Ethics: Duties and Dilemmas in Family Law

AFCC Australian Chapter’s Sixth Annual Conference

International Convention Centre – Sydney

14 Darling Dr, Sydney NSW 2000

Registrations Closed

The AFCC is the premier interdisciplinary, international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict. Australia has its own Chapter of the AFCC, chaired by me. 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 and policy makers in the Family Law area. 

The 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 integration of research into policy and practice. 

Our conference in Sydney is gearing up to be something very special; the focus will be on Ethics – Duties and Dilemmas in Family Law.

Yours sincerely,

Honourable Justice Steven Strickland

AFCC President

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9.30am – 5.00pm
Pre-conference Institute Day Workshops
Additional Fees Apply.

5.00pm – 7.00pm
Welcome Drinks


9.00am – 5.00pm
AFCC Conference

5.00pm –  6.00pm
Social Drinks and Networking

6.00pm – 8.00pm
Evening Reception – Growers Market


7.30am – 9.00am
AFCC Chapter Board Meeting

9.00am – 3.00pm
AFCC Conference

3.00pm – 5.00pm
End of Conference Social Drinks


Albert Frantz

Albert Frantz

Albert Frantz is a concert pianist, Fulbright scholar, Ironman triathlete and is among the most frequent contributors to the TEDx platform. A documentary about his life and work was released in 2015. In October 2016, Albert was the cover story for Toastmaster Magazine in 142 countries. As an activist, he is Head of Mission, Vienna, for the Diplomatic Council and presents human rights and social justice initiatives at locations ranging from Vienna’s City Hall to the United Nations in Geneva.

Clinical Associate Professor Michael Robertson

Clinical Associate Professor Michael Robertson

Michael Robertson is a Clinical Associate Professor of Mental Health Ethics at Sydney Health Ethics and a visiting Professorial Fellow at the Sydney Jewish Museum. He is an Approved Medical Specialist for the NSW Worker’s Compensation Commission and Dispute Resolution Consultant to the Motor Accidents Authority. His clinical work is in Occupational Psychiatry and Civil Forensic Psychiatry. He had worked previously in acute adult and community psychiatry for 20 years and had been a previous Head of Department of Psychiatry at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He has previously coordinated a clinical service for survivors of psychological trauma. His book “The First into the Dark- the Hempel Sisters and the Nazi persecution of the Disabled” is published by UTS e-press

The Honourable Stephen Thackray

The Honourable Stephen Thackray

The Honourable Stephen Thackray was formerly the Chief Judge of the Family Court of Western Australia and the Senior Judge of the Appeal Division of the Family Court of Australia.  Since his retirement in January 2019, Mr Thackray has taken on many pro bono assignments with universities, community organisations and training institutions.   He has also commenced an Australia wide practice as a mediator.

Ms Wendy Kayler-Thomson

Ms Wendy Kayler-Thomson

Wendy Kayler-Thomson is a partner of Forte Family Lawyers in Melbourne and has practised as a lawyer specialising in family law for more than 25 years.

Wendy is the Immediate Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, the peak body for Australian family lawyers.  Her time as Chair of the Family Law Section (from 2016 to 2018) coincided with a period of great controversy and unprecedented attention on the reform of the family law system.

Wendy is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Family Law Review.

Wendy was also a member of the Advisory Committee to the Law Council of Australia’s2018 Justice Project, chaired by former High Court of Australia Chief Justice, the Hon. Robert French.  The Justice Projectis one of the most comprehensive, national reviews into the state of access to justice in Australia in the past 40 years. Looking at the justice system from the people’s point of view, the Justice Project focused on access to justice barriers facing those with significant social and economic disadvantage, as well as identifying what is working to reduce those barriers.

Wendy is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and Victorian Women Lawyers.

More coming soon…



ICC Sydney is at the heart of its very own Sydney harbour waterfront precinct, set amongst restaurants, retail and a vibrant public domain on Darling Harbour yet only a moment’s walk to Australia’s largest CBD and surrounding university and cultural quarters.

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Sofitel Darling Harbour

12 Darling Dr, Sydney NSW 2000
1 minute walk to the ICC, 70m

Room Type Per night
Superior Room $339

Breakfast – $35 per person per day.

