Conference Information

IPCA VII 2015 Conference
Sydney Australia:
Telling Our Story


Conference location

St Ignatius College Riverview is a Catholic Boys School, located on Sydney’s North Shore. It is situated on the harbour 10 kms from the centre of Sydney.

Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview is a grand campus where 19th century Georgian sandstone architecture towers above beautiful gardens and manicured playing fields. Behind Riverview’s unique facade is a creative choice of community and conference facilities that add up to a truly standout habourside location.

The Campus include:

  • Riverview’s 1880’s Georgian main College building
  • 45 ha (110 acres) of superb College grounds
  • Sweeping views of the CBD and Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Rose Gardens
  • Extensive sporting facilities including Rugby and Soccer pitches, Cricket Ovals and Tennis Courts
  • Indoor Heated Swimming Pool

Conference delegates will be accommodated in the various student boarding accommodation.  This consists of mostly shared rooms, some dormitories and shared bathroom facilities.

Please note that smoking is prohibited in any of the the College buildings or grounds.   

Information about the college may be found on the following links:

College Website

College Map


Conference Program available here

Keynote speakers

Rev. Dr. Tom O’Connor read more…

Rev. Dr. Ulrica Fritzson read more…

Rev. Hennie Human read more…


Workshop tracks are now listed on conference workshop page.  If you are interested in submitting a workshop proposal please email the listed coordinator for that workshop track .  Please revisit this site for updates.

Delegates will be asked to pre-register for workshops.  Emails will be sent to registered delegates when workshop selections following the close of conference registrations (19th July 2015).  Workshops will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Worship and Prayer

Each day will begin with a time of prayer and worship, which will include a theological reflection.

There will be an opportunity to be involved in a conference worship choir.  Please indicate your interest on your registration form.

We ask that you keep the conference in your prayers in the coming months.

There will be a prayer room at IPCA VII for times of personal prayer and meditation.

Harbour Cruise

As part of the Conference Program participants will have a two hour cruise on Sydney Harbour on the afternoon of Tuesday 22nd September.  Numbers for the cruise are limited so unfortunately accompanying persons will only be included if space is available.


Activities and entertainment will be offered each evening. Each region is requested to contribute to the concert night. If you play a portable musical instrument please consider bringing it with you.

Accompanying Persons

Maps, Tourist information and suggestions will be provided in conference satchels. Conference Volunteers may be able to offer advice for activities for accompanying people.

For further information check out or other websites.


The conference will only be conducted in English.  No translation service will be provided.  Keynote speakers and other presenters will be encouraged to make the text of their presentations available in other languages if requests for this are received in advance.

Flea Market and Exhibits

There will be space for you to highlight your ministry, programs, or to offer goods for a flee market if you wish.  Please note that Australia has stringent quarantine regulations.  In brief, items made of plant or animal matter including wood, seeds etc. will need to be declared on arrival, and may not be permitted.

For further information see

Be prepared


It is the responsibility of all registrants to ensure that they have a valid passport, and have met all requirements for visas and quarantine before traveling to Australia.

All visitors to Australia, other than Australian and New Zealand citizens, need to present the following documents to officers in immigration clearance:

•    A valid passport
•    A valid visa or authority to enter Australia (including electronic visas)
•    A completed and signed Incoming Passenger Card

Depending on your eligibility, you may be able to apply for one of the following visas:

•    Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400)
•    Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) (subclass 601)
•    eVisitor visa (subclass 651)
•    Visitor (Business Stream) visa (subclass 600)

For information on visa options and requirements, please refer to the attached Fact Sheets:
Visa Factsheet – Events
Visa Application Requirements

For more information on applying for a visa , please visit the immigration website.
Participants should apply for their visa well in advance of their intended date of travel to Australia.  Generally visitors should apply for a visa at least two months prior to their intended date of departure, and four months prior for people with character or health concerns.

Please note, that registration receipt showing completed registration and payment may be needed for visa applications.  This will be provided when payment via the website has been made. 

In order to ensure the required information is included in the receipt  will need to provide the following information:

  • Date of Birth
  • Country of Passport
  • Current Country of Residence
  • Passport Expiry Date
  • Passport Number
  • Full Name as Displayed on Passport

This information will be passed on to the Department of Immigration to facilitate your visa application.

This information was provided by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection and was correct at the time of publication. These are the visa options available presently but the Department reserves the right to change regulations.

Information about Australian quarantine and biosecurity:

Food, plant material and animal items from overseas could introduce serious pests and diseases into Australia, devastating our valuable agriculture and tourism industries and unique environment.

The Australian Customs and Border Protection service provides  the following Information for arriving travellers.


All transport arrangements and expenses are the responsibility of the individual delegates to organise and pay for.

For those arriving at Sydney International or Domestic Terminals on Saturday 19th September, volunteers will be available to assist you with information to travel to the venue.  You will find the volunteers at the train stations serving both the international and domestic terminals.  Look for them near the ticket machines.  They will then guide you to find your way by train to Chatswood station.  A courtesy bus will then be available to transport your to the conference venue, St Ignatius College.  The cost of a train ticket from the International Terminal to Chatswood station is approximately AUD$17.20.

Those arriving in Sydney prior to Saturday 19th September may make their own way to the St Ignatius College, or go to Chatswood Station for the courtesy bus.

Following the conclusion of the conference buses will take delegates to Chatswood Station.

Further information on travelling to and from the airport go to

For further information on travelling around Sydney go to Transport NSW Trip Planner

Pre and Post Conference Accommodation

No Pre or Post Conference Accommodation is available at St Ignatius College. If additional accommodation is needed in Sydney, delegates will need to make their own arrangements. For those who are unable to afford commercial accommodation, we may be able to arrange a billet with a church or Christian organisation.  Further information for pre and post conference accommodation is available on the Accommodation page of this website.


The registration fee is AUD $700 for all meals accommodation and conference costs. Accompanying persons can stay at St Ignatius College Riverview for AUD $500 for all meals and accommodation. Day registration for those living out is $100 per day, inclusive of all meals and conference costs.


It is yet to be confirmed as to whether any full or partial scholarships will be available to support delegates to attend IPCA VII.

Please contact your regional IPCA representatives if you would like to be considered if scholarships become available.  Regional IPCA representatives will then provide you with details when they become available. To find your regional representative check out

Applications will not be considered from North America, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea or Japan.