National Conference5 - 6 May 2016,
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Important Dates

10 December 2015
Abstract submission closes
midnight (AEDT)

10 February 2016
Author notification

31 March 2016
Early Bird Registration Deadline

4 May 2016

5 – 6 May 2016
Conference dates

Expression of Interest

Conference app: Scan the QR code or look for Autism16 in the app/play store!


Where is the conference being held?

The Aspect Autism in Education Conference will be held on level 1 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne (near the Hilton South Wharf end).

For further information on the venue, please click here.

Can I attend the masterclasses and where are they being held?

Yes, anyone can attend the masterclasses and fees apply. Please click here to view the masterclasses on offer and further information.

If you would like to attend a masterclass, please select it on the registration form.

The masterclasses will be held at the Melbourne Convention Centre on level 1.

Where can I find a copy of the program?

The full program can be found here

Who are the invited speakers?

Please click here to view the plenary and symposium speakers.

What is the dress code for the conference?

Neat casual attire is acceptable for attendance at conference sessions and welcome reception on Thursday.

Is there parking at the conference?

The Melbourne Convention Centre currently has car parking for visitors. Charges apply. The closest car parks are directly beneath the MEC basement car park accessible via Normanby Rd and the South Wharf Retail car park. The car parks are operated by third parties.

For further information on car parking and rates, please visit the MCEC website at: getting-there/

Registration Desk

The Aspect Autism in Education Conference Registration Desk will be located on level 1 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Please visit the Registration Desk upon your arrival at the conference to collect your name badge and conference materials.

Can parents attend?

Yes, parents are most welcome to attend.

Click here to view the fees and to register.

Who else can attend the conference?

Anyone with an interest in learning and education for people on the spectrum may attend the Aspect Autism in Education Conference.

What streams will be covered?

The Conference Committee has differentiated the topics concerning the education of students on the spectrum into four broad streams:

1. Stages of learning
2: Transitions
3: Celebrating Diversity
4: Engagement & Support

I am from overseas, can I attend the event?

Yes, the committee welcomes all delegates who have an interest in the topics concerning the education of students on the spectrum.

How much does it cost and how do I register?

There are a variety of registration fees depending on your status – Parent/ Carer, student etc. Please click here to view the fees link to registration page and then select the most appropriate registration type for you.

Note: The Parent / Carer of a person on the autism spectrum Concession Registration is a ‘per person’ rate for a person on the spectrum or a family member or significant carer of a person on the spectrum. The rate does not apply to professionals working in the field of autism.

Online registration is the preferred method, however hard copies will also be accepted. The link to register online and the downloadable copies can be accessed on the Registration Page.

Please note that the early bird fee ends on 31 March – so book early to take advantage of the discounted fee!

I am a presenter, do I have to register?

Yes, all presenters must register to present. There are no special rates for presenters.

To register, please click here

Can I just attend one day and not the entire conference?

Yes, you are most welcome to attend just one day. Simply select the day that you want to attend on the registration form.

Can I pre register for the sessions I want to see?

There is no requirement to pre book for sessions. There will be ample room in most sessions for delegates. Only Lightning Talks and the Interactive Classrooms have limited capacities. If you would like to attend these, it is suggested that you arrive to these sessions on time.

Do the registration fees include insurance?

Registration fees do not include insurance coverage of any kind. Delegates are strongly advised to secure appropriate travel and health insurance. Conference Managers cannot accept responsibility for any delegates failing to cover their own insurance.

Can I register onsite?

Registrations will be accepted onsite. However we recommend registering prior to the conference so that your name badge and delegate materials will be waiting for you on arrival. Full payment will be required by bank cheque, credit card or cash for onsite registrations.

What happens if I haven’t paid at the time of the conference?

You will be asked to secure payment (by credit card) prior to receiving your name badge and conference materials.

Is catering provided?

Yes, catering is provided for all catering breaks including lunch, morning and afternoon teas. If you have special dietary needs, please let us know on your registration form so that an appropriate meal can be arranged.
Once at the conference, please visit the Special Diets Buffet to collect your meal.

How do I book accommodation?

You can book accommodation when you register via the registration form by 31 March.
Please Click Here to view the contracted hotels/apartments for the conference.

What are the social functions?

The welcome drinks will be held on Thursday evening (straight after sessions). This is included in the cost of the registration fee (full or Thursday registrants only).

How can I book sponsorship / exhibition?

There are various opportunities for sponsorship and exhibition at the conference.

Please review the Sponsorship Prospectus, floor plan and current exhibitors here. Then complete the booking form at the end of the prospectus and send it to the conference office for processing.

How do I get a tax invoice?

Once you register online, click on ‘Please send me an invoice’ and it will be emailed to you.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Cancellations received in writing at the conference office by 5 April 2016 will be accepted and all fees refunded less an administrative fee of AUD $100. Cancellations received after this date cannot be accepted and will not be refunded.

Transfer of registration

Transfer of your registration to another person is acceptable. The full name and details of the person that will replace you must be advised in writing to the conference office prior to the conference. Non-attendance: No refunds will be made for non-attendance at the conference.


No refunds will be made for non-attendance at the conference.


Cancellations on or after 31 March 2016 and up to 16 days prior to arrival: The hotel will charge one night’s accommodation rate.
Cancellation 15 – 1 days prior to arrival date: All rooms cancelled from 15 days prior to arrival will incur 100% cancellation fee. That is, all nights for all rooms booked will be charged to the credit card provided at the full accommodation rate for the duration of the booking.
No shows: no shows will be charged to the credit card provided at the full accommodation rate for the duration of the booking.
Change of booking: Prior to 31 March 2016, changes to bookings must be forwarded in writing to the conference office. From 1 April 2016, all changes must be made direct to the hotel.

Further Information

If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the conference office:
Think Business Events
Ph: 02 8251 0045