Pacifica Congress 2022
AFCC Australian Chapter Pty Ltd trading as Pacifica Congress


Wow! How good is this! Not only are we finally able to enjoy our twice-postponed Brisbane conference with presenters and delegates being there in person, but we are launching our new organisation, “Pacifica Congress”.

We have broken away from AFCC to focus on and broaden our membership in the Pacific Region. The aims and ideals of our organisation are not changing, but we will have the autonomy to better pursue those aims and ideals in the region.

Thus, I have great pleasure in welcoming you to the Pacifica Congress Conference being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre between 7 and 9 July 2022.

The theme of the conference is “Let’s hear it for the kids: Challenges and the way forward in Family Law”.

Once again this will be a special conference. We have been fortunate to retain most of our presenters from 2020 and 2021, and importantly almost all of our international presenters will be here in person.

The program, as usual is sensational. Our keynote speakers are Tammi Faraday, Dr Mark Cross, Kathy Kappler and Ben Garber. Tammi is a Podcaster, Broadcaster (radio and television), investigative journalist, feature film and documentary producer, human rights lobbyist, lawyer and mental health advocate. Mark is a consultant psychiatrist, author, and media personality aka the anxious shrink. Kathy is the daughter of an holocaust survivor, and although she was originally a teacher she now runs a charity as a volunteer to make a difference to Victorian women and children fleeing extreme violence. In 2011 Kathy was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her work in domestic violence and also for her work in the Jewish community. As for Ben, he is from New Hampshire and he is a psychologist, parenting coordinator, consultant, speaker and author.

There will be a total of five pre-conference workshops, four plenaries, and twelve workshops to excite your senses and ensure that your attendance at the conference is a satisfying experience from an academic and thought-provoking perspective.

Those of you who have attended our conferences before will recall our unique way of doing things. On Thursday evening we will be launching our new organisation “Pacifica Congress” with much fanfare, merriment and socialising, including a short film.

We anticipate having the Queensland Young Voices Choir to open the conference; we have a play entitled “Marooned” by the Wolves Theatre Company, and there are three short films that will be showing during the conference.

There is of course our social program with our launch of the new organisation on the Thursday together with social drinks again as usual after the workshops on Friday, and our traditional farewell drinks at the end of the conference on Saturday.

Finally, but by no means least, a word about our fantastic sponsors who have stuck with us despite the trials and tribulations of the last two years. Gloria James-Civetta and Co and Sayer Jones who make up the Family Law International Alliance are our platinum sponsors. Our gold sponsors are Barry Nilsson and Lander and Rogers. Our silver sponsors are Mills Oakley, Our Family Wizard, Relationships Australia and Nicholes Family Lawyers. Soberlink and Relation Space have taken up bronze sponsorship.

We thank all of them for the support that they have provided to this conference, and which support has enabled us to present the conference that awaits you.

The Honourable Steven Strickland QC, President.



9.00am – 5.00pm

6.00pm – 7.30pm
Welcome Reception



9.00am – 5.00pm
Pacifica Congress Conference

5.00pm – 6.30pm
Social Drinks



9.00am – 3.00pm
Pacifica Congress Conference

3.00pm – 5.00pm
Closing Event




Nestled in the heart of Brisbane’s South Bank cultural precinct, our location is a unique drawcard for delegates and visitors attending events, exhibitions and conferences in Brisbane.

The Pacifica Congress Congress will take place in rooms P8-P11 and on the Plaza North Terrance on the Plaza Level. The Plaza Level is the connecting link between Green Room BCEC on Grey Street and BCEC on Merivale Street. Click here to view parking information.


Rydges Hotel Southbank (Sold Out)

9 Glenelg St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
2 minute walk to the BCEC, 160m

Room Type Per night

Queen Room


Rydges South Bank Brisbane is located in the heart of Brisbane’s arts and entertainment precinct with plenty of things to do and is only minutes away from South Bank Parklands and the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

All hotel rooms feature complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and modern amenities including a minibar, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, high definition LCD TV, workspace and a digital safe.


Terms and Conditions

Delegates will be required to settle their accommodation charges upon arrival.

Should a government mandated restriction be imposed that prevents delegates from traveling a refund will be applicable up to 24 hours prior to arrival. Any cancellations after this time would incur standard cancellation fees.

30 days prior to arrival you will be charged one nights accommodation to the card given at the time of booking. All guaranteed rooms cancelled during this time will incur a charge equal to 1 night’s accommodation per booking cancelled.

All guaranteed rooms cancelled at or within 7 days prior to arrival including “no shows”, will incur a 100% cancellation fee, this being the number or room nights cancelled times the accommodation rate.



Location: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Plaza Level (outside the conference rooms)

Glenelg St,
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Date: Thursday 7 July
Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm


Location: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Plaza Level (outside the conference rooms)

Glenelg St,
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Date: Friday 8 July
Time: 5.00pm – 6.30pm


Location: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Plaza Level (outside the conference rooms)

Glenelg St,
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Date: Saturday 9 July
Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm








Preconference Institute Day Workshop Registration Fees

Registration Category Standard Registration
Preconference $520

Conference Registration Fees

Registration Category Registration
Member $1015
General $1115


Pacifica Congress professional development events meet the CPD requirements of all Australian jurisdictions with exception of WA. They also meet CPD requirements for lawyers from New Zealand. Practitioners from WA will be provided with details of the requirements for CPD recognition for this event at their request.

Registration cancellations received up to Friday 28 May 2021 will receive a full refund, less $300.00 administration fee. No refunds will be given for registration cancellations received after Friday 28 May 2021. As an alternative to cancellation, registrations may be transferred to another person (for the same registration category) before Friday 4 June 2021 without receiving any extra cost penalty.

The members of the Pacifica Congress and The Production House Events do not accept any liability for any losses incurred pre, post or during the Conference due to unforeseen cancellation or postponement. In the event of the Conference being cancelled, no refunds will be issued. All available funds will be credited towards a future conference/s held by AFCC Australian Chapter Pty Ltd trading as Pacifica Congress.

All fees are in Australian dollars inclusive of GST.

Registration fee does not include accommodation, meals for partners, extra tickets for the Welcome Reception, Social Drinks or Closing Drinks.

Please note there is no entry to the industry exhibition hall without registration to the conference.

In the instance that a registered delegate can not attend due to border closures or compulsory isolation, all registrations will be fully refunded (excluding credit card fees)


For accommodation cancellation policies, please refer to the individual hotel policies noted on the Pacifica Congress website. Any amendments to original hotel bookings must be forwarded via email ( to the Meeting Secretariat. Verbal changes or cancellations cannot be accepted nor will the hotels accept any changes direct.