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Abstract Submissions

We are thrilled to announce we are now accepting abstract submissions and presentation proposals for the FECCA Conference 2024.


This is a great opportunity to showcase your expertise and share your experience with an audience of community sector leaders, community organisations,  service providers, researchers, policy makers, public servants and community members.

We invite you to seize this opportunity and contribute to a national conversation on important issues, lessons from the past, ideas to address new and emerging challenges and collaborate across sectors to find innovative solutions.


Share your ideas, perspectives and experiences to help create a vision for multiculturalism that represents our communities, inspires the sector and directs the work we do. 

Conference Themes

Conference Themes
  • Empowering Communities To Codesign Solutions

  • Mainstreaming Languages And Delivering Effective Communication

  • Building Robust Data And Evidence

  • A Welcoming Settlement Journey And Fostering A Sense Of Belonging

  • Lived Experiences And Voices Of People And Communities

  • Strengthening An Intersectional Focus - Gender, Age, Disability Etc.

  • Participation And Representation - Creating Structures That Represent The People They Serve

  • Understanding The Social Determinants Of Health And Wellbeing

  • Tackling Barriers To Accessing Support And Services

  • An Inclusive Response To Climate Change

  • Building Disaster Resilience

  • Supporting Full Participation: Examining Employment, Jobs And Skills

  • Learning From First Nations Approaches

  • Unpacking Racism: Experiences And Responses

  • Creating A Culturally Informed Approach To Family, Domestic And Sexual Violence

Key Dates

Key Dates
Presentation Types

Presentation Types

You may choose up to three themes from the list above that most accurately describe your presentation's abstract topic.



As the main content of the conference program, successful oral concurrent presentations will be grouped by themes. Oral concurrent sessions will be delivered in allocated session rooms.


The duration of the presentation is to be determined.

Presentation-Specific Guidelines

Abstracts will be reviewed according to one of the following categories to ensure the diversity of perspectives across the conference themes:

  • Research: report on original research, including reviews of original research (e.g., systematic reviews, scoping reviews). Presentations within this category should include conventional elements such as background, aim, methods, results, conclusions, and implications.

  • Practice: report on innovations in practice while challenging or informing on novel approaches in research and practice.

  • Lived experience: report on perspectives from community members to discuss topics that need to be addressed with respect to multicultural health and wellbeing, and provide new perspectives to inform practice, policy and research.

  • Thought-provoking ideas: report on ideas that challenge established practices or beliefs, with each presentation providing evidence and a clear future directions and considerations for research, practice or policy.




Offered as concurrent sessions, the symposia will allow a group of speakers from diverse research and practice groups to engage in a set of related research and/or case studies on a particular topic relevant to the conference theme.

Each speaker will need to submit their own individual abstract as part of the symposium. Symposia submissions may nominate a final speaker or up to two (2) speakers to summarise, comment on and identify emerging themes and future directions arising from the previous presentations. Headshots are required for both speakers.

The duration of the presentation is to be determined.

Presentation-Specific Guidelines

A speaker from each group will need to submit an outline which would include:

  • Introduction and background

  • Purpose or aim

  • Overview of activities conducted (presentations, presentation styles, etc.)

  • Expected learning outcomes for the audience



Posters will provide a visual display of innovative ideas, novel discoveries in research, practice, and policy. Posters will be displayed for the duration of the conference in a traditional hard copy poster format.

Presentation-Specific Guidelines

  • A1 size (59.4cm height x 84.1cm width), 300 DPI: 7,016 x 9,933 pixels

  • It MUST be in landscape orientation - we will not accept it if it is in portrait.

  • Saved as high res .pdf files

  • Include contact details, including presenter's full name and email address.

General Abstract Submission Guidelines​

Abstracts will be reviewed after the closing date and the Abstract Review Committee will decide which abstracts will be selected for each presentation type. Please note that selected presentation types upon submission are preferences only and may be subject to change.


For original research and other submissions that involve case studies or evidence, abstracts must contain information addressing these areas:

  • Background
  • Methods
  • Results

  • Conclusion

  • Implications

The above structure may not be strictly adhered to if a submission is non-scientific/research abstract. In this case provide:

  • Overview of the problem

  • Why it’s a problem?

  • Main discussion topics

  • Implications

  • Recommendations


The word limit for each abstract submitted is 300 words.


Do not add any references to abstracts.

Abstract Review Criteria

The review criteria will be divided into four sections:

  • Relevance to multicultural communities

  • Originality in content

  • Clarity of abstract and adherence with abstract guidelines

  • Advances the understanding of multiculturalism in Australia.

I have not finished my application yet. Can I still save it?

Yes, you can press the submit button to save your application. Unfortunately, this platform does not have a "save as draft" button (we are working on it!). However, in the application form, we will ask if your application is ready for review.

We will follow up with you before the submission closes to ensure your submission is 100% complete.

Can I edit my submission?

Yes, once you've submitted your abstract (regardless of whether it is ready for review or not), you'll receive a confirmation email. There is a button to activate and access your account, and you can return anytime before the submission closing date to edit your abstract.

Change your answer to "ready to review" to inform us your application is complete.


Terms and Conditions

  • Oral, poster and symposium submissions will be reviewed without details on author names or affiliations to ensure fairness.

  • Incomplete or incorrect submissions will be disregarded and not considered for this conference.

  • If there are multiple people/authors involved in the submitted abstract study/research, all co-authors should be aware of the content of the abstract prior to submission.

  • Abstracts must be received by the advertised closing date.

  • Abstracts may be considered for formats that are not the preferred format of the submitter.

  • All presenters must be registered to attend the conference.

  • There is no limit to the number of abstracts submitted. A maximum of 2 presentations can be accepted for any submitter (e.g., oral and poster presentation).

  • Abstracts of presentations that have been previously presented at a conference will not be accepted.

  • All presentations at the conference may be recorded.

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