2022 AUSTA National Conference – Melbourne


Friday 1 July to Monday 4 July 2022 Melbourne

Scotch College, 1 Morrison St, Hawthorn VIC 3122

Proudly sponsored by the AMEB

AUSTA VIC is proud to host the National Conference held in Melbourne from Friday 1 July to Monday 4 July 2022.

The theme of the conference is ‘Strings of Australia’ and we are almost exclusively engaging national presenters, highlighting the abundant talent we have in Australia; teachers from all levels of education — early childhood to tertiary, performers, community players, conductors, advanced students, pedagogues, composers, luthiers and innovators. 

All attendees, presenters, workers, volunteers and delegates of the AUSTA National Conference are required to be compliant with vaccination mandates as they apply in Victoria. Evidence of vaccination status will be checked upon entry to the conference, unless a valid medical exemption applies.

Conference Registration



The conference will cover a wide range of topics including all things to do with pedagogy and education, performance, psychology, mind/body, masterclasses, diverse styles, composing, arranging, improvisation, technology, practicing, publishing, repertoire.

Visit our Presenters Page to read more about the 2022 AUSTA National Conference Presenters

Visit the Video Gallery to hear teaser videos about their sessions.

View our Conference Timetable to see the times and dates of each session.

View our Conference Schedule to see an overview of the conference, including pre and post conference events.

Purchase your Conference Ticket

Ticket for the conference can be purchased through TryBooking from February 1, 2022. Early Bird rates are available up to the end of Friday 27 May 2022; as of Saturday 28 May full rates apply. Daily tickets are also available.

AUSTA members enjoy event discounts, so now is a great time to join AUSTA! Concession tickets will also be available to holders of valid concession cards.

Ticket prices include morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and drinks. Conference Dinner tickets (optional) can also be purchased through the same TryBooking link.

All delegates will be given access to the Conference Digital Program. If you would prefer a hard-copy program, be sure to order one when you book your tickets.


Our partner hotel is Quest hotel Our partner hotel is Quest Hawthorn located at 616 Glenferrie Road Hawthorn. The hotel is convenient to the Conference venue and local eateries. They are offering a 15% DISCOUNT on accomodation to AUSTA delegates. The discount code will be emailed to you after purchasing your Conference ticket. Book early as places are limited!

Getting to the conference

Melbourne has a good train and tram network and Scotch college can be accessed by either.

  • The closest train station is Kooyong Station which is on the Glen Waverley line.
  • The Route 16 tram (Melbourne University-Kew or Kew to Melbourne University) runs closest to the college.

Buses also run. You can find out more here.

Conference Schedule

The schedule  will be updated regularly as presenters and guests are confirmed. Click HERE for the latest version.

Please note that the Conference Schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the Conference Organising Committee.


Would you like to submit a poster for the conference? Posters are usually research-based, but we encourage the sharing of information presented in the poster format that will be relevant to the conference delegates. Here’s some handy information about poster sessions and what is required (please be sure to follow the guidelines of size and formatting). Poster applications can be made through the Poster Application Form.

Applications for posters are still open.

Traders, Sponsors and Stall Holders

AUSTA is now taking applications for sponsors, traders and stall holders. Limited places are available!  Sponsorship information is also available. We are running two areas for traders; the main Traders Hall and a Marketplace.

The Traders Hall will be the main gathering place for delegates and will be accessible for the whole duration of the conference.

The Marketplace is available for small sole traders and hobby traders. The Marketplace will be located in an active thoroughfare of the venue and will only be open during main breaks (morning tea, lunch & afternoon tea). Established retail traders can book a stall to the Traders Hall.

Traders & Sponsorship Flyer

ANC Program Advertising Rates & Booking Form

Please contact Helen Holt at austatraders@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Community Music Day – Sunday July 3

This stream will run concurrently to the regular conference programming . The emphasis will be on supporting these programs and expanding the skills of community musicians and community group leaders, conductors, committees, stakeholders and teaching artists.


The conference will cover a wide range of topics including all things to do with pedagogy and education, performance, psychology, mind/body, masterclasses, diverse styles, composing, arranging, improvisation, technology, practicing, publishing, repertoire…

Information regarding Presenters and Key Note speakers have been released. Keep up to date via our Facebook Page.

Applications for presenters closed on 30 November 2021.

All successful applicants have now been contacted.


Please email Karen Kyriakou at austaconference@gmail.com with any enquiries.