Australasian Youth Justice Administrators present the

5th Australasian Youth Justice Conference Strengthening Connections: The Power of Relationships and Strong Service Partnerships

Melbourne Cricket Ground 
16th – 18th April, 2024

event information

Presentation submission deadline

All presenters are asked to submit their finalised presentations in PowerPoint format by 9th April to

Please adhere to the following naming convention when saving your presentation file:

[Surname of first presenting author]_[session number]   e.g. SMITH_3C

Presentation time allocation

  • Oral presentations are allocated 20 minutes, including question time
  • Panel presentations are allocated 45 minutes, including question time
  • Workshops are allocated 60 minutes, including question time
  • Keynote presentations are 60 minutes, including question time

Getting to the MCG

Entry to the conference is via Gate 3. 
(Tip: Look for the Australian Sports Museum sign)
Once inside, head to level 2. 

There are two train stations close to the MCG. Jolimont (otherwise known as MCG Station) is north of the ground and offers a five-minute stroll through Yarra Park to the ground. From any railway station in the central business district, take the Hurstbridge or Epping lines.

The other station is Richmond on the south eastern side of the MCG. It's a slightly longer walk to the ground but you can walk past the Punt Road Oval to the Shane Warne Stand side.

To get to Richmond station from the city, take any train on the Lilydale, Belgrave, Alamein, Glen Waverley, Dandenong, Pakenham, Cranbourne, Frankston or Sandringham lines.

Three tram routes provide access to the MCG.
  • No. 75 (City-Vermont South) travels along Flinders St and connects with the eastern suburbs via Wellington Parade. 
  • No. 48 (Docklands/City-North Balwyn) travels along Collins Street and connects with the eastern suburbs via Wellington Parade. Both these routes stop just outside the MCG. 
  • No. 70 (Docklands/City-Wattle Park) travels along Flinders Street then detours via Melbourne Park and the tram stop is a short walk across the footbridge to the ground.

The Bus route 246 is run by National Bus Company, which links La Trobe University with Elsternwick Station in a useful service for patrons from the northern and southern suburbs. The 246 stops in Punt Road, just a punt kick from the ground.

There is no parking available on site. There are many paid car parks in the CBD. 


The MCG is well serviced by pedestrian bridges that provide easy access to the stadium from a number of directions.

The William Barak Bridge, opened in 2006 in time for the Commonwealth Games, is a 525-metre bridge that provides walking access from Flinders Street station to the MCG. It rises from Birrarung Marr (near Federation Square) over Batman Avenue, the Jolimont Railway corridor and Brunton Avenue before descending into Yarra Park. The bridge links Melbourne’s fabulous sports and entertainment venues with the heart of the city.

The John Cain Arena (formerly Melbourne Arena) footbridge runs parallel to the Rod Laver Arena footbridge, extending from the MCG’s Gate 6 concourse over the railway corridor and descending into the Olympic Park precinct on Olympic Boulevard.


AYJC 2024 Conference App

The AYJC2024 conference app is the best way to access all conference information. The app contains the program agenda, abstracts, and speaker bios.  The app can also be used to build your own personal agenda, chat with fellow attendees and share contacts. You can even share pictures on the conference stream!

We’ll be using the app to update attendees with important information such as last-minute changes, so be sure to download the app beforehand. 

Registered attendees will receive an email with a unique login code. Keep an eye out in your in-box.

Tips for using the conference app

Privacy & Settings – Select this icon to decide how your information is viewable to other attendees.  All attendees appear with first name and surname initial only until you decide otherwise.

Agenda – select the agenda icon to view session information, abstracts, and take notes.  You can add sessions to you favourites so they’re easy to find.

My agenda – Use the My agenda icon to see which sessions you’ve added to your favourites.

Event notes – Shows a summary of all the notes you’ve taken.  You can export all your notes using the export option.

Meeting hub – Find and chat with other attendees and make connections using the Scan and Connect function.

Conference survey – We’ll be using this towards the end of the conference to ask for your valuable feedback.

The conference app will be the only way to view the program at the conference. Be sure to download prior to conference kick off! 

Social program

Following on from day 1, 16th April, attendees are invited to attend our networking event. The network event will commence in the Betty Cuthbert lounge at 5.30, before moving to the Australian Sports Museum where drinks and canapés will be served.  

At the Australian Sports Museum, guests will have the chance to view the museum collection and experience the interactive displays. Unleash your competitive side and see how your skills stack up against some of your favourite Aussie athletes too. Grab your green and gold sweatband, and you’re ready to go! 

Of course, there'll be plenty of time to mingle with fellow attendees, maybe even see who can kick the best goal!

Your conference name tag will get you entry to the museum from 6 to 7.30pm. 

Sustainability at AYJC 2024 

In an effort to reduce waste, the AYJC program will be in digital format only. We encourage all attendees to download the conference app. The app allows attendees to view the agenda, read about speakers, and connect with fellow attendees.  Attendees will receive an email with app download details.

Conference lanyards are made from recycled materials and nametags do not require plastic pockets.  

All organic waste at the MCG is dehydrated and is then used as a fertilizer for the Yarra Park grounds surrounding the G. Where possible, and safe to do so, our caterers also partner with SecondBite to collect leftover food. You can find out about the MCG's sustainable practices here.

Swinburne University of Technology's sustainability and environment goals can be found here.

Cherry Creek Youth Justice Precinct tours (SOLD OUT)

On the final day of the conference, Thursday 18th April, we are pleased to be able to offer two tours of the Cherry Creek Youth Justice Precinct.  Tickets for the tour can be purchased through the conference registration portal.

