Industry leaders
The Arboriculture Australia National Conference will bring together industry leaders to discuss research and technology from both here and around the world.
Trade Show
With over 25 exhibitors we have all the biggest industry names under one roof. See the latest industry technology and equipment and enjoy the many social events we have planned
ATCC
The Australian Tree Climbing Championships show­cases the high­est lev­el of pro­fes­sion­al skills and safe­ty, pro­vid­ing a com­pet­i­tive learn­ing envi­ron­ment for those work­ing in the industry.

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ATCC
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The Australian Tree Climbing Championship (ATCC) is the pinnacle tree climbing event on the Australian calendar and Arb Aus is proud to host this event as part of its national conference.

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Conference
from$665 inc GST

For best value, make sure you have renewed your Arb Aus membership and get in quick before prices go up. Enjoy social events, networking activities, a bustling trade show, and a great line up of speakers.

Thank you for the amazing response everyone! We are now sold out!

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Tree Anatomy Workshop
from$1,299 inc GST

Mark Hartley's Tree Anatomy Workshop will be run before and after the conference. Numbers are limited, so get in quick if you want to attend.

Fri 20 to Sun 22 May - Still Available
Wed 25 to Fri 27 May 2022 - Sold Out

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Schedule at a Glance

May
SAT
21

ATCC Day One

ATCC Day Two

Conference Day One

Golf Challenge

Trade Show Day One

Conference Day Two

Trade Show Day Two

Gala Dinner

Trade Show Day Three

Utility Bus Tour

Welcome Reception & ATCC Presentation

Sun
22

ATCC Day One

ATCC Day Two

Conference Day One

Golf Challenge

Trade Show Day One

Conference Day Two

Trade Show Day Two

Gala Dinner

Trade Show Day Three

Utility Bus Tour

Welcome Reception & ATCC Presentation

Mon
23

ATCC Day One

ATCC Day Two

Conference Day One

Golf Challenge

Trade Show Day One

Conference Day Two

Trade Show Day Two

Gala Dinner

Trade Show Day Three

Utility Bus Tour

Welcome Reception & ATCC Presentation

Tue
24

ATCC Day One

ATCC Day Two

Conference Day One

Golf Challenge

Trade Show Day One

Conference Day Two

Trade Show Day Two

Gala Dinner

Trade Show Day Three

Utility Bus Tour

Welcome Reception & ATCC Presentation

20 - 22
25 - 27
Mark Hartley's Tree Anatomy Workshop will be run twice, before and after the conference. Numbers are limited, so get in quick if you want to attend.

Speaker Schedule

8:00 am
Tree Anatomy Workshop 20 - 21 May Day Three

Arb Aus is proud to offer you Mark Hartley's Tree Anatomy Workshop as part of our extended conference program in 2022. This workshop is always in high demand and is a modern variant of Dr Alex Shigo's famous Touching Trees Workshop.

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Urban
Applied
Utility
Room:
Length:
9:00 am
ATCC Day Two

The Australian Tree Climbing Championship (ATCC) is the pinnacle tree climbing event on the Australian calendar and Arb Aus is proud to host this event as part of its national conference. The ATCC adhere to the ISA TCC format and sees the best male and female climbers from around Australia compete for the chance to qualify for place at the Asia Pacific TCC, and hopefully, the subsequent ITCC. Day 2 sees the Masters Challenge

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Urban
Applied
Utility
Room:
Length:
10:00 am
Utility Bus Tour

The Utility Arborist Association, Australia (UAAA), have organised an excellent bus tour for the utility arb and vegetation management sector. Come along and see local issues on-site and hear the solutions and projects being applied.You can purchase your UAAA Bus Tour ticket as an additional option when you buy your conference ticket. Be quick, tickets are limited.‍ This tour is sponsored by Bayer, and lunch will be provided by ETS - our thanks to them both.

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Urban
Applied
Utility
Room:
Length:
6:00 pm
Welcome Reception and ATCC Presentation

This year the National Conference Welcome Reception and the Australian Tree Climbing Championship Presentations will come together in a cocktail style event spread across the Monarch Ballroom and foyer, allowing attendees to mingle and move through the Trade Show. This event unites the industry with climbers, speakers, delegates, exhibitors and sponsors coming together for a wonderful evening.

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Urban
Applied
Utility
Room:
Monarch
Length:
3 hr
8:40 am
Lisa Annese
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Diversity and Inclusion in Practise
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Diversity and Inclusion in Practise. An overview of what diversity and inclusion is, why it’s beneficial to workplaces, and changes the arboriculture and vegetation management industry can implement to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion.

SPEAKER
Lisa Annese
Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Prince
Length:
45 min
9:25 am
Associate Professor Sebastian Pfautsch
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Urban cooling with trees – new perspectives and innovative ideas
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The list of reasons to grow, manage and retain trees in our cities and towns is long. In recent years, the cooling function provided by trees has moved to the top position of that list in Australian cities but also abroad. However, urban tree canopy cover is still declining while new heat records are set year after year. Forces related to age of tree stock, property value, risk mitigation, ideology, politics, education and others make for a highly contested playing field when dealing with urban trees. This lecture will provide tree producers and managers with science-based arguments about (i) which trees are best for urban cooling, (ii) where new urban trees should be planted to provide the greatest cooling benefits, (iii) why we need to step up efforts to retain trees in urban fringe zones to prevent overheating of new settlements and (iv) what needs to be done if we can’t plant of retain urban trees.

