The 32nd Australian colloid and surface  science student conference

Family Assistance and Child Care

We are pleased to announce that the 32nd Australian colloid and surface science student conference will be family friendly! ACIS will contribute towards the costs of childcare during the conference for eligible families.  Please contact to discuss how we can help.

About the Venue

The Gippsland Campus of Federation University is located in the township of Churchill in the foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges. It is within easy driving distance of Victoria's Mt Baw Baw ski resort, white water rivers and coastal parks, including Wilson's Promontory and Gippsland Lakes. Nearby is the Tarra Bulga National Park, a spectacular temperate rainforest that is home to giant mountain ash trees and lyrebirds. The traditional custodians for this area are the Gunai Kurnai peoples.

The 160-kilometre drive from Melbourne to the campus takes about two hours, heading east on the Princes Highway, or 90 minutes by fast train.

Accomodation at the venue is available for the entire duration of the conference,

with the option of early-arrival on Sunday evening (make sure to register for


Alternatively, living off campus is a great – and affordable –

way to get to know the town when you're around for 32ACSSSC.


  • Accommodation is in student accommodation on campus - all single rooms (solo), with shared facilities.
  • The rooms come with bed linen and a towel. Other details are provided belowthey provide (copy attached).

Unit Specification

The rooms offered are situated in residences located on the Gippsland Campus. Most units will have 6 single bedrooms situated on the ground floor. Each unit contains 1 bathroom and 2 shower cubicles, laundry, a kitchen and lounge/dining area.

Kitchen / Lounge / Dining Area / Bathrooms

Each unit contains one kitchen/lounge/dining area, laundry and up to two communal bathrooms. The group will have full use of these facilities, however it is expected that all units are to be left by your group as you found them upon arrival. For Kitchen's this means all dishes, utensils, crockery and cutlery, pots and pans are to be washed, dried and put away. Stove tops, ovens, refrigerators, benches and tables are to be left free of food stuffs, clean and tidy. Floors should be vacuumed throughout units and mopped (kitchen and bathrooms). A supply of cleaning materials, including wash cloths and tea towels will be provided.


Linen may be provided as per your service selection. Linen provided in basic service consists of a mattress protector and fitted sheet. These items must be accounted for and should be placed in linen bags prior to departure.


Please confirm the arrival time of your group nearer the date so that we can ensure that all rooms and arrival packs are ready. Check-in can be booked between 2pm and 5pm Monday to Friday. Check-ins outside of these hours can be negotiated if all keys are collected by an appointed person.


Check-out on the day of departure is 10am. IT IS IMPORTANT that you check out at this time due to University students or other such groups checking in.
This means:
• All rooms and Units are to be left in a clean and tidy state (please refer to Kitchen, Lounge Dining and Bathroom area specifics as above)

• Before breakfast, rooms and units are to be vacated and all belongings stored on your bus or in the Living area. • All keys are returned to the FedUni Living Office. (An out of office hour’s key drop is available in the foyer).

• All rubbish to be removed from the unit and placed in the outside bins/enclosures 

More details: link

    Getting to Gippsland


    By Car:

    By train:

    • Trains run from Flinders Street to Morwell every hour during weekdays.
    • On Tuesday 28th Jan - Train leaves Flinders St Station at 9:24 am - there will be a shuttle pickup from Morwell station to meet this train (~11:40 am)
    • On Friday 31st Jan - Train leaves Morwell at 9:27 am, arriving Melbourne 11:29 am. A shuttle service will meet this train.

    For those flying, the conference will provide a coach to/from the airport:

    We have a coaches planned to take interstate visitors from/to the airport:

    Tuesday 28th - 10 am from airport

    Friday 31st - 9:30 am from Churchill

    Bus takes 2.5 hours, so allow 3 hours to be safe (ie return flights after 1 pm)

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