NSW State Conference 2018

NSW State Conference 2018
The NSW State Conference is back for 2018 and will be held at The Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre (The NEX) in Newcastle on 16-17 August.

The theme for this year's Conference is Risk, Resilience and Research. The preliminary program is now available and registrations are open.

Download preliminary program 

There are still opportunities to get involved

The committee is now calling for poster presenters, showcasing research that delivers outcomes that contribute to the themes of the Conference, Risk, Resilience and Research. Authors will have the opportunity to present their paper in a dynamic pitch session as part of the main conference. This quick 3-minute pitch is a teaser of your work that occurs during the scheduled poster session. Posters can be based on either a technical paper or case study. To apply you will need to submit a 300 word synopsis of your research by 5PM Monday the 16th of July. For more information download the call for posters flyer.


If your organisation is looking for opportunities to get in front of the NSW water sector, get in touch with us on the below details to find out more about the available sponsorship packages. 
Elana Huthnance E: EHuthnance@awa.asn.au T: +61 2 94678417

Conference details

Date:  Thursday, 16 August & Friday, 17 August
Venue:  The Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre (The NEX)
Address:  Level 1, 309 King Street, Newcastle West, NSW 2302
Networking Function: The Foghorn Brewhouse, 218 King Street (ticket included in Full Conference Registration)


Registration Now Open

Delegate Registration Types

(inc. GST)

Full Conference Rate - AWA Member 


Full Conference Rate - Non-Member 


One Day Conference Rate – AWA Member


One Day Conference Rate – Non-Member


Student Full Conference Rate – AWA Member 


Student Full Conference Rate - Non-member (with complimentary 12 months student membership) 


Local Council Rate - Full Conference 


Networking Function Only


1. All full conference registrations include a networking function ticket. 
2. A one-day conference registrations does not include a networking function ticket. Should you wish to attend the dinner, you must purchase a dinner ticket ($110) in addition to your registration.
3. If you are an employee of a corporate member of the Association you are entitled to the member rate, please contact the Association to receive the discounted rate if it is not showing below. 
4. To access the speaker discounted rate, please select the speaker registration type below and enter the promo code you've been provided at the checkout. Discount will be applied at the checkout.

How to register
1. Click the log in button on the top right hand corner or create account if you are not a member
2. Once logged, click the “Register myself”  button
3. Select the correct registration type
4. Proceed to the checkout for payment

Accommodation Options

Travelodge Hotel Newcastle


Located in the heart of Newcastle, close to local nightlife, eat streets, sandy beaches and Newcastle's fabulous waterfront. Travelodge Hotel Newcastle offers a great base from which to explore everything that the Hunter and Lake Macquarie regions of NSW have to offer, including the wine region of the Hunter Valley and the waterways and beaches of Port Stephens.

The hotel offers everything you would expect from a full service hotel; 24 hour reception, outdoor pool, as well as extensive conference and meeting facilities. All rooms at Travelodge Newcastle have been furnished with modern amenities, including internet access (fee applies) and cable TV. Limited parking is available onsite (fee applies).


Room Type

Room only rate, per room, per night

(King or Twin Share)

Guest Room King or Twin


Executive Room King




To Book: Book Now


Booking Terms and Conditions:

  • Your booking must be cancelled by 2pm the day before arrival to avoid a cancellation fee, which is equal to your first nights accommodation charge.
  • Your credit card will not be charged at time of booking. It is to hold your reservation only. A valid credit card must be used on arrival.
  • Children under 12 stay free using existing bedding. Additional bedding is available upon request and subject to an additional fee. Please contact the hotel for further information.
    Full terms and conditions are available on TFE Hotels website.


Novotel Newcastle Beach


The discounted group rates Accor are pleased to offer to you for these dates are listed below.

These rates are valid for Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th & Friday 17th August.

Rates & Rooms are subject to availability.


Room Type

Room only rate, per room, per night

(King or Twin Share)

Standard Studio Room


Superior Harbourview Room



Please note:

  • Secure underground parking is $25.00 per night (subject to availability)
  • Wireless internet is available at $24.95 per day (complimentary for our Le Club AccorHotels loyalty members – free to join!).
  • A rollaway bed can be added subject to availability (1 per room) at $45.00 per night (breakfast additional)
  • Breakfast can be purchased for $30.00 per person per day for our full buffet breakfast


Accor Hotels Business Offer access codes:

Company name: AWA CONFERENCE
Company code: SCP1533361
Access code: AW344AU223


To Book: Book Now


When you make your reservation, just enter your customer code and your access code in block capitals.

For more information please contact:
Conference: TANYA CAMERON,  Branch Manager | Ph: 02 9467 8407 | E: tcameron@awa.asn.au
Trade Exhibition: STEPHEN COMEY, Senior Exhibition Manager | Ph: 02 9467 8406 | E: scomey@awa.asn.au
Sponsorship: ELANA HUTHNANCE, Membership & Sponsorship Manager | Ph: 0401 807 221 | E: ehuthnance@awa.asn.au

Thank you to our sponsors

Conference Partners


Networking Dinner Partner



(inc. GST)

Full Conference Rate - AWA Member 


Full Conference Rate - Non-Member 


16/08/2018 8:00 AM - 17/08/2018 4:00 AM
The Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre
Level 1, 309 King Street
Newcastle West, NSW 2302 Australia


Thursday, 16 August 2018

One day registration does not include a ticket to the conference networking function. To purchase a ticket please add this item to your itinerary.
A ticket to the Networking Function is included with your registration. If you will not be attending, please remove this item from your itinerary.

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