Registration FAQs

Where do I pay for my ASAA membership?

To join up or renew your ASAA membership visit the ASAA website. We will cross-check your membership status when you register for the conference.

Can I apply for the casual conference rate?

The casual rate is for current financial ASAA members who are on short term contracts or casual work arrangements, rather than a continuing or ongoing academic position. When registering you will be asked to upload either a health care card (Australian citizens) or a short letter from your supervisor in the main department or school in which you work on letterhead verifying you are a casual / short term (less than one year contract) employee. If you have a part-time or full-time job, you should apply for the full-time conference rate.

When do early bird registrations close?

Early bird registrations close 6 April 2020.

Are there any Travel Grants or Bursaries available for conference delegates?

The ASAA offers student conference bursaries on a competitive basis. For details visit the ASAA website ( However, these grants are limited, so we would encourage you to also seek funding from your own institutions and other sources.

ASAA Postgraduate Conference Awards 2020

The ASAA Postgraduate Conference Awards are supported by our endowment fund, managed by the Australian National University for the ASAA as the ASAA Presidents’ Fund. The ASAA is offering 10 awards, for 10 postgraduate students to attend the 2020 ASAA Conference at the University of Melbourne on 6-9 July.  For further details and the application form click HERE.

General Information


Whilst we have endeavoured to ensure all information is accurate, all details provided are subject to change without notice


Dress throughout the conference is neat casual. Dress for each function is indicated in the function description.


The registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. Participants are advised to take out personal insurance, including cover for travel, accommodation and personal possessions. Neither the Organising Committee or Conference Design Pty Ltd covers individuals against the cancellations of bookings for any reason including cancellation or postponement of the conference or for theft or damage to belongings.

Name Badges

Name badges will be issued when registering at the conference. For security purposes the conference name badge must be worn at all times during the conference and social functions.


Public parking is available at three locations within the Parkville campus. A number of other public car parks are also available within walking distance from the Parkville campus.

For more detailed information on parking at the University of Melbourne please click here 

Getting to University of Melbourne

From Melbourne Airport to the University of Melbourne by car will take around 26 minutes (depending on route taken). Public transport can take just over an hour.

For more information click here

Conference App

The App will be updated regularly and will be your most reliable source of information throughout the conference. The app enables delegates to explore the program, upload their photo, ask questions in sessions, connect with others and much more.


Conference Design Pty Ltd will gather and record personal information necessary for your attendance at the Conference. Personal information will be gathered, stored and disseminated in accordance with the National Privacy Principles


The conference and social functions are non-smoking

Special Requirements

Please note any special requirements, for example dietary or mobility, when registering for the conference. All special requirements will be forwarded to the venue. For pre-arranged special dietary requirements please make yourself known to the waiting staff at all functions.


During conference the daily mean maximum temperature is around 14°C and the mean minimum temperature overnight is around 7°C. We recommend you bring a warm clothing that can be layered including a jacket for the evenings.

International Delegates

Changing Money

International airports and major hotels provide money-changing facilities. Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday from 9.00am – 5.00pm. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are widely available.

Credit Cards

Major credit cards, particularly VISA and Mastercards, are widely accepted.


All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST.


Australian electricity supply is 240V, 50Hz. The connection for appliances is a flat 3-pin plug.


English is the official language of the Conference. Translation services are not provided.


Under Australia’s universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).

These international delegates must obtain a Visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) before travelling to Australia. The most common Visa for conference attendees and presenters is the Visitor visa [eVisitor, ETA or Visitor (Subclass 600) visa] in the business stream.

Please ensure you organise your documentation well in advance of travel.  Information about visa processing times is available on the Department’s website

More information:

The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS)

The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) lets you claim a refund of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) that you pay on certain goods you buy in Australia and then take out of Australia with you or in your checked luggage or carry-on bags.

More information:


The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) is the peak body of university experts and educators on Asia in Australia. Established in 1976, we promote and support the study of Asia in Australian universities and knowledge of Asia among the broader community. Our membership is drawn mainly from academics and students, but also includes industry and government Asia experts. We take a strong interest in promoting knowledge about Asia in schools and in contributing to state and Commonwealth government policies related to Asia. We provide informed comment on Asia to a broad public through our bulletin, Asian Currents, and specialist research articles in our journal, Asian Studies Review. Four book series published under our auspices cover Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia and Women in Asia.

Conference Managers

Please contact the team at Conference Design with any questions regarding the conference.

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