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Shaping the Future of PLT in Australia

APLEC Conference 2023

Shaping the Future of PLT in Australia
25 May - 27 May 2023

The 2023 APLEC conference will be held at Bond University on the Gold Coast from Thursday 25 May to Saturday 27 May 2023.  The focus for the 2023 conference will be on the future of PLT in Australia, providing PLT teachers and providers the opportunity to share their views about what that future should look like, including how APLEC should shape the future of PLT in its review of the PLT Competency Standards. 

The Conference will commence with the Heads of Courses meeting on Thursday afternoon followed by a Conference Welcome event on Thursday evening. Friday will begin with a Keynote Presentation, which will be streamed for those people unable to attend in person.  On Friday afternoon, in-person focus groups will discuss the APLEC review and then reconvene to share ideas and visions for the future of PLT. On Saturday we will again gather in person for the presentation of academic and practitioner papers. 


Call for Papers

We now invite you to submit an expression of interest in presenting a paper at the conference. Priority will be given to papers related to the theme of ‚ÄėShaping the Future of PLT in Australia‚Äô, including papers focussing upon the future of:¬†

  • ¬†Skills ‚Äď Lawyer‚Äôs skills, problem solving, work management & business skills and trust & office accounting¬†
  • Values - Ethics and professional responsibility¬†
  • Compulsory and elective practice areas¬†¬†
  • Resilience and wellbeing¬†
  • Teaching practical legal training¬†¬†

Abstracts should be approximately 250 words in length and submitted by Friday 31 March 2023. Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes to allow for 10 minutes of questions. 

Please email your expressions of interest or abstracts to¬†[email protected]

Outline of Program

Thursday, 25 May 2023
5:30 - 6:00 pmRegistration
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Welcome reception, Bond University, Faculty of Law

Opening of the Conference by The Honourable Helen Bowskill, Chief Justice of Queensland

Friday, 26 May 2023
8:45 - 9:15 amRegistration and coffee
9:15 - 9:30 am

Welcome to Country

Welcome by Professor Nick James, Executive Dean, Faculty of Law at Bond University

9:30 - 10:30 am

Keynote address by Rolf Moses, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Law Society

Discussion on the QLS Research Project: "The Job Readiness of Law Graduates and Entry Level Solicitors in Private Practice"

10:30 - 11:00 amMorning Tea
11:00 - 12:30 pm

Keynote Presentations

  • 11:00 - 11:30 am: ¬†Greg McIntyre, SC President-Elect, Law Council of Australia - 'Constitutional Referendum: First Nations Recognition and the Voice to Parliament'.
  • 11.30 - 12:00 pm: ¬†Nick Abrahams - "The Breakthrough Lawyer: The skills required to be a successful lawyer today and into the future".
  • 12:00 - 12:30 pm: ¬†Dr Rachael Field, Professor of Law, Bond University - 'Using a Positive Professional Identity as a Mindset to Support Resilience, Wellbeing and Success in the Legal Profession'.
12:30 - 1:30 pm


Invitation to join the 'Corrigan Walk' - an on-campus tour of Indigenous art on display at Bond University (Australia's largest private collection of indigenous art).

1:30 - 5:00 pmFocus Groups - Sharing ideas and visions for the future of PLT
6:00 - 7:00 pmDrinks and Dinner at Southport Yacht Club
Saturday, 27 May 2023
9:00 - 12:00 pmPresentation of academic and practitioner papers
12:30 pmConference close and lunch, Bond University at the Faculty of Law

Conference Details

Cost of registration:  $420 including GST.  The registration fees includes the Welcome Reception, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and the Conference Dinner.  

Guests are welcome to attend both social events at a cost of $150 including GST. ¬†If you wish to bring a partner, please contact Event Organiser at [email protected]

To register your attendance, please click on the Register link above.  Registrations will close on Thursday, 18 May 2023 at 6:00 pm.


If you have any queries on the program and call for papers, please contact Tanya Atwill, GDLP Program Director via email at [email protected]

Accommodation on the Gold Coast

Bond University is in close proximity to Broadbeach, Robina, Surfers Paradise and Burleigh Heads.  Should you wish to book accommodation, there are a number of options of varying accommodation which can be booked through any of the following links.  


Trivago or 

Hotels Combined


Should you wish to stay within close proximity to the conference venue, below are some recommendable options.

The Chancellor Executive Apartments, Varsity Lakes (walking distance 3-5 minutes)
Address: 19 Lake Street, Varsity Lakes, QLD 4227
Phone: +61 7 5553 6500

The Chancellor Lakeside Apartments, Varsity Lakes (walking distance 3-5 minutes)
Address: 1-7 Moores Crescent, Varsity Lakes, QLD 4227 
Phone: +61 7 5503 5900

Quest Apartments, Robina (Hotel shuttle bus available or 5 min drive)
Address: 3 Centreline Place, Robina, QLD, 4226
Phone: +61 7 5636 6400

Mercure Resort, Gold Coast (10 min drive)
Address: 64 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara, QLD 4211
Phone: +61 7 5555 7700