2nd World Congress on Adult Guardianship
Guardianship and the United Nations Disabilities Convention:
Australian and International Perspectives
Graham McBride. “Untitled”.
Melbourne, Australia: 15-16 October 2012 Hosted by:
Hilton on the Park Hotel, Melbourne
(with optional workshops on 17 October)
PROGRAM & REGISTRATION
Early Bird Registration Closes: 30 June, 2012
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Congress website: http://agac2012.conorg.com.au
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ringing together Australian and International experts in the ageing, disability Anita Smith (Convenor)
and guardianship fields, this congress will consider the effect of the United Chair, Australian
Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on national and Administration Council;
international guardianship laws and practices. and Administration
The congress will provide an opportunity to assess the impact of the Convention in
reforming Australian and International guardianship laws and practices six years after
its adoption by the UN General Assembly and four years after ratification by Australia.
Manager Policy and Education,
Your hosts will be the Australian Guardianship and Administration Council (AGAC), Office of Public Advocate, Victoria
whose members are the key state and territory guardianship authorities and institutions Anne Coghlan
(members include public advocates, public and adult guardians, public and state Deputy President, Victorian Civil and
trustees, and boards and tribunals with guardianship jurisdictions). The congress has
been developed in association with the International Guardianship Network (IGN). Managing Director, State Trustees Ltd
We look forward to welcoming you to Melbourne in October. Public Advocate, Victoria
Michael Kirby Denzil Lush Bernadette McSherry
When he retired in February Denzil Lush has been the Senior Bernadette McSherry is an
2009 as a Justice of the High Judge of the Court of Protection, Australian Research Council
Court of Australia, Michael Kirby based in London, since 1 October Federation Fellow, a Professor of
was Australia’s longest serving 2007, when the Mental Capacity Law at Monash University and
judge. His service began in 1975 Act 2005 came into force. the Director of the Centre for the
and concluded with 13 years on He qualified as a solicitor in 1978 Advancement of Law and Mental
Australia’s highest appellate and and worked in private practice for Health. She has honours degrees
constitutional court. 18 years before being appointed in Arts and Law and a Masters of
During the course of his judicial service, Michael Kirby as a chairman of Social Security Appeals Tribunals in Law from the University of Melbourne, a PhD from York
dealt on several occasions with issues concerning 1994 and Master of the former Court of Protection in University, Canada and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology
guardianship and disability. April 1996. from Monash University. She is a Fellow of the Australian
Academy of Social Sciences and of the Australian
For many years he has been involved in human rights He has written several books - Elderly Clients: A
Academy of Law. Bernadette is a legal member of the
questions both in Australia and in the world. He served Precedent Manual (1996; 3rd edition 2010), Cohabitation:
Mental Health Review Board of Victoria and has acted as
as President of the International Commission of Jurists Law Practice and Precedents (1993; 4th edition 2009)
a consultant to government on criminal law, sentencing
(1995-8) and currently serves as a Commissioner of the and Cretney & Lush on Lasting and Enduring Powers of
and mental health law issues. Currently, she is directing
UNDP Global Commission on HIV and the Law. Attorney (6th edition, 2009) - and has contributed chapters
a team of 18 researchers working on a 5 year Federation
In 2010, Michael Kirby was named laureate of the Gruber to various medical and legal reference books.
Fellowship project entitled Rethinking Mental Health
Justice Prize, conferred in Washington DC. He is a judicial member of STEP (the Society of Trust Laws examining legal frameworks for detention and
and Estate Practitioners) and a patron of Solicitors for treatment across common law countries. She is also part
Oliver Lewis the Elderly. of an interdisciplinary research team analysing preventive
detention regimes in Australia, Scotland and the USA.