SPEAKER
Associate Professor Sebastian Pfautsch
Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Prince
Length:
45 min
10:40 am
Aunty Bev Hand
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A Glimpse of Traditional Aboriginal Plant Uses
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Prior to colonisation, Aboriginal peoples of Australia managed landscapes through long established complex systems. A glimpse into some cultural practices applied will be discussed in this presentation with a particular emphasis on trees.

SPEAKER
Aunty Bev Hand
Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Prince
Length:
45 min
11:25 am
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Managing Risk - panel discussion. Gary Wright, Energy Safe Vic. and Anthony Fehring, Active Tree Services
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This panel discussion will bring together the different players involved when a workplace incident or accident is investigated. Hear both sides - the investigated and the investigators and use this wonderful opportunity to better prepare yourself and your business.

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Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Prince
Length:
45 min
1:10 pm
Dr Gregory Moore
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Lifetime Cost Models for Large, Long-lived, Street Trees in Australia
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The costs of maintaining an urban tree over its lifecycle have been considered in a number of cost models. One that is often cited in an Australian context is that discussed by Hitchmough (1994), who provided a curve that is described as being a typical relationship between the cost and functional and aesthetic benefits of the urban shrub mass. The curve does not specifically include trees, but many urban forest managers and arborists have applied it to urban trees. But is this curve really typical for Australian street trees? The costs of maintaining a typical urban street tree under Australian management regimes, including purchase and planting costs of a common street tree species, herbicide and mulching costs, the cost of irrigation over the first summer after spring planting and of formatively pruning the young tree were calculated. The cost estimates were based on a large number of plantings to give an economy of scale typical of a local municipality street tree planting and were based on averages derived from data provided by three typical local government agencies from different states. The research modeled the management costs of an urban tree under five different scenarios, each based upon the planting of a moderate sized tree 2-3.0m tall with a projected useful life expectancy of 50 years. What the curves demonstrate is that costs associated with a typical street tree are highest in the first 2-3 years of its life and in the final year of life leading to removal. The life time costs of maintaining a street tree are between AUD$2800 - $6220 or AUD$56 - $124.40 per annum. A stylized curve was developed that could be readily adapted for general maintenance costing.

SPEAKER
Dr Gregory Moore
Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Prince
Length:
45 min
1:10 pm
Heath Frewin
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Risk Based UVM: Leading the Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Risk-Based Strategy for Vegetation Clearances and Corridor Assets.
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SPEAKER
Heath Frewin
Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Norfolk
Length:
45 min
1:55 pm
Thami Croeser
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De-paving paradise: finding space for canopy in crowded cities
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Meeting ambitious canopy cover targets in Australian cities is crucial – but also will be very challenging in built-up urban streetscapes, as space is so hard to find. This study demonstrates a promising approach to finding urban space for tree planting, focused on car parking. I will explain the approach, and show results for Melbourne in terms of canopy cover, stormwater treatment and ecological connectivity.

SPEAKER
Thami Croeser
Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Prince
Length:
45 min
1:55 pm
Stephen Martin
:
Case Studies in Corridor Management
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Powerlink Queensland has been performing a number of trials to enhance the Integrated Vegetation Management approaches adopted as part of its corridor management. Case studies will include work performed with stakeholders to coordinate control burns, incorporating holistic grazing and management of biosecurity threats.

SPEAKER
Stephen Martin
Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Norfolk
Length:
30 min
3:10 pm
Associate Professor Cris Brack (Hon)
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Some urban trees must go, but who pays the price
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Cities are dynamic environments and the highest value of land can change rapidly. Consequently, healthy trees may be targeted for removal to make room for other developments or land uses. This presentation explores a robust and flexible technique to quantify the social and environmental values associated with the removal of these trees.

SPEAKER
Associate Professor Cris Brack (Hon)
Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Prince
Length:
30 min
3:10 pm
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Angelo Fiumara - Digital Twins & Vegetation Management
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Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Norfolk
Length:
45 min
3:40 pm
Dr Peter Somerville
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Helping trees to establish in rubbish urban soils
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The many negative impacts of building and maintaining cities cause significant damage to the physical, chemical and biological functioning of urban soils. Consequently, tree establishment and growth are often hindered at many urban sites due to compaction and reduced plant available water. As trees are important for functioning cities our aim was to determine whether urban soils that had been degraded could be improved to successfully support tree establishment and growth. Over several years we investigated the benefits of incorporating organic matter products into degraded and compacted urban soils. In our field studies we have examined; 1) depth of tillage and organic matter incorporation, 2) different organic matter materials (compost and biochar), and 3) whether organic matter additions provide better tree establishment than tillage alone. Tillage and organic matter immediately improved bulk density and water infiltration but the use of organic matter improved these properties for a greater period than tillage alone. Deep tillage also provided greater benefits to tree establishment and growth than shallow tillage. Overall, we found that the use of organic matter increased growth and decreased water stress in trees, but that biochar did not provide any additional benefits greater than those provided by compost. Further, the use of organic matter is more beneficial in coarser substrates than in finer substrates. It should be noted, however, that individual site conditions play a large role in the effectiveness of any soil improvement. In our longer-term field experiment the growth benefits of using organic matter were only apparent when soil conditions where at their driest. Degraded urban soils can be improved by organic matter additions to improve the initial establishment of trees. Compost and biochar amended soils have similar benefits to tree water status and growth, but the effects are determined by initial site conditions.

