Conference Information

Quick links and further information here


Accommodation – click here for accommodation options. We have arranged for accommodation in Newcastle, close to wonderful cafes and restaurants. Check the Honeysuckle Precinct on the harbour or Darby Street, famous for its quirky shopping and great dining.

Airport – information on Newcastle airport

Airport shuttle – how to get to Newcastle CBD from the airport. The airport has provided information on costs to get from the airport to Crowne Plaza, including group discounts (these prices are also applicable to other hotels in the CBD). Click here.


Badges – You will receive your conference badge and lanyard at registration, which will include meal vouchers. Please wear the lanyard at all times during the conference activities.

Bursaries (applications closed) – Two bursaries are available to post-graduate students who have submitted a full paper to the 2016 ANZCA conference but do not have sufficient support from their tertiary institution or a research grant to attend the conference. The bursary award is up to AUD$1000 per recipient to cover travel and accommodation expenses. The award also includes complimentary ANZCA membership for the year 2017. All students who submitted a full paper are encouraged to apply but preference will be given to applicants who are from low- and middle-income countries.

Buses (main conference) – We have arranged for three buses to pick delegates up from the Crowne Plaza and Newcastle Travelodge each morning. Buses will be at the Crowne Plaza at 8.00am each morning and at the Travelodge at 8.10am. There will be similar arrangements at the end of each day.

Buses (ECR and Postgrad pre-conference event) – For the ECR and Postgrad conference, a bus will pick up delegates at the Crowne Plaza at 8.45am and Newcastle Travelodge at 8.55am. The bus will also drop delegates off at the end of the day.


Call for papers – closed

Conference committee

A/Prof Phillip McIntyre
Dr Janet Fulton
Dr Susan Kerrigan
Dr Michael Meany

Conference convenors
Phillip McIntyre
Janet Fulton

Conference dinner – The conference dinner will be held at Fort Scratchley Historic Site.

Conference language – English

Currency/Exchange – here is a currency converter you might find useful.



Electricity – electrical current is 240/250V, AC 50Hz using a two to three angled pin arrangement


Flyer – a link to the ANZCA2016 conference flyer. Or here is a link to a pdf file ANZCA2016_Flyer.



How to get to Newcastle


Information – the information desk will be attended each day from 8.00am. The staff will be happy to help you with any questions you may have with regards to the Conference or any other matters.  For general enquiries please email

International visitors – here’s a link to the ‘Useful Tips‘ page on the official Australian tourism site. It includes information about currency, shopping, language, electricity, telephone details, and travelling.



Keynote speakers – a link to the keynote speakers page


Lonely Planet‘s guide to Newcastle – Newcastle was rated in the Top 10 cities in the world to visit by Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2011

Amanda Lotz – keynote speaker. A link to Amanda’s research page.


Map and guide to Newcastle sights

Joanne McCarthy – keynote speaker. A link to more information about Joanne and her Walkley page.

Phillipa McGuinness – keynote speaker. Click here for Phillipa’s professional page.




Paper submission (closed)

Post-grad and ECR pre-conference day – a free event held on the 5th July

Presentations – Most of the sessions will have four presenters. This gives each presenter 15 minutes to present plus five minutes question time. The session rooms are all set up with Mac computers and AV capabilities.


Publication (journals) – the editor of Media International Australia is organising a special issue based around Amanda D. Lotz’s keynote and a special edition of  Communication, Research and Practice will be published in February 2017, containing the best papers presented at the conference that fit within the journal’s scope.

Publication (conference proceedings) – as always, full papers accepted for the conference and revised to the editors’ satisfaction after peer review will be published in ANZCA’s Proceedings (ISSN 1448-4331).



Registration is open and available until 21st June. Please contact the convenors at if you are unable to register by this date but are coming to the conference.


Tony Schirato – keynote speaker. A link to Tony’s research page

Stream coordinators – thanks to our wonderful coordinators who look after our conference streams


TaxisNewcastle Taxis can be contacted on this number 13 33 00

Tipping – Tipping is not a standard policy in Australia, but gratuities for excellent service are always appreciated

Transport to the venue – there will be buses provided each day that will pick up/drop off at the two recommended hotels in Newcastle at designated times. See above under ‘Buses’. Click here for other options including car, bus and train.



Venue – the University of Newcastle Callaghan campus is on 140 hectares of natural bushland and is 12 kilometres from Newcastle CBD. Here is a map of the conference key areas:


GH Great Hall: Registration, information desk, meals, networking, AGM (Purdue room)

MCTH McMullin Theatre: Keynotes, screenings, panels

ICT Building: Parallel sessions



Stephen Ward – keynote speaker. A link to Stephen’s home page

Weather – typically, the weather in July is around 14°C-17°C during the day and drops to an average of between 7°C and 10°C overnight. Here’s a link to the Newcastle Weather section of the Bureau of Meteorology site

Welcome to ANZCA cocktail event – we would like to invite you to a cocktail hour after the sessions end on Wednesday where you will enjoy Tulloch’s wines and food by Katy Carruthers Catering. Thanks to Taylor and Francis for providing support.

What to see in Newcastle (tourism site)

Wikipedia on Newcastle