COVID Safety Policy

Based on the current reporting of COVID infections in Australia the organising committee would like to model best practice behaviour at the conference to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

The organising committee will continue to monitor risk and government advice in the lead up to the conference and may institute additional precautions if the risk changes. 

Please make yourself familiar with our COVID Safety Policy and requirements.

COVID Safety Policy

Attendees are reminded not to attend if:  

  • they are feeling unwell and displaying COVID-19 symptoms (and of loss or change in sense of smell or taste, fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or runny nose),  
  • are a household contact with a person with COVID-19 (with a positive test) within the last 7 day

If a refund is required in the case that delegates are unable to attend due to COVID-19 infection or being a close contact, the organiser will assist them on presentation of evidence.

For those attending the APSAD Canberra 2024 Conference, we strongly recommend but is not mandatory and do not enforce: 

  • Mask wearing is strongly recommended during the three-day conference, (preferably N95 masks). Please bring your own mask, however there will be masks available at the conference registration. 
  • A COVID rapid antigen test (RAT) should be undertaken before travelling to attend the conference (you should do a RAT prior to setting off to attend the conference – but there will be RATs available at the conference for people who cannot access a test).
  • Audio and slides of sessions available post conference: If you cannot attend or become unwell or if you feel uncomfortable about travelling and attending then we will make audio recordings and PowerPoints of presentations available post conference.

Note: The above advice is highly recommended, but is not mandatory for attendance.

Other measures that have been implemented to reduce the risk of COVID-19 include: 

  • Contactless check in / registration available (use your barcode) 
  • N95 masks available at registration 
  • COVID rapid antigen tests available 
  • Hand sanitisation places 
  • Reminders around social distancing and effective venue spacing
  • Post conference presentations available

All attendees at the Conference will be required to comply with the COVIDSafe guidelines and protocols in place at the conference venue, which will be aligned and compliant with all relevant Government health advice during this time. 

At the Conference, participants will be reminded to social distance where possible and follow the instructions of ushers when entering the meeting rooms, or in public areas.  Please also follow all hand hygiene requirements. 

Being COVIDSafe is a shared responsibility, and we want you to enjoy and make the most of the APSAD Conference 2024  in a safe way. 

If you are concerned about any COVID-19 related risks during the conference, please notify the conference secretariat on +61 458 291 166.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Conference Secretariat: apsadconference(at) or on +61 458 291 166. Our operating hours are 9am – 5pm AET, Monday-Friday.


APSAD acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and Owners of the lands and waterways throughout Australia, paying our respects to Elders past, and present.

APSAD recognises the Ngunnawal people as traditional custodians of the ACT and surrounding region. APSAD acknowledges that other people and families also have a traditional connection to the lands of the ACT and region and we respect this connection to country.

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