As a result of the situation in Victoria and the social distancing requirements currently in place at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC), we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Conference to 3-5 February, 2021.
With planning well underway and such strong support for the Conference already, we are obviously disappointed. The number of registrations during the super-early bird period far exceeded our expectations, confirming our belief that everyone is looking forward to the opportunity to reconnect in person.
The health and wellbeing of delegates is of utmost importance. ASFA is monitoring and will follow the advice of relevant Government agencies and health departments to ensure the Conference is delivered consistent with any requirements of the government or venues. This includes requirements around social distancing and personal hygiene.
ASFA is working closely with the BCEC with a focus on ensuring our delegates experience a safe and welcoming environment. BCEC has developed a set of COVID safe guidelines which are part of an overarching hygiene and safety protocol developed in accordance with the Australian Department of Health, Queensland Health and World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendations.
The venue’s guidelines cover the key areas of personal hygiene safety, food safety, air quality control, surface cleaning and sanitising, with monitoring and management of these processes. These activities will be bolstered by ‘VenueShield’, new environmental hygiene practices being implemented by the centre’s managers, ASM Global, in 325 facilities worldwide. These practices have been designed in consultation with health officials and international industry leaders in the areas of industrial hygiene and sanitation to provide the highest level of cleanliness and safety.
ASFA will email registered delegates with any updates to the COVID-19 situation that impact the staging of the Conference.
Should there be a requirement to postpone the Conference again, registration fees paid will be carried across to the rescheduled event dates.
Further information can be found in the ASFA Conference FAQs and terms and conditions.