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What time does the convention start and finish?

The convention program commences on Wednesday 14 March 2018 at 1.00pm and concludes on Friday 16 March 2018 at 2.30pm. Convention hours are outlined in the Technical Program, and in the convention brochure.


Who should attend the convention and what should they expect?

The Tax Institute's National Convention program is designed to meet the educational needs of all taxation professionals. The technical topics have a broad relevance for all practitioners ranging from those with small practices, through to high end corporate Tax Managers and Tax Lawyers. In addition to the SME and Corporate streams, a specialist topic stream will address key topic areas particularly relevant to practitioners in today's tax environment.


What is included in the full convention registration fee?

A full convention registration includes attendance at all technical sessions and electronic access to all technical papers and presentations via The Tax Institute’s Convention app. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, and attendance at the Convention Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner are also included. Please see the How to Register page on the brochure for details of our flexible registration options and inclusions.


What information will I receive when I register?

On receipt of registration and payment you will receive two emails, the first email will contain your confirmation letter, the second will be tax invoice once payment has been processed. Please check all details and contact us at if any details are incorrect.

In the days leading into the 33rd National Convention, delegates will receive all the information they need for their attendance at the event.


What discounts are available?

The Tax Institute Members receive a preferential rate for attending the convention. Advancing Pricing and Early bird discounts are also available for full conference registrations if you register on or before Friday 1 December 2017 or Friday 2 February 2018. Group discounts are available for registrations of four or more delegates from the same firm (the fifth person attends free of charge).


How do I register for the convention?

Register online or download the brochure (PDF) to complete the registration form and email, fax or post to The Tax Institute.


How do I cancel or transfer my registration?

Please email advice of all cancellations or transfers to An administration fee of 20% of the registration fee will be charged for cancellations received in writing by The Tax Institute at least five working days prior to the event. No refund will be issued for cancellations received within five working days of the event. A replacement may be nominated. If the replacement is not a member, the non-member registration fee will apply.


How many CPD hours will I earn?

Full convention attendance counts for 15 hours of structured Continuing Professional Development Accreditation with The Tax Institute. Single-day attendance equals one hour per attended session. Employer ticket attendance will be allocated accordingly to each attendee.


What is the address of the venue, the Cairns Convention Centre?

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

Tel: + (07) 4042 4200 International Code (617)

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


What is the dress code?

The dress code for the Convention is business or business casual.
The Dress code for the Gala Dinner is cocktail.


What meals are included?

Full convention registration entitles you to all meals and refreshments during convention hours, the welcome reception on Wednesday 14 March and the gala dinner on Thursday 15 March.

Day registrations include meals and refreshments during convention hours but do not include the welcome reception or gala dinner.

Employer tickets do not include convention lunches or social functions but can be purchased for an additional cost.

Social function tickets are available for purchase at an additional cost. Please see the registration page of the brochure (PDF) for details.


What if I have special dietary or other requirements?

Please note any special requests and dietary requirements on the registration form. This will be communicated to each venue by the Events team. Once at the event, please make yourself known to venue staff. If you have any queries relating to your requirements at the convention, please ask one of The Tax Institute staff members who will be identifiable by their orange lanyards.


How do I book accommodation for the convention?

The Tax Institute along with ConferenceNational have negotiated special rates with several accommodation providers for delegates travelling to the convention.

Please refer to the Accommodation page on the website or the convention brochure for details and pricing. You can book accommodation by visiting (link to be provided)


How do I book flights to the convention?

All flights should be booked by delegates directly using link to our flight portal designed specifically for delegates travelling to the Convention.

We recommend that delegates consider travel insurance as part of their planning for the 33rd National Convention. Delegates are advised to book early to secure the best pricing.


What onsite transportation will be arranged for delegates?

In 2018 the welcome reception will be held at Salt House in Cairns which is a 6-minute walk from the Cairns Convention Centre. The Gala Dinner venue will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre.


Who can I contact during the convention?

If you require assistance during the convention, The Tax Institute staff will be on hand at the registration desk and are identifiable by their white lanyards. All other enquiries should be directed to The Tax Institute’s head office on 02 8223 0000.


Who can I contact in case of queries prior to the event?

Please contact The Tax Institute’s events team on 1300 733 842 for any queries relating to the Convention.