Doubletree by Hilton

Conference Events

Need help or information?Contact Us

The 2023 Annual Federal Conference will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade, in the Grand Ballroom, commencing at 9:00am Wednesday 26th July. The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade is a 15 minute drive from the Darwin Airport, located on the quietest side of the city.

We have invited guest speakers to our conference, who will be presenting their valuable insights on a range of topics that are relevant to our members.

Find out more about our guest speakers

Please scroll down to view all the items that are planned including the social events.

Conference Procedures Workshop

Conference Procedures Workshop

Tuesday 25 July 2023, 5.00 – 5.45pm, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade in the Reflections Room on the ground floor.

The workshop is free and open to new delegates and other delegates who would like to refresh their meeting procedures ready for the next two days of Conference.

The Workshop will cover conference procedures including:

  • presenting motions,
  • requesting word changes and
  • deeming a motion covered as well as other motions that may occur during conference. 

There will be the opportunity to ask questions during the workshop.

Cost: Free

Haileybury Rendall School
Haileybury Rendall Boarding and Online School Tour

Haileybury Rendall School Darwin NT offers a world-class education and boarding experience to domestic and international students. The School has recently completed building their newest boarding house.  It boasts individual and twin shared room options, communal areas and state-of-the-art facilities.  The School is very proud to have introduced Haileybury Pangea, a world-class, online education for students in Years 5-12. 

The school is offering Federal Conference delegates the opportunity to visit the facility and learn more.

Tuesday 25 July 2023

2.30 – 4.00 pm

Transport is provided with pick up and return to the Doubletree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin.

Cost: Free

Bookings are essential by emailing

Home Tutor Training
Home Tutor Training

ICPA NT is working with Charles Darwin University (CDU) to create training pathways for home tutors across the Northern Territory.
Join us for an informal session to learn more about this initiative along with the benefits and challenges we have faced delivering it to remote educators.

Tuesday 25 July 2023
4:00-5:00 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin, Reflections room.

Speakers include:

  • Kerrie Shepherd, CDU VET Lecturer Education Support
  • Alexandra Jennes, CDU VET Lecturer School Based Education Support
  • Kiya Gill, ICPA NT Vice President
  • Katy Hayse, Home Tutor enrolled in the program.

Cost: Free

Conference fees

Registration includes all conference papers, morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea.

Cost: $110 per person, per day

Social Events

There are three social functions being held during the conference. You are invited to bring your partner to any of the evening events too.

Darwin parliament house
Pre-conference Function - Tuesday 25 July

A Welcome Reception will be held in the grand Main Hall at Parliament House in Darwin CBD commencing at 6.30 pm. This will be hosted by the Hon Eva Lawler, Minister for Education. We will also hear briefly from NT Department of Education executives. Substantial welcome refreshments will be provided. 
Return transport from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade departing at 6.00 pm sharp, next stop Mantra Esplanade, with another bus to do a second lap a few minutes later.
You may wish to bring your camera to capture the impressive architecture and views.
NB: All delegates and guests must pass through security, much like at the airport, so please do not bring sharps with you.

Cost:  $30 per person

darwin trailer boat club
Main Conference Dinner - Wednesday 26 July

Proudly supported by the Australian Agricultural Company Limited (AACo)

Join us for the tropical themed Conference Dinner at the Darwin Trailer Boat Club on Wednesday night, featuring a 2-course buffet dinner and dancing to local musician Max Fredericks.  Dress up in your finest tropical attire and enjoy 3 hours of beverage service, including beer, wine, and a wide range of soft drinks, including mocktails.  A fully licensed cash bar is also available.

Return transport from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade, departing at 6.15 pm sharp, in time to catch the sunset, is included.  The event is priced at $80 per person and we are very grateful to AACo for their sponsorship of the event.  You’ll have the chance to admire the stunning sunset over the horizon and spend a memorable evening under the stars, surrounded by palm trees and beside the sparkling blue sea.

Cost: $80 per person

Crocosaurus Cove
Crocosaurus Cove
Post-Conference Function - Thursday 27 July

Proudly supported by nbn Co and the Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA)

Join us for a Deluxe Cocktail Reception at Crocosaurus Cove, Mitchell St, Darwin on Thursday night.  With two hours of continuous food and beverage service, this post-conference event is the perfect opportunity to unwind and mingle.  You can try the Territorian Crocodile and Barramundi or Southeast Asian cuisine while enjoying beer, wine, or a wide range of soft drinks.  Additionally, a cash bar will offer more beverage options.

This exclusive event provides the chance to experience Northern Territory’s unique large and small reptiles, and optionally engage with animal handler guides.  If you’re feeling adventurous, guests can also handle small reptiles and baby Saltwater Crocodiles  or be one of the lucky ones to be involved with croc feeding, for an extra thrill.

For those who would like to stretch their legs, Crocosaurus Cove is a short, easy 600m stroll from the conference venue. Alternatively, return transport from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade departing at 6.45 pm is available.  The event is $50 per person. We are extremely grateful to NBN Co for their sponsorship of the event and to ABSA for their sponsorship of the event beverages.  Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to relax and have fun!

The event runs from 7 pm – 9 pm, which allows time beforehand for guests to visit the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, at their leisure if they wish.

Guests are welcome to stay at Crocosaurus Cove after 9 pm, enjoy the unique surroundings and drinks at their own cost, or step out to experience the town’s nightlife.

Cost: $50 per person