Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Australian Chapter’s 7th Annual Conference

Dear conference registrants,

It is with a heavy heart and deep regret that I reluctantly announce the cancellation of our conference in Brisbane intended to commence this Friday, 2 July 2021.

We have held out for as long as we could, but the worsening situation in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory, and to a lesser extent Victoria, resulting in the closure of borders throughout Australia, and lockdowns in New South Wales and the Northern Territory have forced our hand.

It is indeed unfortunate that it has come to this. We were excited about holding one of the first major conferences face to face since the pandemic began; we had a sensational program with a fantastic array of presenters; as always we were innovative with what we were offering in and around the conference; registrations were increasing, and the enthusiasm for the event was palpable.

However, the welfare and safety of you our registrants, as well as our members, our sponsors, our presenters, our conference organisers and the Board of Directors, must come first.

We will be refunding all registrations, and for that you will need to contact our conference organisers, the Production House Events. We will also be returning sponsorships, and doing our best to limit the financial consequences to the Chapter of the cancellation of the conference. However, please be patient to allow our conference organisers and our secretary time to attend to all that needs to be done.

The Board of Directors will be meeting as soon as possible to consider what our next step will be. One proposal already on the table is to hold discreet presentations in each state utilising our wonderful presenters once the borders open up again and the lockdowns have ceased. So please watch out for announcements as our plans for the next six months crystallise. And of course, don’t forget there is still our next annual conference in August 2022 to look forward to.

Thank you for your understanding, your support and encouragement, but please everyone keep safe in these uncertain times.

Kind regards,
Justice Strickland
Australian Chapter – AFCC

Topic: Let’s Hear it for the Kids: Challenges and the Way Forward in Family Law

You are all invited to attend the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Australian Chapter’s seventh Annual Conference entitled “Let’s hear it for the kids; challenges and the way forward in family law” in Brisbane Queensland from 2 – 4 July 2021.

AFCC is the premier interdisciplinary international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict. Australia has its own Chapter of AFCC, and I have the honour to be President of that Chapter. It is a unique and formidable Association – one that thinks outside the family law square, and looks at innovative ideas to improve the practice of family law, and the lives of children and their families. AFCC members include judicial officers, practitioners, researchers, teachers, social scientists, mediators, and policy makers in the family law area.

AFCC plays a leadership role and collaborates with key organisations on significant reform initiatives and training in family law, and domestic relations practice and policy. Major emphasis is placed on case management, family violence, family law education and the translation of research into policy and practice.
The Conference is gearing up to be something very special; the focus will be on the children and the way forward in family law. As always, our Conference Committee is compiling a sensational program, featuring celebrated speakers and cutting edge topics. The full conference program will be available shortly, but there will be the usual pre-conference institutes to lead into the Conference, and the plenaries and workshops to stimulate and excite. Then of course there is our social program, with welcome drinks on the Friday, social drinks following the AGM on the Saturday, and drinks to end the Conference on the Sunday. That will provide ample opportunity to wind down after a hard day “conferencing”, to renew friendships, to form new friendships, and to network.

Finally, we are also putting together a fantastic sponsorship program, and there is still time to become a principal, gold or silver sponsor.

Yours sincerely
The Hon Justice Steven Strickland

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9.30am – 5.00pm
Preconference Institute
Additional Fees Apply.

5.00pm – 6.30pm
Welcome Reception


9.00am – 5.00pm
AFCC Conference

5.00pm –  6.30pm
Social Drinks


9.00am – 3.00pm
AFCC Conference

3.00pm – 5.00pm
Closing Event


Arman Abrahimzadeh

Arman Abrahimzadeh

Arman Abrahimzadeh OAM became an anti-domestic violence campaigner after losing his mother to domestic violence in March 2010. Together with his sisters Atena and Anita, in September 2015 they founded Zahra Foundation Australia in their mum’s honour, an organisation that provides financial literacy and economic empowerment for women fleeing abusive homes. He is an ambassador for Our Watch and a board member for the Australia Day Council of South Australia.

A graduate of the Louis Laybourne Smith School of Architecture and Design, Arman currently works as a project manager for the South Australian government’s public housing authority. He was the 2016 SA Young Australian of the Year and in 2018 he was elected as a councillor for the City of Adelaide.

Dr Ben Garber

Dr Ben Garber

Dr. Ben Garber is a New Hampshire licensed psychologist, parenting coordinator, expert consultant to family law matters across North America, speaker and author. Dr. Garber is a former Guardian ad litem. 

