Submissions are now open to become a presenter at the 2020 Australian Regional Development Conference.

Share your insight and be part of a greater regional movement.

The 2020 Australian Regional Development Conference is currently looking for:

Oral Presenters

Oral presentations run for 30 minutes (20 minute presentation and 10 minute Q&A time with the audience).

When submitting a presentation to become an oral presenter, outline the aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusions of the work, research, project or case study you’re presenting.

Panel Presenters

Panel presentations run for 90 minutes.

Panel presentations bring together a range of different views in an Q&A style session with three + panellists, one chair and the conference audience.

Hosting a panel gives you the opportunity to delve into many points of difference.

Poster Presenters

Poster presentations combine text and graphics highlighting one or more of the conference topics and will be displayed in catering and networking areas for the duration of the conference.

Specific information regarding size and mounting requirements will be provided with the notice of acceptance.

Workshop Presenters

Workshop presentations run for 90 minutes and are designed in an interactive format to facilitate active learning, such as discussion, activities, small group role plays.

Presenters will be entirely responsible for the workshop facilitation, with the opportunity to offer hands-on learning opportunities.

Table Top Presenters

Table tops act as a pathway for networking and sharing of information directly with delegates in an interactive setting. Table tops involve multiple presenters, with each presenter at a round table of up-to 8 participants.

Presenters change tables every 14 minutes to present to a new round of participants.

Pecha Kucha Presenters

Pecha Kucha is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images, keeping to the time limit.

Each presenter has approx. 7 minutes and 20 slides.

2020 Submission Topics

Community Development & Engagement
  • Immigration and refugee policies and strategies
  • Population development and migrant attraction
  • Workforce retention and job creation
  • Community meetings
  • Indigenous lead initiatives
  • Cultural and spiritual considerations
Progressing Regional Economies
  • Interconnectedness and collaboration with cities
  • Governance (regional deals, partnerships and collaboration)
  • Innovative applications for industry (tourism, agriculture, events etc)
  • Strategic partnerships for business, trade and investment
  • Globalisation opportunities (Accessibility to markets, trade agreements, international investors)
  • Adopting technological opportunities such as IoT, AI and e-commerce
Infrastructure for Developing Regions
  • Road, sea, rail and air infrastructure opportunities
  • Utilities (e.g. power, water, gas, sewers)
  • Connectivity such as telecommunications and NBN
  • Community infrastructure projects
  • National water infrastructure developments
Preparation and Recovery of Natural Disasters
  • Strategies and assistance for recovery and re-build
  • Future planning
  • Drought challenges and strategies
  • Flood planning
  • Bushfire management
  • Community mental health and wellbeing post-disaster

Presentation Submissions Close
Friday 24 April 2020


Program Available
Thursday 21 May 2020


Early Bird Registration Closes
Friday 24 July 2020

Please note that all presenters at the conference are required to register.
A special discounted rate is offered with all details supplied after presentation submission.