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818-820 George Street

Ultimo, NSW 2007


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The inaugural National Missing Persons Conference will be held in Sydney, Australia, on the 15 and 16 November 2017.

The conference will bring together law enforcement, academics, and professionals in the government, non-government and community sectors to stimulate discussion, and encourage collaboration and best practice in the missing persons sector.

The theme of this year’s conference is Missing People: Challenges and Opportunities, centring around updated research across the missing persons’ sector, new investigative techniques, the experience of grief and loss associated with missing people and their families, and improving responses to missing people and their families.

The conference will feature presentations from researchers, police, social workers, psychologists, and policymakers. International keynote speakers will present on their renowned work in the areas of grief and loss, evidence-based policing, and the future of missing persons’ investigations.

The conference program draft is now available, and can be downloaded and viewed by clicking on the button below:

Along with keynote addresses, concurrent sessions will run throughout the course of the conference.

Please complete the survey on interest in concurrent sessions by clicking on the button below, so that we can schedule the conference to give you the oppurtunity to make the most of it.

We look forward to seeing you!


The conference is open to law enforcement, government and non-government agencies, and practitioners in the missing persons sector.

Please be advised that to confirm your registration, you will need to send a copy of your workplace identification or professional registration to missingpersonsconference@afp.gov.au by 1 November 2017.

The conference registration fee of $300 (early bird) covers the two-day conference, and the cocktail reception on Wednesday 15 November.


World renowned keynote speakers specialising in approaches to grief and loss, the missing persons sector, and law enforcement practices have been secured for the Missing People: Challenges and Opportunities national conference.

You can view more information on our keynote speakers in the program.

Dr Kenneth Doka
Professor of Gerontology
Graduate School of the College of New Rochelle
Senior Consultant
Hospice Foundation of America

Dr Darcy Harris
Associate Professor & Thanatology Coordinator
King’s University College

Geoff Newiss
Chief Executive
Action Against Abduction UK
Visiting Research Fellow
Kingston University London

Dixie Peters
Technical Leader - Missing Persons Unit
Center for Human Identification - University of North Texas Health Science Center

Dr Lois Tonkin
Lecturer in Counselling & Special Education
University of Canterbury / Whare Wānanga o Waitaha

Quoc Thanh Vo
Detective Sergeant
Force Criminal Investigations Dept. - Thames Valley Police UK


There are several hotels located within walking distance of the Mercure Sydney, should you wish to stay elsewhere. Below are a few suggestions.

  • Mercure Sydney
    818 - 820 George Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
    $330 - $400 p/n

  • Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Central
    2 Lee St, Haymarket NSW 2000
    $270 - $325 p/n

  • Novotel Sydney Central
    169-179 Thomas St, Sydney NSW 2000
    $320 - $400 p/n

  • Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central
    George St & Quay Street, Sydney NSW 2000
    $280 - $350 p/n

  • Dulcis Domus Broadway Serviced Apartments
    16-18 Broadway, Ultimo NSW 2007
    $240 - $290 p/n
  • 28 Hotel Sydney
    28 Regent Street, Chippendale, Sydney NSW 2008
    $185 - $230 p/n


Sydney, capital of New South Wales, and Australia's largest city, is best known for its harbour front Sydney Opera House, with its distinctive sail-like design.

Sydney is one of the world’s most vibrant cities, and a gateway to the rest of Australia.

Darling Harbour and Circular Quay are hubs of waterside life, with the Harbour Bridge and The Royal Botanic Garden nearby. Sydney Tower’s outdoor platform, the Skywalk, offers 360-degree views of the city and suburbs.

In November you can relax on sun-drenched beaches, dine at award-winning restaurants and take in some theatres, operas, and shows on every corner of the city. Shopping is also popular in the hustle and bustle of the city.

International flights fly directly into Sydney Airport from many global hubs. From the airport it’s an easy 20 minute taxi or train ride to the city centre.

You can ‘top off’ your stay with a trip to the Blue Mountains, a popular day trip. Other attractions include Taronga Zoo, Bondi Beach and Manly.

You can read more about what there is to do in Sydney and its surrounds here, here, and here.


Can I attend one day and my colleague the second day?

Yes. We understand that some people may not be able to attend both days, but would like to come for one day and have a colleague attend the next. Simply purchase your ticket as standard, and when completing the registration details, answer 'organisation' for the question “is this ticket for an individual or an organisation?”. Please note that only one person can attend each day per registration for an organisation. If more wish to attend, you will need to purchase additional tickets.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes, you will be required to send a copy of your workplace identification or professional registration to missingpersonsconference@afp.gov.au by 1 November 2017 to confirm your place. Due to the subject matter of this conference, it is restricted to adults 18 years and over.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact the conference organisers—the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre and the Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit—by emailing missingpersonsconference@afp.gov.au, or ffmpu@justice.nsw.gov.au.

What's the refund policy?

Conference Registrations are non-refundable, but they are transferrable. If you would like to transfer your registration to another participant,you can do so through the Eventbrite interface.

Where is the conference being held?

The Missing People: Challenges & Opportunities is being held at Mercure Sydney, 818 - 820 George Street, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia.

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