Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
All international delegates, apart from New Zealand citizens, must obtain a Visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) before travelling to Australia. Please ensure you organise your documentation well in advance of travel. View more information here
Melbourne international and domestic terminals are located 25 kilometres from the central business district. For more information please visit http://melbourneairport.com.au/
Spring is a wonderful time to visit Melbourne as the flowers are once again blooming and trees are returning to luscious shades of green. Temperatures in October are also beginning to warm after the long, dark winter. This is also a good time to avoid some of the crowds of the summer season.
One drawback to traveling to the region at this time of the year is the amount of rain you can expect.
Australian Eastern Standard Time +10 Hours
Whether its tour bookings, events and entertainment information, brochures and maps, or general tourist advice you need, the Melbourne Visitor Information Centre in Federation Square has it covered.
T: 03 9658 9658
More information : http://www.visitvictoria.com/
The Conference Venue
The Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre is located 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
The Spring Development Forum, Plenary, Welcome Reception, Graduation Ceremony will be held on Level 1, Rooms 101 – 106.
Catch any of the following trams and get off at the stop opposite the Clarendon Street entrance of MCEC:
- Route 96 – St Kilda to East Brunswick
- Route 109 – Port Melbourne to Box Hill
- Route 12 – Victoria Gardens to St Kilda
Alternatively catch tram number 48 or 70 and get off at the Flinders Street stop. Then take a short walk towards the Yarra River, across the Seafarers Bridge. For further tram timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website here.
Take any train that goes to Southern Cross Station. Get off at Southern Cross Station and catch tram number 96, 109 or 12 as above. For further train timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website here.
The SkyBus transports visitors directly from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross train station.
Bus route 237 operates from Queen Victoria Market, via Southern Cross Station to Lorimer Street South Wharf from Monday to Friday. Lormier Street is approximately a five minute walk to MCEC. There is also a coach pick up/drop off point at Bay 1, Convention Centre Place (closest to DFO South Wharf).
For further bus timetable information and trip planning, visit the Victorian Public Transport website.
During the Conference & Sessions
The conference dress code is Smart Casual.
This information will be available closer to the date of the conference. Visit us again.
Wednesday 18 October – TBC
Thursday 19 October – TBC
Friday 20 October – TBC
Saturday 21 October – TBC
Delegates and exhibitors will be provided with an individual name badge, which will give you access to all sessions and social events that you have registered to attend. This must be worn at all times within the conference venue. It is suggested that delegates arrive at preferred sessions promptly to ensure a seat. Once a session is full, delegates will not be granted entry.
All delegates will receive a conference handbook and satchel when you register at the conference. The satchel will include promotional information from our sponsors.
More information coming soon
Will be held on the 18th of October 2017. More information will be made available soon.
Delegates have access to complimentary WIFI for the duration of the conference.
In the lead-up to the Conference small updates will be made to the program. Any changes to the Conference program during the Conference will be announced during housekeeping notices each morning. You may also check with Leishman Associates staff at the registration desk. Program to be released soon.
Delegates are not permitted to use any type of camera or recording device at any of the sessions unless written permission has been obtained from the relevant speaker. A professional photographer will be at the conference, if you have any issues with being photographed please notify the photographer or Leishman Associates staff.
The members of the conference organising committee and Leishman Associates accept no liability for personal accident of loss or damage suffered by any participant, accompanying person, invited observer or any other person by whatever means. Nor do we accept liability for any equipment or software brought to the conference by delegates, speakers, sponsors or any other party. Please protect your personal property. Do not leave laptops, cameras, and other valuable items unsecured. Be conscious of individuals who appear out of place and do not wear a conference name badge. Advise Leishman Associates staff if this does not occur.
More information coming soon
More information coming soon.
Registration & Social Functions
Full Registration includes attendance at all sessions during the days of 19 – 20 October 2017. Full registration also includes the conference satchel, handbook, name badge, lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments and entry to the Welcome Reception & 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner. Full Registration does not include attendance to the Spring Professional Development Forums on the 18th and the 21st of October.
Day Registration includes attendance at sessions on the nominated day of attendance, a conference satchel, handbook, name badge, lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments on the day of attendance. Day registration does not include tickets to the Spring Professional Development Forum, Welcome Reception, or 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner. Tickets to the social functions may be purchased separately.
