About the Conference

Theme: Reconnecting Communities

Over the last year, connecting communities, families and friends have never been more important, and we have seen just how vital our industry is in making this happen.

As it's been a couple of years since we have come together, the 'Park Bench' is a fitting metaphor for everyone to reconnect at PLA2021, so please join us in Sydney and share your stories and experiences of the last two years as we address the physical, mental, social, environment and economic benefits which lay ahead.


The National Conference Executive Committee
John Senior (Conference Chair)
Mark Band (CEO)
Barbra Gaiotto (National Board representative)
Fiona Tucker (NSW Representative)

About PLA

Parks & Leisure Australia (PLA) has been in existence in various forms since 1926 and is the peak body for professionals working in the parks and leisure industry in Australia. As the national peak body for the 'people behind the places,' we promote the good use of leisure time through provision of quality places, programmes and services.

Our vision is for Australia to be the most liveable country in the world, renowned for its parks, sport and recreation facilities that provide the foundation for healthy communities and liveable towns and cities.

PLA membership includes professionals from community and urban planning; parks management, environment and conservation; sport and physical activity and tourism and the arts. PLA supports and partners with a number of organisations and individuals in the development of evidence-based research to highlight the importance of the Industry. It also works closely with the private sector to support growth and development of quality products and services that enhance opportunities and lifestyle of all Australians.

For more information or to join click here or contact Alex at membership@parksleisure.com.au

Registration & Booking

Key Dates

Registration flat fee

Until 8 September

Program Launch

Mid June

PLA 2021

12-15 September

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