Justify your trip

We all know budgets can be tight and time is gold, so we thought it would be a good idea to put together some reasons for you to justify your trip and your investment. The conference offers a wide range of professional development opportunities for you to develop your skills, increase your knowledge and make long-lasting relationships.

Why attend?
Who attends?
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Communicate the value to your supervisor

If you are already convinced, but the final decision is not yours, copy and paste the template we’ve prepared below to help you justify your trip to your manager.

Fill in the missing areas to personalise the email, and you’re all set! Good luck!

Dear [Manager’s Name],

I kindly seek your approval to attend the Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) 2024 - Australia’s largest gathering of international education professionals - 22-25 October 2024 in Melbourne.

The conference will give me a chance to connect with over 1,700 professionals in international education, such as international education practitioners, teaching staff, researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders. Plus, I’ll gain unique perspectives from business experts and thought leaders from leading organisations and associations about the future of international education. See who attends here.

Three full days of the conference are dedicated to keynotes, breakout sessions, and multiple tracks of programming on which to focus my attention. With speakers talking on important topics such as [click here and insert topics] among others, I know I will be able to apply my learnings when I return from the conference. Please see details of the program here.

I look forward to meeting industry leaders with whom I can learn and network during the multiple networking and social events. I’ll also have the chance to meet with a number of international education providers who will be showcasing their solutions at the AIEC exhibition, meaning I can come back with even more ideas of how we can be more efficient and effective.

I’ve outlined the approximate cost of my attendance from Tuesday to Friday below:

  • Airfare: $xxx
  • Hotel: $xxx
  • Ground transfers: $xxx
  • Registration: $xxx
  • Total: $xxx

Upon my return from AIEC 2024, I will share key takeaways, including those that we can implement immediately to maximise our processes, improve our international education strategy and contribute to our staff’s ongoing professional development.

There's special early bird pricing when I register before 31 July. 

Please don't hesitate to let me know any questions you have and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards,


[Your Name]


Key dates

21 March - Call for proposals opens

12 April - Call for proposals closes

30 May - Registration open

July - Program released

31 July - Super early bird registration closes

13 September - Early bird registration closes

22–25 October – AIEC 2024