Please read this information
carefully before completing the registration form 

Every person attending Connections 2023 must be registered using the registration form.

One person must complete the form for all people in the group. They will complete details as the primary contact person for correspondence and then register all attendees including themselves as Attendee 1.

Early bird prices range from $150 to $900 depending on age, discounts, attendance duration etc. Payment will be calculated at the end, after selections and discounts have been applied. After September 15, the maximum price will rise to $1000 ($950 for AusDoCC members)

There are 3 options:

1. Full residential package – all day/night activities, all food (breakfast, lunch, dinner and morning/afternoon tea) and up to 3 nights accommodation.

2. Two day package – all daytime activities on Saturday & Sunday with lunch and morning/afternoon tea.

3. Single day package – all daytime activities on Saturday or Sunday with lunch and morning/afternoon tea.

AusDoCC adult registered members receive $50 discount for any individual who is a registered member. (Please don’t select this option if you’re not sure. Contact AusDoCC. We have 400 registered members and you may be one of them.)

Places are limited. A place at the event is not guaranteed until full payment has been received.


NDIS information can be found here

Read the AusDoCC Privacy Policy here

Read the Connections 2023 Terms and Conditions here

Read the accommodation information here

Read information about the kids/teens’ programs here

Day by Day

The Connections 2023 program includes formal and informal activities that aim to connect and strengthen our community. The program fee includes full access to participation, sharing, learning and training through a range of activities and opportunities to strengthen peer support, social skills, self-advocacy, life skills, connections, mentoring, games and social & community participation.

Residential check in begins at 2pm on Friday November 24 and checkout at 10am on Monday November 27. We encourage people to arrive on Friday and stay at the venue until Monday wherever possible. This will allow plenty of time to access the full timetable and to have that precious time to engage with others who share your lived experience. AusDoCC has subsidised some costs to make this option more accessible.

Day attendees will check in on the first day of attendance.

Meals will be eaten in the main dining hall.

There will be four programs (Click for more information): 
1. Kids’ Camp (3-12) 
2. Teens’ Camp (13-17) 
3. Adults with CCD 18+ 
4. Parents, family, professionals and friends.

(Children and teens cannot be registered without an accompanying adult in the party)

Friday Nov 24:
AfternoonCheck in begins at 2pm. Informal social participation and settling in.
Evening (approx. 7 – 9pm): Social participation activities and entertainment.

Saturday Nov 25:  
Daytime Programs (approx. 8.30am – 4.30pm) –  CCD information, peer support, social skills, self-advocacy, life skills, connections, mentoring, games and social  & community participation. 
Evening (approx. 7 – 9pm): Social participation activities and entertainment.

Sunday Nov 26 (approx. 8.30 – 4.30):  
Daytime Programs (approx. 8.30am – 4.30pm) – CCD information, peer support, social skills, self-advocacy, life skills, connections, mentoring, games and social  & community participation.  
Evening (approx. 7 – 9pm): Social activities 

Monday Nov 27
Check out of accommodation and farewells.

Timetable drafts will be uploaded as they become available


AusDoCC is a small NFP, 100% volunteer operated organisation. Our Committee of 11 operates to provide support, resources and events through grants and fundraising. We have tried to keep prices to a minimum and have been able to reduce costs to participants through subsidising all attendance packages using DSS grants and AusDoCC fundraising. 

We hope that NDIS self and plan managed participants and their caregivers can reduce their personal costs of coming to Connections 2023 by paying registration using NDIS funds. Please note that accommodation and food are provided during the event and these costs have already been deducted and subsidised by AusDoCC fundraising and ILC grants.

For attendees without NDIS support we have also tried to keep registration costs affordable with some discounts subsidised by our fundraising.

If you have a blue Centrelink pension card in your name we may be able to provide further subsidies. Any adults with a CCD who have a Companion Card will also be able to bring a Companion (free day program attendance with food) if they would otherwise be unable to attend.  Click here to contact us if you are having difficulty with funding or wish to know more about pension and Companion Card arrangements. 

The maximum priced Earlybird Package begins at $900/adult and includes the full residential package. You will be eligible to attend all daytime/evening activities and sessions from 2pm Friday until 10am Monday. (Up to 3 nights’ accommodation (from Nov 24 – 27) and all meals are also covered). Prices will reduce from there, depending on age, membership, length of attendance (day or residential) and subsidies.

Earlybird prices will increase after September 1, 2023 and all bookings will close on Nov 10.


Limited opportunities are available for a private 20 minute chat with 5 of our key researchers and clinicians throughout the event. There will be an option to make one selection on this form. Places are strictly limited and are filled quickly.

Experts include:
Professor Linda Richards AO (neuroscientist)
Dr Lynn Paul (clinical psychologist and researcher)
Dr Rhonda Booth (psychologist and researcher)
Dr Natasha Alexander (relationships and sexuality psychologist)
Dr. Monica Cooper (Paediatrician)


Bank transfer (Preferred) – no charge

BSB: 013-257
ACCT. NO: 378800587
REF: Your Name C23

PayPal – no surcharge is applied for you if paying by Paypal but AusDoCC is charged a fee. Wherever possible we prefer payment by bank transfer..


Coordinator: Maree Maxfield

Finances: Maja Palacios

Childcare (3-12): Kristina Coburn

Teens: (13-17): Tanya Smith

Volunteers: Hilary Bustillo

Newsletter: Margie Slater


AusDoCC Postal Address: PO Box 533, Altona, Victoria, 3018, Australia

ABN 54 754 767 676