STEP Australia National Incapacity Conference 2023

This will be STEP Australia’s first National Incapacity Conference. It is bringing together leading minds in mental capacity from across Australia and beyond. The programme provides an unparalleled opportunity to broaden your knowledge and network with Australian trust and estate practitioners.

The objectives of the conference are to provide delegates with capabilities to meet the challenges of a community that now recognises and appreciates the frailties of the human condition insofar as it relates to their capacity to conduct legal and financial affairs and lifestyle.


Topics will include:

  • Legal Capacity Then and Now: The Potential Repercussions of Neuroscientific Studies
  • A Constructive Process of Undertaking Capacity Assessments
  • Ships in the Night? The Use of Neuropsychologists and Geriatricians as Experts in Testamentary Capacity Disputes.
  • A Canadians Perspective of Compromised Decision Making
  • Advocating for the Incapacitated Client
  • Capacity – A Practical Guide for Succession Lawyers
  • Neither Fish nor Fowl – The Tribunals
  • Application of International and State Human Rights Charters down on the ground
  • Tracing of Assets – the Pursuit of Lost Loot
  • Elder Abuse: The Capacity to Marry
  • Powers of Attorney - A useful tool or the keys to the lolly shop
  • Restricted Powers - When the Decision Makers Block the Nursing Home
  • Panel on Private Appointments - Herding the Cats
  • The Hon. Chief Justice Bowskill, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • The Hon. Justice Julie Ward, President – Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • The Hon. Martin Daubney AM KC, Level 17 Chambers, Brisbane
  • Carolyn Sparke KC TEP, Svenson Barristers, Melbourne
  • David Marks KC TEP, Inns of Court, Brisbane
  • Simon Ower KC TEP, Young's List, Melbourne and Adelaide
  • Dr. Bernie Walrut TEP, Murray Chambers, Adelaide
  • Dr. Jane Lonie, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Sydney
  • Jennifer Sheean TEP, Inns of Court, Brisbane
  • Karen Gaston TEP, Callinan Chambers, Brisbane
  • Mark Streeter TEP, StreeterLaw, Sydney
  • Susan Fielding TEP, Lawyer, Former Senior Consultant, Jackson McDonald, Perth
  • Karen Williams, Aged and Disability Advocacy Australia , Queensland
  • Kathleen Cunningham TEP, KM Cunningham, Canada
  • Panel on Private Appointment featuring; Mark Streeter TEP of Streeterlaw; Patrick Lyttleton of Suzanne Lyttleton Lawyers; Mehera Saunders TEP of Mitchells Solicitors; and Evelyn Burke-Shyne TEP of ABS Succession Lawyers

Looking to register three or more delegates?

If you will be purchasing three or more tickets you are eligible for the following discount:

  • 3 registrations – 5 per cent discount off each registration
  • 4 registrations – 10 per cent discount off each registration
  • 5 or more registrations – 15 per cent discount off each registration

Please email Dior Locke, STEP Australia Operations Manager, via [email protected] to request your promocode to apply.

Delegate fees – virtual or in-person

Early bird rate until 31 March 2023

  • STEP Members - A$1,826 (incl. A$166 GST)
  • Non-members - A$2,156 (incl. A$196 GST)

Standard delegate rate:

  • STEP Members - A$2,128.50 (incl. A$193.50 GST)
  • Non-members - A$2,458 (incl. A$223.50 GST)
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Become a STEP Australia Conference Sponsor

Contact Dior Locke, our STEP Australia Operations Manager, to register your interest in sponsorship opportunities.