Social Functions


National Awards for Planning Excellence and Congress Welcome Function

Join us for the night of nights to celebrate the achievements of the planning profession at the National Awards for Planning Excellence and the Welcome Function of #PIACongress18

Date: Wednesday 9 May
Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm* (Coach departures commence at 5:00pm from PCEC)
Venue: Optus Stadium
Dress: Smart Casual
Cost: $165 (Please note if you purchase a Full Registration this event in included in your registration)

*Return coaches form the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre are included. Coaches depart PCEC from 5:00pm and return from 10:00pm.

Beverages, canapes and return coach to and from PCEC included.

Followed by optional late night drinks at Crown Perth at own expense.

PCEC Address: 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth **Coaches depart from 5:00pm
Optus Stadium Address: Roger Mackay Drive, Burswood

National Awards for Planning Excellence Sponsor
Welcome Function Sponsor

Thursday Night Social Function (Optional)

PIA acknowledges that our delegates appreciate the opportunity to continue the networking opportunities of Congress every night during the event.

We have discovered the perfect venue close to PCEC that will enable you to do just that!

Please join us for a casual evening including 2 beverages and a light dinner.

Date: Thursday 10th May
Time: 6:00pm – Late*
Venue: Rigby’s Bar and Grill – Rear 221 St Georges Terrace Perth
Cost: $45 This is an optional evening and NOT included in your Full Delegate Registration and must be purchased separately.

*Whilst the optional social night does conclude at 8pm, the venue is a bar and will remain open (at your own expense) – PIA has applied for an extended licence and will remain open until 2am if required.

Congress Gala Dinner

Time to celebrate the learning and networking of the past few days and join us at the Gala Dinner – be prepared to get your dancing shoes on!

Date: Friday 11th May
Time: 6:30pm – Midnight
Venue: Bellevue Ballroom – PCEC
Dress: To Impress!
Cost: $220 (Please note if you purchase a Full Registration this event in included in your registration)

Followed by optional late night drinks at Brookfield Place at own expense

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Painting the Town (Again): Planners Art Exhibition 2018

The last Congress in Perth was punctuated by a unique event, crossing over between culture and planning – an art exhibition by WA Planners suggesting that the separation between the two was perhaps not large at all. The show attracted significant attention and accolades, providing an unfamiliar perspective of the capabilities of the Planning profession.

The West Australian newspaper reported at the time that “(this exhibition) … dispel(s) myths about planners, who have a long history of creativity dating back to the British founder of town planning Sir Patrick Abercrombie.” (Stephen Bevis, the West Australian, April 30, 2007)

With the National Congress returning to Perth again, WA Planners have rallied again to put on a second show: “Painting the Town – 2”. To be held at Brookfield Plaza throughout early May, the exhibition will feature 22 artists from the Planning profession. Among them will be the founder of the Black Swan Portrait Prize, a past WA Planner of the Year, Managing Directors of major Planning practices or Authorities, and a diverse array of over-achievers.

Date: Tuesday 1st – Friday 18th May
Venue: Brookfield Place, Tower 1 Lobby at 125 St Georges Terrace
Cost: FREE – Drop in when at #PIACongress18 and check it out!