SPEAKER
Dr Peter Somerville
Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Prince
Length:
30 min
3:40 pm
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UAAA Award nominations, AGM & future directions - Pete Halliwell
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The Utility Arborists Association Australia (UAAA) will host their AGM and discuss strategic direction for the utility arboriculture and vegetation management sector. Share your ideas and be involved in planning the future.

SPEAKER
Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Norfolk
Length:
60 min
4:10 pm
Mark Hartley
:
Managing cultural trees
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“Scar trees - an arboricultural and anthropological approach”. A culturally modified tree (scarred tree) provides a vital link between the original owners, their land, and past cultural practices. Arboriculture plays an important role in in the process of identifying culturally modified trees. Working with indigenous communities, archaeologists, ecologists and landowners, the arborist provides much of the scientific knowledge required to make an informed determination. On occasions, those assessing potential scarred trees, including arborists, have tended to rely primarily on the morphology in reaching their finding. In so doing, they gloss over evidence that can be used to make a more informed assessment, oftentimes resulting in a dubious conclusion. While the loss of a culturally modified tree due to carelessness is unacceptable, the classification of a tree that has not been culturally modified as a scarred tree is similarly undesirable. Following the approach outlined will assist arborists assessing trees that may have been culturally modified. Several approaches are explained that can be used to increase confidence in the determination and to eliminate false positives. Several common mistakes are also discussed.

SPEAKER
Mark Hartley
Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Prince
Length:
45 min
5:00 pm
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Arboriculture Australia AGM
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Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Length:
7:00 pm
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Gala Dinner
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The Gala Dinner is the premier event of our national conference. A chance to relax and reconnect over a sumptuous 3 course dinner in the Prince Ballroom and honour our award recipients and those that have contributed to our organisation and industry.

SPEAKER
Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Prince
Length:
4 hr
6:30 am
:
Golf Challenge
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Join this unique and exclusive opportunity for 9 rounds on a championship golf course and your chance to win a car in our hole-in-one competition. This is a wonderful way to start the day off right and enjoy a relaxed networking atmosphere. Green fees and cart hire included.

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Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Length:
2.5 hr
8:30 am
:
Big Tree Appreciation
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The worlds big trees are the base from which we share our wilderness experiences with the world. We engage with government, corporate and private stakeholders to champion the shear grandeur of forests. We champion for the protection of our last remaining wild places and these forest icons through powerful visual stories backed up by solid scientific analysis.

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Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Prince
Length:
30 min
8:30 am
Professor Thomas Astell-Burt
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Green Space and Mental Health
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SPEAKER
Professor Thomas Astell-Burt
Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Prince
Length:
30 min
9:00 am
Dr Hillary Bennett
:
Thriving not Surviving; What Leaders and Organisations can do for Employee Well-being
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Everyone who goes to work should go home safe and healthy, both physically and mentally. Ensuring this is a legal obligation that creates opportunities. Not all is work if equal. ‘Good work’ allows people to thrive, ‘toxic work’ harms. A person thrives when they feel, and function, well across multiple domains of their life. Mental harm occurs when a person experiences a significant cognitive, emotional, or behavioural impact arising from one or more work-related risk factors. Hillary will discuss the characteristics of mental wellbeing, as well provide an overview of the Business Leaders Forum’s Mental Health at Work framework that identifies 4 approaches to creating a mentally healthy workplace that enables a business to meet its legal obligations as well maximise the opportunities to support its people to thrive rather than just survive.

SPEAKER
Dr Hillary Bennett
Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Prince
Length:
60 min
10:30 am
Simon Strauss
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Tree Valuation, the new MIS506
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Arboriculture Australia Ltd and the New Zealand Arboricultural Association in consultation with the national arboriculture community in both countries produce a series of Minimum Industry Standards to provide a ‘body of knowledge’ which is shared by practitioners and can be used as the basis for training, dissemination of skills and professional development industry. Tree valuation, MIS506, reviews and details the currently leading methods in ANZ - Burnley, CoM, Thyer and STEM -examines various concepts around markets, marketing, economics, accounting and research techniques, and sets minimum and preferred standard benchmarks. Original tree valuation method authors Greg Moore (Burnley), Peter Thyer (Thyer) and Chris Neilan (CAVAT) along with Peter Yao the team at the City of Melbourne have all contributed their critique and support for this work along with a number of subject matter experts in supporting fields. In reviewing the increasing demand for tree valuation to assist with public tree management, green space management, evolving technologies and overseas developments, an “MIS Method” is described combining the teachings of, and learnings from, past methods and the various factors mentioned. The “MIS Method” is in fact a fusion of the current methods with incremental functionality providing: • a unified method using best practice market research principles for ease, consistency and flexibly (optional scales from different methods and arboriculture evaluation protocols) • for the use of canopy area or trunk area to drive valuations so that remote sensing data can be used for large scale tree asset recognition and valuation work • an ability to forecast tree valuation for use in green space and social project business case analysis.