Enjoy a fabulous stay in the vibrant Darling Harbour precinct, facing the city’s centre. Step into a world of sophistication blending French Art de Vivre and local culture. Enjoy a breathtaking view on the Harbour and skyline, laze the day away by our infinity pool or indulge yourself at the Champagne Bar. Make your stay magnifique in Sydney.


Relax in your 35sqm room, a tranquil haven above the city’s frenetic hum. Pamper yourself with bespoke French amenities and awake refreshed after a night in either one sumptuous king size or two double Sofitel MyBeds™.allowed.

Novotel Darling Harbour

100 Murray St, Pyrmont NSW 2009
4 minute walk to the ICC, 450m

Room Type Per night
Superior Pymont Room & Breakfast for 1 $309

Location, location, location is key and our hotels are right in the heart of Darling Harbour and adjacent to Asia Pacific’s premier integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct, International Convention Centre Sydney, providing unique accommodation and event options, within walking distance of shopping, dining and most points within Sydney’s Central Business District.

With spacious rooms and facilities; such as an outdoor pool, In-Balance gym, tennis court and The Ternary Restaurant & Bar; our concept restaurant and bar offering fabulous food, delicious drinks, exemplary service and the most stunning panoramic Sydney skyline views


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Terms and Conditions

Accommodation Guarantee
Sofitel Darling Harbour reserves the right to process one night’s accommodation 60 days prior to arrival and the balance of accommodation will be processed 30 days prior to arrival. The individual guest will be responsible for all incidental charges incurred and which remain outstanding at check-out.

Cancelation Policy
60 to 31 days prior to the arrival date: Cancellations will incur a cancellation fee equivalent to one (1) nights stay.
30 to 0 days prior to the arrival date : Cancellations prior to 30 days of the arrival date including “no shows” will incur 100% cancellation fee, this being the number of room nights cancelled times the accommodation rate.

Accommodation Guarantee
All reservations must be guaranteed with a valid credit card at time of booking. This does not constitute as payment, all accommodation charges including incidentals will settled by individual guests upon departure.

Cancelation Policy
All guaranteed rooms cancelled at or within 14 days prior to arrival including “no shows”, will incur 100% cancellation fee, this being the number or room nights cancelled times the accommodation rate.



Location: International Convention Centre Sydney

14 Darling Dr,
Sydney NSW 2000

Date: Thursday 15th August
Time: 5.00 – 7.00pm

Join us for the AFCC welcome drinks where we will welcome all delegates local and international,  whilst enjoying Australian wines and delicious food.


Location: International Convention Centre Sydney

14 Darling Dr,
Sydney NSW 2000

Date: Friday 16th August
Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm

The Growers Market will be the social highlight of the AFCC Conference. It’s a perfect opportunity to unwind after a day of information gathering. Enjoy great Sydney food, network with your peers and be entertained!


Location: International Convention Centre Sydney

14 Darling Dr,
Sydney NSW 2000

Date: Saturday 17th August
Time: 3.00 – 4.00pm

Join us for the AFCC end of Conference social drinks for a great opportunity to unwind after a few days of learning and farewell your peers until AFCC 2020.






Registrations Closed

Preconference Institute Day Workshop Registration Fees

Registration Category Standard Registration
Preconference $400

Conference Registration Fees

Registration Category Early Bird Registration
Before or on 15 May
Standard Registration
After 15 May
AFCC Member $830 $900
General $920 $1030

Single Day Access and Presenters Conference Registration Fees

Registration Category Standard Registration
Single day $550
Presenters $750

Students, Family Consultants and Judicial assistants are also eligible for discount – please contact AusAFCC@gmail.com 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 11th July 2019 will receive a full refund, less $300.00 administration fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after 11th July 2019 – this includes cancellation of any paid workshops/events such as the Gala Dinner. As an alternative to cancellation, registrations may be transferred to another person (for the same registration category) before 25th July 2019 without receiving any extra cost penalty. Please note that no credit card surcharges will be refunded at any time.

All fees are in Australian dollars inclusive of GST.

Registration fee does not include accommodation, meals for partners, Gala Dinner tickets or extra tickets for the Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

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