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2021 AIIA National Conference: Toward Recovery

Mon, 18 Oct 2021
08:00 - 17:00

We will be holding the AIIA National Conference under COVID-safe conditions with limited seating this year. A limited number of early-bird tickets is now available to everyone. Purchase your ticket well in advance to receive a discount. If you are not a member of the AIIA, join up for even more savings.* There are also special discounts for students** and members of the #AIIANextGen Network.***

To become a member of the AIIA, sign up here.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected Australian foreign affairs in a myriad of ways. The pandemic poses new questions for Australia’s role in its region as a responsible development provider. Further, how the region and the world emerge from the pandemic will structure Australia’s economic and strategic developments for decades. The pandemic may represent an unprecedented disruption to world commerce, but its overall effects on the global trading system are unclear. What is clearer is a sharpening of Australia’s strategic environment. The pandemic has accelerated Sino-American competition to underscore power politics rather than rules and norms shaping international order. At the same time, the pandemic has aggravated already existing tensions between Australia and China. Relations between these two countries are at their lowest point since diplomatic normalisation in the 1970s.

The conference will canvas three broad areas:

Regional health recovery and development

What are the prospects for regional health recovery after the pandemic? What role is Australia expected to play in regional health, aid and development initiatives? Are there uniquely Australian approaches to the pandemic that might aid regional recovery?

Trade and Economic Recovery

What has been the impact of the pandemic on global commerce? Are new economic blocs emerging, and if so, where does Australia sit within them? Have issues with vaccine distribution altered the way Australia views supply chain management and resilience? How will international travel recover in the wake of the pandemic. How is Australia contributing to global economic recovery?

Recovery of the International Order

What will the international order look like after COVID? Are we destined for a world where power politics dominates all aspects of the international order, or will “rules-based” approaches survive in important areas? What role will Sino-Australian competition play in Australia’s approach to its region?


In addition, the AIIA will run masterclasses the day before the conference for a limited number of tertiary students and early career professionals. Keep an eye on the AIIA website for details about the masterclasses.


*AIIA Subscribers resident in the Northern Territory and South Australia may also purchase member tickets.

**Student ID will be required on entry to the conference.

***Members of the #AIIANextGen Network will have received an email informing them of membership in the network.

The AIIA reserves the right to review your conference participation and membership any time after you purchase your tickets. If you have bought a discount ticket, but do not meet the criteria for the discount, your ticket may be cancelled and your purchase refunded. The AIIA's decision as to whether you meet the criteria for discounts is final.

Cancellation policy

If the conference is cancelled, for example, due to COVID-19, or if COVID restrictions mean you cannot travel interstate to Canberra on 18 October, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel your ticket for any reason up to a month prior to the conference, you will be refunded 75 percent of the cost of your ticket. If you cancel between 18 September and 11 October, you will be refunded 50 percent of the cost of your ticket. Cancellations later than one week prior to the conference will not receive a refund.


Ticket Type Price
Early-bird non-member ticket (regular price $395) $360.00
Early-bird AIIA member ticket: AIIA members only (regular member's price $260) $230.00
Student Early-bird ticket: (regular student non-member price $190), Student ID required on entry to the conference $160.00
Super Early-bird ticket: AIIA members and 2019 attendees ONLY $200.00 Sold out
Student AIIA Member Early-bird ticket: (regular student AIIA member's price $155), AIIA members only,Student ID required on entry to the conference $135.00
Student Super Early-bird ticket: AIIA members and 2019 attendees ONLY, Student ID required on entry to the conference $130.00 Sold out
#AIIANextGen Network ticket: Available only to members of the #AIIANextGen Network. Includes entry into a masterclass on October 17. $85.00
Total: $
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