SPEAKER
Simon Strauss
Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Prince
Length:
45 min
11:15 am
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Panel Discussion - Aligning local govt and utility interests. Perspectives on urban tree location, species and management.
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This panel discussion will bring together different perspectives on urban tree location, species and management or utilities in urban areas.

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Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Prince
Length:
45 min
1:00 pm
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Advancements in UVM Network Protection and other Network Fire Risk Controls - Ian Fitzpatrick & Dene Ward
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TBC

SPEAKER
Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Norfolk
Length:
45 min
1:00 pm
Dr Tim Johnson
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TREENET National Street Tree Trials Project
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Planting locally unfamiliar tree species to assess their performance under urban conditions has been a major focus since TREENET was founded. Early species trials now provide valuable information, but they are limited in quantity, species diversity and spatial distribution. Familiarity with a wide range of resilient tree species is fundamental to addressing urban forestry’s needs in relation to urban densification, the changing climate, heat island effects, soil degradation and other challenges. To obtain and share the necessary knowledge TREENET is expanding its tree species trials project and seeking to collaborate with more councils and communities across the nation to introduce a greater range of species to urban cultivation. This presentation will reveal how TREENET is working to engage with communities to record and share existing local knowledge. It will provide an update on the progress of some early street tree species trials and will share ideas on how delegates might support new trials to contribute further to the knowledge base.

SPEAKER
Dr Tim Johnson
Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Prince
Length:
45 min
1:45 pm
Mr Christopher Clark
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International approaches to protecting and retaining trees on private urban land
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Most studies of urban forest management look at vegetation on public land. Yet, to meet ambitious urban forest targets, cities must attempt to maintain or increase trees and canopy cover on private urban land too. In this study, we review and evaluate international approaches to protecting and retaining trees on private urban land. Our study combines a systematic academic literature review, two empirical social science studies on the views of urban forest professionals, and a global case study review of innovative regulations and incentives aimed at protecting and retaining trees on private urban land. Case studies were evaluated for the extent they exceeded minimum standards or went beyond ‘business-as-usual’. We found that the most innovative mechanisms combine many regulations, instead of relying on a single regulation, and use financial incentives to retain or plant trees in newly developed or re-developed sites, as well as private residences. We did not find any cases where appropriate monitoring was in place to determine the efficacy and efficiency of these mechanisms. We also found no single simple solution that could effectively and efficiently protect and retain trees on private land. Only by combining policies, planning schemes, local laws, and financial incentives with community engagement and stewardship will cities protect and retain trees on private land. Useful and innovative ways to protecting and retaining trees on private land involves providing solutions at multiple governments levels, embedding trees in existing strategic policy and management solutions, incentivising positive behavior, creating regulations that require payment up front, and engaging the broader community in private tree stewardship.

SPEAKER
Mr Christopher Clark
Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Prince
Length:
45 min
1:45 pm
Stacie Grassano
:
Utilising Imagery to Assess Tree Health
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Tree health and vigour have a major impact on Utility Vegetation Management (UVM) programs. With the growing recognition of off right of way vegetation impacts on reliability and fire starts, the health of potential fall in vegetation has become an important factor in hazard tree assessment. Spectral indices developed from higher resolution imagery can be used to inform tree health and also inform plant vigour for predictive growth rates. The presentation uses case studies to demonstrate how hazard fall in vegetation can be prioritised from healthy vegetation and tree growth for individual tree canopies can be accurately modelled.

SPEAKER
Stacie Grassano
Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Norfolk
Length:
45 min
3:00 pm
Dr Joe Hurley
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Is land-use planning important to the urban forest? (video presentation)
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Trees are critical for urban liveability. Collectively the urban forest cools cities, cleans air, creates well-being and provides biodiversity. Broader recognition of this is seeing better management of, and investment in, public trees. However, most urban trees are on private land. Many of these are under threat and new development is providing limited capacity for urban trees. If we are to maintain tree cover, or even better increase it, we must engage with the issue of trees on private land. This presentation draws on a range of research to demonstrate the importance of private land to urban forest cover and the potential role of land-use planning policy in protecting and enhancing the urban forest. Research featured includes investigating urban forest cover and cover change in Austrlaian cities; a review international approaches for the retention and establishment of trees on private land; and investigation of the progress of Australian local governments in improving tree retention and provision on private land. The research reveals that urban tree cover is declining in many areas driven by losses on private land, with limited capacity in currently policy and management approaches to stem this loss. I argue for the renewal of urban planning policy to support better management of the urban forest.

SPEAKER
Dr Joe Hurley
Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Prince
Length:
30 min
3:00 pm
Joe Harris
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MIS314 Tree Utility Work
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MIS314 Tree Utility Work is part of the Minimum Industry Standards project developed by Arboriculture Australia. This title will be a key resource for utility arboriculture and vegetation management. It has undergone national industry review, but is not yet published. Hear an overview about this title, how it should be used and can be accessed.

