I am sorry to announce that we have had to cancel GPTEC 2021 entirely.
We know that this will come as an enormous disappointment to the partners, exhibitors, presenters and delegates who were due to attend the event, as we had a good program and Darwin is a great place to visit right now.
This is not a decision we have taken lightly and there are two overriding concerns that we have had while considering our options: first is the duty of care we have to our delegates in relation to the continuing spread of COVID-19, and second is our view that we cannot facilitate a high-quality program where so many of the workshops and presentations were based on interaction.
Whilst only a short time ago we felt optimistic that we could continue with an in-person conference based on our low risk within Australia, the recent state lockdowns and outbreaks have forced us to make this decision.
NTGPE has been working on the planning for this conference since early 2019 and we were looking forward to welcoming friends and colleagues to the Northern Territory for serious discussions on the issues facing our sector, as well as opportunities for sharing experiences and knowledge. These have been the hallmarks of previous GPTEC conferences.
From my perspective it is particularly sad that RTO staff, the Colleges, stakeholders and interest groups were not able to get together at this difficult time.
It is not possible to commit to a GPTEC conference next year while we still do not have certainty around the operations of RTOs in 2022, but if the situation changes we will get back in contact with you.
We want to thank you for all of your support throughout the planning process of this event, and for your patience as we worked through this difficult situation.
Stephen Pincus, Chair, GPTEC 2021 Strategic Committee
on behalf of NTGPE and RTON