General information

About the conference venue

Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University is Asia and the Pacific’s leading graduate public policy school.

The School’s approach to policy draws on the complementarity between, on the one hand, disciplinary excellence in the core areas of economics, governance, environment and development and, on the other, deep country and region specific knowledge of Asia and the Pacific, including Australia.

The School is founded on the belief that powerful academic and social outcomes can be achieved when research and education are combined, when talented domestic and international students are brought together – both in coursework degrees and short-course executive programs – and when scholars and professional staff have direct incentives to maximise productivity in pursuit of a shared institutional mission.

About Canberra

Canberra is located in the Australian Capital Territory, on the ancient lands of the Ngunnawal people, who have lived here for over 20,000 years. Canberra’s name is thought to mean ‘meeting place’, derived from the Aboriginal word Kamberra. European settlers arrived in the 1830s, and the area won selection by ballot for the federal capital in 1908. Since then the ‘Bush Capital’ has grown to become the proud home of the Australian story, with a growing population of around 390,000.

Canberra hosts a wide range of tourist attractions, including various national museums, galleries and Parliament House, as well as beautiful parks and walking trails. Several attractions are within walking distance of the ANU campus, including the National Museum of Australia and the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Canberra is also a fantastic base from which to explore the many treasures of the surrounding region, including historic townships, beautiful coastlines and the famous Snowy Mountains. Learn more about what to do and see during your stay in Canberra here.


All communication with registered delegates will be by email in the first instance. If you register for the conference and do not receive a confirmation by email from Eventbrite within 24 hours, please contact the conference organisers by phone on (+61) 2 6125 7620 or email


Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that all delegates take out their own travel and medical insurance prior to coming to the Conference. The policy should include loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the Conference, or through cancellation of the Conference itself, loss of airfares for any reason, medical expenses, loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. Neither the conference organisers nor the organising committee will take any responsibility for any participant failing to insure. Please speak to your travel agent or airline in regard to this matter.


The conference organisers recognise that some delegates may have special dietary needs. Please complete the dietary requirements section of the registration form carefully, or contact us at to advise us of any changes.


We hope to make the conference as accessible and inclusive as possible. Please contact us at to advise of any accessibility requirements.

Breastfeeding and parents room

Crawford School has quiet rooms that can be used for breastfeeding or for those attending the conference with babies. If you require access to breastfeeding facilities, please contact us at for details, or talk to one of the conference staff at the event.

Public transport

Canberra’s public bus service, Transport Canberra buses, covers Canberra’s major tourist sites and the suburbs. The number 53 bus stops directly in front of the Crawford School; you can access the timetable and route map here.

Transport Canberra offers the choice of the MyWay smartcard prepaid ticketing system or cash fares. Scan a prepaid MyWay card or purchase a single or daily cash ticket on board the bus from the driver. Single fares are valid for 90 minutes. Daily tickets are ideal for sightseeing and are valid until midnight on the day of purchase.

Canberra’s light rail travels from the northern suburbs to Civic. The closest light rail stop is approximately a 20 minute walk to the conference venue. Note that the light rail accepts MyWay cards only.

Call 02 6207 7611 for more information or view Transport Canberra’s printable routes and timetables here. Transport Canberra’s fleet includes easy access buses for people with reduced mobility.


International visitors to Australia require a visa or an electronic travel authority (ETA) prior to arrival. It is your responsibility to ensure documentation is correct and complete before you commence your journey. Information on obtaining visas and ETAs can be found here.

Arriving in Canberra

Canberra Airport is the airport serving Australia’s capital city, located 8km from the city. It is served by most of Australia’s major cities, as well as Wellington (NZ) and Singapore.

As a general guide, a taxi from the airport to Canberra city centre takes around 20 minutes and will cost approximately $40 to $50, depending on traffic conditions. Uber pickup is also available from the airport.

By road, Canberra is located approximately 3.5 hours from Sydney. A hourly coach service is available to connect from the Sydney Airport International terminal to Canberra city centre (travel time 3 hours).

It is also possible to travel to Canberra by train. The Canberra train station is located in the suburb of Kingston, approximately 6km from the Canberra city centre and the ANU.

Useful links

Conference venue and accommodation

The Crawford School is housed within three linked buildings: the J.G. Crawford Building (#132), Old Canberra House (#73) and the W.E.H. Stanner Building (#37). Download a printable campus map here (the Crawford School is located in grid B2).


Limited paid visitor parking is available:

  • On Lennox Crossing across from the Crawford School.
  • In the University House car park

Please note that visitors may park in ‘staff/permit only’ zones after 5pm. You can find a map showing where visitor parking is available on the ANU campus here (the Crawford School is located in B2).

During working hours, alternative transport options such as bus, taxi, or Uber may be a better option. ACTION bus number 7/7A frequently runs through the university and stops directly outside the Crawford School (timetable at


It is recommended that delegates book accommodation as soon as possible after registration.

The following hotels are located on or near to the ANU campus:

You can also explore other accommodation options here:


For all inquiries related to the conference, email

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