IMPORTANT– If your dietary request relates to a life threatening allergy, please ensure that you advise the organisers as soon as possible.
Welcome Reception – Smart Casual
After registering for the RACMA 2017 Conference you would have been emailed a Registration Confirmation which lists all social functions for which you are registered for. If you require another copy please email Chelsea Saint Tickets to the Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner are included in each full registration. Although social functions are inclusive, bookings are still essential. You can book your place and additional tickets via the online form or by emailing Chelsea Saint.
You are not required to bring your ticket with you. At the time of registration at the beginning of the Conference, you will be provided with a sticker with your name on it. This is your “ticket” to the Conference Dinner which will need to be stuck on the seating plan near the registration desk on the 20th of October. If you do not stick your sticker on the seating plan, it will be assumed that you will not be attending. Leishman Associates staff will be around prior to the dinner to show you to your seat allocation.
Yes, you most certainly can – additional tickets can be booked when you registered online, or through the Leishman Associates office. Please email your request to Chelsea Saint. During the Conference, bookings can be made at the registration desk, subject to availability.
Yes, it will be after the conference. Please note not all speakers will give their permission for their presentation to be released.
Speaker, Chairperson or Poster Presenter
Chairpersons will receive an email prior to the Conference, reminding them of their responsibilities. If you are a chairperson and do not receive this, or have additional questions, please contact Theni Kuppusamy at Leishman Associates (03 6234 7844).
If you have any queries you may check with Leishman Associates staff at the registration desk or with the AV technician in the auditorium.
Please bring your PowerPoint presentation with you when you register. All speakers should present themselves to the Speakers Preparation Table, located next to the registration desk at least four hours prior to their scheduled presentation time, to upload their presentation. Speakers are also requested to assemble in their session room 5 minutes before the commencement of the session if possible, to meet with their session chair and to familiarise themselves with the room and the audio visual equipment. A technician will be present in the room at all times. Speakers’ preparation room is located on level 1, Speaker Room 101. You will be able to test and modify your presentation if required.
This year the conference will be using an interaction question and answer app to encourage attendees to ask questions while the session is taking place and to poll on their favourite question that they want the speaker to answer. This service is available only for the plenary sessions. More information will be provided soon.
All authors are asked to be alongside their poster during their poster session. The Poster Session is marketed as an opportunity for delegates to approach the author of the poster and ask questions or discuss any element of the information displayed.
Posters must be no larger than A0 (1189mm high x 841mm wide) portrait. We encourage presenters to provide their own Velcro ‘hooks’ to display the posters. Presenters must bring their poster with them to the Conference and advise Leishman Associates staff at the registration desk when they arrive.
You can book your accommodation through the online registration form or by emailing Chelsea Saint. You will be asked to provide your check-in and check-out date as well as your credit card details to secure the booking. Payment for your accommodation will not be taken until you check in or out of the Hotel. Delegates are encouraged to book in advance as availability closer to the Conference date is not guaranteed.
When you book your accommodation your credit card details will be transferred to the hotel you have selected – please confirm this on check in with your hotel. Your credit card will not be charged until you check in or out. If the credit card you intend on using to pay for the accommodation does not belong to you, the Hotel will require an authority form to be signed.
Please email Chelsea Saint to cancel or change your accommodation prior to the Conference. If you need to cancel your accommodation booking within 30 days of your arrival date any cancellation fees will be subject to the hotel cancellation policy. Therefore, no accommodation refund can be guaranteed within 30 business days of the Conference. If you alter your accommodation booking after you have checked in, please deal directly with the hotel. If you arrive 24 hours later than your indicated arrival day, charges will apply.
Cancellation and Disclaimer
Cancellations must be received in writing – mail, email or fax – to Leishman Associates. Cancellations will not be deemed to be received until you have written confirmation from Leishman Associates. If you have not received acknowledgement within two business days, please contact Leishman Associates on (03) 6234 7844.Cancellations postmarked on or before, 1 month before the Conference, will incur a fee of 50% of the registration amount. No refunds will be made for cancellations for the Conference postmarked after 1 month before the Conference, however substitutions may be accepted.
RACMA reserves the right to amend or alter any advertised details relating to dates, program and speakers if necessary, without notice, as a result of circumstances beyond their control. All attempts have been made to keep any changes to an absolute minimum.