NSW / ACT 2018 Convention


Aira is pleased to support the state convention by making the venue an Aira Access location for the duration of the event. Find out more below.


Enjoying Our State – Living The Good Life in NSW and the ACT

In our first Convention as a newly formed State Division we take time to look at the things that help us live a good life, from tips for everyday living to gadgets and technology that make our lives easier. You will get a chance to share ‘diverse experiences of parenting’ and hear and reminisce about attending camp. You can network during Friday night welcome drinks and Convention dinner. And, if you want to tap into your primal self, come join us in a drumming circle!


Travelodge Hotel
12 Steel Street
Newcastle West NSW


Friday 26th – Sunday 28th October 2018

Live Stream

If you’re unable to attend the event in person you can tune in LIVE using the following links (please note these links are different to those used in the past):



View the convention program HERE.


Aira Access

Aira is a service for your smartphone that connects you with professionally-trained human agents to assist you with any task. If you are an Aira Explorer at present, using the service at the hotel during the convention will be free, and will not be deducted from your plan.

Even if you’re not using Aira at the moment, if you have a smartphone, you can download the iOS or Android app for free. Use Aira for free for such tasks as finding a hotel room, a conference room, reading a hotel menu, describing exhibit hall tables, description during the conference/workshop sessions, or calling an Uber to get to public transportation.

We advise guests to download the free Aira app prior to the event so you will be ready to take advantage of this opportunity to experience Aira as soon as you arrive.

You can search for Aira in the iOS App Store or Google Play Store. Alternatively, go here: www.aira.io/app. You will find a banner at the top of the app that says “Tap to use Aira as a Guest for Free”. Register with email and phone number on “Sign Up as a Guest”. Then you will get a text message confirming your phone number. Double-tap on the link in the text message and you’ve signed up as a Guest!



Before you register: Make sure you have all of your travel and personal details ready, including those of additional attendees that you are registering for (such as arrival time, preferred format, dietary requirements, emergency contact etc). You can register for more than one person in one booking session.

To register online, click here.
To register over the phone, please call BCA on 1800 033 660 during office hours.

You can register for:

  • Full Convention (Includes Friday night welcome function, Saturday and Sunday standard program sessions, lunch, morning and afternoon tea on Saturday and Sunday, and convention dinner) – $200.00
    (Please Note this option does NOT include the Drum Circle to be held on Saturday afternoon – this must be purchased in addition to your convention registration)
  • Saturday program only (Includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea) – $65
  • Sunday program only (Includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea) – $65
  • Convention Dinner (Saturday evening) – $55
  • Drum Circle (Saturday afternoon) – $20

Raffle tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the convention. You can purchase these along with your registration, or if you are unable to attend the event but still wish to enter the raffle, you can purchase raffle tickets on their own. Prices are:

  • 1 x Raffle Ticket – $2
  • 3 x Raffle Tickets – $5
  • 7 x Raffle Tickets – $10

EFTPOS facilities will also be made available throughout convention.



Accommodation is available at Travelodge Newcastle. Please call the hotel directly to book on (02) 4926 3777.
Advise hotel staff that you are attending the Blind Citizens Australia NSW / ACT Convention to receive the room rate of $165 (Breakfast not included).
You can view the Travelodge website HERE.

Getting There

The closest airport is Newcastle (Williamtown) Airport. It will cost approximately $70 – $100 in a cab from the airport to the hotel.
If you are catching a train, the closest station is Hamilton. It will cost $10 – $20 in a cab to get from the station to the hotel.