Frequently Asked Questions

For all event- and registration-based queries, please contact ICMS

ICMS is our professional conference organiser (PCO) and the friendly team there will be able to assist with any registration or event-based queries (including accommodation) that you may have.

ICMS has secured blocks of rooms at three hotels – Sofitel Darling Harbour ($$$), Novotel Darling Harbour ($$) and Novotel Darling Square ($). Delegates will be able to book their accommodation as part of the registration process. More details on accommodation coming soon…

Why should I come to conference?

The Philanthropy Australia National Conference is the premier thought leadership event of its type in the Australasian region. It’s our once-every-two-years opportunity to bring the Australian philanthropic sector and broader community together with the world’s best thinkers, strategists and leading voices to act as a catalyst for change.

This year’s conference is especially important as it will focus on People, Planet and Place – the essentials that really matter to our community, society, and the globe as a whole.

For funders: professional development, opportunity to meet peers from across the country, learn about new and emerging trends in the sector, relevant and practical examples which can be applied in an Australian context, stimulate ideas and thinking which can be applied to your own evolving practice.

For NFPs: professional development, opportunity to meet peers from across the country, and engage with the broader philanthropic and social change community, learn about best-practice philanthropy (including where the sector is headed), learn about new and emerging trends in the sector as well as different ways of working in partnership to achieve positive change.

Is it an in-person or virtual conference?

The conference is mainly an in-person one but we do offer virtual tickets for online audience to attend the Plenary Sessions remotely, while the Masterclasses and Concurrent Sessions are only available to in-person delegates. While we will try to record most of the sessions and make the recordings accessible to registered delegates after the completion of the conference, there is no guarantee all sessions will be available.

Are there any discounts for NFPs?

As a small NFP ourselves, we’re not in a position to offer any discounted NFP rate.  BUT, there is a significant difference between member and general admin pricing – so it’s definitely beneficial to join as a member of PA (if you’re not already) to take advantage of this discount.

I’m only able to attend one day of the conference – is this okay?

Yes, this is okay.  The conference is programmed and promoted as a two-day event and we recommend that, if possible, delegates attend both days to gain full benefit of the program – but we do understand that this may not be possible. The online registration process gives you the option to register for just one day if you fall into this category.

Alternatively, you may consider sharing your registration with one of your colleagues. 

Can I share/split my conference registration with one of my colleagues?

You sure can. Registrations can be shared – you may wish to consider this option if you are only able to attend one day of the conference. Please note that only one name badge is provided per registration and delegates are required to wear a valid name badge during the conference to be permitted entry.

Are there any group discounts?

There are no group discounts available.

What methods of payment are accepted?

Our registration platform accepts all credit cards. Payment can also be made via Electronic Funds Transfer or cheque, and we are also able to generate an invoice if required.

You will be required to nominate your preferred method of payment as part of your registration. 

What’s the early bird period?

The early bird period allows delegates to take advantage of reduced pricing.  Early bird pricing is available until Friday 29 July 2022 – giving delegates ample opportunity to take advantage of it, depending on which financial year works best from a budget perspective.


Are there recommended accommodation options? 

The following hotels are close to the International Convention Centre with favourable rates obtained by our conference agency ICMS. You may make your booking during the conference registration or contact if you have already registered. 

Hotel Price  Distance from ICC Website
Novotel Sydney on Dalring Square $260/night 280 M See hotel website
Ovolo Hotel - The Woolstore 1888 $259/night 850 M See hotel website
Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour $260/night 950 M See hotel website
Ibis Sydney Darling Harbour  $210/night 1KM See hotel website

*Note - all rooms are quoted on room only, are inclusive of GST and WIFI 


I subscribe to the online directory of funders, essentials for not for profits and/or the free edition of Philanthropy Weekly. Am I entitled to the discounted member rate?  

Whilst you are still very much part of our community, subscriptions are not included in Philanthropy Australia’s membership so we are unable to offer you the discounted member rate.

The conference has been priced in such a way that joining as a Philanthropy Australia Member offsets the cost of attending, and then some!  We encourage you to join as a Philanthropy Australia Member to receive the discounted member conference rate and gain access to the benefits and value that your chosen level of membership offers.

We would love to chat to you about membership and what might be best for you and your organisation.  If you would like to learn more about Philanthropy Australia membership, please email us at and we will put you in touch with your friendly state manager.

What if I need to cancel my registration later?

Please find Philanthropy Australia’s Cancellation Policy here and contact the conference organiser ICMS as listed above to process your cancellation accordingly.

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