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Networking Activities

The 2018 National Convention program includes a variety of social functions, allowing you to relax and socialise with peers. The Convention Welcome Reception and Convention Gala Dinner are included in the full registration cost. Additional tickets may be purchased separately using the registration form.


Wednesday 14 March

Convention Welcome Reception, Salt House, Cairns

Join us at our stunning welcome reception venue, Salt House, for drinks, canapes and networking.

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

The Welcome Reception will be followed by a number of optional activities. Please scroll down to view details about the three options.

Salt House Cairns

Thursday 15 March

National convention gala dinner and the Tax Adviser of the Year Awards ceremony – Cairns Convention Centre

The Gala Dinner is always a highlight of National Convention. As the only national gathering of The Tax Institute’s membership, their staff and clients, the Gala Dinner is always a highlight of the National Convention.

The highlight of the event is the Tax Adviser of the Year Award Ceremony, which recognises the outstanding achievements of the best tax practitioners in Australia, from rising stars to industry leaders. 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
Price: Inclusive for all full registration delegates
Additional tickets: $175 per person
Dress: Cocktail
Night image of gala dinner

Wednesday 14 March - Option 1: Ochre Restaurant

Ochre Restaurant is the most highly awarded restaurant and catering company in Cairns.

Time: 7.30pm
Additional tickets: $140 per person
Dress: Smart casual
Menu: Four-course meal with beverages

Ochre Restaurant Cairns

Wednesday 14 March - Option 2: Sunset dinner cruise

Throughout the evening you will cruise the waterways of Cairns, exploring the beauty of the natural harbour, and watch the day transcend to night, against a backdrop of rainforest-clad hills, as the twinkling night-lights of the city appear.

Time: 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Price: $195
Dress: Smart casual
Spirit of Cairns dinner cruise

Wednesday 14 March - Option 3: Wine Tasting: Salt House

Sample some of North Queensland’s local cuisine and regional wines in a private room at Salt House.

Time: 7.15pm
Price: $85
Dress: Smart casual

Salt House Restaurant Cairns

Tours and Activities

There is a range of superb recreational options available for delegates to book via Destination Cairns and Tropical North Queensland Tourism, including:

  • Daintree
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Helicopter tours
  • Port Douglas
  • Mission Beach
  • Palm Cove
  • Trinity Beach.

Visit our dedicated accompanying person and pre and post-convention tours page to book your activities today.

Coconut Palms and beach