SPEAKER
Joe Harris
Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Norfolk
Length:
30 min
3:30 pm
Professor David Watson
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Functional roles of mistletoe in a warming world
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I summarize the mechanistic basis and functional significance of mistletoe’s pervasive influence on productivity and diversity, synthesising recent findings on the responses of these parasitic plants to drought, heat waves and fire. Although representing just one per cent of all angiosperms, the ecophysiological traits associated with parasitism confer pronounced impacts on their hosts and disproportionate influence upon community structure, composition and broader ecosystem function. Recent work on pollinators, seed dispersers and litter-dependent detritovores has advanced our understanding of how mistletoes modulate animal communities via their extended and complementary phenology and the additive role of generalist interactors (pollinators and seed dispersers). Trade-offs between maximising efficiency in obtaining water from hosts and sensitivity to water stress underlie range shifts, host switching and increased reliance upon mistletoes by animal communities for nutritional and microclimatic resources, with direct and indirect impacts from anthropogenic climate change already apparent.

SPEAKER
Professor David Watson
Urban
Applied
Utility
Plenary
Room:
Prince
Length:
45 min

Speakers announced so far

*Speakers subject to change

Stacie Grassano

Stacie is an experienced senior executive and has international experience in the management of large-scale LiDAR collection, processing and vegetation analytics. Stacie holds a Master of Science degree in Plant and Soil Science, is a Project Management Professional and Certified Utility Arborist

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Utilising imagery to assess tree health
Stacie Grassano
CTO at Intelfuse
Mr Christopher Clark

Chris Clark is a Graduate of the Master of Urban Horticulture at the University of Melbourne(2021) and was a contributing author (1) & lead author (2) for this research.

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International approaches to protecting trees on private, urban land.
Mr Christopher Clark
Joe Harris

Joe Harris is an arborist based in Tasmania. He is primarily a climbing arborist or contract climber, although his work also includes training, workshops, technical writing and other projects. He has been in the industry for 14 years, during which time he has volunteered with several industry bodies and in many different roles. Joe is 2-time Australian tree climbing champion and 2-time world tree climbing silver medalist

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MIS314 Tree Utility Work
Joe Harris
Anthony Fehring
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Incident Investigation - Panel Discussion
Anthony Fehring
Aunty Bev Hand

Beverly Hand, also known as Aunty Bev, is a Kabi Kabi woman and immense knowledge keeper with an incredible mastery of Indigenous plant life, traditions and history around South East Queensland. Beverly weaves these stories in such an enthralling and engaging way she is highly sought after byNon-Government, Government, Corporate, business and education providers..

Many people when thinking of Aunty Bev immediately connect her to Bunya or Boinyee, as she is so intimately interwoven to this sacred tree having created and re-established the traditional Bunya Dreaming Festival in 2007 - ongoing.

She is far more deeper that than we imagine.  Ever since Beverly came home to Country she began trying to uphold a legacy of cultural responsibility to the region of the Sunshine Coast, its hinterland and Mary Valley by actively participating in community and continually building and sharing her knowledge through relationship building.  Today these vast layers of knowledge, ceremonies and traditions are embodied by Beverly’s ability to articulate these to wider and diverse groups

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A Glimpse of Traditional Aboriginal Plant Uses
Aunty Bev Hand
Kevin Hamblin

A leader in contract and project delivery across maintenance and capital investment programs, Kevin is a partnership delivery model specialist in both contract management and contract delivery roles.

Kevin has a passion for innovative delivery with a keen focus on systems and automation of process and has extensive industry experience in asset management, including whole of life asset maintenance, project and program management. He is asset system experienced, including extensive SAP and mobile computing integration and system design and is a LiDAR and aerial patrol implementation specialist.

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Aligning Local Government and Utility Interests
Kevin Hamblin
Treeserve (co-presenter)
Mark Hartley

Mark Hartley is a second-generation arborist whose career spans over four decades. Mark has received the ISA’s Award of Merit for his contribution to arboriculture and has received six awards of Excellence in Arboriculture from the TCIA for transplanting and tree pruning.His skills and knowledge in tree transplanting have taken him to 7 countries in 3 different continents. His expertise with palms resulted in him providing consultancy services in the UAE to the Royal Family on palm related issues.

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Managing Cultural Trees
Mark Hartley
The Tree Doctor
Stephen Martin

As Senior Strategist Land, Research and Development at Powerlink Queensland I have the privilege to work with a broad range of people internal and external to the business on a broad range of topics.  This includes representing Powerlink at state, national and international forums and memberships. There has never been a more exciting time to be involved in the electricity industry and that includes vegetation management programs. Stephen will share some insights into some case studies Powerlink is undertaking to ensure we’re doing our bit to “Connecting Queenslanders to a world-class energy future”.


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Case Studies in Corridor Management
Stephen Martin
Powerlink
Dr Tim Johnson

Following four decades in local government and the private sector Tim began his current role as Director: TREENET in November 2021. A research adjunct at the University of South Australia and at Flinders University, his interests focus on green engineering design which supports trees in urban settings so interactions between roots, infrastructure, water and soil can deliver maximum benefit to the community and environment. His experience on the tools and in technical and research roles in horticulture, arboriculture and civil engineering underpin his practical approach to applied research which investigates nature-based solutions to challenges presented by urbanisation and climate change.

Current research projects include investigating the effects of stormwater harvesting on transpiration rates in urban trees, the stormwater-harvesting capacity of urban soil, and the effects of stormwater infiltration on reactive soil. Tim is currently supervising two PhD students who are researching the stormwater management benefits of dispersed, small-scale infiltration devices and the climate moderating effects of stormwater infiltration into tree root zones.

