Before leaving home

What to wear

Attire for the Conference is smart casual. If you are attending the Approved Providers Panel Discussion & Lunch and Welcome Event, attire is also smart casual. If you are attending the Gala Dinner, we encourage you to wear an ‘Wild Wild West’ themed costume.

Plan your experience

Take a look at the Draft Conference Program to start deciding which sessions you will attend. You will be provided copies of the program and the Sponsors and Exhibitors booklet so no need to print.  There is no pre-registration for conference sessions.


Please download our suggested “Code of Conduct for out of hours activities” policy in preparation for the ACA Qld 2022 National Conference. You will need to contextualise this generic policy to your individual service.

The venue

Car parking

The Star Gold Coast offers a secure, undercover car park to all guests using the facilities. Access to the carpark is via Hooker Boulevard/Nerang-Broadbeach Rd or the Gold Coast Highway and T E Peters Drive. Valet parking is also available at a nominal cost.

Other ways to get to The Star Gold Coast

The Star Gold Coast is a 30-minute drive from the Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta and an 80-minute drive from Brisbane Airports.

Coach services, limousines and buses provide transfers from Coolangatta and Brisbane Airports. Previous delegates have recommenced Con-X-ion as a provider from both Coolangatta and Brisbane Airports, however ACA Qld has no affiliation with this company.

You can use the journey planner ( to find what public transport can take you from your starting point to The Star Gold Coast.


The registration desk will be located in the Events Centre. Registration opens at 4:30 pm on Friday, 7:00 am on Saturday and 7:30 am on Sunday.


The Events Centre does not have facilities to store luggage. Please leave your luggage at your hotel (most hotels offer a short term storage service) or in your car.


Some presentations provided by speakers will be available on the Conference website after the conference.

Use of social media

ACA Qld permits and encourages the use of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Snapchat. Please use the official conference hashtag: #ACAQld2022.

Click here to read the Social Media Guidelines.


Approved Providers Panel Discussion & Lunch sponsored by Childcare Concepts

The Approved Providers Panel Discussion & Lunch will be held on Friday, at Cucina Vivo, The Star Gold Coast, Lobby Level from 11:00 to 2:00 pm. If you are an Approved Provider, then remember to register separately for our Approved Providers Panel Discussion! We are bringing together experts and influential people in the sector to discuss the latest in early childhood education and care. You will also have the chance to network with like-minded people over lunch. (Not included in conference registration packages).

Welcome Event

The Welcome Event will be held on Friday, at The Star Grand Pool, The Star Gold Coast from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. This is the perfect opportunity to kick off a great weekend of learning and to meet and network with fellow delegates, sponsors and exhibitors.  Welcome Event is a licensed event and includes canapes.

Pre Gala Dinner Drinks

The Pre Gala Dinner Drinks will take place at the Events Centre Gallery, The Star Gold Coast on Saturday, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

‘Wild Wild West’ Gala Dinner sponsored by HESTA

The Gala Dinner will be held on Saturday, at the Events Centre Ballroom, The Star Gold Coast from 7:30 pm. Join us for an unforgettable fun filled evening and we encourage you to wear your most creative ‘Wild Wild West’ themed costume.

Other activities

Passport Draw – win amazing prizes!

To go in to the draw to win prizes, simply visit every exhibition booth and collect stamps for your Conference Passport. Each time you make a connection, you are one step closer to taking home one of our amazing prizes. Check out your Pocket Program for the exhibitor listing.

Please also refer to our FAQs and Terms and Conditions.