Oliver Lewis is Executive Director
of the Mental Disability Advocacy Ron McCallum AO
Center, an international human Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum Neil Rees
rights organisation based in AO, University of Sydney, is Emeritus Professor Neil Rees
Budapest, Hungary. the Chair of the United Nations was chairperson of the Victorian
An LSE law graduate, he undertook Committee on the Rights of Law Reform Commission (VLRC)
post-graduate studies in medical Persons with Disabilities. The from 2007 until 2012. During that
law and ethics before qualifying primary function of this Committee period the VLRC completed 8
as a barrister and working as a research assistant is to monitor the implementation references including civil justice,
on mental health law reform at the UK’s Department of the United Nations the law of abortion, jury directions
of Health. As a non-practising barrister, Oliver is an Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. in criminal trials, child protection
associate member of the human rights barristers set In 1993, Ron was the first totally blind person to be proceedings, the registration of sex offenders, and adult
Doughty Street Chambers, London. He is recurrent Visiting appointed to a full professorship at any Australian or guardianship.
Professor in Law at the Central European University in New Zealand university. From 2002 to 2007, he served
as Dean of the University of Sydney Law School, and Neil is emeritus professor in the Faculty of Business
Budapest, and is a faculty member of the International and Law at the University of Newcastle where he was
Diploma on Mental Health Law and Human Rights, run by from 2001 to 2009 he was the inaugural President of the
Australian Labour Law Association. Ron’s academic field professor of law from 1991 to 2007 and foundation dean
the Indian Law Society in Pune, India. of the Faculty of Law from 1991 to 1999.
of expertise is labour relations law, and he is a consultant
Oliver has published papers on the interface of human He has been a member of many tribunals including the
to HWL Ebsworth Lawyers. Ron is a Deputy-Chair of the
rights law, public policy and disability. He serves on the Mental Health Review Board (Vic), the Mental Health
Board of Directors of Vision Australia which is Australia’s
editorial board of the European Yearbook on European Review Tribunal (NSW) and the Administrative Decisions
largest blind welfare organisation. In January 2011, Prime
Disability Law. Tribunal (NSW). He has been involved in the establishment
Minister Julia Gillard designated Ron as Senior Australian
of the Year 2011. of a number of community legal centres and clinical legal
Neil has published in the areas of criminal investigation,
legal practice, mental health law, tribunals, Indigenous
Australians and the law, and equal opportunity law.
Regarded by many as the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne is the perfect setting for
our congress. A friendly, multicultural city located on the banks of the Yarra River, Melbourne
offers excellent shopping, world class cultural events, and spectacular food and wine from
over 3000 restaurants.
Along the riverside at Southgate, and in the lanes and streets of the city centre and inner-city
bohemian neighbourhoods like Carlton, Fitzroy, St Kilda and South Yarra, you’ll find endless
rows of cafes and boutiques.
Outside Melbourne, you’ll find a host of regional attractions, from the Fairy Penguins to the
spectacular Great Ocean Road.
For more information about Melbourne, check the following websites:
www.melbourne.citysearch.com.au www.melbourne.vic.gov.au www.visitvictoria.com.au
Yarra River, Melbourne
12 Apostles - Great Ocean Road Fairy Penguins Government House
Congress Venue International Guardianship Network (IGN)
Hilton on the Park Hotel, www.international-guardianship.com
192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne • IGN is a non-profit and non-government organisation.
Situated next to the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens and directly opposite • The missions of IGN are to provide support, information
the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Park, and networking opportunities for guardians worldwide
Hilton on the Park Hotel is just a ten minute walk from the city’s and to put the legal proceedings of the UN Convention
downtown shopping and commercial district. on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into practice.
We initiate innovative projects and conferences. IGN is
independent of political and religious ideologies.
Congress Reception Australian Guardianship and
His Excellency The Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC, Governor of Victoria, Administration Council (AGAC)
will host a reception for full, 2-day congress delegates from 6:00 -8:30pm www.agac.org.au
on Monday (15 October) at Government House.
• AGAC member organisations have a role in protecting
Please note that business attire is required. adults in Australia who have a disability that impairs
Please indicate when you register whether you would attend if issued an invitation to this their capacity to make decisions.
reception. Numbers are limited and places will be allocated in order of receipt of paid full • AGAC is comprised of:
registrations. Buses will depart from the Hilton at 5.30pm sharp.
• Public Advocates
Farewell Drinks • Public and Adult Guardians
The congress will conclude with Farewell Drinks on Tuesday 16 October. • Boards and Tribunals and
This function is included in the full, 2-day congress registration fee. • Public and State Trustees
or their equivalents throughout Australia.
