We look forward to welcoming you to our members-only, destination Small Practice Conference this September.

Early bird pricing ends 30 June - save $220 

Join us on 15-16 September at The Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, South Australia. 

The Small Practice Conference is developed and delivered by practitioners for practitioners. This two-day conference focuses on relevant, day-to-day issues for smaller practices. Networking opportunities include the Welcome Reception (14 September) and Conference Dinner (15 September).

Only ARITA delivers you this level of highly relevant presentations, panel discussions and interactive, workshop-style sessions intermingled with plenty of networking opportunities in the professional yet relaxed atmosphere.


  • Content tailored to small practice professionals.
  • Stay-up-to-date with latest industry developments.
  • Focus on relevant regional content.
  • Share industry best practice.
  • Opportunity to network with colleagues and peers.

Who can attend?

This is an exclusive conference strictly for ARITA Professional and Associate members who work in smaller firms with less than 5 partners. Numbers are strictly capped at 100 delegates. 

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Small Practice Conference 2022

15/09/2022 9:00 AM - 16/09/2022 5:00 PM
The Novotel Barossa Valley Resort 42 Pioneer Ave Barossa Valley SA 5352 AUSTRALIA
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Event details

Date: 15-16 September 2022 (Welcome reception 14 September)
Conference venue: The Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, 42 Pioneer Ave, Barossa Valley, South Australia 5352
Timings: To be confirmed
Welcome Reception venue*: Chateau Yaldara 1847 Wines, Manor House Lawns, 159 Hermann Thumm Drive, Lyndoch SA 5351
Dinner venue*: Seppeltsfield Barossa, Vintage Cellar, 730 Seppeltsfield Road, Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley SA 5355
*Transport will be provided to and from The Novotel Barossa Valley Resort and our Welcome Reception and Dinner venues for all delegates. Further information will be shared in the reminder emails.
Dress code: Smart casual


Up to 10 hours of verifiable CPE

Rates to attend

The conference fee includes both networking events: the Welcome Reception on Wednesday 14 September for delegates to mingle with each other informally over drinks and canapes before the Conference starts, and the Conference Dinner on Thursday 15 SeptemberGuest tickets are also available for both networking events.

 (All prices include GST)  Member 
Early Bird Package - includes Welcome Reception, Conference & Dinner - ends 30 June     $1,745
Normal rate Package - includes Welcome Reception, Conference & Dinner     $1,965
Dinner Partner/Guest Ticket     $255
Welcome Reception Partner/Guest Ticket     $129

View our events cancellation policy

Conference sessions

Sessions include:

  • ARITA Update, including Q&A
  • After a few tumultuous years for the profession, there’s some light on the horizon for a return to some normality. A change in Federal Government also provides for an important opportunity for a policy reset that may see some positive engagement on much needed law reform. ARITA’s President Michael Brereton and CEO John Winter will take you through a comprehensive update on what ARITA is up to and where the future of the profession may be headed.
  • Authentic leadership
  • Karen Matthews is a passionate business transformation advisor with over 25 years’ experience leading business turnaround, change and growth. Karen’s refreshingly unique, inspirational, and no ‘BS’ approach to business transformation has been a game changer for some of Australia’s iconic retail businesses, recognised with prestigious industry awards. She has led business transformation strategies for several well-known brands including Ella Baché, where she was CEO for ten years, Guess and her last corporate role as Retail Director for Freedom Furniture. Change is here to stay and Karen will share her wisdom regarding the critical role of authentic leadership in any business that is serious about long term success. Heart, passion and an openness to think differently are critical to getting the most out of this session.
  • Melissa Caddick: Underbelly
  • Bruce Gleeson, Partner, Jones Partners will provide direct insights into the captivating ponzi scheme that has captured the nation’s attention.
  • All things insurance
  • This in conversation session with Luke Goss, National Manager, Insolvency & Turnaround at Gallagher will discuss all things insurance, including special situations, PI cover, avoiding claims, internal fraud.
  • Issues every insolvency practitioner should know
  • With the prevalence of piecemeal law reform over the past 2.5 years, this session will highlight key aspects all practitioners should be aware of.
  • Getting your message across
  • What are some key tips for simplifying communications and using approachable communications tools that stop disengagement and diffuse situations.
  • Colourful characters
  • Trials and tribulations from personal insolvency
  • In the matter of…
  • Case update session on notable decision in corporate and personal insolvency
  • Small business restructuring
  • In the five quarters since its commencement in January 2021, there have been 42 companies enter into restructuring and 30 progress to a restructuring plan. This session will focus on some of the practical challenges faced by practitioners in undertaking the still relatively new process.
  • Different roles of restructuring professionals
  • How do you navigate the various non-traditional roles of restructuring professionals? Our panellists will discuss practical examples and insights into what restructuring professionals should consider as they take on these roles and provide real life examples of the successes and challenges they have faced.
  • Practitioner of the future – Sustainability in practice
  • A discussion on ARITA Balance Taskforce initiatives and some practical solutions for small practitioners in the area of building and maintaining sustainability through diversity and inclusion.
  • Small is the new big - Can small size be an advantage?
  • With the advent of specialist support such as comprehensive ARITA precedents, insolvency software and ARITA training, can a small firm size make it easier to compete and thrive in the RIT profession?
  • Independence - Is the landscape shifting?
  • A recap of recent independence decisions and their practical impacts.
  • Practical experiences in construction collapses
  • Collapses in the construction sector have dominated recent appointments are more are expected to follow. This expert panel of external administrators who have been appointed to recent construction failures will discuss some of their practical experiences.
  • Section 561 and its implications for the profession
  • Nobody likes working for free. Hear how taking on a liquidation with employees and a banker may result in you being at the bottom of the pecking order and without remuneration. This sleeper issue has been around for many years with little hope for legislative change in the immediate future. Be informed so that you can make the right choice prior to providing that consent to act.

Further details to be confirmed. The program is subject to change without prior notice.


The Novotel Barossa Valley Resort is holding a limited amount of rooms at a discounted rate for our conference delegates, for a limited time only.

Rooms are very limited and early booking is essential to secure accommodation on site.

Accommodation key dates:

  • 16 July: 50% of held accommodation rooms released to public
  • 17 August: All remaining accommodation rooms released to public

Any accommodation booked after 18 August will be charged at the standard accommodation rate and availability cannot be guaranteed.

Accommodation - Booking guarantee ends 16 July

To book a room, please fill out this form and email it to [email protected] Alternatively, you can make a reservation over the phone by calling Reservations direct at the hotel during business hours on 08 8524 0077.

Please note: the venue has confirmed that if there is a Government enforced reason for delegates to cancel (i.e. border closures related to COVID) they will refund 100% of the accommodation fee. If a delegate cancels for any other reason then their standard cancellation applies. View the venue accommodation terms & conditions on page 3 of the booking form. If the event is postponed or cancelled by ARITA, full refunds will be given to delegates for any accommodation bookings.

COVID-safe and booking with confidence

We know that the world has changed and there is always going to be uncertainty around events in the age of a pandemic, so here is our approach to making this work:

  • The event will be fully COVID-safe and compliant above and beyond any basic government health requirements to do what we reasonably can to protect your health and safety and that of all attendees. That will include appropriate social distancing and other measures.
  • COVID cancellation: if the event is cancelled or has to be moved due to COVID issues, we will offer you a full refund.
  • If you’re unwell we will offer a cancel-on-the-day refund. It’s in everyone’s interest to ensure anyone who feels unwell stays away from events, so we will offer you a full refund if you are showing any COVID-like symptoms with no questions asked.

View our full conference cancellation policy

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