Tim is a member of Arboriculture Australia and of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA). He has served on the Significant Tree Committee of the National Trust of South Australia (2002 – 2012), the South Australian Local Government Urban Forest Alliance, and the South Australian Urban Forest Biodiversity Program (1997–2006).

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TREENET National Street Tree Trials Project
Dr Tim Johnson
Treenet
Professor David Watson

Professor Dave Watson leads a group of researchers working at the interface between community ecology and landscape-scale restoration. In addition to distributional dynamics, Dave’s team develops new ways to estimate biodiversity, pioneering the use of results-based stopping rules to standardize diversity estimates and collaborating with computer scientists to detect species automatically from long-duration recordings from the Australian Acoustic Observatory. Dave’s current research extends to sandalwood management in the western desert, wildlife conservation in agricultural landscapes, mistletoe ecology and evolution worldwide, the development and manufacture of future-proof nest boxes (using 3D-printed plastics), working with landholders to maximise Carbon sequestration in on-farm habitats, and using strategic interventions to keep common species common. https://ecosystemunraveller.com

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Functional roles of misteltoe in a warming world
Professor David Watson
Gulbali Institute, Charles Sturt University
Thami Croeser

Thami is an urban planner and spatial analyst working with the ICON Science Program with a specialist interest in urban greening, with a history of delivering greening projects and policy in Melbourne’s most urbanised spaces.

He currently is part of an international project team advising the European Union on planning for urban greening; over the next three years Thami will facilitate the development of greening plans for eight cities around the world.

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TOPIC:
Patterns of Tree Removal and their Influence on Canopy Cover Targets.
Thami Croeser
RMIT
Simon Strauss

Simon is new to the tree industry. With a BAppSc (with distinction) and 40 years’ experience including R&D, experimental design and multivariate analysis, consumer and product market research, finance and commercial, sales and marketing , he brings a uniquely multi-disciplined approach to this challenging field. 

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TOPIC:
MIS506 Tree Valuations
Simon Strauss
Active Tree Services
Professor Thomas Astell-Burt

Thomas Astell-Burt is the Professor of Population Health and Environmental Data Science and the Founding Co-Director of the Population Wellbeing and Environment Research Lab (PowerLab) https://socialsciences.uow.edu.au/powerlab/index.html at the University of Wollongong (UOW). Thomas is also an NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellow (1 of only 4 awarded in public health in Australia).

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TOPIC:
Green Space and Mental Health
Professor Thomas Astell-Burt
University of Wollongong
Dr Peter Somerville

After completing a level 3 certificate inHorticulture/Landscaping from NMIT to help his nascent landscaping businessPeter discovered a passion for academic research.  Since then, he has studied Garden Design withAndrew Laidlaw, completed his master’s degree in Urban Horticulture from theUniversity of Melbourne and completed his PhD on ‘Remediating degraded urban soils to improve the establishment and growth of trees’.  Post PhD Peter worked as a lecturer at theBurnley Campus of the University of Melbourne where he taught masters and undergrad level students about plant propagation and soils.  He currently works as a Senior Soil Scientist with Australia’s foremost soil consultancy, SESL Australia.

Previously Peter spent 20 years working as a professional rowing coach in Australia and Great Britain.

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TOPIC:
Helping trees to establish in rubbish urban soils
Dr Peter Somerville
SESL Australia
Associate Professor Cris Brack (Hon)

Honorary Associate Professor Cris Brack from the Fenner School ofEnvironment and Society, Australian National University, has been studying urban forests since the 1990’s. Along with colleagues and research students,Cris has been: quantifying the planted urban estate; estimating the environmental and other values of the urban forest; exploring the mental and physical health benefits provided simply because trees are around; and exploring options for the future of urban trees as they age in a hotter, drier city.

 Cris has published over 70 peer reviewed papers. He regularly is interviewed on radio and print on all things to do with urban trees and often makes presentations to conferences of professional Foresters andA rboriculturalists as well as at ACT Tree Week.

He is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre of UrbanGreening and Ecology (National Parks Singapore); a Member of the ACT ClimateChange Council; and a Director of the National Arboretum Canberra Foundation.

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TOPIC:
Why Should Residents Support Planting, Managing and Removing Trees on Public Land?
Associate Professor Cris Brack (Hon)
Australian National University
Dr Joe Hurley

Associate ProfessorJoe Hurley a researcher in the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University. His research focuses on the intersection between urban planning and urban sustainability, and on the role of urban governance and policy in producing sustainable outcomes. He leads a program of research called Making Greening Happen in ConsolidatingCities examining the relationship between urban development, land-useplanning policy, and the urban forest.

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TOPIC:
Benchmarking Urban Vegetation Cover
Dr Joe Hurley
RMIT
Associate Professor Sebastian Pfautsch

Dr Sebastian Pfautsch is an Associate Professor in Urban Studies and the Research Theme Coordinator at Western Sydney University. In these roles, Dr Pfautsch develops trans-disciplinary research around the complex issue of urban heat. While the core of his work is concerned with the cooling functions delivered by green infrastructure (GI), his applied projects deal with heat mitigation far beyond GI and include surface and building materials, engineered shade and water infrastructure, smart city technology and more. His high-quality research output is documented in the form of more than 90 peer-reviewed research papers, technical reports and journal articles. Sebastian's work features regularly in the media, which in 2021 led to more than 350 headlines in 21 countries, published in 5 languages and reached more than 1 billion people.

