Call for Presentations

Parking Australia invites experienced speakers for both plenary and workshop sessions at PACE 2018.  We are seeking speakers who will bring innovative thinking, share real world experiences and case studies and promote stimulating, even provocative conversation about the issues that impact the Parking Industry. The program will be developed from the Call for Presentations and invitations to national and international parking industry leaders

Suggested topics are listed below however these are not exhaustive and abstracts will be assessed on criteria that provides relevancy across all sectors of the industry.


With the theme “Changing Spaces” presentations may focus around the following areas:

  • Smart Cities
  • Perception of parking 
  • New technologies
  • Connected/automated vehicles
  • Parking policy
  • Repurposing parking 
  • Data Analytics
  • Cryptocurrency, payment systems
  • Asset management
  • Car/ ride sharing impacts on parking
  • Car ownership
  • MaaS
  • The parking professional of the future      
  • Reservation systems
  • Loyalty programs
  • The future of parking
  • Customer experience/CRM
  • Car park ownership
  • Start ups and parking
  • On street technologies
  • Sustainable transport
  • Transport management associations        
  • Parking levies
  • Enforcement – future
  • Future proofing the asset




Plenary Session (30 – 45 minutes)

Description: Presentations will report on original research, innovative programs, professional practices, and theoretical and conceptual advances relating to the topic and developing knowledge, skills and practice across various parking sectors. These sessions must be engaging and interactive.

Time: 35 minutes of the allocated time spent on the presentation and the remaining 10 minutes is dedicated to a question/answer session with the participants.

Word Limit: A 200 word abstract and 60-word bio (links to previous presentations/videos are helpful) is required and this must be submitted using the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM.



Interactive workshop style session (50 – 60 minutes)

Description: Workshops offer opportunities to develop participants’ skills using a variety of interactive methods. These sessions are collaborative, practical, and hands-on. This also offers presenters the opportunity to conduct the session as a panel to debate on controversial and contested topics before their audience – who are at the same time encouraged to play an active role in the discussion. Workshop sessions may feature case studies.

Word Limit: A 200 word abstract and 60-word bio is required (links to previous presentations/videos are helpful) and this must be submitted using the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM.



By submitting your abstract, you acknowledge your availability to present at the conference. If selected, your topics will be allocated into the Preliminary Program and published. 

Note: We accept only online abstract submissions



Abstracts are peer-reviewed and authors/presenters should ensure that their abstracts provide sufficient detail so that reviewers will be able to fully evaluate author’s work, research design, data analysis, and results.

The selection criteria that the reviewers will be assessing via our online portal is included below. Please ensure your abstract addresses each one of the selection criteria.



Current and relevant (10 points)

The presentation/workshop has an emphasis on relevance and latest developments in your field that can provide take out for delegates to assist with personal development and their parking roles/businesses. Your aim is to lead and engage delegates with up to date, future thinking and relevant topics.

Analytical (10 points)

The presentation/workshop provides more than a description of a program or service; it draws out insights and lead delegates to reflect on and apply to their own contexts.

New knowledge (10 points)

The presentation/workshop provides new ideas, case studies, innovations or knowledge relating directly or indirectly to parking or personal development.

Conference themes and topics (10 points)

The presentation/workshop offers something significant or unique relating to the theme of “Changing Spaces”.

Quality (10 points)

The presentation/workshop is of high quality – well researched with data & evidence to prove significance of study and/or practical ideas that can be implemented back at the workplace.



PACE 2018 will be held at The Star, Gold Coast from 31 October – 2 November 2018.



Submissions Open – March 2018

Submission Closing Date – 23 April 2018

Notification of Acceptance – 30 April 2018

Deadline for Early Bird Registration – 27 July 2018


If you have any questions or difficulty submitting your abstract online, please contact:

PACE 2018 Convention Secretariat
Concept Event Management
Tel: +61 2 9436 0232

Parking Australia would like to thank the PACE 2018 Sponsors & Exhibitors


31 October – 2 November 2018

The Star Gold Coast
1 Casino Dr
Broadbeach QLD 4218


Key Dates

10 May 2018
Preliminary Program Released

19 July 2018
Parking Industry Awards submissions close

27 July 2018
Deadline for early bird registration

30 July 2018
Judging of Parking Industry Awards

20 August 2018
Judging of Parking Industry Awards - closes

31 October 2018
Conference Commences

31 October – 2 November 2018


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