Location & accommodation

Our 2023 Annual Symposium will be hosted in Melbourne, Victoria.

Getting to the venues

We will be hosting Symposium events at the Kaleide RMIT Union Theatre and the State Library of Victoria which are a short walk away from each other.

Kaleide RMIT Union Theatre: Building 8, RMIT University, 360 Swanston St, Melbourne > Google map

State Library of Victoria: 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne > Google map

The Annual Academy Lecture on Wednesday 15 November, the night before the Symposium, will be held at the Singapore Theatre, Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne.

Singapore Theatre: Glyn Davis Building (Melbourne School of Design) > Google map

Train: Melbourne Central Station is the closest train station

Tram: Ten tram routes take you directly to entrances on Swanston Street and La Trobe Street

Bus: Get off at Lonsdale, Russell or Exhibition streets

> Public transport timetables

Closest car park: RMIT’s commercial car park is in Building 91, 110 Victoria St, Carlton VIC 3053. It’s a 5-minute walk from the Kaleide RMIT Union Theatre and is open daily 6.30am to 10.00pm.

Street parking: The City of Melbourne offers metered parking bays throughout the central business district.

Accessibility options are available for each venue. If you require assistance or special considerations to access the venues or to participate in functions, please include details during registration under ‘Accessibility Requirements’.

The Kaleide Theatre has accessible toilets, lifts, and building entry > RMIT’s accessibility map

The State Library of Victoria has accessible parking (limited), wheelchair access, lifts and accessible toilets > Access and inclusion information

Getting to Melbourne

From the RMIT Gallery to the Queen Victoria Market, there’s lots to see in Melbourne. Learn more on the Visit Melbourne website.

If you’re coming to the Symposium from interstate, we recommend you fly to and from Melbourne Tullamarine airport. 

> How to get to and from Melbourne Airport

You can catch a train or bus to Melbourne from a range of cities and regional areas.

> Train and bus services


There are a number of accommodation options in Melbourne close to the venues, including:

Discount code for accommodation

Mantra on Russell have provided delegates with a discount of 10 per cent off the best available rate on the day that can be used for accommodation on the nights of 15 and 16 November 2023. Bookings will be subject to availability and, at times, minimum night stays.

To access this offer bookings should be made directly via phone call to the Mantra on Russell. Call 13 15 17 (AU) / 0800 448 891 (NZ) / +61 7 5665 4450 (International).


Registration does not cover any participants insurance. AAH recommends participants secure their own general travel insurance. AAH does not take responsibility for any participants failing to insure.

Join us on 16 and 17 November for our 54th Annual Academy Symposium — Between humans & machines: exploring the pasts and futures of automation — as we explore the possibilities and hazards of automation, and the complexities of human-machine relations.

> Find out more

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.