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More information for attendees of ASAA Conference 2018

Find out about obtaining visas for Australia, where to stay in Sydney, childcare options, and more information for your visit to Sydney


Wifi is available to all conference attendees inside the Abercrombie Business School.

Username: ASAA 2018 Conference

Password: 88696387

Accommodation options

Below is a list of recommended hotels in close proximity to the University of Sydney for your stay in Sydney.

Childcare options and information

On campus

Occasional Care Providers

Parent's Room 

Childcare Information Office at the University of Sydney:

  • Phone: +61 2 8627 1489
  • Email:
  • Address: Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building, Darlington Campus
  • Opening hours: 10am to 4pm, Monday to Wednesday

Conference meals

Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served every morning from 8.30am - 9.30am across levels 2 - 3 of the Abercrombie Business School.

Lunch will be served on levels 2 and 3 of the Abercrombie Business School from 12pm - 1.30pm on all days of the conference.

Afternoon tea will be served from 2.50pm - 3.30pm on levels 2 and 3 as well as outside interest group and book launch rooms.

Please note, all conference catering is halal certified and a range of dietary requirements are catered for including vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free.

The conference dinner will take place at 7.30pm at Thai Pothong, 294 King St, Newtown NSW 2042 on Wednesday 4 July.

Those wishing to attend the conference dinner must purchase a dinner ticket on the conference registration page (subject to availability).

Prayer facilities


Women's Prayer Room: Room U319
Men's Prayer Room: Room U320

Level 3
Old Teachers' College
Manning Road
Camperdown Campus

Operating hours:
Monday to Friday 7.00am - 6.00pm

Please see the Islamic Prayer Room Guidelines for further information.


Multifaith Chaplaincy
M240- Level 2
Merewether Building (H04)
Darlington Campus
University of Sydney, 2006

View the location map and contact us page for further details.


The ASAA Conference 2018 is a paper-free conference. This means that printed programs will not be availabe at the conference. You’re welcome to download and print this document, but are encouraged to remain paper free and download the conference application on your smartphone.

To download the app for free, go to your App Store of Google Play and search for Whova - Event Guide+Networking. Once the app is installed, search for Asian Studies Association of Australia 2018 Conference.

Please view the Whova 'how-to' guide here in the lead-up to the conference. App experts will be available at the conference for any in-app assistance.


Conference registration will take place from 8:30 - 9.20am on Tuesday 3 July on level 2 of the Abercrombie Business School.

Registration will remain open throughout the conference on level 2, however delegates are strongly encouraged to arrive at the venue no later than 9am on Tuesday 3 July in order to register before the first session.

Transport and parking

Public Transport

Opal Cards

To catch trains, buses, ferries and light rail in Sydney and surrounding areas you will need an Opal card or Opal single ticket.

The Opal network covers all of Sydney, north to Newcastle, west to the Blue Mountains and south to Wollongong and the Southern Highlands.

If you are taking more than one trip on public transport, using an Opal Card is the most convenient and affordable way to pay for your fares.

Adult Opal cards can be purchased from both international and domestic aiport train stations, most major train stations and many newsagents and convenience stores around Sydney.

Concenssion Opal cards must be pre-ordered. Find more information about concession cards and the Opal app here.

For real-time trip plans, stops and transport schedules, download the TripView app for your smartphone.


The University of Sydney is easily accessible by bus. To access the university via City Road, use route 352, 370, 423, 426, 428 or M30. 


The closest train station to the University of Sydney is Redfern Staion, 900m away. Refern Station is a major train hub and can be accessed directy from most train stations throughout the city. 

The university also provides a courtesty bus service between the campus and Redfern Station. Please see the campus map for courtesy bus stops.

With limited parking available on campus, we encourage you to catch public transport, walk, or cycle in. Cycle bays are located throughout the university.

For more information on parking, see the university website.


Those attending the ASAA Conference from outside Australia will need to obtain a visa. There are several options for visas for Australia, please refer to the below factsheets from the Department of Home Affairs before applying for a visa.

Visa options for conferences, seminars, trade fairs or expos – Version Feb 2017.

Additional information is available on the Department's website.

Volunteer opportunities

The ASAA 2018 Conference Committee will be seeking student volunteers to help with the smooth running of the conference. We will need support for registration, designated room monitors, IT support and roving volunteers to help direct attendees.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact


July is the middle of winter in Australia and the coldest month of the year in Sydney. However, temperatures don't get nearly as low as winter in other countries, or other cities in Australia. 

The average daytime temperature in Sydney during this time of the year is around 13°C and the average minimum temperatures generally tend to hover around 8°C. High temperatures can reach 17°C.

Sunshine is also in abundance in July. The average amount of sunshine expected during July in Sydney is 7 hours per day and there's a 31% chance of a sunny day.


Contact us

ASAA 2018 conference is co-organised by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, the China Studies Centre and the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sydney, Australia.


T +61 02 9114 0953