Abstract Submission – Closed

Abstract submission for 2018 is now closed.

Important Dates

Individuals and organisations are invited to submit an abstract to deliver a:

  • 30-minute oral presentation
  • Visual poster presentation; or
  • Panel presentation

All presentations need to address one or more of the Conference topics.

The abstract should be no more than 300 words and outlines the aims, contents and conclusions of the presentation. Abstracts should not include tables, figures or references.

All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the Conference theme. Authors will be notified by e-mail of the outcome of their abstract.

Abstract Options

Oral presentations

Oral presentations will be of 30 minutes duration (20 minute presentation and 10 minute discussion). The abstract should outline the important points of the presentation and highlight the content to be communicated. It may outline the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusions of the work, research, project or case study.

Papers not selected for oral presentation might be given the option of a poster presentation.

Poster presentations

Poster presentations are visual displays of material to be presented and constitute an interactive and communicative medium, usually combining text and graphics information. Posters may be on any topic relevant to the conference themes. Posters will be displayed in the catering areas and for the duration of the Conference. It is expected that presenter should be available during meal breaks to discuss it with Conference participants. Specific information regarding size and mounting requirements will be provided with the notice of acceptance.

Poster presenters are entitled to the discounted speaker registration.

Panel presentations

Panel presentations bring together the views from a group of presenters into a discussion of innovative ideas, current topics, and relevant issues. The panel presentation is comprised of two components:

  • Presentations from the members of the panel. Total of 60 minutes.
  • Question and answers between the delegates and panel members. Total of 30 minutes.

One combined submission with a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 individual presenters must be submitted by one author on behalf of the group.

Each panel will consist of a chair and at least 3 panellists. The chair is to be the main organiser of the session and main contact for the secretariat. The chair will coordinate the preparation, theme of presentations, be the timekeeper, and animate the Q&A session. Panellists will provide brief presentation on the theme of the panel. Each panellist is expected to provide a different perspective on the topic of discussion.

The chair will be required to submit a title of the panel, names and affiliations of all participants, including the chair, and an abstract overview of 300 words.

Abstracts close
1 June 2018
Notification to authors
8 June 2018
Author acceptances
18 June 2018
Draft program available
22 June 2018
Presentation amendments
6 July 2018
Innovation Awards Submission Close
Monday 23 July 2018
Presenter registration and payment
27th July 2018
Full papers for peer review
3 August 2018
Full paper for non-peer review
10 September 2018
Early bird registrations close
3 August 2018

Abstract Topics - Australian Regional Development Conference 2018

Government policy impacts

  • Federal and state or local council
  • Decentralisation of government offices, opportunities
  • Facilitating program transition, local involvement
  • Flexibility of programs and policy implementation

Land, water and energy

  • Renewable energy and energy supply
  • Natural resource management including water management
  • Food and agriculture, farming
  • Fisheries, ports, offshore

Connecting regional Australia

  • Transport logistics, road, freight rail, shipping ports and regional airports
  • Telecommunications, increase connectivity
  • Digital Economy

Attracting business, corporate and small business opportunity

  • Infrastructure, engagement, development and planning
  • Long term sustainability
  • Attracting investment, economic growth strategy
  • Retention and increase of job availability
  • Embracing entrepreneurship

Regional liveability

  • Job creation and skilled migration, telecommuting, working age population
  • Supporting the younger working population
  • Service delivery provision – health (NDIS), housing, aged care
  • Housing affordability and urbanisation
  • International and domestic education, universities and vocational training
  • Cultural and entertainment, libraries
  • Banking and finance, liveable and investable, domestic superannuation
  • Is growing bigger towns the solution?
  • Developing training, supporting upskilling
  • Engaging industry sector opportunity – tourism, education, creative industries, defence force

Regional disruption

  • Futuristic view
  • Trends in relation to industry, innovation and entrepreneurship decline, solutions
  • Population decline and shift in demographics
  • Challenges associated with economic development for aged care


  • Leadership; influence
  • Initiatives in structuring a vibrant community
  • Placemaking case studies
  • Engagement and innovation, person centred

Terms and Conditions

All presenting authors will be required to register and pay in order to ensure their abstract is included in the final program. A discounted registration is available to all presenters. The deadline for presenting author registration is Friday 27 July 2018.

By submitting an abstract you give consent to publication of the abstract in Conference materials, including but not limited to, the Conference Blog, Book of Abstracts, Association Journal and Social Media.

All abstracts must be original work. The author is responsible for the accuracy of the abstract. All submissions must be completed electronically via the online submission form. If you are unable to submit in this manner, please contact the Conference Secretariat for further information.

Book of Proceedings

Peer and Non Peer Reviewed Papers

Accepted oral and panel presenters will have the opportunity to have their full papers published in the Conference Proceedings with an ISBN under the Peer Reviewed or Non Peer Reviewed section. Please indicate on the submission form if you will be presenting an academically oriented, professional paper for consideration for publication in the Book of Proceedings. Please contact the Conference Secretariat for paper guidelines.

Peer Reviewed Papers

If you will be presenting an academically oriented, professional paper for consideration of publication in the proceedings for which you require peer refereeing, please forward your full paper by Friday 3 August 2018.

Non Peer Review Papers

All presenters have the opportunity to have their full papers published in the Conference book of proceedings with an ISBN. Papers for the non peer reviewed section will be accepted Monday 10 September 2018.

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