Networking and Social Events

The AHRI National Convention and Exhibition offers you opportunities to connect with like-minded HR professionals, build your networks and catch up with colleagues and new friends in a relaxed atmosphere. Network online before you attend and connect onsite through these activities.


Social events are offered on a first-come basis and may reach capacity before the registration closing date. You must RSVP on your registration form in order to participate. Please note: Not all registration types include social events.

Opening keynote


Monday 16 September, 5.00pm – 6.30pm

Kick start your National Convention journey at the official opening, which will feature a special keynote session by a guest speaker.

Who can attend: Delegates with a 'The Works', 'Main Program Plus', 'Main Program', ‘Single Day’ or ‘Premium Visitor’ registration type.


Monday 16 September, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Following the official opening, attend the welcome reception and exhibition launch for a first look at the impressive industry specific HR exhibition – the largest in Australasia. Network with other delegates, explore the exhibition and enjoy themed entertainment at this cocktail-style event.

Who can attend: Delegates with a 'The Works', 'Main Program Plus', 'Main Program', ‘Single Day’ or ‘Premium Visitor’ registration type.

Gala Dinner


Tuesday 17 September, 7.00pm – midnight

The gala dinner is a highlight of the AHRI National Convention social events. Network over a three-course dinner, and revel in exciting entertainment.

This year’s gala dinner is yet to be determined. Check back here closer to the Convention so you can plan your outfit for the evening.

The Gala Dinner is proudly sponsored by ELMO Cloud HR & Payroll.

Dress code: Cocktail/Semi-formal

Who can attend: Delegates with a 'The Works', 'Main Program Plus' or 'Main Program' registration type receive a ticket. Additional tickets may be purchased for partners and colleagues or by non-registered delegates for $180 (excl. GST) per ticket. Purchase tickets now.

Networking Opportunities

Networking hub


Monday 16 – Wednesday 18 September

The AHRI Networking Hub, located within the exhibition hall, provides a place for like-minded HR professionals to meet and network with other National Convention delegates and Exhibition visitors. Facilitated networking sessions for each state/territory, along with some specific groups, will be scheduled at the welcome reception and during the conference meal breaks. Bring plenty of business cards and enjoy making new connections or catching up with old friends.