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Monday 3 - Friday 7 Jul 2023


The Pullman Reef Hotel, Cairns
35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns QLD

The Sixth Fisheries Research Development Corporation (FRDC) Australasian Scientific Conference on Aquatic Animal Health & Biosecurity will be held on Gimuy-Walubara Yidinji and Yirrganydji Country in Cairns (, Queensland, Australia – gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree rainforest. The conference provides a forum for presentation of research, diagnostic, epidemiology, management, and policy issues encompassing all areas of aquatic animal health and biosecurity. We anticipate that the Sixth FRDC Australasian Scientific Conference on Aquatic Animal Health & Biosecurity will attract participants from not only Australia, but also New Zealand, SE Asia and beyond.

We are pleased to announce that there will be four conference keynote speakers:

  • Dr Saraya Tavornpanich, Department of Aquatic Animal Health and Welfare, Norwegian Veterinary Institute.
  • Dr Kevin Christison, Aquaculture Innovation and Technology Development, Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, South Africa.
  • Dr Mark Crane (retired), CSIRO Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness Fish Diseases Laboratory.
  • Dr Steve Percival, Aquaculture Development and Veterinary Services

The proposed conference program will in part depend on the range of topics received as abstracts, but we anticipate that it will at least include sessions on:

  • Diseases in Finfish
  • Diseases in Molluscs
  • Diseases in Crustaceans
  • Emergency Disease Response
  • Epidemiology
  • Other Aquatic Animal Health and Biosecurity Topics


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  • Student registration

    This option is for students currently enrolled at Australian Universities


Dates and Times

Event date: Jul 2023

Monday 3 - Friday 7 Jul 2023

The Pullman Reef Hotel, Cairns

35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns QLD
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Abstract submission guidelines

Conference registration and abstract submission for oral presentations only will be open from early April.

All abstracts are limited to a maximum of 350 words. The length of presentations is dependent on the number of successful abstracts and is expected to be between 15-20 minutes.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the AAHBCP committee. Submitting authors will be notified if their abstract will be included in the conference programme.

DEADLINE for Abstract submission: EXTENDED to 26th of May 2023

Registration guidelines

Registration includes access to all conference sessions, morning/afternoon teas & lunch for the duration of the conference, as well as all the social activities as detailed below.

Conference Registration Happy Hour

Date: Monday 3rd July 18:00 - 20:00
Cost: Included in registration fee (finger food, beer, wine, soft drinks)

Conference proceedings

Date: Tuesday 4th July to Friday 7th July, ALL DAY
Cost: Included in registration fee (conference sessions, morning/afternoon teas & lunches)

Conference Happy Hour

Date: Tuesday 4th July 17:30 - 18:30
Cost: Included in registration fee (finger food, beer, wine, soft drinks)

Conference Dinner

Date: Thursday 6th July 18:00 - 22:00
Cost: Included in registration fee (dinner, beer, wine, soft drinks)

Please note that the extra cost for an accompanying person (who is not a registered conference delegate) for the Conference Dinner is $100.00 and their dietary requirements also specified.

We only accept payment through the eWay online payment gateway via Visa or Mastercard to finalise registration and payment. Registration fees are defined in Australian Dollars, registration fees for registrants outside Australia will convert to their local currency automatically based on the daily conversion rates. Please register all details for each attendee. Please note registration system cannot accommodate multi-attendee registrations, each registration is for a single attendee only. If you are registering on your behalf of a third party and require a copy of the confirmation email please request that the registrant forward a copy. A tax receipt will be issued upon payment. No other receipts will be provided.

Please note, this is an in-person event and hybrid sessions will not be offered. Conference delegates will need to make their own accommodation and travel arrangements.

Please note that all international delegates travelling to Australia must check if they require a valid visa before boarding their plane. Travellers to Australia cannot apply for a visa on arrival. For many countries, the visa is paperless and added automatically to your air ticket.

DEADLINE for Conference registration and dietary requirements: EXTENDED to 26th of May 2023

By registering for this conference, you agree to the terms and conditions, cancellation and refund policy, and insurance and waiver of liability


Each delegate at the conference will receive a name badge on registration. By registering to attend the conference you agree to the following terms and conditions: The badge will be your official pass and must be worn to obtain entry to all sessions and social functions. The dress standard is smart casual. Persons disrupting scientific or social sessions will have their registration cancelled and will be refused entry.


Only written (email) advice of registration cancellations will be considered. Cancellations before COB on 3rd of June will receive a full refund of registration fees; cancellations received after this date will receive no refund. Only written (email) delegate substitutions are accepted up to the 23rd of June. Full details of the new delegate including dietary and access requirements must be provided.


FRDC, CSIRO or any of the supporting organisations to the 6th Australasian Scientific Conference on Aquatic Animal Health & Biosecurity accept no liability to any persons or body for any loss, injury or damage howsoever and whether directly or indirectly from any action or cause whatsoever undertaken, organised, sponsored or associated with the conference.
Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the conference and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice. The policy should include loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the conference, or through cancellation of the conference, loss of international/domestic air fares through cancellation for any reason, failure to utilise pre booked arrangements due to airline delay, force majeure or any other reason, medical expenses (including sickness and accident cover), loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. The conference managers cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance. This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.

Additional contacts

If you have any queries with respect to any aspect of the conference, please contact:

Jacqui Morris, FRDC Aquatic Animal Health & Biosecurity Coordination Program (AAHBCP) Coordinator (
Nick Moody, FRDC AAHBCP Leader (

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, and recognises their continuing connection to lands, waters and culture. We pay our respect to Elders past and present.


3rd July, 18:00 – 20:00

Conference Welcome Happy Hour and Registration

4th July to 7th July, all day

Conference proceedings

4th July, 17:30 – 18:30

Conference Happy Hour

6th July, 18:00 – 22:00

Conference Dinner

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