Rydges Hotel, 186 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000

The Australian Internet Governance Forum (auIGF), formerly known as NetThing, will take place in Melbourne from 28-29 October 2024. This year's event will be held as a hybrid forum at the Rydges Hotel, providing both in-person and online participation options.

The auIGF is a premier event that brings together a diverse and multidisciplinary community of stakeholders to discuss governance and public policy issues related to the internet in Australia. Modelled on the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the auIGF embraces the multi-stakeholder model, fostering an open and inclusive platform that amplifies diverse voices, strengthens cooperation and partnerships between different groups, and promotes community collaboration.

The overarching theme of the event is Connecting local to global - Connecting Australian community and policy debates to the region and the world.

The auIGF is calling for suggestions for session themes. 

Your input is invaluable in shaping a program that addresses the most pressing issues and trends in internet governance and technology. The auIGF Multi-stakeholder Steering Committee is taking suggestions and votes for auIGF 2024 session themes. Session theme suggestions and votes will close at 5pm on Monday 8 July 2024 (AEST/UTC+10).

Save the date and join in Melbourne or online for an engaging and impactful event. More details, including registration information will be available soon.

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Event Details:

  • Event: Australian Internet Governance Forum (auIGF) 2024
  • Dates: 28-29 October 2024
  • Location: Rydges Hotel, Melbourne
  • Format: Hybrid (in-person and online)

Stay tuned for more updates, and mark your calendars for this significant event in the internet governance landscape of Australia.

About auIGF

The Australian Internet Governance Forum (auIGF) began in 2012 and ran annually until 2016, providing a crucial platform for discussing internet-related public policy issues in Australia. After a two-year hiatus, key figures from the internet and domain name sectors came together, with the support of the Australian Cyber Ambassador, to consider reviving this important forum. This led to the creation of a new forum, later referred to as NetThing, which successfully operated from 2019 to 2023. 

In 2024, the Multi-Stakeholder Steering Committee (MSSC) that convened NetThing decided to reinstate its original name as the Australian Internet Governance Forum to reaffirm the connection to the global IGF structure.

The auIGF aims to:

  • Build Australia’s internet community so that it includes a diversity of interests, experiences and views
  • Gather together the Australian multi-stakeholder community and hold interactive and participative internet policy discussions
  • Have those policy conversations provide a foundation for robust and visionary government, industry and community decision making in Australia as well as giving Australia-based participants a strong basis for contributing to global policy making.