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TOPIC:
Urban cooling with trees – new perspectives and innovative ideas
Associate Professor Sebastian Pfautsch
Western Sydney University
Lisa Annese

LisaAnnese has been the Chief Executive Officer of Diversity Council Australiasince 2 June 2014. In this role she leads debate on diversity and inclusion inthe public arena, and oversees the development of thought leadership researchpieces for Australian workplaces.

In2018, Lisa was named one of the AFR’s 100 Women of Influence. In 2019 shewas elected to the Board of AmnestyInternational Australia and in 2021, appointed to the Board of Women forElection.  Lisa is a member of Chief Executive Women and ExecutiveProducer of DCA’s podcast, The Art of Inclusion.

Lisa has had a long career in the diversity andinclusion space across the corporate, government and not-for-profit sector. Someof her career highlights include: advocating for policy action to eliminateworkplace harassment and gendered violence and closing the gender pay gap, presentingDCA’s leading research internationally; developing the first ever citationrecognising Employers of Choice in Gender Equality and the first ever census of‘Australian Women in Leadership’ while at the Workplace Gender Equality Agency,and co-authoring “Chief Executives Unplugged: CEO’s Get Real About Women in theWorkplace”.

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TOPIC:
Diversity and Inclusion in Practise
Lisa Annese
CEO, Diversity Council Australia
Dr Gregory Moore

With a general interest in  horticultural plant science, revegetation and ecology, Greg is particularly  interested in arboriculture. He was inaugural president of the International  Society of Arboriculture, Australian Chapter, and has been a member of the National  Trust’s Register of Significant Trees since 1988 and chair since 1996. He has  served the boards of Greening Australia (Victoria) 1988-2012 and Trust for  Nature, 2009-17. He has been on the board of TREENET (chair 2005-2019) and is  on the board of Sustainable Gardening Australia. He has written three books,  seven book chapters and has published over 200 scientific papers and  articles. He was awarded an OAM in 2017 for services to the environment,  particularly arboriculture.

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TOPIC:
The Cost of Maintaining an Urban Tree over its Lifecycle.
Dr Gregory Moore
University of Melbourne
Dr Hillary Bennett

Hillary is a registered Psychologist and Director of Leading  Safety, a consultancy specialising in the leadership of safety and wellbeing,  the assessment and development of safety and wellbeing culture, human  factors, and workplace health and safety.   She developed the Business Leaders Health and Safety Forum’s CEO Guide  to Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work. This sense making framework has been  used extensively, both in Governmental Agencies and private organisations, to  assess both current wellbeing initiatives, as well as develop future  wellbeing strategies.  She also  developed the Forum’s guide, Protecting Wellbeing for the Forum which  provides a process for organisations to identify factors that are harming or  protecting wellbeing in any workplace. In 2019 she was awarded the New  Zealand SafeGuard Lifelong Contribution to Health and Safety Award.

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TOPIC:
Thriving not Surviving: What Leaders and Organisations can do for Employee Well-being
Dr Hillary Bennett
Director, Leading Safety
Heath Frewin

Heath Frewin is Manager Strategy – Vegetation at Essential Energy where he provides strategic direction and leadership in the development, implementation and monitoring of strategies and risks relating to the vegetation clearance/corridor asset class.

Heath won the inaugural Utility Arborist Award, 2021 and is a passionate advocate for true risk-based and asset management-structured approaches to utility vegetation management.

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TOPIC:
Risk Based UVM: Leading the Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Risk-Based Strategy for Vegetation Clearances and Corridor Assets.
Heath Frewin
Manager Strategy - Vegetation, Essential Energy

Speakers

Your Arb Aus team are working hard to bring you a bright and bustling mix of speakers to present on a variety of recent research and topics. We will be offering both Urban and Utility streams and will be incorporating applied arb presentaions, plenary sessions, and practical workshops and demonstrations in our program.

While we can't confirm any names yet, we hope to welcome back presenters such as Dr Greg Moore, University of Melbourne, Dr Joe Hurley, RMIT, and Dr Linda Chalker-Scott, Washington State University (via video link), who were lined up for our 2020 conference before covid. We also hope to secure some recent phD graduates who have had some exciting new research published during the pandemic, to complement our program.

Please check this website very soon for updates and details.

Other Events

Tree Anatomy Workshop


Arb Aus is proud to offer you Mark Hartley's Tree Anatomy Workshop as part of our extended conference program in 2022. This workshop is always in high demand and is a modern variant of Dr Alex Shigo's famous Touching Trees Workshop.

This 3-day workshop is being run twice, before and after the conference speaker session days -see dates below.

You can purchase your Tree Anatomy Workshop ticket from this website. Be quick, tickets are limited. Please note, this ticket does not include entry to the conference speaker sessions, Welcome Reception, Gala Dinner or ATCC.  

Friday 20 - Sunday 22 May - Still Available
Wednesday 25 - Friday 27 May - Sold Out
RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast
Cost: from $1299 inc GST

Includes: morning and afternoon tea and lunch each day of the workshop

Utility Bus Tour

The Utility Arborist Association, Australia (UAAA), have organised an excellent bus tour for the utility arb and vegetation management sector. Come along and see local issues on-site and hear the solutions and projects being applied.

