Call for Abstracts


Abstract submissions are now CLOSED
submissions close COB Friday 9 November – closing date now extended to Sunday 18 November)

The Call for Abstracts is now closed. If you have any questions, please contact Conference Logistics on +61 2 6281 6624. 

Presentation types:
Abstract submitters can choose to submit under the following categories for approximately 40 Congress presentation opportunities:

1. 20 minute oral presentation

Typically, oral presentations will be complete stories or largely finished projects, with clear outcomes and conclusions. Speakers will be allocated 15 minutes of presentation time followed by 5 minutes of Q&A.

2. 45 minute interactive – SHOTs (Short Hits of Training)

SHOTs will be 45 minutes in length, and will be a workshop on a specific topic.
SHOTs are not for showcasing products – they are intended to offer technical content in a workshop format. Presenters of SHOTs should develop an interactive presentation for the session. SHOTs provide industry practitioners an opportunity to share their knowledge and project learnings related to Congress themes.

Submission format:
We are looking for presentations that provide:

  • Case studies of projects, policy and development in practice, including the lessons learned, both good and bad;
  • New information, evidence and tools to support better planning;
  • Innovative approaches that generate new ways of thinking and challenge to the status quo; and/or
  • Perspectives and experiences from the end users and stakeholders of planning.

Requirements from presenters:
All presenters must submit the following additional information when submitting their abstract:

  • Head and shoulder photograph
  • 80 word biographical paragraph
  • A video to continue to provide a high quality engaging program for attendees, we require all authors to submit a video to showcase their presentation ability. Ideally this video should be of you presenting at another conference, and/or you talking about your submission and what you plan to present.

Please note: preference will be given to those that submit a video with their written abstract submission. Anyone that does not supply a video link will be placed on a wait-list and may be requested to provide this at a later date.

Congress themes:
Submissions will need to address one of the following topics:

1. Through the Lens Series: The Tipping Point & Australia’s Journey Towards 50 Million

a. The National Settlement Strategy – do we need it?
b. How do we align infrastructure investment with population growth?
c. What are the future jobs and where will they be located?
d. How is population changing in numbers and demographics (major cities, regional cities and towns)?
e. What is the new “Australian Dream”?
f. How do we plan for the future of sustainable energy production, storage & distribution?
g. How do we get the right housing in the right locations in an era of low trust in governments & big business and weaponised NIMBYism?
h. Is there really a need for “line of sight” (joined-up) planning by & for all governments?
i. Regional plans – is “Grandma’s quilt” (mismatched and not aligned) OK?
j. Other – please provide detail on how it relates to the theme…

2. The future of statutory planning

a. What does governance of all this data look like?
b. The good, bad & ugly of ePlanning
c. Can regulation help to ensure good design?
d. Convergence and divergence in planning system reform
e. Bring back the community’s trust in planning
f. Tourism planning – eg The Mona effect – playing catch-up or build it and they will come?
g. Other – please provide detail on how it relates to the theme…

3. Indigenous planning

a. What and how does the whole planning profession become aware of, understand and embrace historic and contemporary indigenous culture?
b. The fundamental and success imperatives of gold-standard community consultation
c. What is planning’s role in advancing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders (from moral and regulatory compliance perspectives)?
d. Other – please provide detail on how it relates to the theme …

The Congress Committee will give priority to the following criteria when reviewing the abstracts:

  • The inclusion of credible demonstrations of the importance of the subject matter to the preferred Congress themes
  • The introduction of new and innovative concepts not previously canvassed or fully explored
  • The inclusion of intercultural, cross-cultural and/or multicultural considerations
  • The potential appeal of the proposal to a broad spectrum of delegates; the proposal should include appropriate comments if it would appeal more to a particular career stage (e.g Young Planners or DA Planners)
  • The demonstrated capacity of the proposal to allocate appropriate time for coverage of the topic, and, if for a panel, to include all presenters; and
  • The title of the proposal conveying to delegates what they can expect from the session.

Abstract submission guidelines:

  • All submissions must be submitted in English. Please ensure you thoroughly check your submission for spelling and grammatical errors as accepted abstracts will be printed as per your submission
  • Abstracts must be no more than 300 words
  • References, author and affiliation information and abstract titles are not included in the word count
  • Abstracts must not contain bullet points, pictures, charts, diagrams or tables. Please ensure acronyms are spelt out in the first instance.
  • Ensure that all author information (names, affiliations and presenting author biography) is included and entered correctly
  • Abstract submissions will close on Friday 9 November 2018 (closing date now extended to Sunday 18 November 2018).
  • Presenters will be notified of acceptance in early December 2018
  • To ensure the integrity of the program, and guarantee the program will be as advertised once released, we will require all presenters to register and commit to attending the Congress by Friday 25 January 2019. Any presenters not registered for the Congress by this deadline will not have their abstract included in the program.
  • If to be able to present your paper at Congress you need to have the full paper peer reviewed (this is largely a requirement for academic presenters), you will have the ability to select this option.