Canberra 2017

Join us here for the 2017 BDA Australia Conference.

October - Friday 13th & Saturday 14th.

There will be 2 days of Conferencing, including business development and design as well as the very special Friday movie night with comedian and design tragic, Tim Ross.

Rosso to many, he is also a Writer and Man About the House with a new book ‘The Rumpus Room’; you may remember him as the presenter of ‘Streets of Your Town’, a two part television documentary series about Australian modernist architecture.

Conference Venue - The Shine Dome, NewActon Precinct Canberra

ImageThe Australian Academy of Science's The Shine Dome was the first Canberra building to be added to the National Heritage List, for its historical and architectural significance.

A Canberra landmark since its construction in 1959, the Shine Dome has received numerous awards and is one of seven projects the Royal Australian Institute
of Architects has nominated to the World Register of Significant Twentieth Century Architecture.

National Design Awards

The National Design Awards dinner will be held at the spectacular
National Arboretum Canberra.

Come along with the BDA Australia family and join Steven Bradbury, our host and MC for the evening, where his warm friendly nature, down to earth manner and use of humour is sure to help ‘break the ice’, and set the scene for a great night of BDAA member success.

Steven Bradbury’s career as an Olympic speed skater was driven by determination and most importantly a will to succeed. With the same passion he showed on the ice, Steven has continued his success as a ‘real life speaker’.

Our Awards Dinner Venue - The National Arboretum Canberra.

Following the devastating 2003 Canberra bushfires, the Australian Capital Territory Government consulted extensively with the community and experts about the best use of the large areas of land occupied by burnt-out pine plantations, some of which were very close to Canberra.

ImageThe development included the spectacular Visitor Centre. The ceiling features ten huge curved beams of laminated Tasmanian oak, each a different length, and special insulation panels for outstanding acoustics.

The mortared stone walls use 25 million year old olivine basalt from nearby Wee Jasper. Designed by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, The Village Centre accommodates up to 500 guests.

Conference Registration Fees:

Your conference registration fee includes the awards dinner with transfers to/from
The NewActon Precinct; additional tickets for partners and guests can be purchased for
$130 per person, at the time of Delegate registration.

An Early Bird member delegate package will cost $380.00 per person; all member delegate bookings received after 15th September will cost $480.00 per person.

A non-member delegate package will cost $660.00 per person

The Delegate package includes -

  • Two days of conferencing on Friday & Saturday

  • Morning, afternoon teas and lunch both days

  • Friday night dinner including “Tim Ross Movie Night”.
    (Partners ticket not included; additional tickets can be booked on registration - $55.00 each.)

  • Design Awards Gala Dinner - 1 x Awards Dinner Ticket (Saturday Night) includes pre dinner drinks & 3 course dinner and drinks.
    (Partners ticket not included; additional Dinner tickets can be booked on registration - $130.00 each.)

When combined with accommodation at The Breakfree Capital Tower in a shared three bedroom apartment (own apartment and sharers to be arranged) means you can attend the entire conference with 2 nights’ accommodation for just $608.00.

Are you planning to arrive early?

For those members already in town on Thursday evening, there will be an informal pay your own way National Presidents and National Councillors ‘Casual Catch Up’, all are welcome to attend; details will soon be confirmed.

Bringing a Partner?

There will be an array of partner tourist visiting available; it’s the last weekend of Floriade, there is a Glenn Murcutt designed winery to explore, a casual walk to the top of the escarpment with great views over Lake George, and lot, lots more!


There is an extensive range of accommodation options in Canberra however the conference committee are suggesting the following 3 properties due to their proximity to the conference venue and bus transfer point for the awards dinner.

Please contact the properties direct on either the web links or telephone numbers below to arrange your accommodation.

QT Canberra

QT Standard Queen
Bed & Breakfast (1 Guest) - $219.00 per night
Bed & Breakfast (2 Guests) - $240.00 per night

QT Superior Queen
Bed & Breakfast (1 Guest) - $269.00 per night
Bed & Breakfast (2 Guests) - $290.00 per night

Parking - $12.00 per night
Wifi – complimentary

To access these special rates you must book online; please CLICK HERE .

  1. Select QT Canberra enter your dates and number of people
  2. In the ‘Block Code’ field enter your Block Code:BDAA17
  4. Your special rates will appear on the rates screen.

Available for stays between 11/10/17 and 16/10/17

Note: that rooms are subject to availability and will not be available at this rate after 15th September.

Peppers Gallery Hotel
To book and receive 10% off please visit: MG Hotels online.

CLICK HERE to go direct to Peppers Canberra.

And follow the below simple steps:
  1. Select your dates and number of people – hit SEARCH
  2. Input Promo Code BUILDINGDC17 (case sensitive) – hit SEARCH
  3. Select your room type and hit BOOK to proceed to payment screen

Please note: the promo codes for Peppers are only valid for bookings made online; rooms are subject to availability & will require full prepayment. Bookings will also be subject to any minimum night stay restrictions as listed on the website. Once booking is confirmed, it can be accessed via My Bookings on the same website by logging in using the Reservation number and Surname.

BreakFree Capital Tower

ImageTwo Bedroom Apartment (City Side) - $288 per night
Three Bedroom Apartment - $388 per night

To book rooms at BreakFree Capital Tower dial direct on (02) 6276 3444 - Dial 2 for Reservations Team and quote BDAOct17: Alternatively you can email reservations - | quote the same booking reference.

Note: rooms are subject to availability and will not be available at this rate after 15th September.

Room features:

These apartments are modern, filled with light and conveniently placed to take advantage of the city views. Relax and watch the city lights at night from the comfort of your living room. Air-conditioning, DVD player, Fully equipped kitchen, Living & dining areas (most with balconies), Tea & coffee making facilities, Microwave, Toaster, Hair dryer, Iron/ironing board.

  • 2 Bedroom Apartment City Side 2 queen or 1 queen and 2 single (2 bedrooms 1 bathroom)
    These apartments are modern, filled with light and conveniently placed to take advantage of the city views. Relax and watch the city lights at night from the comfort of your living room.

  • 3 Bedroom Apartment 1 queen and 3 single or 2 double and 1 single (3 bedrooms 2 bathroom)
    In a 3 Bedroom Apartment you'll have room to move and everyone with space of their own – this modern, spacious apartment will comfortably accommodate a group. The large balcony is ideal for entertaining.

General Accommodation & Travel AdviceImage

For assistance with accommodation outside the above 3 options, BDAA partner, ARIVO, are available to assist with further accommodation and travel advice for the conference (and any time of year for that matter!).

Please contact Richard at ARIVO for assistance on:

P - 1300 759 600
M - 0413 575 841
E -
W -

Register NOW - CLICK HERE or for general advice
about conference registration contact Bradley Hayden on 0412 461 392 or at

Cancellation Policy

A full refund, less a $55 cancellation fee, will be made on any cancellations received by Friday 15th September.

No refunds will be issued for any registration cancellations made after Friday 15th September, although substitutions of delegates will be accepted.

All cancellations must be made in writing (email) to the conference secretariat at