Monday, 15 October 2012
From 8:00am Registration and arrival coffee 12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch
8:45am - 10:30am Opening Plenary Session 1:30pm - 3:00pm Plenary Session
8.45am Welcome to Country 1:30pm Litigation and the right to legal capacity
9:00am Response Oliver Lewis
Jochen Exler-Konig 2:15pm The Victorian Law Reform Commission’s Guardianship Report
9:15am Congress Opening Neil Rees
The Hon. Robert Clark, Attorney-General & Minister for Finance, Victoria
3:00pm - 3:30pm Afternoon tea
9:30am Opening Address
The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG 3:30pm - 5:00pm Parallel Sessions 2A-2E
10:30am - 11:00am Morning tea Parallel Session 2A: Guardianship Theory and Practice
3:30pm Seeking the essence of guardianship: Beyond the UNCRPD
11:00am - 12:30pm Parallel Sessions 1A-1E Barbara Carter
Parallel Session 1A: Guardianship in the World 3:50pm The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:
11:00am Supported decision making in the Japanese Adult Guardianship Law Experiences from practice
Makoto Arai Sue Houghton
11:20am Adult guardianship law in China: Traditional values and modern 4:10pm Appointing substitute decision makers for young people
developments Malcolm Schyvens and Graeme Smith
Rebecca Lee and Cora Chan 4:30pm Is guardianship the solution for older people with a cognitive disability?
11:40am Guardianship Decision-Making in the Kimberley, Western Australia Michael Wells and Barbara Carter
Laurie Lehmann-Bybyk and John Hodges 4:50pm Discussion
12:00pm The next steps towards the implementation of the new Korean Parallel Session 2B: Modern Challenges for Courts and Tribunals (Part 1)
Adult Guardianship Act 2011 with the Article 3 Principles of UNCRPD 3:30pm ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ (or, ‘until our Guardian says we have separated’):
taken into consideration Family law, property entitlements and incapacity
Cheolung Je Robyn Carroll and Debbie Taylor
3:50pm How interested do you have to be? – A brief case study on standing to
Parallel Session 1B: Capacity and the Disabilities Convention bring an application to the tribunal
11:00am Capacity, consent and the CRPD: comparative perspectives Ron Joachim
Annegret Kaempf 4:10pm Cross-border jurisdiction solutions: The Hague Convention on the
11:20am Beware the new paternalisms – capacity as a means achieving the goals Protection of Adults
of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Sally Hurme
Nick O’Neill and Carmelle Peisah 4:30pm Guardianship on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands
11:40am ‘Informed consent’, ‘incapacity’ and the CRPD: human rights perspective (APY Lands)
on the right to consent to medical treatment Jeremy Moore
Penelope Weller 4:50pm Discussion
12:00pm Curtailing autonomy in the name of incapacity: The variable treatment Parallel Session 2C: Compulsory Orders
of ‘capacity’ in Victorian substituted decision-making regimes
3:30pm Supervised Treatment Orders and consent When is consent valid? Why?
Daniel Webb and Eleanore Fritze
Robyn Mills, Bryan Walkinshaw, Michele Lee
3:50pm An exploration of Therapeutic Jurisprudence – Across jurisdictional
Parallel Session 1C: Financial Independence and Protection from Abuse analysis What works, what doesn’t. Why?
