The conference will focus on the intersections between ethics and global practice.

The 25th annual Conference of the Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics will be hosted by the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, at RMIT University, Melbourne.

AAPAE’s mission is to foster awareness of applied ethics as a significant area of concern in organizations and society. It serves as a meeting point for practitioners from various fields faced with ethical challenges in organizational life and academics with specialist expertise in the areas of professional and applied ethics. It welcomes contributions from all disciplines and areas, including business ethics, bioethics, legal ethics, medical ethics, media ethics, neuro ethics, political ethics, and sports ethics. AAPAE aims at promoting a climate in which different and differing views, concerns, and approaches can be expressed and discussed in a collaborative environment.

Ethics in a crowded world

The AAPAE 2018 annual conference will be held in Melbourne on September 5-7, hosted by RMIT. The overarching conference theme will be Ethics in a Crowded World, focusing on the intersections between ethics and global practice. A key sub-theme is the global practice of humanitarianism.

The Twenty-First Century has thus far been characterised by a persistent amplification of global flows and an equal attempt to control these flows. For some, such control means pushing back in an attempt to stop or reduce these flows as far as possible. For others it means harnessing and channelling the flows to achieve individual and collective benefits. Arguably, for all it has meant significant change and adaptation.

While most attention has been given to the flows of refugees and migrants, and attempts to either increase or limit the spread of militant political movements, the diverse features of globalisation have expanded awareness, engagement and trade with people around the world.

With ‘fake news’ and people’s uprisings, terrorism and global philanthropy, the last two decades have been exciting and terrifying. This conference explores the ethical aspects of these shifts from diverse professional and practical perspectives.

Key themes of the conference include, but are not limited to:

humanitarian neutrality and complicity (Day 1 focus)
corporate social responsibility
contested values, pluralism and authority
media and education in a crowded world
globalisation, inequality and human movement
hegemony, hybridity and hubris
living and working ethics
ethical challenges of populism

Key dates

22 July 2018: last day for submission of full papers for refereeing
31 July 2018: Early bird registration closes
5 August 2018: Last day for submission of abstracts; deadline for best postgraduate paper entries (full paper submission)
5-7 September 2018: Conference

You can follow the conference via Twitter using the hashtag #AAPAE18

Abstract submission

Abstract submissions are welcome from practitioners, academic faculty, and postgraduate students.

If you wish to make a submission for paper presentation, please submit a 250-word abstract to by 5 August 2018.

Authors will be notified of submission outcomes within 10 working days of submitting their abstract.

Full papers may also be submitted to be peer reviewed if required by your funding institution. These should be submitted by email to by 22 July 2018.

Postgraduate paper award

There will be an award for the best postgraduate paper (PhD or Masters) presented at the Conference.

First prize will be an award for A$500 and second prize A$250.

Submission deadline full papers: August 5 2018.

Submission method: by email to, with full paper attached and ‘postgraduate paper submission’ in subject line.

Publication opportunity

Authors of papers presented at the conference will be invited to submit completed papers to the AAPAE’s associated journal, Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations (REIO). REIO is a peer reviewed journal, listed in the ERA submitted journals list and the ABDC list, and all submitted papers will go through a rigorous double-blind review process to determine suitability for publication. Submission for peer review prior to the conference does not guarantee acceptance for publication.

Professional Development certificates are available upon request. Please contact the organisers.


Storey Hall
Building 16, Level 7, Conference rooms
RMIT City campus
336–348 Swanston Street
Melbourne, Victoria


5-7 September 2018


The conference runs across three days, with a focus on ethics in humanitarian practice on the first day.

Conference participants are encouraged to register for all three days, but there is also an option to register for a single day.

If you are not already an AAPAE member, you are encouraged to join here – memberships are $90 for individuals and $200 for institutions.

Registration costs are:

Member $350 earlybird ($400 full)
Non-member $440 earlybird ($490 full)
Student $200 earlybird ($250 full)
Conference dinner $75 ($50 for students)

Single day registrations are also available.

Register here.


There are many options for accommodation in the CBD, and our proximity to trains and trams mean the venue is easily accessible from the suburbs via Melbourne’s public transport system. Some of the closest accommodation options are:

Brady Hotel, 30 Little LaTrobe St Melbourne.

This is the absolute closest hotel, just 50m from the conference rooms – and they are offering a minimum 5% off their best available rate, plus flexible bookings and free 1GB daily Wi-Fi data allowance. Available for bookings between 1-12 September 2018 using the Rate Access Code AAPAE. Visit Or Click Here to book directly!Facilities include Little Charley Cafe, business centre, conference rooms and a cardio gym. Our beautifully styled rooms offer a blend of modern design, comfort and convenience with leather and copper accents.

Mercure Hotel, 43 Therry St Melbourne

Mercure Hotel is very close and they are offering 10% off their best available flexible or prepaid rates for Sept 4-7, using this link and the Promo Code AAPAE:

Empire Apartments, 81 A’Beckett St Melbourne 1, 2 and 3 bedroom self-service apartments