IIA-Australia News

SOPAC 2020 – Business as Usual

by Peter Jones, CEO, IIA-Australia | Mar 09, 2020
The IIA-Australia board met this morning to discuss the COVID-19 coronavirus situation in Australia and to decide whether to proceed with holding SOPAC. After seeking assurances around the steps that have and will be taken to ensure a safe conference, the board has agreed to proceed with running SOPAC in Brisbane.

Unlike previous years, we do not have any attendees from South Korea. Nor do we have any attendees from China, Iran or Italy which have also seen major COVID-19 outbreaks. I would ask those of you who have visited any of these countries recently to be tested for coronavirus and be cleared before attending SOPAC. If you do test positive, please notify us to cancel.

Delegates aged over 50 years with underlying medical conditions are also encouraged to seek medical advice before attending.

The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre will be taking additional steps to ensure a safe environment for delegates and presenters. Hand sanitisers will be available and surfaces will be sterilised twice daily.  Lectern, lapel and handheld microphone grills and shields will be sterilised twice daily with alcohol wipes and disinfectant. The venue’s cleaning professionals will be particularly vigilant around critical zones, and hygiene instructions will be posted in locations throughout the venue including on the digital signage system.

We will, of course, commit to implementing all recommended precautions from the World Health Organisation, Federal and State Health authorities and will encourage all attendees to follow these guidelines. These will be communicated to all attendees prior to and during the conference.

As SOPAC approaches, I urge you to monitor the following websites:
Australian Government Department of Health
World Health Organisation 

In accordance with our advertised cancellation policy, cancellations made within 14 days of the conference will forfeit the registration fee paid. A substitute delegate will be accepted at no extra charge, subject to membership status, if advised in writing. For those delegates who have cancelled, we will live-stream the keynote presentations and sessions in the plenary room and we welcome you to participate at no additional charge.

The safety and wellbeing of all SOPAC delegates, presenters, exhibitors and employees remains our top priority.

I look forward to welcoming you to SOPAC in Brisbane.