11:00am Insurance and retirement income project for people with disabilities Sophie Delaney and Hamish McLachlan
John Berrill 4:10pm Guardianship and Islam
11:20am Enhancing accountability under enduring powers of attorney Rob Gordon and Denzil Lush
Cheryl Tilse, Jill Wilson, Ben White, Lindy Willmott, 4:30pm The indefinite detention of Aboriginal people with a cognitive impairment:
Anne-Louise McCawley The Aboriginal Disability Justice Campaign
11:40am Financial Independence Program Patrick McGee, Eileen Baldry, Ian McKinlay
Tony Fitzgerald 4:50pm Discussion
12:00pm What is financial management anyway? Parallel Session 2D: Supported Decision Making (Part 1)
Meredith Coote and Mark Rozanc
3:30pm Implementing a support model of legal capacity: Enabling conditions and
12:20pm Discussion the continuum of support
Parallel Session 1D: Education and Community Engagement Anna Arstein-Kerslake and Eilionóir Flynn
11:00am Community guardians: Building regional capacity in South Australia 3:50pm It is not about Protection - it’s about Rights
Di Gursansky, Greg Box, Rex Jordan, Jeremy Moore, Michael Sachsse Dianne Chartres
11:20am Developing Supporting Self-advocacy Training – why and how 4:10pm Supported decision-making: Listening to those rarely heard
Christina Ryan, Karen Hedley Jo Watson, Rhonda Joseph, Michael Bink
11:40am Learning from teaching about guardianship, administration and 4:30pm Managing the tensions associated with supporting decision making after
substituted decision making: Observations, challenges and reflections severe acquired brain injury: Results from a pilot study
Jen Cousins Lucy Knox, Jacinta Douglas and Christine Bigby
12:00pm Access to information. Everyone’s human right 4:50pm Discussion
Cathy Basterfield Parallel Session 2E: Symposium
12:20pm Discussion Fiduciary relationships: Does it all come down to best interests? (3 papers)
Parallel Session 1E: Symposium Peter Whitehead (Convenor)
Financial, residential, and health care decision-making: Recommendations from the Sue Field, Malcolm Schyvens, Laura Watts and Peter Whitehead (Presenters)
Third United States National Guardianship Summit (Convenor: Kim Dayton)
• Making financial decisions for a ward
Mary Joy Quinn 6:00pm - 8:30pm Congress Reception
• Making residential decisions for another Government House
Sally Balch Hurme Buses depart the Hilton Hotel at 5.30pm SHARP.
• Making health care decisions for another Business attire required.
• Moving individuals to the center of guardianships
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
8:30am Arrival coffee 12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch
9:00am - 10:30am Plenary Session 1:30pm - 3:00pm Parallel Sessions 4A-4E
9:00am The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Parallel Session 4A: Assessing Capacity
Ron McCallum AO 1:30pm Comparisons of guardianship laws and practice in Australia and Asia:
9:20am Best interests decision-making A presentation of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA)
Denzil Lush Capacity taskforce.
Nahathai Wongpakaran, Joshua Tsoh, Tinakon Wongpakaran, Helen Chiu,
9:55am Assessing capacity: Functional? Physical? Clinical? Contractual? Nick O’Neill and Carmelle Peisah
Which is the term we need?
Bernadette McSherry 1:50pm Assessment of decision making ability in a hospital setting
10:30am - 11:00am Morning tea 2:10pm How well can George manage his money? Assessing financial abilities using
the Financial Competence Assessment Inventory
11:00am - 12:30pm Parallel Sessions 3A-3E Mavis M Kershaw and Lynne S. Webber
Parallel Session 3A: Reform Ideas in Australia 2:30pm Principles and practice of assessing decision-making capacity
11:00am A new era for substitute decision making? The reform of Victoria’s Peteris Darzins
mental health, powers of attorney and guardianship laws
11:20am Responding to community concerns about vulnerable adults Parallel Session 4B: Modern Challenges for Courts and Tribunals (Part 2)
Denise Fallon 1:30pm Guardianship hearings in Australia - A fair and inclusive process?
11:40am Personhood in hospital: a study of decision making for older persons Jim Simpson
whose capacity is in question 1:50pm Incapacity – a barrier to access to justice?
Sue Jarrad Lauren Adamson
12:00pm Alcohol related brain injury: Improving life quality outcomes for older people 2:10pm Multitasking for Tribunals – integrating alternative dispute resolution into the
living with behaviours of unmet need hearing process for guardianship and administration decision making
Alice Rota-Bartelink Pam Goodman, Ron Joachim & Julie Ford
12:20pm Discussion 2:30pm The role of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal in dealing with
personal and financial abuse of people with a disability
Parallel Session 3B: Professional Challenges Jim Allen, Barbara Bayne, Les Clarkson, Julia Casey
11:00am Representing clients with cognitive impairment: Keeping your professional
foothold on the side of the glacier
Karen Williams and Sue Field Parallel Session 4C: Workshop
11:20am Medical necessity v human rights: A false dichotomy? Affirming LGBT identities through guardianship reform
Dianne Pendergast and Clare Endicott Nancy J. Knauer and Kim Dayton
11:40am Decisions about death: What is the guardian’s mandate?
