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STEP Australia 2021 Conference

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Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

12 Darling Drive

Sydney, NSW 2000


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STEP Australia Conference | Thursday 29 July to Saturday 31 July, 2021

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Full Conference Agenda  - Available Soon.

Conference Dates:  Thursday 29 July to Saturday 31 July, 2021

Venue:  Sofitel Hotel Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

The STEP Australia 2021 Conference will be held at a luxury Sydney hotel, The Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, commencing with a welcome drink’s reception on the evening of Thursday 29 July 2021 followed by two full days of high-quality presentations. During the conference STEP will also be hosting a Delegate Dinner on Friday 30 July 2021 and a Post-Conference Event on Saturday 31 July 2021 to conclude the conference.

Programme Focus

This STEP Conference, bringing together leading minds in trusts and estates from across STEP Australia and beyond, is not to be missed.

The programme is designed to enable practitioners to update their knowledge of recent developments, and to hear about cutting edge industry trends.

The various presentations will review and comment on the challenges posed by current trends, including digitising death, lost trust deeds, comparative on state land taxes, family law implications of trusts, contested inter vivos transfers, notional estate laws, professional obligations to solicitors for attorneys, advising incoming migrants and outgoing residents, spouses and family provision, digital assets, and Chinese investments within Australia.

Included in the programme is also a panel of experts who will discuss "STEP's Stand on Tax Matters" as well as our dynamic duo commenting on their "Tales of a Registrar".

The programme also provides an unparalleled opportunity to network with Australian trust and estate practitioners.


  • The Hon. Chief Justice Susan Kiefel AC, High Court of Australia
  • The Hon. Justice Julie Ward, Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Registrar Sandra Boyle TEP & Registrar Christopher Boyle TEP - Supreme Court of Western Australia (recently retired), Perth
  • Prof. Gino Dal Pont, University of Tasmania
  • Dr Bernard Walrut TEP, Murray Chambers, Adelaide
  • Prof. John Glover, Owen Dixon Chambers Melbourne
  • Prof. Reid Mortensen, University of Southern Queensland
  • John Balazs, Balazs Lazanas & Welch LLP, Sydney
  • Craig Gregson TEP, Gregson & Associates, Perth
  • Kimberley Martin TEP, Worrall Moss Martin, Tasmania
  • Jane Needham SC, St James Hall Chambers, Sydney
  • Michael Olesnicky TEP, Baker McKenzie, Hong Kong
  • Michele Sheehan TEP, enTrust Law and Sheehan & Co, Brisbane
  • Christine Smyth TEP, Robbins Watson Solicitors, Brisbane


The Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour has provided delegates reduced rates, so ensure you book your accommodation direct with the coupon code STEP Australia will provide you upon booking your ticket to the Conference.

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Become a STEP Australia Conference Sponsor

Contact Dior Locke, our STEP Australia Regional Coordinator, to register your interest for sponsorship opportunities. 



Can I pay via EFT or cheque?

Unfortunately, no, STEP Australia is only able to receive credit card payments through the EventBrite system. EventBrite will send you a receipt and ticket when you register. Please consider this your invoice.

What's the refund policy?

If you cancel prior to the 1 June 2021, we will issue you a full refund. If you cancel on or after the 1 June 2021 there is no refund available. You may transfer your ticket.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, we will have your details on file and your name badge ready for collection.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes, you can transfer your ticket to another person however the delegate must be to the same ticket type. I.e. A STEP Member Ticket can be transferred to another STEP Member. Please email dior.locke@step.org to transfer your ticket.

What is the dress code?

Please dress smart casual. This extends to the pre and post event functions, but you are welcome to dress up if you choose. 

Can I access conference rates for accommodation?

Yes, The Sofitel Hotel Darling Harbour has provided delegates reduced rates, so ensure you book your accommodation using the coupon code you will receive when you book your ticket.

Will speaker slides and papers be distributed prior to the conference?

We work with our speakers to ensure that you have as much material as possible prior to conference. Due to the nature of the presentations and speakers who will ensure that the information presented is absolutely up-to-date, some material may not be available until after the conference.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email Dior Locke, STEP Australia Regional Coordinator, via dior.locke@step.org

Delegate Disclaimer and Acknowledgement

STEP Australia has implemented appropriate measures and safeguards regarding COVID-19, however, there exists a risk of the spread of COVID-19 in any group, social or public setting, location or event. Presence at STEP Australia’s Conference could increase your risk of contracting COVID-19. STEP Australia disclaims any liability for exposure to COVID-19 and by your entry or presence at the STEP Australia Conference you voluntarily assume all risks and agree you will not hold STEP Australia or its related parties liable for any resulting illness or injury.

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