Dr. Garber has advanced degrees in psycholinguistics, developmental and clinical child psychology from the University of Michigan and The Pennsylvania State University. He completed an internship in clinical child and family psychology at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut. He is co-founder of the Parenting Coordination Association of New Hampshire, winner of the March of Dimes “Distinction in Media Excellence” award, and an acclaimed educator and author in numerous areas of child and family development and family law.

Above all else, across roles and titles and jurisdictions, Dr. Garber is an unwavering advocate for children.

Dr Jo Lukins

Dr Jo Lukins

Dr Jo Lukins spends her day inside the heads of individuals, teams and organisations – seeking to understand what makes them tick and assisting them to reach their potential. A psychological Indiana Jones, she describes it as a truly fascinating career that she is grateful for every day.

She holds a PhD in Psychology, has over 25 years’ experience, and a breadth of knowledge in the sport educational and organisational domains. She delivers programs in resilience and expert performance for the Australian Defence Force.

Dr Lukins has worked with elite athletes and outstanding professionals throughout her career, giving her a unique insight into the world of success. She has delivered psychology services to the North Queensland Cowboys since 1996 and supported the Townsville Fire through their five Grand Final Campaigns. She has been acknowledged as an expert in her field, being awarded an Outstanding Alumni by James Cook University for her achievements. Dr Lukins is sought after as a presenter, interventionist and for her expertise in the media space.

Knowing that she has made a difference in the lives of others is the ‘why’ of her work and the most satisfying element of her career.



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 AFCC Conference 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.


Emporium Hotel South Bank

267 Grey St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
12 minute walk to the BCEC, 900m

Room Type Per night
Vista King Suite $270

**Accommodation Sold Out**

A spectacular new standard in boutique luxury accommodation and service.

143 luxuriously appointed suites feature all the comforts you could ask for, while an abundance of premium food and beverage options will leave you spoilt for choice.

On level 21 you will find a spectacular, 23m infinity edge pool and bar with magnificent views over South Bank Parklands, the Brisbane River, to the city and beyond. The coveted north easterly aspect will allow comfort and enjoyment morning to night, all year round.


Vista Suites enjoy tranquil suburban views over West End and Highgate Hill, and out to Mount Coottha and the hinterland. Boasting luxurious, contemporary finishes, they include a large ensuite with a switch glass window between the room and bathroom, glass enclosed marble shower (with standard and rain showerheads), white marble double vanities, separate toilet compartment, Sealy “Dynasty” beds, Bose sound system, 55inch television, wine fridge and minibar, handmade bronze feature wine bar, large wardrobe, latest in-room automation, desk and chair.

Hyatt Regency Brisbane

72 Queen St, Brisbane, QLD Australia 4000

Room Type Per night
Queen Room $239

**Accommodation Sold Out**

A premium retreat in the heart of Brisbane, located adjacent to the Queen Street Mall in Brisbane’s Central Business District (CBD), Hyatt Regency Brisbane is a haven of relaxation for the business or leisure traveler. The hotel features 292 guestrooms, dining experiences, flexible meeting space, plus a rooftop infinity pool with bar and lounge. The hotel boasts modern décor and deluxe amenities making each stay extraordinary, including bathrooms with walk-in showers and comfortable workstations.

All guests can enjoy the modern convenience of complimentary high speed Wi-Fi during their stay.


All of the newly redesigned, well appointed rooms have an ensuite bathroom with walk in shower configuration and a hairdryer. The rooms are also fitted with High Definition LCD Televisions, laptop safe, mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, ergonomic desk, high-speed Wi-Fi internet access and individually controlled air-conditioning.


Terms and Conditions

Accommodation Guarantee
All reservations must be guaranteed with a valid credit card at time of booking. This does not constitute as payment, guests will then be required to settle accommodation charges upon check in at the hotel. A credit card will need to be held on file for each guest to allow for any incidental charges.

Cancellation Policy
30 days prior to arrival you will be charged one nights accommodation to the card given at he 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 100% cancellation fee, this being the number or room nights cancelled times the accommodation rate

Cancellation of Conference
Due to the cancellation of this conference, all Hyatt hotel pre-payments will be refunded to the individual guest credit cards.



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

Glenelg St,
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Date: Friday 2 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 3 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: Sunday 4 July
Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm








Preconference Institute Day Workshop Registration Fees

Registration Category Standard Registration
Preconference $450

Conference Registration Fees

Registration Category Early Bird Registration
Before or on 30 June
Standard Registration
After 30 June
AFCC Member $880 $950
General $970 $1080

Single Day Access and Presenters Conference Registration Fees

Registration Category Standard Registration
Single day $600
Presenters $800

Students, Family Consultants and Judicial assistants are also eligible for discount – please contact for registration instructions


AFCC 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 AFCC 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.

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 AFCC 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.