About Us

Happiness is important. It’s important for your own life satisfaction and enjoyment. And it is equally important for your family, the people in your care and the people you work with.

Since 2006, Happiness & Its Causes has been an important forum for exploring the many and varied causes for a happy and fulfilling life. We present the world’s brightest minds in psychology, science, education, business and the arts over an unforgettable two days. Be inspired by a faculty of 40+ speakers from around the world, presenting to an audience of 1,000+ conference delegates.

Join us at Happiness & Its Causes 2020 for a rich and inspiring experience, connecting with like-minded delegates and speakers. Explore the big questions in life and uncover what will bring lasting, genuine happiness for you, those you love and those in your care. It is equally relevant to individuals and professionals. Bring your whole family or work group to this inspiring event!


Happiness & Its Causes is located in the Pyrmont Theatre, Level 2, International Convention Centre, Sydney

We’re excited to be returning to the International Convention Centre Sydney! Featuring a striking contemporary design and leading technology, the ICC Sydney is the perfect venue for Happiness & Its Causes 2020.

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dates & Venue

When/Where Will the 2020 Happiness & Its Causes Conference be held?

The 2020 Happiness & Its Causes Conference will be held in the Pyrmont Theatre, International Convention Centre Sydney, 19-20 November 2020.

Where Is The International Convention Centre Sydney Located?

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.

Is There Public Transport Nearby?

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.

Where Is The Nearest Accommodation?

The Lido Group is offering special accommodation rates for Happiness & Its Causes delegates. View a list of available hotels here.

Where Can I Park?

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

Who Attends The Conference?

The action packed program is designed to suit individuals, professionals and organisations interested 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 and ticket prices are shown on the registration page. Please note the prices listed are per individual GST inclusive.

What is included in the Gold Pass?

The Gold Pass is the 4-day package, which includes the 2 day conference on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 November, the Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshop, on Wednesday 18 November plus your choice of one morning and one afternoon Post-Conference Workshop on Saturday 21 November.

What Is Platinum Seating?

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. Platinum Premium seating  is only available during the 2 Day Conference.

To add Platinum Seating click onto the registration page here and select ‘Already Registered’ and use your email and confirmation number to login. The go to modify your registration and go through to ‘Add sessions’ and select the Platinum Seating option. Make the payment and your registration will be updated.

Are There Any Volunteer Opportunities?

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.

Volunteer recruitment for 2020 will open in August 2020.

What are Lunchboxes?

You can pre-purchase lunchboxes for both days of the conference.

Lunchboxes usually include: Protein salad, seasonal house-made dip, vegetable crudités, energy bar, piece of whole seasonal fruit, 50-gram NSW farmland cheese with cracker biscuits and a bottle of spring or sparkling water

To pre-purchase a lunch box, go to registration page here, press ‘Already Registered’ use your email and confirmation number to login and then press ‘modify your registration’ and go through to ‘add sessions’. Select the lunch box option and make your payment for your registration to update.

Please note special dietary requirements in your registration.

Alternatively, delegates can purchase lunch at ICC Cafe or the many food outlets in the Darling Harbour area, which is within easy walking distance.

What Times Will The Conference Start And Finish?

Wednesday 18 November:

  • Pre-Conference Workshop –  09:30 – 16:30

Thursday 19 & Friday 20 November

  • Happiness & Its Causes – 08:30 – 17:30

Saturday 21 November

  • Post-Conference Workshops Morning Sessions – 09:00 – 12:00
  • Post-Conference Workshops Afternoon Sessions – 14:00 – 17:00

What time will registration open?

Wednesday 18 November: 

  • Pre-Conference Workshop –  08:00 – 16:30
  • Early registration for Happiness & Its Causes – 14:30 – 18:30

Thursday 19 & Friday 20 November

  • Happiness & Its Causes 2 Day Conference – 07:30 – 17:00

Saturday 21 November

  • Post-Conference Workshops – 08:00 – 16:00 

Do I Get A Certificate Of Attendance? What About CPD Hours/Points?

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.

Are Meals Included?

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 during the lunch break.

Ticketing Information

Will I Receive An Entry Ticket?

You will receive an automated ‘Event Registration Confirmation’ email as soon as you complete your registration with a link to your ticket. The link will also appear on the final screen when you are registering. 

If you cannot see the email in your inbox please check your junk or spam folder. If you have still not received the email, please email conferences@viconferences.com.au for assistance. 

You can also modify your registration here select ‘Already Registered’ and use your email and confirmation number to login. Can’t remember your confirmation number don’t worry there is a forgot confirmation number function. 

Note: Please bring a printed or a digital version of your ticket on your phone/tablet to assist the registration and name badge collection at the event. 

When Will I Receive A Copy Of My Invoice/Receipt?

You will receive a link to your invoice/receipt for the Happiness & Its Causes conference in your automated ‘Event Registration Confirmation’ email as soon as you complete your registration.

The link will also appear on the final screen when you are registering. 

You can also login to your registration using your email and confirmation number here. Select ‘Already Registered’ to login to your registration. Can’t remember your confirmation number don’t worry there is a Forgot confirmation number’ function. 

Can I Attend Just A Workshop?

Yes, you can attend a workshop only. All workshops can be booked separately and are available from as little as $200 + GST. Please go to conference registration page and click the Buy Tickets button and you will be able to book individual workshops.

Single workshops tickets will be available from April 2020.

What is the Cancellation Policy?

All tickets are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend this event, a replacement delegate may be sent in your place at no extra charge. We do not provide refunds, credit notes or rollover to future events.

All listed speakers are confirmed – however, sometimes life events such as illness or death in the family prevent speakers from making it at the last minute. Speaker cancellations do not affect the cancellation policy. Purchase of a ticket indicates that you have read and agree to comply with this cancellation policy.

VI Conferences is not responsible for any loss or damage as a result of any speaker or program substitution or alternation, or the postponement or cancellation of an event. We suggest you consider investing in travel insurance, in case an extenuating event prevents you from attending. 

How Can I Pay For The Event?

We accept Visa, AMEX, and Mastercard. If you are paying an invoice via EFT, please call (02) 8719 5118 to process the payment.

Can I Send Someone In My Place Instead Of Cancelling?

Yes, you can modifying your registration by changing the delegate name and contact details. Use your email address and confirmation number to login to your registration here and select ‘Already registered.

Can I Buy A One-Day Ticket For The Conference?

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 October to see if there are any one day tickets available.

How Do I Select My Preferred Post-Conference Workshops?

Our workshops will be announced much closer to the event. Once announced you can select your preferred post-conference workshops using your email address and confirmation number to gain access to your registration here. Go to modify registration and go through to Add sessions to make your selection.

How do I make changes to my booking?

You can make changes here select ‘Already Registered’ and use your email address and confirmation number to gain access to your registration.

You can pre-purchase lunch boxes, make name changes or purchase platinum premium seating.

Is There A Student Discount?

We are happy to offer a limited amount of discounted tickets to full-time students. Please email conferences@viconferences.com.au for more information


9 Victoria Square Ashfield NSW 2131 AUSTRALIA

General Enquiries

For assistance with conference registration or further information
Helen Patrin


Operations Manager

Event Management, operations & marketing
Caity Roberts

Conference Director

Conference partnerships & program:
Beth Phelan

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