Following the huge success of ARITA's Small-Medium Practice (SMP) Conference in Port Douglas in 2018, the 2019 SMP Conference was held at the picturesque Hamilton Island on 21-22 March.

Tailored for Professional and Associate ARITA members in smaller practices with 1-5 partners, the conference ran over two full days. The program combined highly relevant presentations, panel discussions and interactive, workshop-style sessions intermingled with plenty of networking opportunities in the professional yet relaxed atmosphere that only a destination event can offer.

View the 2019 SMP Conference photo gallery.

Chaired by ARITA President Ross McClymont, Partner, Ashurst, sessions and speakers included:

  • Why the dinosaurs died out - Greg Eder, Management Consultant

  • Priority pressures - James Neate, Partner, Lynch Meyer and Lachlan Wilson, Director, DWF (Australia)

  • What can go wrong? - Panel discussion by Robyn Erskine, Partner, Brooke Bird; Chad Gear, Partner, Taylor David Lawyers; John Laird, Director, Stonehaven Advisory; and Michael Looney, Executive Director, Insolvency & Turnaround, Gallagher

  • Working with credit managers - Nick Pilavidis, CEO, Australian Institute of Credit Managers

  • Rapid fire - Narelle Ferrier, Technical & Standards Director, ARITA

  • Managing your message - Michael Brennan, Trustee, Offermans Partners

  • ARITA update - Ross McClymont, Partner, Ashurst and John Winter, CEO, ARITA

  • A matter of trust - an interview with Cris Parker, The Ethics Alliance

  • Finding the needle when there's no haystack - Joanna Dalton, Director, Forensic IT

  • Where to from here, economic outlook - Peter Munckton, Chief Economist & Head of Market Strategy, BOQ

  • One step ahead - Peter McKnoulty, Found & Transition Planning Consultant, Transition Plan

  • A colourful family affair - Anthony Elkerton, Partner, DW Advisory

  • Royal review - John Winter, CEO, ARITA

  • Insights from the ashes: a look at phoenixing from the front line - Katherine A Brazenor, Barrister

    View the 2019 SMP Conference Presentations

    View the conference program

    The conference fee included two networking events: the Welcome Reception on Wednesday 20 March for delegates to mingle with each other informally over drinks and canapes before the Conference started, and the Conference Dinner on Thursday 21 March . Guest tickets were available for both networking events so partners could also attend.


    Rates to attend

     (All prices include GST)   Rate
     Conference & Dinner  $1,965 (Professional & Associate Members)
     Dinner Guest / Partner    $249 
     Welcome Reception Guest / Partner  $125 

    Booking policy

    The SMP Conference is designed for Fellow, Professional and Associate Members of ARITA only, with a limited number of places available. 

    View the 2018 SMP Conference webpage

  • Thank you to our sponsors

    Diamond National Partner/Welcome Reception:

    Platinum National Partner/Dinner Sponsor:

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    Coffee breaks:

    Silver sponsor: