The symposium is an annual opportunity for researchers to build and consolidate collaborations with other researchers and practitioners who work with fathers. The event is co-hosted by the Family Action Centre, The University of Newcastle and the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development, Deakin University. A range of disciplines are represented.

At the second symposium in 2017, the Australian Fatherhood Research Consortium was founded and much progress has been made by consortium working groups in their investigations into their first domain of enquiry, fatherhood and postpartum sleep. In 2018, details of this progress will be shared and new directions for collaborations will be forged.

Although professionals and the public accept fathers’ contribution to the care and education of infants and children, there remain major gaps in our understanding of fathering, and we lack effective ways in which to engage with fathers. 

We invite you to join us to build effective collaborations so that we may further the evidence base on fathering. 


Participants will be invited to present posters of research, applied programs, or organisation descriptions. Abstracts for posters should be emailed to sam.teague@deakin.edu.au. Presenters will have 3-minutes to present the key information of the poster and then take one to two questions from the audience.

Abstracts should be structured under the following headings:

  • Research posters: Background & Aims, Method, Results, Conclusion & Implications;
  • Program or Organisation description posters: Aims, Description, Impact.

Abstracts will be published in the Proceedings of the Australian Fatherhood Research Symposium III, 2018. Prizes will be awarded for the best overall poster and the best student poster.



Please note that registrations will close on FRIDAY 13TH APRIL, 2018.

A small Symposium registration fee is requested of $85 with a concession rate of $43 for students. Morning tea and lunch will be provided on both days. Payment is requested as part of the registration process.


Deakin Downtown: Level 12 / Tower 2, 727 Collins Street Melbourne Victoria 3008


Getting there: 



  • Collins Square has a tram super-stop at its front door, offering frequent services in to the CBD and is within the Free Tram Zone. Other Tram stops close to Collins Square are located at the Flinders Street / Wurundjeri Way side of Collins Square (catch the City Circle Tram here) and Spencer Street and Collins Street intersection. Plan your journey on the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website.


  • Parking nearby is expensive unless you arrive before 10am and leave after 4pm, so it might be best to catch a taxi, tram or train. Secure parking is available nearby at: 664 Collins Street, Melbourne; or at 700 Collins Street, Docklands.

Myki Cards

  • To use trams, trains and buses around Melbourne you’ll need to buy a Myki card. These can be purchased at any train station. Southern Cross Station is not far from Deakin Downtown. Myki cards are very easy to use, just top up credit or buy a pass at a shop or station, then touch-on once you’ve boarded the tram or bus – or touch-on and off to get through the barriers at train stations. Visit the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) Myki site.

Where to stay:

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Holiday INN On Flinders

  • Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders is located in the Melbourne CBD on the corner of Flinders Lane and Spencer Street. There are trams at the doorstep and Southern Cross Station just a short walk away. Deakin Downtown is is quick 5 minute walk away. Visit the Holiday Inn website for more information.

Peppers Docklands

  • Peppers Docklands is just minutes from the Melbourne CBD and located on the concourse of Etihad Stadium. Deakin Downtown is a 15-minute stroll away from Peppers Docklands along the Victoria Harbour esplanade. Visit the Peppers Docklands website for more information.

Travelodge docklands 

  • Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Docklands is located centrally in the Docklands area, adjacent to Southern Cross Station and just a five minute walk from Melbourne’s CBD. Etihad Stadium and Melbourne Aquarium are all nearby. Visit the Travelodge Hotel website for more information.

Alto Hotel on Bourke  

  • The Alto Hotel on Bourke Street is a TripAdvisor favourite for its funky city vibes. Deakin Downtown is a 15-minute stroll away from the Alto Hotel past Southern Cross Station. Visit the Alto Hotel website for more information.



  • SkyBus offers an express bus service from the Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) to Melbourne City and vice versa for $19 per person, per trip. SkyBus also offers a free shuttle service to Melbourne City hotels from Southern Cross Station. Visit the SkyBus website for more information.


  • Melbourne’s taxis are a convenient way to get from the airport to your destination. You can catch a taxi from designated taxi ranks located on the ground floor outside Terminals 1 and between Terminal 2 and 3. Taxi ranks are located on the ground floor of the transport hub outside Terminal 4.
  • A trip from the Melbourne Airport to Deakin Downtown is estimated to cost $58. Visit the VicGov Taxi Fare Estimator website for other estimates.


Museums, galleries, and zoos

Shopping and eating

Explore the region

  • If you are staying over the weekend, you can jump on a bus and visit the Yarra Valley for a winery tour and tasting.


For further information please contact either -

Dr Jacqui Macdonald

Associate Professor Richard Fletcher