About the conference

Our story

Safeskies Australia is an independent, not-for-profit organisation promoting aviation safety through safety education – at the biennial Safeskies conference and other targeted events. 

Safeskies Australia celebrated 30 years of independent aviation safety education in 2023, having held our biennial Safeskies conference since 1993. Each one of those conferences has showcased contemporary approaches to aviation safety. Past conferences have focused on a range of themes, including ‘Setting the right aviation safety culture’; ‘Safety in the globalised economy’; Learning the lessons of the past’; ‘Making safety management systems work’; and ‘Training and change’. 

The 2024 theme is ‘Safety collaboration’

The conference runs over two days with the conference dinner and Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture to be held in 2024 on Wednesday evening 16 October in the Great Hall of Parliament House. 

Data-driven safety intelligence systems

Using data effectively to improve safety

Sharing the skies safely

Managing an increasingly congested airspace safely

Technology and training: the future aviation workforce

Continuing development of a professional and safe industry using technology

Safety culture in outsourced activities

Shifting safety culture in outsourced activities - for example, ground handling

The enduring accident causal factors 1993-2023

Learning from the past

Safety Innovation

New ideas for safer operations

Safeskies 2024 will be held from 16-17 October at one of Canberra’s iconic venues—the Hyatt Hotel. The Conference will be held in the Federation Ballroom of the hotel, with special accommodation rates available for conference delegates.

Built in the 1920s to accommodate Australia’s members of parliament when parliament was sitting, the Hyatt has been painstakingly restored to showcase its art-deco heritage. The hotel offers 5-star luxury only a short drive from Canberra’s CBD, and a 15-minute walk to Canberra’s cultural precinct, including the National and Portrait Galleries. 

General FAQ's

questions about the conference

Canberra is Australia’s capital, and has a population of approximately 430,000. National treasures abound and exciting new boutique precincts have emerged, featuring gastronomic highlights and cultural must-dos.

Explore this award-winning destination, from its stunning cultural attractions, fabulous markets offering the freshest local produce, shopping scene bursting with the best in boutique, local creations, and discover its gorgeous outdoor attractions such as waterfalls, gorges, rivers, lookouts and surrounding mountains.

Canberra offers a great diversity of attractions and experiences all within close proximity to accommodation and transport. For solo travellers, couples, families and groups, Canberra has something to appeal to the curious, adventurous, foodie or explorer within us all.

For more information on what to do in Canberra, please visit the Visit Canberra website.

The state-of-the-art Canberra Airport terminal is certainly the best of its kind in the region, if not the world. Not only is it functional and efficient, it is a place of interest and calm, with world-class sculptures, landscaped gardens and stunning water features. It is approximately a 15-minute journey from Canberra Airport to the city centre by car or taxi.

The airport taxi rank is located centrally on the ground floor of the terminal building, near the baggage carousels in the arrivals hall. The taxi rank is fully undercover and the waiting area is indoors for your convenience. You can also phone ahead, or book online. Canberra taxis and cabs accept payment by credit cards, cash and electronic funds transfer. Taxi companies include:

Ride sharing
Uber is available from Canberra Airport. Request a pick-up or obtain an estimate from the Uber app. New users can sign up for an Uber account here. Your Uber driver will pick you up from the Express Pick-up car park, located on the ground floor of the green Indoor Park, a short 20-metre covered walk from the arrivals hall. 

ACTION buses
Transport Canberra runs regular ACTION bus services between the Canberra Airport terminal and city bus station seven days a week. You will need a MyWay ticket, which can be purchased from the airport. 

Hotel transfers
Some Canberra hotels provide coach transfers to and from the airport. 

Canberra is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, and in September, will be on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

The conference hosts and organisers have arranged for photography onsite throughout the conference. The images may be used for post-conference reports, case studies, marketing collateral and supplied to industry media if requested. If you do not wish for your photo to be taken, there will be an opportunity to say ‘NO’ to pictures when you complete the online registration form.

Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. We strongly recommend 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,
  • loss of tour monies through cancellation for any reason including airline or related services strikes within Australia,
  • failure to utilise tours or 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.

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