Code of conduct

AIEC is dedicated to providing a safe, friendly, enjoyable and harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, nationality, race, age or religion.

We do not tolerate harassment of or offensive behaviour towards conference participants in any form. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, inappropriate physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo, deliberate intimidation, stalking, offensive comments and photography or recording of an individual without consent. We expect participants to abide by the code of conduct at all conference activities, including related social events and online communications.


We ask that you:

  • be kind, considerate and respectful to others
  • behave professionally
  • be mindful that all communication be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds
  • if it is safe to do so, we encourage you to request that the person stop the unwelcome or harassing behaviour. Participants who are asked to stop any such behaviour are expected to comply immediately.


We ask that you:

  • do not take part in offensive behaviour or harassment, including sexist, racist or exclusionary comments or jokes
  • do not use sexual or sexist language and imagery
  • do not solicit business whether as an exhibitor or non-exhibitor, in session rooms, public areas, exhibition hall open spaces or in another exhibitor's booth
  • do not use or possess illegal substances or weapons.

How to report an incident

If, while at AIEC, you have been involved in or have witnessed an incident that violates the Code of Conduct, you may report the incident directly to the Registration Desk, located on level 2 of the ICC Sydney.

If you are at an AIEC official social event, you may speak to the conference organiers or security.

Alternatively, if the matter is urgent and the Registration Desk is closed, you may email Michelle Gjoni at or on 0407 200 401, to reach a trained member of our staff available to help.

IDP Education is committed to investigating all incidents reported at an event with discretion and confidentiality, all parties will be treated fairly and reasonably. Conference participants found to violate these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund and/or banned from attending future events. The behaviour may also be reported to their employer and relevant authorities.

This code of conduct is a live document and subject to ongoing amendment. Your feedback is welcome.  

Key dates

21 January - Online submission opens

1 March - Online submission closes

May - Call for proposals notifications

4 June - Registration opens

1 August - Early bird registration closes

15 October 2019 - Conference starts