Join us, and other leaders in the field of Australia-Africa relations, for AAUN’s Annual Conference and AGM 2017 on 4 September 2017.

This event is for AAUN members and invited guests only.

Program and Reference Papers   

In interests of environment and cost, there will be no printed programs.

View/download the program

View/download the Participants Bios and Abstracts

View/download the DRAFT Annual Report 2016-17

A Strategy for Australia’s Engagement with Africa

Africa region brief – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

SDG – APP Executive Summary


ARUA-International Launch Conference Program

Practical information

Logistical information for conference participants: download here.

View/download the Forum registration list 

View/download the Conference dinner registration list

Please note it is not possible to attend the conference dinner without registration.


The Banquet Hall at The University Club of Western Australia, Hackett Drive, Crawley WA 6009 (Hackett Drive, Entrance 1).

Phone:+61 (8) 6488 8770

For more information please visit the website

Please view/download this PDF for a campus map and parking information.

Bus transport to and from the conference venue

A complimentary shuttle bus runs between the Travelodge hotel to the University Club of Western Australia. Please note registration is compulsory and seats are limited.


View the registration list If you did not register for the bus or did not make it in time to the pickup location, we recommend taking a taxi. Contact details listed below.

Pickup at 8.00 am (sharp) will be in front of Travelodge Perth, 417 Hay Street, PERTH, Western Australia 6000.

Return at 4.15 pm, and 9.10 pm for attendees of the conference dinner.

Please note the bus will not wait.

The bus leaves from the campus’ tennis court (same location as the morning drop-off), please view/download this PDF for a campus map.


A passing taxi can be signalled if their taxi roof light is on. There is a taxi rank at 140 William Street, Perth, or you may call +61 13 13 30 (Swan Taxis) or +61 133 222 (Black and White Cabs) to book a taxi in advance.

More information available on this website.


The University Club of Western Australia, Hackett Drive, Crawley WA 6009.
Entrance 1, Car park 3.

Full Day Parking
Long term parking is available on a pay and display basis along Hackett Drive and on busy days, additional parking is available in car park 3 (immediately adjacent to the Club) at a cost of $15.00 per bay. Tickets are available for purchase from the attendant at the entrance to the undercroft car park. Please note that these bays are only available in the morning.

Short Term Parking
The remaining bays in car park 3 are available on a pay and display basis at a cost of $2.00 per hour, however please note that this car park does have a three hour limit, and vehicles must be moved after three hours, therefore this area is not recommended for delegates attending full-day conferences.

Please view/download this PDF for a campus map and further parking information.


We expect up to 100 expert participants from academia, government, diplomats, business, agencies. We are pleased to welcome guests and observers from cooperating networks and NGOs, including to the AAUN AGM meeting.

We are grateful to the University of Western Australia for hosting the AAUN Forum allied to UWA Research Week. The AAUN Forum is also a part of Australia Africa Week, 4-­8 September 2017.

Speakers and discussants

If you choose to use PowerPoint, please ensure your presentation is strictly within the time allowed.

PowerPoint recommendation: we advise a maximum of one slide per minute. Please email your presentation to gliu@wun.ac.uk no later than Thursday 31 August.

Book your accommodation

With regards to accommodation in Perth, we recommend the Mercure Hotel and Travelodge in Perth CBD. These hotels are next to each other, and walking distance from ‘Africa Down Under’ (ADU) which takes place in the Pan Pacific Hotel Perth on 6-8 September 2016.

Special AAUN conference guest rates

Please note that AAUN cannot guarantee room availability after 20 July 2017

Travelodge Perth 

Guest Room       $165 per night (room only) or $175 per night (inclusive of 1 buffet breakfast)
Balcony Room   $185 per night (room only) or $195 per night (inclusive of 1 buffet breakfast)

Rates Applicable for 2nd September 2016 to 9th September 2016. Rates include complimentary WIFI. Cancellation is 24 hours prior to arrival and payment is upon check out.

Please call or email the Hotel reservations and mention “AAUN2017” to make your bookings.

Travelodge Hotel Perth
417 Hay Street, Perth WA 6000
T: +61 8 9238 1888
E: perth@travelodge.com.au

Mercure Perth
Standard Room       $179 per night (room only) 

AAUN guests can add breakfast on arrival for a discounted rate of AUD 15

Booking code for guests to quote via email or phone: AAUN030917
View the contact page or see contact details below.

Mercure Perth
10 Irwin St
Perth WA 6000
E: h1754-re3@accor.com
T: +61 8 9326 7080

AAUN recommends to check the flexible daily rates on the hotel websites before booking as prices fluctuate and you may wish to book online (AAUN codes are not applicable for online booking).

Conference Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors DFAT, ACIAR and the Australian Government Department of Education and Training we can offer free registration for the AAUN Annual Forum and AGM.

As a research network, depending on subscriptions and grants, AAUN puts as much as possible towards the Australia Africa research programs. Conference guests may join the conference dinner at the University Club for AU$ 100,00 (excl. GST) to cover cost price. Drinks included.


Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Department of Education and Training


Contacts and Allied Events

Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) Forum and AGM
Date: 4 September 2017
Venue: The University Club of Western Australia, Perth
Contact (logistics): Marije Nieuwenhuis, AAUN Program Manager
Email: aaun.events@sydney.edu.au
Contact (academic program): A/Prof Grace Liu
Email: gliu@wun.ac.uk

Joint symposium on 5 September 

Australia Africa Research Forum (research related to extractives and mining)
Date: 5 September 2017
Venue: Novotel Perth Langley | 221 Adelaide Terrace Perth, WA 6000 Australia | +61 8 9221 1200
Contact: David Doepel, Chair, Africa Research Group at Murdoch University and Chair, Africa Australia Research Forum
Email: d.doepel@murdoch.edu.au
Website: www.africadownunderconference.com

We encourage you to also attend the joint symposium with the Australia Africa Research Forum on Tuesday 5 September.  Please follow this link for more information and registration.

Download the draft program here.

Africa Down Under Week

AAUN members are encouraged to also participate in the Africa Down Under Conference 2017 (6-8 September), which focuses on the mining and extractives industries in Australia and Africa. The week will have the engagement of the DFAT and its Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations, attendance of Ministers and Heads of Mission, and organisations representing the African diaspora.

During Africa Week, several Australia based organisations will hold conferences, fora, seminars and workshops, building teamwork and cooperation towards 2020 and beyond.

The events through will focus on the existing challenges that Africa face and observe opportunities where Africa and Australia could initiate joint projects to influence policies to create wealth and improve quality of life in both continents. The forum is an initiative promoted by business, academia and governments through involvement of African diplomat missions and with support from DFAT.

Please register via this website.

Africa Week – Film Festival

ADU presents the Africa Week Demand.Film Festival. Selected films will screen in three cinemas on Sunday 3, Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 September.

Please follow the ‘ticket’ links below for more information and tickets:

  • Hope Road
    Sunday 3 September 2017 3:00 PM
  • Mama Colonel
    Monday 4 September 2017 8:00 PM
    Please note this event is parallel to the AAUN Conference Dinner 
  • Mali Blues
    Tuesday 5 September 2017 8:00 PM

Africa Down Under (extractives and mining)
Date: 6-8 September 2017
Venue: Pan Pacific and Novotel Hotels
Contact: Namukale Nakazwe-Msiska, Paydirt Media Office
Email: kale@paydirt.com.au
Website: www.africadownunderconference.com