Network with industry professionals


Adelaide is known as Australia’s capital of food and wine, art, shopping, bustling bar scene and events. The Networking events held for 2017 offered delegates, exhibitors and partners the opportunity to enjoy iconic venues, SA themed food and wine along with networking and relaxing during AAA National Conference.

Monday 13 November

Penfold’s Winery Tour

Arriving early? Join the Penfold’s Magill Estate Winery Tour and experience one of Australia’s most celebrated and iconic wineries.

Tour includes return transfers from Adelaide Convention Centre, a tour of the historic Magill Estate including Grange Cottage, winery and tunnels, wine tastings and a 2 course shared lunch with a glass of wine.

Monday 13 November

Evening Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception is the first official conference function. Join delegates for drinks and refreshments. This is a unique opportunity to meet delegates, sponsors and exhibitors at Adelaide Convention Centre in the Exhibition Space.
Welcome Reception Partner

Tuesday 14 November

Women in Airports Breakfast

The Women in Airports Breakfast is a relaxing, sit down breakfast featuring an inspiring guest speaker. The purpose of this breakfast is to recognise the women in the airport industry in both leadership and aspiring to leadership roles. This is one of the highlights of the Conference and offers an engaging and informative speaker for 2017 and a great opportunity to network.

Speaker: Annabelle Chaplain, Chair of Queensland Airports Ltd

Major Partner

Tuesday 14 November

‘The taste of South Australia’
at the National Wine Centre

This networking function will be held at the National Wine Centre. Watch the sun set from the patio area or mingle out in the open lawns. This function will include the ‘Tastes of South Australia’ with a selection of award winning local wines and produce. The National Wine Centre is an architecturally unique venue situated on the edge of Adelaide’s stunning Botanic Gardens.
Networking Partner

Wednesday 15 November

AAA National Airport Industry Awards and Gala Dinner

The AAA National Airport Industry Awards acknowledge organisations and individuals achieving excellence within Australia’s airport industry. The Gala Dinner will provide the perfect platform at which to present these prestigious awards and celebrate the success of the recipients and the success of the 2017 Conference. There are seven opportunities to sponsor awards at this exclusive event.
Gala Dinner Joint Partner

Gala Dinner Joint Partner

» Special Guest MC: Shane Jacobson

Shane Jacobson is one of Australia’s most loved award-winning actors, presenters and entertainers, having worked in radio, film, stage and television, and with some of the biggest names in the business for more than 25 years.

Performing has always been an important part of Shane’s life. It all began for him at the age of 10 in amateur theatre, and it hasn’t stopped since. His gift for characterisation and quick witty tongue cemented his early success in stand-up comedy and impersonating business identities at corporate functions. As Sergio, he was a regular on Melbourne’s Gold FM radio station in 1999, and it was around this time that Shane shifted his focus to acting, clocking up an impressive list of appearances in music videos, TV commercials and short films. He also worked as a TV audience warm-up performer for all the major Australian networks.

Thursday 16 November

Networking Function at the Adelaide Oval

The final evening function of the Conference will allow delegates to relax and network in this world class venue. Adelaide Oval is one of South Australia’s most impressive venues – boasting picturesque views of the hallowed turf, the city, St Peter’s Cathedral and more – it provides a unique setting to entertain, celebrate milestones or network in style.
Networking Partner

» Special Guest MC: Darren Lehmann

A superbly talented player, the stockily-built Darren Lehmann was a free-scoring left-handed batsman, and an underestimated left-arm orthodox spin bowler. As an out-and-out strokeplayer, he treated spectators to an audacious mixture of swashbuckling aggression and deft finesse. From the time that he burst on to the first-class scene in Australia as a 17-year-old in the 1987-88 season, Lehmann built an imposing record in both his home country and with the Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

He achieved a telling milestone by playing more first-class games and scoring more runs than any other Australian – until Michael Hussey – before making his Test debut in Bangalore in 1998. His first-class average is well over 50, and after appearing to have blown the few Test opportunities that came his way, he bucked the trend of youth winning out by establishing himself in the Australian side at 33 with a maiden hundred at Port-of-Spain in his tenth Test, and then two against both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the next 12 months. Named stand-in vice-captain for the 2004 India tour when Ricky Ponting broke his thumb, Lehmann offered to give up his place to Michael Clarke after his amazing debut century at Bangalore, and limped out of the series after the third Test with a torn hamstring. However, he returned for the home summer.


Lehmann’s talents won him far more regular opportunities in Australia’s one-day international team, particularly during the late 1990s, and on the restructuring of the country’s limited-overs squad in early 2002. In 1999 he had the honour of hitting the winning runs in the World Cup final at Lord’s, and was a key member of the side that defended the title four years later, although his entry into the tournament was delayed by a suspension for a racist dressing-room outburst. On the domestic front he was no less effective, and was an integral member of winning Sheffield Shield sides in 1990-91 and 1995-96 and Yorkshire’s victorious County Championship team of 2001. He is now the leading run scorer in Sheffield Shield/Pura Cup history and showed his desire had not waned last summer by piling up 1168 runs at 89.84. The peak came during a career-best 301 against Western Australia at the Adelaide Oval, an innings that ended with 116 from 87 balls in the second session. Only a late stutter prevented him from challenging Michael Bevan’s record for most runs in a season.

Following his retirement from first-class cricket in November 2007, he was appointed coach of IPL side Deccan Chargers from 2009 to 2012 before moving to the Kings XI Punjab. He coached Queensland during the 2010/11 KFC Twenty20 Big Bash and in June 2013 he was appointed the coach of the Australian cricket team two weeks before the commencement of the 2013 Ashes series.

» Special Guest MC: Tom Rehn

Tom is a prominent South Australian weekday sports reporter for Channel Nine. He is also an AFL football commentator and presenter with 1395 FIVEaa Adelaide, SEN in Melbourne and CROC Media.
Aside from television and radio, he is an accomplished MC and host for various corporate functions and events. Tom not only has experience with Channel 9, but also Channel Seven as well as Fox Sports.
One of his greatest successes includes being apart of the Seven Network team which successfully covered the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as well as winning the 2009 Clinton Rising Star Medal at the AFL Media Award.

With over 8 years of experience in the media industry, Tom is well regarded for his engaging passion and dedication to his job, whilst he is also known for his quick wit and likable nature.

Aside from journalism, Tom is an expert MC and is well versed in presenting to both large and intimate audiences.

Friday 17 November

Sit Down Technical Lunch

This event is the first of its kind to bring Technical Forum delegates together to hear a keynote speaker to bring a more formal element to the program on the final day. This is a special initiative to provide even more value for Technical Forum attendees.