Please note that tickets are limited to 30 tickets per tour only.  They will be generated on a ‘first in first served’ basis.

The price of the ticket ($30AUD per person) includes bus transport to Cherry Creek, tour of the centre, and a packed lunch.  Tours will take approximately four hours (from departure to return), departing from and returning to the MCG.

Tour departure times:

AM tour 8.30am

PM tour 12.30pm

General disclaimers:

  • Approval to participate in the tour is subject to:
    • prior security approval
    • security approval on the day

  • Anyone who fails to comply with a reasonable direction from the tour leader or other Youth Justice representatives on the day will be removed from the tour.
  • In the event that the tour cannot proceed on the day, conference attendees will be reimbursed for their tour ticket.
  • Tour participants will receive an email containing detailed information about the tour, including security requirements, prior to departure. 

About Cherry Creek Youth Justice Centre

Cherry Creek reimagines what a custodial facility can be.  Set in a picturesque part of Victoria, close to Werribee, Cherry Creek is a safe and secure place where young people can work on getting their lives back on track.  Their efforts are supported by evidence-based programs and services.

At Cherry Creek, we want young people to return home with the confidence that they can thrive in their own communities. Young people live in four-bed and eight-bed units across different neighbourhoods. Each unit is equipped with a kitchen, living and outdoor area to support independent living skills.

Cherry Creek's modern features include:

  • A dedicated health centre and two mental health units for young people
  • Purpose-built buildings to deliver programs in education
  • A recreational centre and vocational training campus for trade-specific courses
  • A spiritual and cultural space for cultural and faith-based programs, including gardens and a yarning circle
  • Energy-efficient design throughout the precinct, including the use of many recycled materials
  • Age-appropriate and culturally sensitive accommodation and learning environments
  • Modern and spacious staff facilities with views of the You Yangs mountain range.

Melbourne Weather

The weather in Melbourne in April is usually pleasant with an average high of 21°C and low of 12°C. Evenings can be quite cool. As variations in temperature can occur, we recommend you prepare for cooler weather. Melbourne is famous for having four seasons in one day!

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Looking for something to do while you're in town?  The Melbourne International Comedy Festival will be in full swing! Check out the event website for all the details -


Conference registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. We recommended you take out personal travel insurance when you register for the conference and book your travel which includes loss or damage of personal possessions, including loss of hotel payments and registration fees through cancellation.

The conference organisers do not take responsibility for participants failing to arrange their own insurance.

Event Terms and Conditions

1. Registration and Ticketing:

  • By registering for our event, you agree to abide by these terms and conditions.
  • Tickets can be transferred and refunded under certain circumstances. Contact the conference organiser for details.

2. Payment:

  • Payment can be made online through the registration portal. 
  • All prices include applicable taxes and processing fees.
  • Payment can be made via invoice at request. Invoices are generated by Swinburne University of Technology.

3. Attendee Responsibilities:

  • Attendees are expected to conduct themselves respectfully and professionally.
  • Unlawful or disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated, and organizers reserve the right to remove attendees in violation of the code of conduct.

4. Intellectual Property:

  • All intellectual property rights for conference materials belong to the Australasian Youth Justice Administrators and Swinburne University of Technology.
  • Attendees may not reproduce, share, or use conference materials for commercial purposes without written consent.

5. Privacy Policy:

6. Cancellation and Changes:

  • In the event of conference cancellation or rescheduling, attendees will be notified promptly.
  • Refund policies for cancelled or rescheduled conferences will be communicated at that time.

7. Liability and Disclaimers:

  • Speaker cancellations or changes to the program may occur, and we are not responsible for any inconvenience this may cause.
8. Force Majeure:
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our control (e.g., natural disasters), Swinburne University of Technology will make all efforts to reschedule or refund tickets, but we are not liable for any resulting losses.

9. Contact Information: 

  • For inquiries, concerns, or requests related to the conference, please contact us at

10. Acceptance of Terms: 

  • By registering for this event, you acknowledge and accept these terms and conditions.

Presenter Terms and Conditions

1. Presenter Responsibility:

  • By submitting an abstract for our event, you agree to abide by these terms and conditions.
  • All presenters are responsible for ensuring that they have obtained any necessary ethical approvals and approvals from relevant governing bodies to present their research or content.

2. Compliance with Applicable Laws and Regulations:

  • Presenters must adhere to all applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines governing their research or content presentation. This includes compliance with ethical standards, human subject protections, and any other relevant laws.

3. Liability: 

  • Presenters are solely responsible for any legal or ethical issues arising from the content they present. The conference organisers will not be held liable for any breaches of ethical standards, laws, or regulations by presenters.

4. Verification: 

  • The conference organisers reserve the right to request documentation or evidence of ethical approval and relevant permissions from presenters. Failure to provide such documentation may result in the withdrawal of the presentation.

5. Confidentiality: 

  • Presenters should be mindful of any confidential or sensitive information they may present and take appropriate measures to protect the privacy and security of such data. Any breaches of confidentiality will be the responsibility of the presenter.

6. Changes to presentations: 

  • Presenters should inform the conference organisers of any significant changes or updates to their presentations, especially if these changes impact the ethical or regulatory status of their work.

7. Acceptance of Terms: 

  • By submitting a presentation for this event, you acknowledge and accept these terms and conditions.

Contact Us

The 5th Australasian Youth Justice Conference is proudly delivered by the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne University of Technology.

Conference Organiser

Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science
Swinburne University of Technology

Get in Touch

+61 3 9214 6222