About the Australian Internet Governance Forum

Melbourne – 6 & 7 October 2015

‘How the Internet is transforming Australian society’

The auIGF is the one event a year where individuals, community groups, industry leaders, government representatives, academics, students, media – all Internet users – gather to discuss Internet-related issues in Australia. We welcome everyone’s active contribution at this open, apolitical forum.

Developed by auDA (.au Domain Administration Ltd), the auIGF provides a unique opportunity for all who use the Internet in Australia to share ideas and experiences, discuss Internet-related policy, identify issues and engage with each other in a multi-stakeholder forum.

Each year we draw up a suggested list of current topics we think are important to cover in the auIGF’s plenary sessions. Topics that we are covering for 2015 include: ‘Gender and the Internet' (opportunities, empowerment, accountability and obstacles), ‘Internet and indigenous communities' (the inclusivity and engagement divide), ‘Internet, innovation and the third sector’ and ‘Internet and the law’ (data retention and national security legislation).

The Australian Internet Governance Forum (auIGF) is based on a global multi-stakeholder model originally established by the United Nations.

The 2015 auIGF will be held on 6 & 7 October at the Park Hyatt, Melbourne.

It is proudly presented and hosted by .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA).

The inaugural auIGF was held in Canberra on 11 & 12 October 2012 and attracted over 250 stakeholders. The 2013 auIGF was held in Melbourne on 16 & 17 October. Building on the success of the previous year, it attracted 280 stakeholders. The 2014 auIGF was held at Crown in Melbourne on 26 & 27 August and saw over 300 people attend, our greatest attendance numbers to date.

For the latest updates over the coming months, follow us on Twitter – #auigf or send us an email at auigf@auda.org.au


As part of the auIGF, each year we put out a public call for auIGF ambassadors. The application requirements for interested parties are:

  • a brief personal Curriculum Vitae and, if appropriate, description of the organisation the ambassador works for/ represents;
  • contact details for two referees;
  • a detailed statement regarding the proposed workshop or panel topic, including an explanation of how the session relates to the goals and themes of the auIGF and is of interest to the broader Australian community;
  • a summary of the panelists and speakers that would be invited to participate, their bios and including the current linkages and contacts of the applicant that would reasonably facilitate the successful engagement of these invitees;
  • a statement of commitment to delivering upon the stated requirements expected of an auIGF ambassador; and
  • a submission should be no longer than 1000 words.

Ambassador applications are closed for 2015, but if you'd like to be kept informed for the 2016 auIGF, please email auigf@auda.org.au and we can add you to our mailing list.