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Thank you to all those ARATA members who provided feedback on options for 'the best' month to run AATC in 2018. As one member so succinctly put it, "you are never going to be able to please everyone" but we have certainly tried to take your feedback, map out responses and look for the 'best' option to allow as many ARATA members to attend as possible. Based on feedback (and depending upon venue availability) we are aiming to run AATC 2018 in the second half of November 2018 in Melbourne.

Appointment of Professional Conference Organiser (PCO)

 All Occasions (AO) Group have been appointed as the PCO for AATC 2018. AO have appointed Claire Amor-Haynes as a key project manager for AATC 2018. Some ARATA members may be familiar with Claire as she has led PCO work in the delivery of AGOSCI 2017.

 A venue

One of the unique features of our ARATA membership base is the range of AT you are involved in as a result of your work or daily life. In the early stages of conference preparations, a key focus is to ensure inclusive access of the AATC 2018 venue for all attendees, and also to allow our exhibitors to display vehicles and other large equipment items that need special access to a venue. It has become apparent that the number of venues from which we can chose is reduced by these very necessary requirements and we are working through a list of venues that will best meet our delegates' needs.

 Full day conference planning session

AO will be hosting a full day planning session for the AATC 2018 conference convenors, 2016 AATC convenors, and ARATA board members on Monday 5th June 2017 in Melbourne. This will include a half day of site inspections of short listed venues, and then an afternoon session planning out key tasks and aspects of the conference.  We look forward to updating members on the outcomes of this full day session.

 ARATA member volunteers to assist with delivery of AATC 2018

Following the full day conference planning session, we will be making contact with ARATA members who have already expressed interest in assisting (in either big or small roles) with AATC 2018 based on our previous call out to members - if you haven't already, please do let us know if you would like to lend some assistance to deliver a fantastic AATC 2018. Further detail on the range of roles will be provided in the next member update on AATC 2018.

 Conference key partners/collaborators

As part of initial preparations for AATC 2018, we have been reviewing MoUs with past project partners and collaborators and meeting with key stakeholders to discuss options for collaboration on AATC 2018. More details regarding our work will be provided in the next update to members.

 Please do not hesitate to email Libby or Tracey if you have any suggestions, or further questions, regarding AATC 2018.

We are really excited to be working with you all to deliver a fantastic AATC 2018. We are also very grateful for the ongoing input of the ARATA president, Board and, specifically, Sue Lord and Wendy Stevens as we all work together to progress the conference preparations.

 Libby Callaway and Tracey Bode