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AIIA National Conference 2019

Mon, 14 Oct 2019
08:00 - 17:30

The AIIA’s National Conference is Australia’s premier event on Australian foreign policy. The 2019 National Conference provides a unique opportunity to hear and engage directly with experts on Australia’s international affairs. The day will bring together some of Australia's leading international affairs experts across four sessions examining new developments in international affairs and Australia's place in a changing world.

The 2019 National Conference is centered around the theme of 'New Agendas for a New Era.'  Following a keynote session, with addresses from the Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon Marise Payne, the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon Penny Wong and AIIA National President and former Director General of the Office of National Assessments Allan Gyngell
Australia’s leading international affairs experts will present on three panels:

  • A New Cold War?
  • New Technology
  • The Health of the Planet

Take advantage of Early Bird discounted ticket pricing until 15 September 2019.



The 2019 National Conference will be preceded by masterclasses for young professionals and tertiary students between the ages of 18 and 40. The 2019 masterclasses will be held on Sunday 13 October 2019 with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Four masterclass sessions are available:

  • Intelligence and Technology
    • Professor Michael Wesley FAIIA
    • David Irvine AO FAIIA
  • Australia in the Indo-Pacific
    • Ric Smith AO FAIIA
    • Professor Caitlin Byrne
  • Diplomacy and Crisis
    • The Hon Penny Wensley AC FAIIA
    • Dr Claude Rakisits
  • Public Diplomacy and the Media
    • John McCarthy AO FAIIA
    • Tony Walker FAIIA

Applications to attend a Masterclass session are now open!


If you are a student or young professional (age 18-40) who has purchased a ticket to the main conference event on Monday 14 October, you are eligible to apply for a place in one of our Masterclass sessions held Sunday 13th October at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Once you have purchased a conference ticket, please email masterclass@internationalaffairs.org.au with your CV and statement of claims to be considered by the selection committee. Consider in your application which Masterclass session you wish to attend; what perspectives you may bring; and what you hope to gain from the session. 

Applications to attend a Masterclass session will close Friday 20th September, and successful candidates will be notified the following week. Please note there are a limited number of positions, and therefore not all candidates may be successful. Only those who are registered to attend the conference are eligible to be considered a place in the Masterclass sessions and only one session may be attended. 

Some universities and employers have reserved places in the masterclasses for their students and staff. Before you apply, you may wish to check with your university or employer to see if you might be eligible for one of these places.



Below is the area range of accommodation options close to the venue. Discounts are available for those attending the Conference at the following locations. 

Hotel Name Distance from Venue Contact
Hotel Realm <1km Call 02 6163 1888 or email reservations@domahotels.com.au
Burbury Hotel <1km Call 02 6163 1888 or email reservations@domahotels.com.au
Little National Hotel <1km Call 02 6163 1888 or email reservations@domahotels.com.au
Brassey Hotel <1km Call 02 6163 1888 or email reservations@domahotels.com.au
Hotel Kurrajong <1km Call 02 6234 4444 or email reservations@hotelkurrajong.com.au


AIIA National Conference Refund Policy


To take advantage of the Members ticket rate become a member today by following the link here and joining your State's/Territory's AIIA Organisation.


Should enough attendees be interested, the AIIA can arrange childcare support on the day of the Conference at Hotel Realm. If you are interested in this service, please email: info@internationalaffairs.org.au


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Ticket Type Price
AIIA Member $240.00 Sale Ended
Non-Member $390.00 Sale Ended
Student AIIA Member $130.00 Sale Ended
Student Non-Member $180.00 Sale Ended
High School Student/Teacher $95.00 Sale Ended
Early Bird $0.00 Sale Ended
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