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The National Convention has been developed by a team of tax professionals who aim to bring you a program that is technically relevant and practical, and designed to meet the needs of tax professionals in all industries, at all stages of their career.

The Convention Organising Committee has brought together a diverse range of high-profile, expert presenters from across the profession to deliver the same top-quality technical sessions that have become a hallmark of our National Conventions. 

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  • 15 structured CPD hours
  • 3-day event
  • Business and professional profile growth
  • Networking with colleagues from around Australia
  • Answers to empower you and your clients

Keynote Speakers

Ken Schurgott, CTA (Life)

Schurgott & Co Lawyers

Mark Leibler, AC, CTA

Arnold Bloch Leibler

Andrew Mills, CTA (Life)

Australian Taxation Office

Kirsten Fish, CTA

Australian Taxation Office

Vanessa Priest, CTA


Professor Robert (Bob) Deutsch, CTA

The Tax Institute

Dr Baden U’ren

Bond University

Chris Jordan, AO, CTA

Commissioner of Taxation

Anthony Slater, AC, CTA



Cairns Convention Centre

The Tax Institute’s 33rd National Convention will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre. The CCC is located only 15 minutes’ drive from the Cairns International Airport.

Address: Cairns Convention Centre, Sheridan and Wharf Street, Cairns City QLD 4870

Tel: + (07) 4042 4200

Find out more about the venue and its location in beautiful Cairns.


Getting There

Delegate Travel

ConferenceNational has negotiated special rates with several accommodation providers for delegates travelling to the convention in Cairns. Room rates are quoted on per room, per night basis (inclusive of GST).

We also have access to discounted flights for delegates travelling to Cairns for the 33rd National Convention.

Book your flights and accommodation today


Networking Activities

Welcome Reception | Wednesday 14 March

Salt House, Marina Point, Cairns

Drinks and canapés will be served at the stunning Salt House which is a short walk from the Convention Centre.

Time: 5.30pm–7.00pm
Price: Included in the full convention registration fee
Additional tickets: $80 per person
Dress: Smart casual

Networking Activities

Gala Dinner and Tax Adviser of the Year Awards | Thursday 15 March

The Gala Dinner is always a highlight of the National Convention.

Continuing on the success of the inaugural Tax Adviser of the Year Awards in 2015, The Tax Institute will once again honour and showcase the best and brightest tax professionals at the Tax Adviser of the Year Awards Gala dinner to be held at the Cairns Convention Centre.

The awards will honour those individuals who are making their mark in the profession and reward them with a valuable opportunity to recognise their excellence in tax and be acknowledged by their colleagues and peers. The awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Emerging Tax Star Award
  • Tax Adviser of the Year - SME
  • Tax Adviser of the Year - Corporate
  • Chartered Tax Adviser of the Year Award

Time: 7.00pm onwards
Price: Inclusive for all full registration delegates
Table of 10 bookings - email direct
Additional tickets: $175 per person
Dress: Cocktail

Find out more about The Tax Adviser of the Year Awards

Networking Activities

Networking options

The Tax Institute has put together a list of optional social activities throughout the course of the convention.



Full registration

Registration deadline Member price New-member price* Non-member price
Advanced Pricing – 1 December 2017 $1,695 incl GST $2,015 incl GST $2,095 incl GST
Early bird – 2 February 2018 $1,895 incl GST $2,215 incl GST $2,295 incl GST
Standard – after 3 February 2018 $2,095 incl GST $2,415 incl GST $2,495 incl GST

* * Save on the non-member price and become a member of The Tax Institute today. The new member registration fee includes fees for affiliate level membership of The Tax Institute so that you can take advantage of the many benefits membership affords. Membership is extended until 30 June 2019. To register as a new-member please use the hard copy registration form in the brochure.


Accountancy Insurance, a sponsor of National Convention

Accountancy Insurance

HSBC, a sponsor of National Convention


MYOB, a sponsor of National Convention


Thomson Reuters, a sponsor of National Convention

Thomson Reuters


Interested in raising your company's profile?

Find out more about becoming a sponsor by contacting Wayne Flekser on 02 8223 0071 or email us for further details.


For further information about the event please contact us on 1800 620 222 or email us.


The Tax Institute CPD Event App

The Tax Institute understands the impact that an event of this nature has on the environment, especially when printing delegate materials. We are excited to announce that The Tax Institute has an event app. This app is easy to use and contains program information, materials (technical papers and slides), evaluation forms and more. We encourage all delegates to download the app on their phone or tablet prior to this event. Once the materials are available, an email will be sent to delegates with access details (in the days leading into the event).

Download the app for iPad or Android.

The Tax Institute CPD Event App download link - Apple iPad The Tax Institute CPD Event App download link - Android