Invitation to Submit

On behalf of the Organising Committee, we invite you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 2018 ANZSSA Conference to be held at the University of Melbourne, 2 – 5 December 2018: From student to graduate: Authentic partnerships for quality outcomes.

Interested practitioners, researchers and professionals working in student services are encouraged to submit an abstract for consideration. Papers involving joint authorship with students, industry and community partners are particularly welcome. All submissions will undergo a peer review process by the Program Committee. The Committee will allocate accepted submissions to the program by taking into account the quality of each abstract, relevance to the conference theme and balance of the overall program. 

Conference Theme

The overarching theme of the 2018 ANZSSA Conference is: From student to graduate: Authentic partnerships for quality outcomes. This is a chance to look at meaningful, innovative partnerships that contribute to student wellbeing and success in a genuine and measurable way.

Listed below are a number of sub-themes along with points of interest to guide your thinking. These can and should be interpreted within your own institutional or national context. Please select the sub-theme that best fits your presentation as part of the submission process.

New ways of working in partnership

  • Innovative service through partnerships
  • Thinking around the clock: 24/7 service provision for students
  • Authority, trust, authenticity. contribution, recognition and power in partnerships
  • Partnerships with third party suppliers

 Students as partners

  • By, with and for students – are we walking the talk?
  • Partnerships for student transition, retention and wellbeing
  • Partnerships for advocacy and campus safety
  • The holistic approach: healthy mind, body and student community

Valuing and responding to Indigenous perspectives

  • The value of cultural partnerships
  • Developing culturally respectful partnerships
  • Embedding indigenous perspectives into mainstream academia

Successful and sustainable partnerships

  • Demonstrating the value and impact of partnerships
  • Evaluating the invisible: intangible benefits of partnerships
  • Cost-benefit analysis: working together versus going it alone
  • Beyond the first project: maintaining partnerships and commitment
  • What does an authentic partnership look like?
  • Succession planning for long-term partnerships

Presentation Formats

Applicants can select one of four options for presentation format. We are looking for stimulating, insightful and provocative presentations or workshops that will engage conference delegates and contribute to professional development. Refereed full papers will be published in conference proceedings.

  • Non-refereed oral (abstract 200-250 words and oral presentation 25-30 minutes in length, including questions)
  • Refereed full paper oral (abstract 200-250 words, full paper and oral presentation 25-30 minutes in length, including questions)
  • Non-refereed workshop (abstract 200-250 words and interactive workshop 60-90 minutes including questions)
  • ePosters (abstract 200-250 words and one PowerPoint slide)

Presentation Formats

While you will be asked to indicate your preferred presentation format, the program committee may request an alternative format be considered. The committee will allocate presentations to the program taking into account the preference of authors and the balance of the program.

Non-Refereed Oral

(abstract 200-250 words and oral presentation 25-30 minutes including questions)

These will not go through the referee process, yet are expected to be of relevance to the theme of the conference and of interest to the participants. An editorial team will judge if and how they can fit into the program.

Refereed Full Paper Oral

(abstract 200-250 words, full paper and oral presentation 25-30 minutes including questions)

A refereed article is one that is considered of publishable standard by one’s peers in the field of study. This format is mostly relevant to Academics and Researchers. The process of refereeing involves sending the full article to Academics and Researchers in the field with experience who check carefully the literature review, research methodology, results and conclusion. All articles are double-blind peer reviewed.  Decisions on acceptance is based on reviewer recommendation.

For academics, researchers and students submitting this format, an abstract is submitted first, prior to request for a full paper. The full paper will then be subjected to the double-blind refereeing process. The final paper will only be accepted when the referees and editors are satisfied with the quality and standard of the academic paper.

Full paper maximum of 8000 words. Abstract is are NOT included in this word count but references are.

Non-Refereed Workshop

(abstract 200-250 words and interactive workshop 60-90 minutes including questions)

A workshop with a theme emphasising practical solutions. We are hoping to get people who wish to teach others some skills and pass on knowledge and practical steps they have taken to improve their services and/or improve the experience of the students. Workshops should involve a significant degree of participation from those in attendance. It is not meant to be a 1.5 hour lecture.


(abstract 200-250 words and one PowerPoint slide designed using the provided template, to be displayed on screens in the catering area and on the conference app)

Electronic posters will be prepared in PowerPoint and displayed during the conference on a number of monitors. The posters will rotate automatically and each poster will be shown for one minute. Delegates will be able to pause individual posters to view them in more detail. There will also be an index to allow delegates to find an individual poster.

ePoster authors are required to submit an abstract about their topic. If accepted they will be provided with the ePoster PowerPoint template and instructions for display.

How to Submit

Abstracts should be prepared using the template provide (*.doc) and should not exceed 250 words.  Save your file to your computer with the last and first name of the submitting author for the file name (Lastname-Firstname).

Authors will be notified of the status of their submissions in time to register at the early bird rate.

Refereed Paper Submissions are required to submit an abstract initially and if accepted they will then be invited to submit a full paper.  Reviewers will advise of edits required before final acceptance into the conference program.

Review Process

The Program Committee will review all submitted abstracts.

As there are limited places for oral presentations some abstracts submitted for oral presentation may be offered posters. Authors in these cases will be advised and asked to confirm whether they wish to present an ePoster.

Review of Papers

Papers will be externally reviewed to meet the requirements of a refereed conference paper (E1. Full written conference paper – refereed) as specified by The Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE).

Presenters Registration

All presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee. Presenters also need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs.

Journal Publication of Refereed Full Papers

JANZSSA welcome application by conference presenters for papers to be accepted into the respective journals.

Submissions to the conference will be invited to also elect to be considered for publication in JANZSSA.


Since 1995 ANZSSA has been publishing a high quality professional journal which is published and distributed to ANZSSA members in April and October each year. Current and past editions of JANZSSA are also available here.

Focussing on the role of support services in post-secondary education in enhancing student engagement, participation, wellbeing and success, JANZSSA publishes refereed and non-refereed papers, including Best Practice Case Examples, Discussion Papers, Reports, Reviews and Conversation Pieces.



The Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association Inc. (ANZSSA) is a professional association for people with an interest in the role of support services in post secondary education. We are focused on: The quality of the student experience Supporting and empowering students to achieve their educational and life goals Enhancing student wellbeing and development Improving student success and persistence Providing outreach to students at-risk Raising institutional student retention rates For more information, please visit the ANZSSA website at

Conference Managers

Please contact the team at Conference Design with any questions regarding the conference.

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