You can purchase your UAAA Bus Tour ticket as an additional option when you buy your conference ticket. Be quick, tickets are limited.

This tour is sponsored by Bayer, and lunch will be provided by ETS - our thanks to them both.

Sunday 22 May
Cost: $55 inc gst

Includes: Lunch

Golf Challenge

Play 9 holes on RACV Royal Pines Resort's championship golf course and be in the running for some great prizes, thanks to Vermeer. This event will also include a hole-in-one challenge with a chance to win a car!

You can purchase your golf challenge ticket as an additional option when you buy your conference ticket. Be quick, tickets are limited.

Tuesday 24 May, 6:30am
Cost: $35 ex GST

Includes: Green fees and cart hire

Venue

Royal Pines Resort

Enjoy stunning views of the Gold Coast skyline or the Queensland hinterland from your five-star accommodation at RACV Royal Pines Resort. Situated just a short drive from Surfers Paradise, Royal Pines is home to luxurious accommodation options, authentic culinary experiences and a championship golf course. Further afield, the resort is the perfect place to base yourself as you explore the fun theme parks and stunning hinterland of the Gold Coast.

Accommodation

We have negotiated discounted rates for attendees who wish to stay at the Royal Pines Resort.
We are experiencing a technical issue with our bookings-please try again soon.

Trade Show

Come and see the latest equipment and trends in arboriculture and vegetation management. With over 250 delegates, 25 exhibitors, and the largest names in our industry, the trade show is the social hub of our conference.
Sunday 22 - Tuesday 24 May 2022
Want to be part of the Trade Show?
We have limited exhibition space available, so contact us quick if you'd like to be involved.

Frequently Asked

Where is the Conference held?

The Conference is being held at RACV Royal Pines Resort at the Gold Coast. Click here to visit their website.

How do I get there?

The resort is a 40 minute drive from Coolangatta Airport and a one hour drive from Brisbane airport.

What does my ticket give me access to?

Conference ticket:

Your Conference ticket gives you access to all days of the conference, as well as the Trade Show, the Welcome Reception and the Gala Dinner.

ATCC ticket:

Your ATCC ticket gives you entry as a competitor in the ATCC and access to the Trade Show and Welcome Reception/ATCC Presentations on Sunday 22nd May.

This ticket does not give you access to the conference speaker sessions or Gala Dinner.

Tree Anatomy Workshop ticket:

Your Tree Anatomy Workshop ticket gives you access to one of the 3-day Tree Anatomy Workshops only. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are included during the workshops.

This ticket does not give you access to the conference speaker sessions, Welcome Reception or Gala Dinner.

How do I book accommodation?

Accommodation at the RACV Royal Pines Resort can be booked here.

I’m not a member. How do I become one so I can access member pricing?

You can become a member through our website, www.trees.org.au/membership. Once you’ve signed up, you can access member pricing immediately.

If you are having trouble signing up, please email us at enquiries@trees.org.au - we are happy to help.

I’m a member. Can I buy extra tickets at member pricing?

Your membership allows you to access member pricing for yourself only. Your guests are welcome to become members to access member pricing for themselves.

I’m a corporate entity. How do I buy multiple tickets for my employees?

Our ticket platform is designed to allow multiple people to be registered in the one checkout process. Use the "Book Now" button under the ticket you want, complete the registration form for your first attendee and then click "Register Another". Repeat this process until all your attendees have been added. The attendees you have already completed will be listed at the bottom of the page so you can keep track of your progress. Once everyone has been added, click "Continue" to be taken to the payment page.

The person making the reservation will receive the receipt/invoice and an order summary, and each attendee will receive their own confirmation email.

I’d like to speak at the conference. How do I submit my request?

Please email Alex at alex.wilson@trees.org.au with a brief outline of your topic by Feb 28.

What if I get COVID before/at the event?

The below policy is subject to the relevant state/territory rules where you live, as well as the QLD government rules. These policies are likely to change in the lead up to the conference as the health advice changes.


If at any time in the 14 days leading up to the conference you are diagnosed with COVID via RAT or PCR, you cannot attend and you can contact us for a refund (excluding processing fees).


If in the 14 days leading up to the conference you are a close contact of a confirmed case or you are ordered by the government to isolate for any reason and this coincides with the conference, please contact as soon as possible.


If you develop symptoms of COVID during your time at the conference, or learn you have been a close contact of a confirmed case, you must isolate immediately and contact us, by contacting reception at RACV Royal Pines who will notify us. We will provide you with a Rapid Antigen Test and if positive, you must inform us and adhere to any venue or local authority requirements.


If you test positive for COVID in the 7 days following the conference, you must contact us immediately so we can let everyone know.



Wondering what time things start?

A detailed schedule is coming soon. Check back in the coming weeks to see more details.

Are any events online?

The Arb Aus National Conference 2022, and all events included in our extended program, are in-person only. This year's conference has a strong social focus to encourage networking and re connection after such a long absence of industry events.

Our speaker program will focus on Australian and New Zealand presenters, but we are organising for a few international speakers to present via video.

The venue upholds a strict covid-safe plan and requires proof of full vaccination.

Sponsors

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Association Sponsors

We thank the following companies for their continuing support