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AIIA National Conference 2019

Published 05 Aug 2019


Australia’s leading conference on international affairs returns to tackle some of the world’s latest major developments and debates

AIIA National Conference

Senator the Hon Marise Payne (AIIA National Conference 2018)


The Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) will bring together several of Australia’s most prominent experts in foreign affairs for its 2019 National Conference on Monday 14 October at Hotel Realm, Canberra.

The AIIA’s annual National Conference is considered one of the country’s most insightful events regarding international affairs on the national calendar. The one-day conference will provide the public with an opportunity to hear from and engage with distinguished professionals across four sessions examining new developments in international affairs and Australia’s place in a changing world.

The 2019 National Conference will focus on the theme of ‘New Agendas for a New Era.’ Following a keynote session, including an address from Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator the Hon Penny Wong, Australia’s leading international affairs experts will present on three panels: A New Cold War?; New Technology; and The Health of the Planet.

The AIIA also works in partnership with industry practitioners and organisations in order to develop and support the future generation of leaders in international affairs.

On Sunday 13 October, prior to the National Conference, The AIIA is offering young professionals and tertiary students between the ages of 18 and 40 access to a series of four masterclasses with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. These masterclasses will enable aspiring students a chance to network and refine their knowledge on areas such as intelligence, foreign and defence policy, and foreign correspondence.

The AIIA’s National Conference brings some of the most intriguing and complex international issues to the forefront of discussion and is an unmissable opportunity to learn more about Australia and its relationship with the world.

Tickets are now on sale. Visit

Take advantage of Early Bird discounted ticket pricing until 15 September 2019. 

AIIA National Conference 2019 | Monday 14 October | Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Canberra, ACT.

Masterclasses | Sunday 13 October | Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra, ACT


Media enquiries:

Natasha Eloise

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Additional Information


If you are a student or young professional who has purchased a ticket to the main conference event on Monday 14 October, you are eligible to apply for a spot in one of our Masterclass sessions on Sunday 13th October, held at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Once you have purchased your ticket, please email with your CV and statement of claims to be considered by the selection committee. Consider in your application which Masterclass you wish to attend (you may select up to two preferences); what perspectives you may bring; and what you hope to gain from the session.

Applications are due COB Friday 20th September, and successful candidates will be notified by COB Friday 27th September. Please note there are a limited number of positions, and therefore not all candidates may be successful. Only those who are registered to attend the conference are eligible to be considered a place in the Masterclass sessions. Candidates will be eligible to attend 1 Masterclass session only.


The 2019 AIIA National Conference will be presented in partnership with a number of sponsors. If you represent an organisation interested in partnership for the 2019 conference please contact for more information.