Delegate information

Conference program

The program may be subject to changes, so be sure to bookmark the online program web page on your mobile.

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Read the program carefully to be familiar with where each morning and afternoon session will be held.

  • Location 1, Geelong Library - 51 Little Malop Street
  • Location 2, Deakin University Waterfront Campus, 1 Gheringhap Street (the Cube)
  • Location 3, The Pier, 10 Western Foreshore Road. (Located at the top end of the pier)
  • Location 4, Deakin University, Waurn Ponds campus (First Nations workshop attendees, day 1 only)

All venues are within walking distance from each other with the exception of the optional First Nations workshop on the afternoon of day 1, Monday 13 August.

The First Nations workshop will be held at the Waurn Ponds campus of Deakin University 20 minutes away. We provide bus transport to and from the workshop as there is very limited parking available at that campus. The bus will commence boarding at 1.15 pm from Deakin University Waterfront Campus and depart at 1.30 pm. Delegates will return by bus back to the pick up location at approximately 5.30 pm.

Visit this website's location page to see a map of the conference locations. All delegates will have a printed map given to them at registration.

Session types

There are keynote sessions for all delegates to attend, and others where delegates break into different streams, based on your interest areas. Have a look at the streams in the program to choose which ones you are planning to attend.

You will not be required to sign up for streams prior.

But since room spaces will be limited – and we have matched room sizes to streams based on our assessment of their popularity – try to arrive at the allocated room with time to spare. Room allocations will be made available to you on each day of the conference.

There will be a VRGF desk set up at Deakin that will list the room names where sessions will be held. Ushers will be plentiful to help you get to where you want to go. In the case that the room reaches its capacity, you may be required to attend another stream.

Conference registrations

Upon registration, delegates will be given a name badge with a lanyard to wear around your neck. This will clearly mark you as a conference delegate and enable conference staff to recognise you and lend support throughout the conference.

Please wear the lanyard with your attached name badge to all sessions of the conference. Without it, you may not be admitted entry.

Registration day 1, Monday 13 August, 2018
8.30 am, Geelong Library (ground floor)

If you are attending the conference for all three days, you only need to register once – on the morning of day 1, Monday 13 August from 8.30–9.15 am.

If you cannot attend the morning of day 1, a registration desk will be set up at Deakin University Waterfront Campus from 12.45 pm.

Registration day 2. Tuesday, 14 August 2018
8.30 am, The Pier

If you cannot attend the morning of day 2, a registration desk will be set up at Deakin University Waterfront Campus from 12.15 pm.

Registration day 3, Wednesday, 15 August 2018
8.45 am, The Pier

If you cannot attend the morning of day 3, a registration desk will be set up at Deakin University Waterfront Campus from 12.45 pm.

Conference dinner

The conference dinner will be held on Tuesday, 14 August at The Pier. Dinner spaces are limited and it has reached capacity. Only dinner ticket holders are able to attend the conference dinner. Tickets will be given to those attending the dinner at the time of registration.

If you are unsure whether you are attending the dinner, please ask at registration, or contact us.

  • 5.30 pm Restaurant bar opens (drinks at bar prices)
  • 6.30 pm Delegates are seated for dinner
  • 7.00 pm Dinner formalities commence
  • 10.30 pm End of dinner

There is no set dress code for the conference dinner.

Ticket have been assigned on a first come, first served basis and we apologise to any conference delegates that missed out on attending.

Getting to and from Geelong

The Deakin University Waterfront Campus has a useful web page of information, including a list of ways to get to and from Geelong listed under the heading 'Getting there'. The web page also lists information for Deakin students on parking, which is specific to students only.

Parking for conference delegates is outlined below.


There are more than 4700 off-street car parks and 5400 on-street car parks in Central Geelong. Both short and long term options are available. The City of Greater Geelong has a page outlining all parking options in Central Geelong, which covers the areas that the conference will be held.

See all parking options.


For delegates staying overnight in Geelong, please be aware that you are be required to book your own accommodation for the duration of you stay.

Contact us

Have we missed something? If you have any further questions about the conference, please contact us.