Australasian University Safer Community Symposium

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Australasian University Safer Community Symposium

About the symposium

The safety of students and staff is a key priority for all Australasian universities. There is currently no peak organisation in the tertiary sector with a focus on campus safety and the assessment of behavioural threats.

Extending on from the Part 1 Practitioner Workshops at Monash University in November 2018, the Part 2 Symposium aims to establish an Australasian University Safer Community Association, and to develop terms of reference for the ongoing functioning of this peak body. In addition, the Symposium will provide opportunities for benchmarking across the sector, with partner institutions providing clarity in relation to organisational structures and services that are provided through Safer Community Units, or equivalent risk and threat assessment units. The Symposium will also hold peer and expert-led presentations on shared themes and current issues facing the sector.

Important notice

Please note, although this is Part 2 of a symposium series, attendance at Part 1 is not required. Part 2 content and topics are different and attendees are not disadvantaged or limited by not attending Part 1.

Who should attend?

This symposium would be best suited to practitioners in the safer community space, managers and directors in the relevant student services and security areas, professionals working in grievance, misconduct, student support services, University executives, security etc.

Conference details

The symposium will start with a cocktail party 5pm Sunday 19 May 2019. Day one will commence at 8:30am on Monday 20 May and will be followed by the symposium dinner that evening. Day two will start at 8:30am and will finish at 4pm.

A detailed agenda will be published once guest speakers are confirmed.

Register online now

Call for Papers

The organising committee also welcomes papers from institutions wishing to present at the AUSCA Symposium. If you would like to present a paper at the Symposium please submit your abstract by the end of the year. Details on papers can be found via the link below.

Submit an abstract by COB Friday 15 February 2019.

Keynote speakers

The organising committee is making contact with potential keynote speakers. If you know of someone whom you think would make a great keynote, please email

Call for nominations to the Working Party

We are also looking for people interested in help establish the Australasian Universities Safer Community Association. As such we are seeking nominations for interested parties to be on a working party to develop terms of reference and a constitution which will be taken to the Symposium in May 2019. If you would like to be on the working party, please email by the Thursday 20 December 2018.


Accommodation is not included however, reduced symposium rates have been negotiated.
Complete the Sofitel accommodation booking form (PDF 132KB) to take advantage of the following room rates:

  • Room only - A$289.00
  • Room including buffet breakfast for 1 - A$314.00
  • Room including buffet breakfast for 2 - A$339.00

For more information, visit Sofitel Noosa.

While you are here

If you arrive in Noosa early, don't forget to visit the Noosa Food and Wine Festival. Symposium attendees can receive a $5 discount on Festival Village tickets by entering the code 'AUSCC' at checkout. For information and tickets, visit Noosa Food and Wine.


The Sofitel Noosa is located just 35 minutes from the Sunshine Coast airport or is a 1hr 40min drive from Brisbane Airport.


For all other questions contact:
Tel: 07 5456 3428

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