ALAANZ 2021 Conference Cancelled

ALAANZ 2020 / 2021 Conference Update

The ALAANZ 2020-2021 conference organising committee and ALAANZ Council have made the difficult decision to cancel the conference that was scheduled to be held in Brisbane from 5 to 7 May 2021.

Over the past six months the Committee and the Council have continued to closely monitor the Australian State, Territory and Federal Governments and World Health Organisation updates and advices on COVID-19. This has included monitoring the strategy for the proposed roll-out of the vaccines, the ongoing restrictions on international travel to and from Australia, and the responses of the State and Territory governments to new cases of COVID-19, in particular, the more transmissible UK-strain.

Whilst the vaccine rollout has commenced, the Committee and Council appreciate that under the current timetable it is anticipated that the rollout will not be completed until October 2021, though unforeseen circumstances may delay this. Internationally, rollout of the vaccines continues in some countries and is scheduled to commence in others.

Whilst predictions were made in 2020 that international travel to and from Australia might open up by late 2021, many in government and in the health industry are now predicting this may not occur until at least the second half of 2022, though possibly later.

The Committee and the Council also acknowledge that many of its members and those in the aviation industry continue to do it tough at the moment, and that there remains an increased focus on ensuring spending is only on business critical matters.

Considering this, the Committee and the Council have decided the most appropriate course of action for the Association’s members and the conference speakers and sponsors, is to cancel the conference this year. This will allow the vaccine rollout to continue, and in turn the flow-on effects for domestic and international travel, and the recovery of the aviation industry, to take greater hold.

The Committee and Council will convene later this year to discuss the prospects of holding the conference in 2022, and will provide further updates to the Association’s members and by posts on the Association’s website and LinkedIn page.

For the remainder of this year the Association’s branches (Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, ACT, Western Australia and New Zealand) will focus on delivering functions for the local members. Where local conditions permit the branches will look to host functions in person.

Our thoughts remain with our friends, family and colleagues. We support you and are in this together.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact us.