About the Conference

Centre for Universal Design Australia is delighted to bring you the 4th Australian Universal Design Conference. After the success of previous conferences we have set our sights across the wide world of universal design. This year the theme is, “Thriving with Universal Design: Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday”. The theme provides opportunity for anyone working with or researching universal design and inclusive practice to contribute to this growing body of work. This conference comes with a promise to broaden delegates’ thinking about the many ways universal design can be utilised and applied.


About Universal Design

Universal design is a process of thinking and designing inclusively, whether it is a house, website, product, service, or a learning program. Universal design is itself explained in a diversity of ways across the world: “design-for-all” and “inclusive design” are other terms used. Designing universally means being inclusive of a diverse population. It is a process that enables everyone to participate in social and economic life regardless of age, background or level of capability.


Call for Papers

Call for Papers is closed for 2019.  Successful submissions will be advised by 15 November.  This date has been delayed from the date originally advertised due to the exceptional number of submissions we received.

Griffith University will sponsor the publication of full papers and extended abstracts. This means that successful candidates can opt to have their work published. The submission date for providing your full paper or extended abstract (once paper has been accepted and you have registered) is 28 February 2020.

Posters and Table Topic submissions close 30 November 2019

We will continue to accept submissions for ‘Posters’ and ‘Table Topics’ until 30 November 2019.  As the offer by Griffith University to sponsor publication applies to people doing posters as well, submission date for full papers about the poster is also 28 February 2020.

To make your submission, please email us by clicking here.


Posters showcasing research or examples of universal design are encouraged. Posters should be A1 size.

* Please click on each individual poster to expand the image and view the wording in further detail.


Table Topics

The extended lunch break on the first day provides an opportunity to make a short presentation at the lunch table followed by discussion. This session is good for networking with a small group, and for gaining feedback on your work in the field of universal design and inclusion.