The theme for the 73rd Annual Conference of the Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries is Strategies for Success. We invite delegates, sponsors and exhibitors to take an introspective look at their business model, to build upon their internal processes, and strengthen resilience in the industry.

In today’s marketplace, competition is fierce. However, often some of the simplest changes can help you succeed in business.

For instance, companies with a clear understanding of customer acquisition and required marketing tactics can enjoy a raft of benefits. Similarly, companies that devise and implement clear business processes, policies and procedures can streamline their operations, saving precious time. Alternatively, adopting a flexible, agile approach to your supply chain can help bolster your bottom line.

This year’s keynote speakers will cover a range of topics and strategies that are essential to the success of any business operating within the Australian wall and ceiling industries. The conference program has been designed to help all our members become more successful.

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Program Highlights

Sunday 28 October

Welcome Function

The Conference Welcome Function will be held from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at Optus Stadium in the Sports Lounge. With ceiling-to-floor windows looking out towards Crown, the Camfield and the Swan River, as well as internal views over the centre wing of the field of play, the Sports Lounge is perfect backdrop to kick off the Conference.

Optus Stadium Tours

Optus Stadium tours will be available from 4.15pm to 5.30pm for $25 per person. The cost of the tours is not included in the delegate or partner program.


Monday 29 October 2018
Plenary sessions commence at 8am and conclude at 3.30pm. 

Expo Mixer Sundowner

Opportunity to network and meet all exhibitors in a relaxed environment enjoying a bevie or two for an hour at the end of the day before heading out for dinner at AQWA. Prizes up for grabs.

Aquarium of Western Australia

If you’re visiting Perth from interstate or overseas, this activity is one that is not to be missed. Leaving at 6.15pm, a bus will transport all attendees to the Aquarium of Western Australia, which is situated at Hillary’s. The AWCI have exclusive use of the whole aquarium for the night, where you will be wined and dined from 7.00pm to 10.30pm.

Kids are more than welcome, parents will be able to still network and enjoy the evening and the kids will be entertained by mermaids and pirates and be able to experience the glass bottom boat all supervised. On the way back to Crown attendees will have the opportunity to take in sights including Kings Park and Elizabeth Quays.


Tuesday 30 October 2018
Plenary sessions commence at 8.00am and conclude at 11.15am.

Swan Valley Wineries Tour

A tour of the Swan Valley wineries is the perfect chance for delegates to get to know their colleagues better in a relaxed setting. With buses leaving from Crown at 11.30am, delegates will enjoy lunch, drinks and wine tasting at Mandoon Estate from noon until 2.30pm. This will be followed by a visit to the Margaret River Chocolate Factory, and Providore and Sandalford wineries, before arriving back at Crown by 5.30pm. Please note that at Mandoon there will be human sized games for the kids to be entertained if you are wanting to bring them along.


Wednesday 31 October
Plenary sessions commence at 8.00am and conclude at 12 noon.

The AWCI ANZ AGM will be held from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.


AWCI ANZ Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner

The Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner will be held at the Crown Towers Ballroom, commencing at 6.30pm for pre-dinner drinks followed by an evening of fine dining, drinking, industry awards and entertainment. The AWCI ANZ Trans-Tasman Awards of Excellence recognises and raises the profile of leaders in the wall and ceiling industry. Project winners from State and New Zealand local awards programs are nominated into the Trans-TasmanAwards and presented at the Gala Dinner and the Apprentice of the Year will be announced.


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