Parallel Session 4D: Supported Decision Making (Part 2)
1:30pm Supported decision making: a philosophical ideal but will it ever become an
12:00pm Protecting vulnerable criminal injuries compensation applicants evidenced based practice?
Robert Guthrie Michelle Browning, Christine Bigby, Jacinta Douglas
12:20pm Discussion 1:50pm Moving towards a comprehensive regime of supported decision making
Parallel Session 3C: Advance Directives Piers Gooding
11:00am Conflicting perceptions of principals and doctors as to the role and use 2:10pm Supported decision making: Australian perspectives
of advance directives John Brayley
Ben White, Lindy Willmott, Cheryl Tilse, Jill Wilson, Anne-Louise McCawley 2:30pm Consideration of role of civil guardian in Japan～
11:20am Lessons learnt in the introduction of enduring powers of guardianship and Mamoru Kanai
advance health directives in WA 2:50pm Discussion
Parallel Session 4E: Symposium
11:40am A comparison of Advance Medical Directives in the 50 states within the
United States highlighting the need for uniformity Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity:
Diana Anderson Law, medicine, ethics and practice (Convenor: Ben White)
• Doctors’ knowledge of the law
12:00pm An analysis of enduring guardianship instruments in Tasmania, Australia Ben White, Lindy Willmott, Colleen Cartwright, Malcolm Parker and Gail Williams
Michael Ashby, Robert Thornton, Robyn Thomas
• Doctors’ compliance with the law
12:20pm Discussion Lindy Willmott, Ben White, Colleen Cartwright, Malcolm Parker and Gail Williams
Parallel Session 3D: Families and Carers • Ethical implications of medical practitioners not knowing the law
11:00am Representation by carers and safeguarding the interests of the adult Colleen Cartwright, Malcolm Parker, Ben White, Lindy Willmott and Gail Williams
Kees Blankman • Enhancing medical education
11:20am Planning for the future: How will aging carers meet the needs of their Malcolm Parker, Colleen Cartwright, Ben White and Lindy Willmott and Gail Williams
loved ones with disabilities
Yolande Erickson and Janet Morris 3:00pm - 3:30pm Afternoon tea
11:40am Supported decision-making, nominated person schemes and proxy
directives: What legislative role for carers, family members and friends? 3:30pm - 5:00pm Closing Plenary Session
Sarah McHutchison 3:30pm Panel. Autonomy versus Protection: The Guardianship Dilemma
12:00pm The perspective of carers Moderator: Paul Barclay, ABC Radio National
Penny Paul Panel: Oliver Lewis, Denzil Lush, Colleen Pearce, Neil Rees, Anita Smith
12:20pm Discussion 4:45pm Closing Comments
Parallel Session 3E: Symposium
11:00am Practical and legal responses to protecting elders’ assets
Peteris Darzins (Convenor)
Anthony Fitzgerald, Jo Wainer, Georgia Lowndes (Presenters) 5:00pm Farewell Drinks
12:00pm Incapacity and financial (elder) abuse – prevention and prosecution an
inter jurisdictional discussion
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Please note: Fees for optional workshops are not included in the congress fee; please see the
General Information section for workshop charges.
9:00am - 12:30pm Optional Workshop 1
How to assess decision-making capacity - interactive workshop
Peteris Darzins (Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science, Eastern Health Clinical School,
Monash University; Eastern Health)
This interactive workshop will provide participants with a practical working knowledge of the concept and
definition of capacity. The Six-step Capacity Assessment Process will be described. Participants will take part as
observers in a prepared role play. Dr Darzins will dissect the role play to illustrate the dynamics of the capacity
assessment process. Then participants will collaboratively develop another “case” for exploration through a role
play. Volunteers will play out this “case” which will be adjusted during the role play process to make it easier if
it is too hard or more complex if it is too simple. Common successful approaches will be demonstrated as will be
9:00am - 12:30pm Optional Workshop 2
Guardianship decision making through the lens of end of life dilemmas
Julian Gardner (Gardner Consulting)
This workshop will use the particular issues that arise when making decisions that regard the end of life to
examine elements of principle and practice for guardianship decision making generally.
