Accompanying Persons Program

Joining your partner or family member in Melbourne for IASS 2023? Then register as an Accompanying Person and join us at a number of exciting tours and locations around Melbourne to explore all the city has to offer this winter and make the most of your trip

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Accompanying Person Program

  • Symposium Opening Ceremony at MCEC – Monday 10 July at 9:00
  • Melbourne City Walking Tour – Monday 10 July at 14:00
  • Ticket to the Welcome Reception at MCEC – Monday 10 July at 18:30
  • Guided Tour and lunch at the National Gallery of Victoria International - Tuesday 11 July at 13:00
  • Guided Tour of the State Library of Victoria – Wednesday 12 July at 11:00
  • Guided Tour of the Royal Botanical Gardens - Wednesday 12 July at 15:00
  • Symposium Closing Ceremony at MCEC – Thursday 13 July at 17:30

Accompanying Persons must RSVP to the tours they would like to attend upon registration. If you have registered and would like to update the Program items you are attending please contact

  • Melbourne City Walking Tour

    Melbourne City Walking Tour

    Date: Monday 10 July
    Time: 14:00 – 17:00
    Meeting Place: Registration Desk at 13:10 or under the big screen at Fed Square at 14:00
    Attire: Bring a warm jacket and wear comfortable shoes
    Description: Across the 3 hours you will explore the city by foot and visit

    • Federation Square
    • Flinders St Station
    • Degraves St
    • Centre Place
    • Collins St
    • Block Arcade
    • Royal Arcade
    • Bourke St
    • Fashion Quarter
    • China Town
    • Greek Quarter
    • ACDC Lane
    • Flinders Lane
    • Duckboard Place
    • Hosier Lane

    The tour is set to cover these destinations so that it includes a true Melbourne feel of street art, local culture, coffee culture, art and history.

    Route to Fed Square from MCEC
  • Welcome Reception

    Welcome Reception

    Date: Monday 10 July
    Time: 18:30 – 21:00
    Meeting Place: Foyer at Melbourne Convention Centre
    Attire: Business casual
    Description: Take this opportunity to unwind with some music, food and drinks with the other delegates, at the IASS 2023 Welcome Reception hosted outside of the Plenary.

  • The State Library of Victoria

    Guided Tour of the State Library of Victoria

    Date: Wednesday 12 July 2023
    Time: 11:00 – 12:00
    Meeting Place: Registration desk at 10:00 or at the State Library at 10:55
    Attire: Wear comfortable shoes
    Description: Ahead of our Symposium Gala Dinner get a behind the scenes an historic tour of the beautiful State Library of Victoria, Australia’s oldest public library. The library’s collection houses over four million items, which in addition to books includes, manuscripts, paintings, maps, photographs and newspapers with a special focus on material from Victoria, including the diaries of the founders of Melbourne. Enjoy this guided tour with a State Library team member who will cover the exciting history, stories and hidden secrets the library is keeping.

    Route to State Library of Victoria from MCEC

  • Royal Botanical Gardens

    Guided Tour of the Royal Botanical Gardens

    Date: Wednesday 12 July
    Time: 15:00 – 18:00
    Meeting Place: Registration Desk at 14:00 or at the Botanic Gardens at 15:00
    Attire: Bring a jacket, water bottle and wear comfortable shoes
    Description: A free guided walk is the perfect way to enjoy Melbourne Gardens. Led by a passionate guide, discover sensational views and the remarkable plant diversity of this sanctuary in the middle of bustling Melbourne.

    Route to Royal Botanic Gardens from MCEC