Happiness & Its Causes is located in the Darling Harbour Theatre, Levels 2 & 3, International Convention Centre, Sydney

We’re excited to be at the brand new International Convention Centre Sydney! Featuring a striking contemporary design and leading technology, the ICC Sydney is the perfect venue for Happiness & Its Causes 2018.

At the heart of its very own Sydney harbour waterfront precinct, ICC Sydney is set amongst restaurants, retail and a vibrant public domain on Darling Harbour yet is only a moment’s walk to Sydney’s CBD and surrounding cultural quarters.

ICC Sydney is well connected to public transport – buses, trains, light rail, ferries and taxis all service the immediate area. The venue can also be accessed on foot, by car and coach.

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Platinum Premium Seating

Enhance your conference experience with Platinum Seating.

Take up the Platinum Seating option and enjoy guaranteed seating in an area close to the stage. 

With Platinum Seating, you will enjoy the best sight lines and a more intimate view of our special guests on stage. This option can be added to any 2 day conference package.

The Wellness Show

Visit The Wellness Show - A Wellness Expo Like No Other

Located in The Gallery, Level 2, International Convention Centre, Sydney.

The Wellness Show is Australia’s premier showcase of the solutions and technologies in fitness, health and nutrition, preventative health, education, psychology and more. This free event is co-located with Happiness & Its Causes and features an exhibition of innovative companies, free interactive seminars, yoga, laughter yoga, wellness bookshop, meet-the-author sessions and more! 

Bring your friends and your work colleagues. Meet at the show and share the atmosphere of the world’s premier health and wellbeing event! Automatic entry for conference delegates!

Frequently asked questions

Dates & Venue

The 2018 Happiness & Its Causes Conference will be held in the Darling Harbour Theatre, International Convention Centre Sydney, June 25 – 26.

The International Convention Centre Sydney is located in the heart of Darling Harbour and is easily accessible by public transport, including light rail, ferry and train and is only a 10 minute walk from Central and Town Hall train stations. Secure car parking is available and conveniently located within the Darling Harbour precinct.

ICC Sydney has multiple public access points with step-free access to every entertainment, exhibition and conference venue. For more public transport information, please click here.

The Lido Group is offering special accommodation rates for Happiness & Its Causes. View a list of available hotels here. http://leads.lido.com.au/misc/default.aspx?cid=l2dg3dcl11464

ICC Sydney operates two 24-hour car parking stations with a total of 826 parking spaces including 12 disabled parking bays, 25 motorcycle parking spaces, 50 bicycle racks and 20 electric car charge spaces. For more parking information and parking rates, please click here.

Conference Information

The action packed program is designed to suit individuals and professionals in health care, education, psychology and mental health, business and more.

Motivate yourself, your work colleagues and your organisation – bring your whole team to this inspiring event!

Group discounts are available. Email conferences@viconferences.com.au for more details.

The 2-Day Conference will run from 09:00 – 17:30 on both days. Please allow plenty of time prior to the start of the conference for registration (Day 1) and security screening (Day 2) when the Dalai Lama will be onsite.

The Pre-Conference Masterclass will run from 09:30 – 16:30 on Sunday 24 June 2018.

The Post-Conference Workshops will include morning and afternoon workshops that will be held on Wednesday 27 June 2018

The morning workshops will run from 09:00 – 12:00 and the afternoon workshops will run from 14:00 – 17:00.

Please note that these timings are subject to change. Delegates will be notified of any changes.

The Gold Pass is the 4-day package, which includes the 2 day conference on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th June, the Pre-Conference Workshop (speaker yet to be announced) on Sunday 24th June plus your choice of one morning and one afternoon Post-Conference Workshop on Wednesday 27th June.

Enhance your conference experience by taking up the Platinum Seating option. Enjoy guaranteed premium seating in an exclusive area close to the stage during the two conference days.

With Platinum Seating, you will enjoy the best sight lines and a more intimate view of our special guests on stage. This option can be added to any 2 day conference package.

Morning tea and afternoon tea are included in the conference fee. Lunchboxes can be pre-purchased for days 1 & 2 of the Happiness & Its Causes Conference and will be available for delegates to collect in The Gallery where The Wellness Show will be running.

To pre-purchase a lunch box, log on to your registration, go to ‘edit sessions’ and select the lunch box option. Full payment must be made prior to the start of the conference.

Alternatively, delegates can purchase lunch at the pop-up café in The Wellness Show or at the many food outlets in the Darling Harbour area, which is within easy walking distance.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please note them in your registration. We will endeavour to cater to dietary requirements listed, however it is not guaranteed.

VI Conferences is not a Registered Training Organisation, however, delegates are still able to claim Professional Development Points through their relevant professional organisations by attending the main 2 day conference as well as the Pre-Conference Masterclass and Post-Conference Workshops.

Attendance Certificates can be provided upon request post-conference.

Yes, you can attend a workshop only. All workshops can be booked separately and are available from as little as $270 + GST.

Happiness & Its Causes would not be possible without the invaluable work of volunteers. We are always in need of personable, friendly and of course, happy volunteers to assist on this incredible event.

If you are interested in volunteering, please register your interest here and we will contact you once we start our recruitment process in March 2018.


Your ticket for the Happiness & Its Causes conference can now be accessed and printed off by logging in to your registration and clicking on the [print ticket] link.

If you have made any changes to your registration i.e. added additional sessions, your online ticket will update automatically.

Please make sure that you print off your most up to date ticket and bring it to the conference so that it may be exchanged for your delegate name badge.

All registration must be paid for before attending the conference. If you have any problems registering, please contact the Happiness & Its Causes team at conferences@viconferences.com.au

When you register online, you can select to pay via credit card. We accept Visa and Mastercard. If you are paying an invoice via credit card or would like to pay via cheque or EFT, please call (02) 8719 5118 to process the payment.

Yes, you can. Please contact conferences@viconferences.com.au to organise a substitute delegate.

Payment reminders are sent when there are amounts owing against a part of your registration. If you paid by EFT, please email your remittance advice to conferences@viconferences.com.au. If no remittance advice is received, it is possible that we have been unable to match your payment to your registration. Please contact the conference office on (02) 8719 5118 if you are having any troubles with payment.

Usually not, however if the event isn’t sold out, we might be able to accommodate such a request, so please check in with us early May and we’ll see what we can do.


Customer Service

For assistance with conference registration or further information:
E: conferences@viconferences.com.au

Speaking opportunities

Send relevant information including suggested topics, brief proposal, brief bio and links to speaking videos:
E: speaking@viconferences.com.au

Beth Phelan

Conference partnerships, program, marketing and operations:
E: beth@viconferences.com.au

VI Conferences

9 Victoria Square Ashfield NSW 2131 AUSTRALIA