A case study will be used to illustrate the special tensions in end of life situations and to debate some moral
and ethical tensions that can arise.
Using an active process of deductive learning it will include working in groups to examine dilemmas and
enable participants to draw on their own experiences.
1:30pm - 5:00pm Optional Workshop 3
Keeping elders’ assets safe - challenges and solutions
Cheryl Tilse 1, Jill Wilson 1, Anthony Fitzgerald 2, Peteris Darzins 3, Jo Wainer 3,
Georgia Lowndes 4, Christopher King 3
School of Social Work & Human Services, The University of Queensland DISCLAIMER:
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Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Eastern Health Clinical School, Monash University in this brochure is correct; however, the organising
School of Psychology & Psychiatry, Monash University committee, its sponsors and its agents cannot
The taking of money from older people by those whom they are entitled to trust requires policy and practical be held responsible for any changes to the final
responses by professionals. This apparently universal practice has attracted a variety of policy and legal responses structure or content of the programs, or any other
throughout the world, driven in part by the increasing expectation by those governments with aged pensions general or specific information published in this
that older people pay their own way. To do this older people need the use of their assets. When family, carers brochure. In the event of industrial disruption or
or friends take these assets for their own use, the older persons can be thrust into dependency and poverty, unable other unforeseen circumstances that disrupt the
to purchase the support they need to lead a decent life. This interactive workshop brings together practitioners running of the congress, the organising committee,
and researchers to share understanding of the extent, types and responses to the mismanagement of the funds its sponsors and its agents accept no responsibility.
of older people, and to examine some ways to help older people keep their assets safe.
1:30pm - 5:00pm Optional Workshop 4
Frameworks for the future of supported and substituted decision-making
Bernadette McSherry (Facilitator)
Since the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, advocates have called for
the abolition of substitute decision-making. From the perspective of guardianship practitioners, such calls cause
enormous concern for the future wellbeing of their clients who may be incapable of participating in a supported
decision making framework either because of the nature of their disability or because of societal factors such as
a history of abuse, serious conflict amongst their significant others or the complexity of decisions to be made.
This workshop, facilitated by Professor Bernadette McSherry of Monash University, will bring together national
and international writers and advocates to address some of the questions about the adoption of a supported
decision making (SDM) framework and whether, in some circumstances, substitute decision making can be
consistent with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
This interactive session, with local and international experts, will examine the ethical and legal practicalities
of supported decision making and the future of substitute decision making.
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It is necessary to pay for all accommodation charges to obtain these rates.
Please Note: Special congress accommodation rates have been negotiated for the congress prior to
the printing of the Registration Brochure. The congress organisers accept no responsibility if the hotels
offer “special rates” or “standby rates” at their discretion.
Getting to The Hilton from Tullamarine Airport
By taxi: approximately $65
SkyBus offers an express bus service from the airport to Southern Cross Station (Spencer St) in the
city centre. Buses run every 10 minutes throughout the day.
Adult tickets: $17 one way / $28 return (adult).
For more information, and to make a booking, go to: www.skybus.com.au.
Public transport / Parking
Hilton on the Park is situated directly opposite Jolimont Railway Station (Epping Line) or can be easily
reached from the city centre by tram number 48 via Collins Street or 75 via Flinders Street, stopping
outside the hotel on Wellington Parade.
For those who cannot avoid bringing a car, the hotel has a car park on-site. Subject to availability of
spaces, discounted rates are available for overnight guests at $27 per car or congress day delegates
at $22 per car. Limited valet parking is available at $45 per car and can be arranged through concierge
and is subject to availability.
Taxis are readily available and the city is a leisurely 10-minute walk through the Fitzroy Gardens.