2019 IA National Conference Melbourne

2019 IA Conference

The Interpretation Australia National Conference in 2019 will consider the topic of sustainability in interpretation.  We will contemplate the importance of telling sustainable stories in a time of global uncertainty and climate change.

The conference will consider sustainability in interpretation as a method of economic, cultural and social sustainability.  Papers will be presented on the topics of sustainability of practice, of the environment, of story, of community, of heritage, and of culture.

The conference is aiming to be low/zero waste, with initiatives such as BYO lanyard, pen and notepad.  We are aiming to have no printed programs or single use items, with all material to be recycled at the end of the conference.

Conference update

We are excited that the conference is less than 50 days away!  If you haven’t already registered for the conference, get moving!  Registrations strictly close on Friday 27 September at 5pm.  Please visit the TryBooking website to register.

Field Trip Sign-Ups

On Monday 2 September we will be opening up the booking system for the Friday afternoon field trips!  As some of our locations are limited by space, we are capping each option at 20 people.

You can sign up by using the Trybooking site after 9am on Monday: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=521141

You will be limited to selecting one session per booking, so please forward on this information if you have booked for more than one person to attend.  Details of the field trips can be found in the draft conference program: https://interpretationaustralia.asn.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Conference-Abstracts-Draft.pdf

Welcome Drinks – venue announced!

We are excited to announce our venue for the welcome drinks on Tuesday 15 October!!  We have secured the rooftop at one of Melbourne’s newest rooftop bars in Carlton.  Johnny’s Green Room are kindly opening up just for us to enjoy the views of Lygon Street and a glass or two of wine.  The informal drinks will run from 6 – 8pm with drinks and some small snacks provided.  Johnny’s Green Room is conveniently located on the rooftop of the recently renovated King & Godfree building on the corner of Lygon and Faraday Streets, so you may want to head out for dinner with your new colleagues after!


If you have any dietary requirements, please email them to melbourne2019@interpretationaustralia.asn.au – please note, we will work with our caterers to try and cater to your requests but as we are running the conference across four different venues, there might be a slight variation in the ability to cater for your request.  Major dietary concerns such as vegetarian and gluten free will be catered for and we will do our very best to accommodate other requests. 

Dietary requests must be received by 1 October at the latest or we cannot guarantee they will be accommodated.

Special discount

Tomorrow is your last chance to save $50 on your three day registration – simply put WolfPeak in the promo code when checking out to take advantage of this special offer celebrating our reusable coffee cup sponsor WolfPeak!

Conference Program

The conference program is now live and can be downloaded here .

Conference abstracts can be found here.

Tuesday 15 October
For delegates in town early, we will be holding welcome drinks at Johnny’s Green Room in Melbourne CBD.

Wednesday 16 October
Join us at Deakin Downtown for a full day of conference papers, exciting discussions and the Interpretation Australia AGM

Thursday 17 October
In the morning we will meet at Melbourne Zoo for talks and workshops, including a masterclass by Common Cause Australia (http://www.commoncause.com.au/workshops.html).

At lunch time, we will travel by tram to the Royal Botanic Gardens to do the Aboriginal Heritage Walk with RGB’s Aboriginal guides and an afternoon of talks in Mueller Hall.

In the evening, the Gala Dinner and Awards will be held at Donkey Wheel House!

Friday 18 October
We will reconvene at the Victorian Trades Hall in Carlton for a morning of papers before heading out around metropolitan Melbourne for field trips to see sustainable interpretation in action!  We are still seeking venues for the field trips so please get in touch if you are on the Myki system and want to host a field trip during the conference: melbourne2019@interpretationaustralia.asn.au

Conference themes:

  • Sustainable storytelling
  • Cultural heritage tourism
  • Working with communities
  • Interpreting difficult stories
  • Eco-tourism
  • Technology as a sustainable storytelling
  • Interpreting Indigenous stories
  • Sustainability of audience
  • Sustainable placemaking

Conference Dinner

Join us for an exciting night celebrating the best of Interpretation in Australia in 2019!

Donkey Wheel HouseThis year’s Conference Gala Dinner and Awards Night, in keeping with the theme of the conference, is being held at the heritage listed Former Melbourne Tramway and Omnibus Company Building, also known as Donkey Wheel House. 

The building now houses a community of socially progressive organisations seeking to address some of society’s big challenges in innovative, entrepreneurial, financially sustainable and collaborative ways.

Our dinner will be held on level 2 in the special event space run by social enterprise café and catering company Events by Kinfolk.  Every dollar spent supports Kinfolk’s unique volunteer program and 100% of their surplus budget is donated to their charity partners – The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and the Cathy Freeman Foundation.

Given Donkey Wheel’s mantra is ‘think different, act different, make a different difference’, we can’t think of a better fit for the Sustainable Stories 2019 IA Conference Gala Dinner!

The key details:

Location: Level 2, Donkey Wheel House, 673 Bourke Street, Melbourne (close to Southern Cross and 86 and 96 trams)
Access: A lift for people unable to use the stairs
Time: 6 – 9pm
Cost: $150 pp
The food: A seasonal three course feasting menu plus drinks

The space holds a limited number of people so book early to secure your spot.  For final catering numbers, bookings for the dinner will close 30 September.

Dietary requirements to be emailed to melbourne2019@interpretationaustralia.asn.au


Interpretation Australia would like to thank the following Conference Sponsors:





Interested in becoming a partner or sponsor for this years Conference? We are seeking businesses and organisations to partner with us for a variety of sponsorship opportunities for this years event. For more information please follow this link.