ASfAR 2022 Conference

ASfAR warmly invites you to our 2022 conference which will be held in person on the 28th and 29th November 2022 hosted by Deakin University at the Deakin Waterfront Campus in Geelong, Victoria.


Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th November 2022


In person conference at Deakin Waterfront Campus, Geelong, Victoria



Registration for the ASfAR 2022 Conference is free for ASfAR members and is now open.

Before you register for the 2022 Conference

Everyone who registers for the conference must be a current ASfAR member – you can check if you are a current member by trying to log into the members page here

If you are not a current member, you will need to join or rejoin ASfAR before you can register for the conference. Please note that the fee for ASfAR membership remains consistent regardless of when in the membership cycle (1st Jan 2021-31st December 2022) you join.

To register for the Conference

Once you have confirmed you are a current member or once you join ASfAR at please register for the conference here:

Registrations must be received by 01:00am AEST on 1st November.

Keynote & Invited Speakers

  • Keynote Speaker Prof Alison Lane (OTARC). Making sense of sensory experiences in autism: the path forward.

  • Keynote Early Career Researcher Speaker Dr Gail Alvares (Telethon Kids Institute): The prevention of mental health difficulties in childhood: A pipedream or a paradigm shift for mental healthcare?
  • Keynote Autistic Researcher Speaker Dr Melanie Heyworth (Macquarie University, School of Education). Reaching the right people: Community perceptions of Autism research.

To find out more about our keynote speakers, please see


Discounted Conference Rates – Accommodation

Please login to our Members’ Only area to find discounted conference rates for a number of hotels.

Autistic Community Breakfast

  • An Autistic Community Breakfast Meeting will be held on Day 2 of the Conference (Tuesday 29th Nov).
  • Breakfast will be ready and available for pick up from 7.30am, the breakfast meeting will start at 8am until 9am in D2.330 (the Conference Autistic Community Room).

COVID-related rules and regulations

As the conference is being held in Victoria, and at Deakin University, ASfAR is obliged to comply with the laws set by Victoria and the rules set by Deakin.  Hence, ASfAR will comply with all rules stated here

Please check this link for updated information.

Language choice when preparing your presentations for the ASfAR 2022 Conference

When preparing your conference presentations, please ensure your choice of language is respectful and in line with the autistic community’s preferences and recommendations.

Please see and for guidance.

Submission of Abstracts

The abstract submission for the 2022 ASfAR conference is now closed.