COVID-19 Update

Page last updated: 3 April 2020 at 11.30am

The 34th annual Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) is due to be held at the Gold Coast on 13-16 October 2020.

Until further notice, we continue to move forward with plans to deliver the conference.

We are paying close attention to guidelines from and announcements by Australian and state governments on COVID-19 and how they may impact our ability to host of the conference. The health and safety of our attendees, partners and providers, and the community at large, remains our priority.

We hope that travel bans on international/domestic travel and restrictions on large gatherings imposed by Australian states/territories will be lifted before the conference.  However, we are preparing contingency plans, which include the possibility of cancelling or postponing the conference, hosting the event with reduced numbers or delivering some sessions online.

We will continue to monitor the developing situation, and we will keep you informed of changes through this website, our newsletter and social channels.

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Speakers / Call for proposals

The program committee is currently reviewing all proposals submitted online via the X-CD submissions portal. The review and selection process will take six to eight weeks.

Notifications of acceptance are still planned to be sent by the end of May.

If a decision to cancel or postpone the event is made, we will immediately notify Primary Contacts, and update the key dates and speaker information.

We encourage you to log into X-CD to check/update your speaker profile. You may update this directly online at any time until the end of May.

Sponsorship and exhibition

If the conference is postponed, confirmed sponsors and exhibitors will receive a full refund or option to roll-over their entitlements to the next conference. Please refer to our terms and conditions or contact the Conference Office at if you have any questions.

If you are interested in participating, the list of sponsorship and exhibition packages is available now. We encourage you submit an expression of interest by filling out the online application form. An application or email will not lock you into any contract, but – should your application be accepted – it will give you the first right of refusal or put you first in line to select your booth location.

Registration and accommodation

Until further notice, conference registration and accommodation bookings are still opening on 1 June 2020.

If the event is cancelled or postponed, we will likely delay the registration process, and review all deadlines. More information will be provided if and when this happens.

Resources and useful links

IDP Education

Information and FAQs for international students, including how IDP counsellors can help, changes to IDP events and changes to IELTS testing.

International Education Association of Australia

Information regarding changes to IEAA events, news and resources regarding COVID-19.

Global Reputation Taskforce

On 21 January 2020, the Australian Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, announced the formation of the Global Reputation Taskforce (Taskforce), under the leadership of the Council for International Education. The Taskforce was formed to shape Australia’s response in times of reputational damage or significant external risk to the sector, and to accelerate efforts to build a strong cohesive national brand for international education.

Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment

DESE has numerous fact sheets for students, parents, schools, vocational and higher education providers.

Australian Department of Home Affairs

Key information on travel restrictions or international travellers, temporary visa holders outside Australia and more.

Study in Australia

These webpages are curated by Austrade, and its Study Australia partners, to assist international students to stay informed.

Australian Government Department of Health

This site contains important health information about COVID-19, the symptoms, who is at risk, how it spreads, prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Find information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of COVID-19.


Austrade is working closely with the network of government departments and industry agencies to help Australian businesses overcome complex and fast-evolving COVID-19–related challenges.



Key dates

3 February - Call for proposals opens

6 March - Call for proposals closes

1 June - Early bird registration opens

31 July - Standard registration opens,
              early bird closes

8 October - Registration closes

13-16 October - AIEC 2020