from Adelaide Airport, please visit their website

Dining

Adelaide is a culinary playground with a smorgasbord of cuisines on offer. South Australia’s capital city is the proud home of world-famous chefs, serving game-changing dishes in stunning Adelaide restaurants and beyond. Steeped in history and drenched in class, wash it all down in Adelaide’s booming bar scene. Adelaide’s Leigh Street and Peel Street are packed with fantastic small bars; you’ll find some of our coolest spots in basements, behind secret doors and down unmarked alleyways. Just minutes away from the city lie some of the world’s most renowned wine regions, from the Barossa and its bold reds to the cool climate Adelaide Hills.

Click here to view some popular dining options in Adelaide

Sightseeing

Bursting with culture and flavours, Adelaide is surrounded by buzzing cosmopolitan towns. In less than 20 minutes from the Adelaide CBD, lounge on pristine beaches, explore historic towns or kick back at chic cafes in the leafy inner east. Follow our guide and explore some of the most vibrant towns just minutes from the Adelaide including Glenelg, Semaphore, Norwood, Henley Beach and Port Adelaide.

Click here to view places to visit in Adelaide

ACCOMMODATION

We have secured rooms at a selection of rooms at the Conference Venue with flexible terms and conditions exclusively for attendees of the FRSA 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 frsa@kaigi.com.au, or phone on 02 6198 3218.

Reap the benefits of booking with the FRSA 2021 National Conference Managers and staying the officially contracted hotel below:

hilton

233 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000

Conference Venue

The conference venue, situated in the heart of Adelaide city, Hilton Adelaide is recently renovated, with all rooms offering views either towards Adelaide Hills, or the bay.

King Hilton Deluxe Room

Room Rate: $220 per night, includes buffet breakfast.

Views, lounge chair, desk opening window with view, WiFi, walk-in shower

This bright and airy room has opening window with views, plus a modern décor and all the thoughtful amenities. Work is a pleasure at the desk with an ergonomic chair and WiFi access (fees apply).

Enjoy an in-room movie while relaxing on the lounge chair or unwind in the modern bathroom with a separate walk-in shower before retreating to the comfort of the Hilton Serenity bed. 1 x king bed (twin room available upon request)

 2 Flinders St, Adelaide SA 5000

4 minutes walk (280m) from the Conference Venue

Early Bird Special – Valid until 6 April 2021

Set in Adelaide’s former Treasury Building, dating from 1839, this polished hotel is a 4-minute walk from Hilton Adelaide, the conference venue.

The modern studio and 1-bedroom apartments offer iPod docks, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. Studios feature kitchenettes and lounge areas; upgraded units add kitchens, and separate living and dining rooms. Breakfast provisions (fee) and room service are available.

Studio Apartment

Room Rate: $145 per night.

  • Room size: 33-45 sqm
  • King or Twin Bed
  • Kitchenette with microwave, fridge, plates, cutlery and kettle
  • In-room safe
  • Work desk
  • Mini bar and tea & coffee amenities
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Spacious bathroom with shower over bath
  • Bathroom amenities and hairdryer
  • Free WiFi at 1 Mbps for four devices per room
  • Higher speed WiFi upgrade for unlimited devices available at a fee
  • 32 inch LCD TV with Foxtel
  • iPod docking station

1 Bedroom Apartment

Room Rate: $159 per night

  • Room size: 45+ sqm
  • King Bed
  • Fully equipped kitchen with microwave, full size fridge, dishwasher & utensils
  • In-room safe
  • Work desk
  • Mini bar and tea & coffee amenities
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Separate lounge/dining area
  • Spacious bathroom with shower over bath
  • Bathroom amenities and hairdryer
  • Free WiFi at 1 Mbps for four devices per room
  • Higher speed WiFi upgrade for unlimited devices available at a fee
  • 32 inch LCD TV with Foxtel
  • iPod docking station

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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 three 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 FRSA Team at admin@frsa.org.au, call the FRSA office 02 6162 1811 or complete the form below.

Sponsorship Form

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