Volunteer as a student at OTAUS2023 for free registration

Volunteer as a student at OTAUS2023 for free registration

Applications close Tuesday 16 May 2023

Occupational Therapy Australia is holding the 30th National Conference and Exhibition 2023 from 21 - 23 June 2023 at the Cairns Convention Centre and we are inviting 4th year occupational therapy students to support us at the conference by participating as a student volunteer.


Cnr Wharf & Sheridan Street
Cairns 4870 Queensland


The world class Cairns Convention Centre is everything you would expect from an international purpose-built venue located amidst natures pristine playground. The Cairns Convention Centre has an auditorium with seats for 2,300 delegates, an arena with 5,000 seats, additional plenary that can fit 410 delegates theatre style, 23 meeting rooms for breakouts, beautiful ballroom for 500 dinner guests, outdoor plaza, spacious lobby for pre-dinner functions and a stunning terrace with views over Trinity Inlet.

About the Conference

OTA’s National Conference represents the pinnacle of Australian OT excellence. This is an opportunity for all people working in occupational therapy to come together—clinicians and managers, students and academics, metro and rural, young and young at heart. The conference aims to showcase opportunities, innovations, solutions, and strategies informed through research and practice in the field which can shape future practices, policies, and educational approaches to facilitate the growth of occupational wellbeing, both nationally and internationally.

Participants will participate primarily through in-person attendance at the conference venue in Cairns, or alternatively can view content virtually via the online channel.

The conference will be a wonderful opportunity for students to gain new ideas about occupational therapy across the board and network with a large group of your future professional colleagues.

Volunteer Attendance

All volunteers are required to attend a compulsory onsite briefing on Tuesday 20 June from 3.00pm – 3.30pm at the Cairns Convention Centre.

Volunteers are also expected to be available to attend the conference in full and will be required to work shifts within the following times:

Wednesday 21 June 2023
7:00am - 5:30pm

Thursday 22 June 2023
7:30am - 5:00pm

Friday 23 June 2023
7:45am - 3:30pm

Volunteer Requirements and Duties

OTA is seeking interested OT students to volunteer at this event. Volunteers will provide on-ground support to the Events & Conference Team in the following areas:

  • Customer service at the registration desk
  • Guiding delegates to, and around, the venue
  • Coordinating movements between sessions
  • Provide technical assistance to delegates in navigating the conference app and online channel
  • Other general support to the OTA Conference Events Managers

Volunteers will be provided with a timetable and further instructions prior to the day. Students who have been selected to be volunteers at the conference will be contacted by Wednesday 17 May 2023.


Volunteers will receive a complimentary full registration for the conference. Students interested in attending the conference (as a non-volunteer) can register at a substantially reduced rate.

Student Member

Student Non-Member

Student registration also includes a ticket to the Student and Early Career Networking Drinks where you will have the opportunity to network with other young professionals and key members of the Association for an informal reception hosted by Occupational Therapy Australia.

Students can also become a member of OTA for free, and this will reduce the cost to attend the conference and future events available through Occupational Therapy Australia. For further information on becoming an OTA member, please see our membership page.

Volunteer numbers are limited, and we may not be able to accommodate all applicant

Terms and Conditions

  • Complimentary registration will be given to volunteers for the conference
  • Student volunteers must be members of Occupational Therapy Australia
  • All costs involved in getting to and from the 30th National Conference and Exhibition are the responsibility of the volunteer and OTA will not reimburse any costs.
  • Volunteer opportunities apply to 3rd and 4th year students studying an undergraduate or master’s entry level occupational therapy education program recognised by AHPRA and WFOT and not yet graduated or full-time postgraduate students of an occupational therapy program.
  • This opportunity does not apply to students who are presenting at the 30th National Conference and Exhibition 2023. As per presenter conditions, registration is required for presenters.

How to Apply

Students interested in volunteering for this conference are invited to submit an expression of interest covering the following requirements:

  1. Provide a brief statement about why you would like to be involved in the 30th National Conference and Exhibition 2023 (less than 200 words)
  2. Advise which University you attend and what year you are in
  3. Advise if you are a current member of Occupational Therapy Australia
  4. Note your ability to cover all associated travel and accommodation expenses (if applicable)
  5. Submit your application via the online form by 5pm Tuesday 16 May 2023

Students who have been selected to be volunteers at the Conference will be contacted by Wednesday 17 May 2023.

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