FAQ

When and where is the Con being held?

Friday 29 September 2017 to Sunday 2 October 2017 in Canberra at a venue yet to be announced. More information is available on the Venue page.

What does my membership entitle me to?

  • Entry to the convention and all related areas (Full, Student/Concession only)
  • Progress reports, including post-con wrap up (Full, Student/Concession and Supporting)
  • Con Handbook (Full, Student/Concession only)

You can register and purchase your membership online – a link will be available soon!

Why is it so expensive?

It’s not expensive, it’s cheap!

Conflux membership gives you access to the entire convention facilities, as well as a program of literature, media, art and science. And then there’s the parties, launches and other entertainment. Along with the opportunity to meet and mingle with authors, publishers, book sellers and other celebrities of Australian and international speculative fiction and pop culture.

How do I get there?

Canberra can be reached by rail, road or air.

What is the official convention hotel?

The convention hotel is a huge secret right now. More information is available on the Venue Page.

What is the Weapons Policy?

No weapons are to be brought to, worn or carried at any time during the convention (including water pistols, real or replica guns, swords or knives), unless approved as part of an official event. Only the convention organisors may approve such weapons and their participation in any event.

What is the Smoking, Drug & Alcohol policy?

The use of illegal drugs is expressly forbidden within the convention site. If any member or person who attends Conflux brings, uses, sells or otherwise distributes any type of illegal drug at Conflux, the legal authorities will be contacted to remove the person/s and no refund will be forthcoming. The attendee will also be banned from the remainder of the convention.

Alcohol may not be brought into the convention site and may only be consumed within the confines of the convention site if purchased from official sources.

Convention rules

Conflux Convention Rules and Weapons Policy

By taking an attending membership at Conflux, you are agreeing to abide by the following rules. Failure to abide by these rules will see you entering an alternate universe, a friendless and miserable place, where others will look upon you with disgust and you will be forced to listen to an endless reel of Vogon poetry.

While both the convention and the venue will exercise all due care and responsibility to ensure the safety of participants and their property, no liability will be accepted for loss or damage of items or personal effects brought onto the convention site. In other words, don’t leave your valuables lying around unattended, especially if you are planning on going to Bali immediately after Conflux.

Nobody may touch or use any equipment set up for the convention, except those who have been officially appointed to do so. Non-compliance with this will result in expulsion from the convention, as well as a legal request for payment of loss or damage to the equipment.

If people wish to record events or panels that they attend, then they first must get the permission of all participants to be videoed or audio taped. People using recording equipment must not obstruct other people’s views or thoroughfares. The organisers reserve the right not to allow filming or sound recording for any reason.

A child is a person under 12 years of age, and while in attendance at the convention, must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian at all times. Conflux cannot provide a child minding service to con attendees. Parents and guardians are advised to make their own arrangements for childcare services. For out of town visitors, you should check with your hotel regarding childcare or baby-sitting services.

If you cause any trouble of any sort, the organisers reserve the right to eject you from the convention, the convention site and/or the onsite hotel if you do so. The organisers reserve the right to define what ‘trouble’ is – you get the gist.

No weapons: nothing that looks like a weapon. No fire, no flame, no flashes, no explosions, NO EXCEPTIONS, due to risk of causality disruption.

There is no official dress code, however, the organisers would prefer not to see your jiggly bits. Lycra is permitted. All people attending the convention must wear footwear – a requirement of the insurers for the convention, the convention centre and the hotel, rather than conservative Victorian attitudes. Don’t forget to bathe during the course of the convention. This is at the request of other attendees.

Alcohol may not be brought into the convention site and may only be consumed within the confines of the convention site if purchased from official sources, (ie bars and restaurants).

The use of illegal drugs is expressly forbidden within the convention site. If any member or person who attends Conflux brings, uses, sells or otherwise distributes any type of illegal drug at Conflux, the legal authorities will be contacted to remove the person/s and no refund will be forthcoming. The attendee will also be banned from the remainder of the convention.

The convention site is a non-smoking venue. This means no smoking of any kind, from any orifice.

A long-standing tradition of science fiction conventions has been the room party. If you want to hold a room-party, by all means do so, but it is your responsibility to organise. The convention organisers are unable to provide you with staff to assist. There will be a notice board at the Registration Desk if you want to post a public notice about your room party.

As the convention is sharing the hotel with non-convention members, there will be a few restrictions on room parties and such. Please be responsible. You are welcome to host a party in your hotel room, but keep the noise down if you don’t wish the hotel to close your party down. The room guest will be liable for any malicious damage caused. What you do in your own hotel room is your own business, although most accommodation providers would not approve of you bonging on nor making human or animal sacrifices.

If you wish to place items in the Auction, information on how to do so is available at the Registration Desk.

If you wish to bid on items in the Art Show or purchase prints, information on how to do so is available from the Art Show desk in the Art Show room.

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