17th - 20th May 2017 

After a successful 2015 Conference, it is with pleasure we invite you to the
AGOSCI 13th Biennial Conference ‘Ready, Set, AACtion’ at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Melbourne.

Welcome to Melbourne

Established in 1981, AGOSCI is an inclusive group interested in enhancing the participation of all people with complex communication needs.  

AGOSCI has established an excellent reputation for inspiring conference delegates. Delegates will be challenged to think about their readiness to support, engage and involve people with complex communication needs in all aspects of life.  The content of the conference will set the standards for functional communication support. And conference delegates will learn what AACtion is needed to create a more welcoming society for people with communication support needs.

The conference venue, The Grand Hyatt, offers the finest in Melbourne venue hire with dynamic features and five star service. Situated in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD on prestigious Collins Street, the Grand Hyatt is renowned for its luxury, consistent service excellence and easy accessibility to many of Melbourne’s tourist attractions.

We look forward to welcoming you to Melbourne in 2017!

Key Links

AGOSCI 2017 Program (2).pdf
AGOSCI 2017 Call for Papers

AGOSCI 2017 Sponsorship and Exhibition Prospectus

AGOSCI 2017 Keynote Speakers

AGOSCI 2017 Registration Brochure

AGOSCI 2017 Online Registration

AGOSCI 2017 Pre-Conference Workshop Registration Only
(Please use this link if you would like to register for the pre-conference workshops only. If you are registering for the conference as well as a workshop, please use the link above.)
 AGOSCI 2017 Conference Program

Conference Organisers

All Occasions Group
12 Stirling Street
Thebarton SA 5031
Phone: 08 8125 2200 Fax: 08 8125 2233
Email: Claire Amor-Haynes 
/ Emma Cimarosti

Conference Theme

The AGOSCI Conference theme for 2017 is “Ready, Set, AACtion”.

The conference theme reflects our need to be ready for the arrival of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the effects this will have on the lives of children and adults with little or no speech. “Ready, Set, AACtion” will showcase the best products and services, the latest research and the most inclusive communication practices for people with little or no speech.

The conference is an opportunity for people who use AAC, their families, friends, work colleagues, and people who work within the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication to come together to share their knowledge and skills. The AGOSCI conference attracts people of all ages and from different sectors of the community.

The four themes of the conference highlight our readiness, preparedness and willingness to act as the NDIS rolls out across Australia. These four themes will guide the content of the conference:

  • Living with an acquired communication disability
  • Readiness for work, play and life
  • Set for successful outcomes for communication and inclusion
  • Inclusive mealtimes

The conference will encourage papers that explore these themes and connections.

Visiting Melbourne

Accessible Melbourne Guide

Lonely Planet’s new Accessible Melbourne guide is your FREE passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see, with tips and recommendations for travellers with special needs.

Discover Melbourne’s best wheelchair-friendly restaurants and shops, get active with accessible sports, and enjoy spectacular scenery, food and wine along the Great Ocean Road. We’ve gathered user reviews and insider tips from a wide range of travellers to ensure those with mobility, hearing or vision impairment get the most out of a Melbourne holiday.

No matter what your ability, get to the heart of Melbourne. Download your free eBook now!



Accessible Victoria

Accessible Victoria offers travel information for Melbourne.



Can Go Everywhere

CanGo helps you find Accessible Accommodation, Accessible Services and more.




A website offering multiple links and access guides.



Wheelie Good Hotels

Find, view and book wheelchair accessible accommodation.



National Information Communication Awareness Network (Nican)

Free information service that lists accommodation venues accessible to people with disabilities. They provide info on recreation, tourism, sport and the arts for people with disability for all of Australia.



Travellers Aid

Travellers Aid provides travel-related support and aid including accessible toilet, shower and change amenities, equipment loan and a rest area. It provides advice and assistance to older and frail people, and people with disabilities to ensure safe passage. Travellers Aid are located at City Village on Bourke Street, and at Southern Cross and Flinders Street Stations. Bookings are essential.


Getting Around Melbourne

The City of Melbourne can help you find out about accessible parking, public transport, taxis and vehicle hire and getting mobile on Melbourne's footpaths.



Mobility Maps

The City of Melbourne provides downloadable mobility maps for the city centre, Docklands precinct and Melbourne's entertainment and sports precinct.



Communication Accessible Venues




Out & About App

An app designed to assist carers and individuals with a disability or mobility issues to better access their community and access information on accessible venues and events across Melbourne.


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