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Why is the API and IAAO International Research Symposium unique?

The API and IAAO International Research Symposium is a unique, one-of-a-kind environment serving as the global incubator for sharing new discoveries in valuation, showcasing automated valuation model methods and pushing government innovation across the world. The Symposium participants are creators and preeminent leaders from within the property industry working in the areas of data, prop-tech, and spatial systems.

Attendees will be brought up to speed on state-of-the-art best practices and technologies in valuation and property tax by internationally renowned experts in the field.

This is an exciting opportunity for anybody working in government valuations to better understand the global market, and see what tools are out there to enable them to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.

Who should attend the event?

The Symposium will be attended by government valuers from around the globe, local Australian valuers working across local, state and national government valuations and associated projects, and other property professionals.

What are the Symposium dates?

The Symposium will be held from Tuesday 30 April to Thursday 2 May 2019.

The Symposium will include:

  • Learning Lab (optional add-on) and Welcome Reception (all delegates) on Tuesday 30 April
  • Full day Symposium plenary sessions and panels (all delegates) on Wednesday 1 May
  • Half day Symposium plenary sessions and panels (all delegates) and Site Tours (optional) on Thursday 2 May

How much does it cost to attend?

Discounted member rates are available to members of the Australian Property Institute (API), International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), Pacific Rim Real Estate Society (PRRES) and Property Institute of New Zealand (PINZ).

Members will be required to enter their membership number during registration, and regular audits of registered delegates will take place to ensure that current members are accessing the discounted registration rates.

Member rates:

  • Early Bird (before 1 March 2019): AU$495.00 including GST
  • Standard (from 2 March 2019): AU$595.00 including GST

Non-member rates:

  • Early Bird (before 1 March 2019): AU$595.00 including GST
  • Standard (from 2 March 2019): AU$695.00 including GST

Learning Lab: Improving Valuations with Open Data (30 April – three-hour workshop):

  • Optional add-on (members and non-members): AU$100.00 including GST

Can I attend just one day of the Symposium? How many CPD points will be awarded for API members?

Attendance at various Symposium sessions are at your discretion, however there are no discounted tickets for attending for only one day. All available tickets cover all three days of the Symposium.

Please also note that attendance will be recorded on both the Wednesday and Thursday, and members will only be awarded Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points for the day(s) that they attend. Please ensure that your attendance is recorded during Registration (8:00am-8:30am) on both days to ensure that you receive your CPD points.

Two-day attendance: 10 CPD points
Attendance on 1 May only: 6 CPD points
Attendance on 2 May only: 4 CPD points
Attendance at 30 April Learning Lab: Additional 3 CPD points

What is included in the Symposium Registration Fee?

Symposium Registration Fees include:

  • A ticket to the Welcome Reception (including two hours of drinks and canapes) at the Old Melbourne Gaol on Tuesday 30 April
  • All Symposium sessions over the two days (Wednesday 1 May and Thursday 2 May)
  • Tea and Coffee, Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea on Wednesday 1 May
  • Tea and Coffee, Morning Tea and Lunch on Thursday 2 May
  • Optional Site Tours on Thursday 2 May (subject to availability on a first-come, first-served basis).

How do I register?

Registration is now open! Register for your ticket now.

Early bird rates will be available until 23:59 on Friday 1 March. From Saturday 2 March onwards, the registration rate will go up by AU$100 (including GST) for both members and non-members.

You will be able to register online up until 23:59 on Sunday 28 April. After this date, please contact myip@api.org.au to register manually.

Important note: If you have very specific dietary requirements (e.g. coeliac, Kosher, FODMAP), please note that if you register within two weeks of the event (after Tuesday 16 April), the Old Melbourne Gaol and Melbourne Town Hall may not be able to cater for you at short notice. If you have a common dietary requirement (e.g. vegetarian) there will be food available for you.

What are the transport and parking options for getting to the event?

Melbourne Town Hall (1-2 May – Symposium)

  • Street address: Level 3, 90-130 Swanston Street, Melbourne (corner of Collins Street).
  • Main entry: The Symposium will be held in the Supper Room on Level 3. Enter the building via the main entrance on Swanston Street, and go up to Level 3 via the lifts or staircase.
  • Accessible entry: Enter the building via the accessible entry through the copper doors (just north of the main entrance), and access the lifts to Level 3.
  • By train: The closest train stations are Flinders Street Station (5-minute walk) and Melbourne Central Station (7-minute walk).
  • By tram: The closest tram stops are 6-Melbourne Town Hall/Collins St (Melbourne City) and 11-City Square/Swanston St (Melbourne City). These can be reached via tram routes 1, 16, 3/3a, 5, 6, 64, 67, 72, 109, 11, 12 and 48.
  • By bus: Bus routes 216, 219, 220 and 251.
  • By car: There is no on-site parking at Melbourne Town Hall. There is paid parking throughout the CBD both on-street and secure undercover. Please note parking in the CBD during office hours can be expensive.

Old Melbourne Gaol (30 April – Welcome Reception)

  • Street address: 377 Russell Street, Melbourne (opposite corner of MacKenzie St).
  • Main entry: Enter via the main entrance on Russell Street.
  • Accessible entry: There are three parking spaces for people with a disability permit on La Trobe Street. Enter via the main entrance on Russell Street.
  • By train: The closest train stations are Melbourne Central Station (2-minute walk) and Parliament Station (10-minute walk).
  • By tram: The closest tram stop is 7-Russell St/La Trobe St (Melbourne City). This can be reached via tram routes 30 and 35.
  • By car: The Gaol does not have on-site parking, but there is paid parking on La Trobe Street and several car parks close by including Melbourne Central and QV.

Is there an accessible entrance?

Please see the transport and parking information above for accessible entries. If you have a condition that requires assistance or special seating arrangements, please ensure that you let us know when you register for your ticket on the ‘Contact Details’ page.

Where can I contact the event manager with any questions?

For any enquiries about the event, program or speakers, please email Mia Yip, National Events Manager, API at myip@api.org.au (or call +61 3 9644 7510).

Can I update my registration information?

For any registration enquiries, including changes or cancellations, please email ozaccom@ozaccom.com.au, call 1800 814 611 toll-free from Australia (or +61 7 3854 1611 from overseas).

Where can I find out more about travel and accommodation?

For any travel or accommodation enquiries, please email ozaccom@ozaccom.com.au (or call +61 7 3854 1611 or 1800 814 611 toll-free from Australia).

What is the refund or cancellation policy?

An Administrative Fee will be charged for registrations cancelled in writing to ozaccom@ozaccom.com.au, prior to 23:59 on Monday 15 April. The Administrative Fee will be equal to 25% of the Symposium Registration Fee.

Cancellations made after this date are non-refundable.

Please view the full API’s Cancellation, Registration and Privacy Policy for further details.

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