The National Conference is the premier event in the NAAUC Calendar. Each year our conference attracts delegates from across Australia with the aim to inspire and empower them to create positive change in their residential communities. As a delegate, attendees are actively challenged and encouraged to learn, discuss and reflect on the key issues facing those living on campus in tertiary residences. This covers a range of topics, including student wellbeing, diversity and media presence. Through the week, attendees are audience to inspirational guest speakers, interactive workshops and seminars, and panel discussions, involving professionals with a variety of expertise in fields relevant to the industry. Furthermore, conference includes an innovative social program. The events that comprise this demonstrate fundamental concepts covered, modelling activities that are both inclusive and entertaining.

WHERE: Cromwell College (University of Queensland), St Lucia, Brisbane.

WHEN: 1st July - 7th July 2018

CHECK IN: Between 10am - 2pm (1st July)

CHECK OUT: By 10am (7th July)


For everything Conference, see our 2018 Pre-Conference Kit!




Early Bird (Closes 19th March) - $1150

Standard (20th March - 21st May) - $1250

LATE (22nd May - 11th June) - $1350

Change of Delegate: $50


Early Bird (Closes 19th March) - $1300

Standard (20th March - 21st May) - $1400

LATE (22nd May - 11th June) - $1500

Change of Delegate: $70



Q: When does conference start and finish? When should we arrive at Cromwell College/arrange for flights in and out?

A: Conference runs from the Sun 1st - Sat 7th July. Delegates should aim to arrive at Cromwell between 10am-1pm, as registration runs from 10am-2pm. Delegates should factor in 30mins-45min travel from Brisbane Domestic Airport to Cromwell College, therefore flying into Brisbane Airtport no later than 1pm is advisable.  Cromwel College sets a strict check out time of 10am on the 7th July, however other than breakfast there is no official activities on the 7th, so delegates are welcome to check out and leave any time before 10am.  


Q: I will be arriving past 2pm on the 1st July, what should I do?

A: Please email conference@naauc.edu.au to advise of your approximate time of arrival if it’s later than the designated check in time. You can still register post 2pm, however it is advisable to arrive before then.


Q: How long are the days, are we required at everything?

A: Days run from Breakfast at 7:00 through until our social events each night, but you will get breaks between sessions during the day, don’t worry! All sessions are optional, however we of course recommend that you go to as much as humanly possible each day to make the most of your conference experience! 


Q: How much spending money should we bring?

A:  Within the conference schedule, you’ll be required to buy lunch on Sunday 1/7, and dinner on Tuesday 3/7 as well as costs associated with buying a transport card. There should be no other official purchases required by yourself, however depending on your activities during/after conference, it’s always handy to have some money on hand for any unexpected situations!


Q: What can we expect from conference?

A: See our Pre-Conference Kit for all the info regarding our academic program, social events and more! If that’s not enough, you’ll just have to wait for conference to find out...




The academic program of our National Conference is designed help delegates gain an in depth understanding of the challenges and opportunities of student leadership. The aim is to equip them with skills and ideas to help them become competent operators and agents of change.

This year our academic program will focus on four key topic areas:

-Diversity in Residences

- Representation of Residences

- Mental Health and Wellbeing

- Building Leadership

Our NAAUC Executive, Working party and State Representative teams contain years of experience in an wide range of residential student leadership roles. At the national conference, members of our team present a broad sweep of presentations to help our delegates better understand their roles and to kick start discussions and ideas sharing.

However, there are some areas where our experience cannot match expert advice; our Focus Sessions will feature small groups of delegates interacting with expert panels discussing the topics of Personal Wellbeing, Responsible Student Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion, and Community Wellbeing.

The NAAUC Conference is nationally renowned as the peak youth leadership initiative within the tertiary on-campus living sector and has inspired generations of student leaders from across the country in a forum of idea sharing and relationship building.




Delegates attending conference will also be treated to a diverse and exciting social program over the course of the week. These events, held each night, emphasise networking between delegates and complement key themes highlighted throughout the weeks’ academic program.

The 2018 social program will give delegates the opportunity to engage in outrageous debates in Parliament House, experience a mystery in time event, our take on a musical festival called NAAUChella and many more, all while being treated to the sights and sounds of Brisbane. The conference is capped off with our ever popular NAAUC Ball, where delegates can let their hair down and celebrate the week that has been.

NAAUC strives to demonstrate the highest standard of innovation, creativity, professionalism and event management by students through our social program. Our aim is to provide model events and ideas which can be adapted or replicated in residences across the country, allowing students to better foster inclusive, engaging and enjoyable environments within their own communities.




 To ensure we have as many voices as possible engaged in the conversation at our National Conference, NAAUC offers several scholarships to ensure all students have an equal opportunity to attend the Conference. Our scholarships are also designed to maximise personal and professional gain from attending the conference. Furthermore, NAAUC views the contribution of delegates as a critical means of staying relevant to the ever changing residential community culture. The following scholarships will be offered in 2018 with the eligibility of applicants, the number and level of bursary to be decided by the executive committee. 

Applicants must submit an electronic word processed application to the NAAUC Secretary, Sophie Simpson, at secretary@naauc.edu.au by 11:59pm 1st June 2018. 

Recipients of a NAAUC scholarship will not be eligible for any other conference discount subsidy from NAAUC. Please note that the NAAUC conference scholarships do not cover the cost of personal travel arrangements or personal spending money.

We look forward to hearing from you!