Call for Abstracts

Theme: Reconnecting Communities

Over the last year, connecting communities, families and friends has 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.

Submissions will open soon for presentations, workshops and panel discussions.


  • Physical
  • Health
  • Socio-environment
  • Economic benefits

Submit an Abstract

Submissions close Friday 7 May


All proposals must be submitted online. If you experience difficulties and require assistance, please contact


A short abstract (up to 150 words) is to be provided when submitting (please use full sentences). You are also required to provide a minimum of three learning objectives (please use dot points).

Should your submission be accepted, this abstract including the learning objectives will be published as submitted. Please proofread your abstract prior to submission


A brief biography of approximately 100 words is to be provided when submitting your abstract. Biographies should be written in the third person. Should your proposal be accepted, your biography will be published online and will be used when introducing you as a presenter at the conference. To edit your biography at any stage please contact:


  • Alignment with the conference theme
  • Relevance to the nominated stream
  • Demonstration of innovative idea/s and emerging trends
  • Clear learning outcomes provided
  • The author has ensured their presentation (workshop/oral presentation/panel/poster presentation) is engaging for the audience. They have incorporated discussion time and/or a chance for participants to share their experiences.
  • All requested information has been supplied


All presenters must register online. Presenters are entitled to a discounted rate of $1210 (ex GST).
Registration includes:

  • Entry to all sessions (Monday - Tuesday)
  • A ticket to the Welcome Reception
  • A ticket to Happy Hour drinks
  • A ticket to the Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner
  • Access to the trade exhibition

Presenters who wish to register for their nominated day only may do so at the $825 (ex GST) day registration cost.
Registration includes:

  • Entry to the sessions on nominated day (Monday - Tuesday)
  • A ticket to Happy Hour drinks (Monday only)
  • Access to the trade exhibition


Please avoid late cancellations or substitutions as marketing material with your name and organisation may be pre-printed and cannot be removed at a later date. If you do need to cancel or substitute speakers, please inform the Conference Manager at as early as possible. Please refer to the Conference Cancellation Policy in relation to refunds and the cancellation process.

Please note the invitation to submit an abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs however if accepted presenters are entitled to a discounted rate.

Submit an Abstract

Key Dates

Registration flat fee

Until 8 September

Program Launch

Mid June

PLA 2021

12-15 September

Registration & Booking

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