Registration now open and Keynotes speakers announced!  

Register now to join the peak marriage and relationship educators conference exploring the well-being of Children, Men and Women, Families and Communities.

International Keynote Speaker
Harry Benson
Research Director
Marriage Foundation (UK)
Harry Benson is arguably Britain’s leading champion for marriage. His research findings for Marriage Foundation are routinely cited in the media and by politicians and have made front page news on several occasions. Formerly one of the youngest Royal Navy helicopter pilots to serve in the Falklands war – about which he wrote the bestselling military history SCRAM – Harry has spent the last twenty years researching, writing and teaching about marriage and family. As founder of a Bristol charity, he taught hundreds of relationship courses to thousands of couples, including ‘Let’s Stick Together’, a pioneering short programme for new parents evaluated by the Department for Education and delivered mainly through NHS post-natal clinics. He also co-authored influential family policy papers for the Centre for Social Justice. Harry considers his latest book ‘What Mums Want: And Dads Need To Know’ – co-authored with his wife Kate – as his most important yet. The book made #11 on Amazon and explains how their own back-from-the-brink experience demonstrates how marriages go wrong and what makes them go right. Harry and Kate live on a rural small holding, have been married 31 years, and have six teen and young adult children. Hopefully that means they are doing something right!.
Australian Keynote Speaker
Chloe Shorten
Australian corporate affairs specialist and Strategic Advisor
An Australian corporate affairs specialist, a member of the Burnet Institute‘s Engagement Committee and Strategic Advisor for their Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Program, and wife of Opposition leader Bill Shorten

Australian Keynote Speaker
Timothy O’Leary
Therapist, Author and Educator

Timothy O’Leary is an author, therapist and educator based in Melbourne, Australia, and is featured on the Hay House World Summit. His new book, The Relationship First-Aid Kit is being launched by Hay House Australia in December this year. In the book, Tim shows couples how to build their emotional problem-solving skills so that couples can stop fighting and deepen their love. He is the author of the book, Dads Who Can and worked with the Raising Children Network’s “Dads Guide to pregnancy” as well as running classes for new dads.

Australian Keynote Speaker
Alison Campbell Rate
Executive Director, Open Doors Counselling and Educational Services Inc.

Alison has been associated with Open Doors Counselling and Educational Services since 1987 in a number of roles. Alison heads up Open Doors’ educational services for schools, manages communications and special projects and is currently serving on an honorary basis as the Executive Director of the Open Doors Committee of Management. Alison has presented to thousands of parents, children and teachers over the years and is passionate about promoting effective parent child communication and strengthening the decision making capacity of young people.


Registration categories:

 Registration costs
Special Promotional Rate
14 Oct 2017 –
8 Nov 2017
 Member Conference
Non-Member Conference*
 Boat Builders Conference Breakfast with Special Guest Speaker
*Includes 12 months membership to MAREAA


MAREAA Members Only ‘6 for 5’ promotion registration
Want to send more than one person?
The Conference registration also offers a ‘6 for 5’ promotion for MAREAA Members only. Simply enter the names of 5 members you will register in one transaction and when complete, you’ll receive a link and code in your confirmation email to register your 6th attendee.
If you have registered a group, click on the link below to view attendee details, add or remove delegates, and view your invoice.

Program Available Now

Voices in the Family: Children, men and Women, enhancing the wellbeing of Families, Men, Women and Children and communities; service providers; and/or the sector (as a whole) and across sectors in the delivery of services across the following five streams:
  • Family
  • Men
  • Women
  • Children and
  • Facilitation, learning styles and group dynamics.


KAIGI professional conference organiser has been appointed as the official
Accommodation Management company for the 2017 MAREAA National Conference.
Accommodation has been secured at competitive and flexible rates at a range of hotels and apartments in Melbourne. We strongly suggest you take advantage of this opportunity as the special rates are only available for a limited time.
You will be given the opportunity to secure a reservation booking during the online conference registration process. If you have already registered for the conference and wish to now make an accommodation booking please log back into the registration site using the username and password you had created.
Please find information of all the accommodation venues we offer as part of the MAREAA National Conference here >
All booking requests, cancellations and amendments must be sent in writing to the Conference Secretariat at or 02 6198 3218.
Should you wish to extend your stay beyond the conference dates, please email the Conference Secretariat at advising of the check-in and check-out dates and the room type you require. KAIGI will then make the booking on your behalf.

Venue Information

Recognised as Australasia’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre from 2012 – 2016 by the prestigious World Travel Awards, MCEC connects you with everything you need. MCEC offers incredible spaces, leading technology, award-winning food and the expertise to bring it all together. It has a pillarless floor space of 30,000 square metres, making it the largest such space in the southern hemisphere, which allows it to host thousands of large exhibitions, some which are held each year.
MCEC is owned by the Victorian State Government and managed by Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust and is located on the banks of the Yarra River in central Melbourne, in close proximity to hotels, cafes, bars, restaurants, shops and attractions.
  • 51 dedicated meeting rooms offer array of sizes, locations and configurations.
  • 30,000 square metres pillar-less exhibition space.
  • Latest technology and audio visual built into every room.
  • Free wi-fi for all delegates.
Information on transport and how to get to MCEC, parking, sustainability, technology etc. is all available on the website:

Conference Partner

The Department of Social Services aspires to be Australia’s pre-eminent social policy agency. Our mission is to improve the lifetime wellbeing of people and families in Australia.


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