When do regos open?
Early bird: 1 July - 6 September 2017
Standard: 7 September - 8 November 2017
Late: 9 November - 25 November 2017
Extra Early Bird for NTE18: 6 December – 31 January 2018
Where is NTE?
All NTE conference sessions, conference program activities and meals are at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) on the Cnr Flemington Rd & Federal Highway, Mitchell ACT 2911. Entrances are available on both roads - look for the NTE signs! Limited free parking is available on site.
On the EPIC site, there are three main buildings that you will need to access:
• Coorong - all of the main sessions will be held here
• Budawang - meals will be held here (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
• Conference Centre - the NTE Office will be located on the ground floor of this building. It's between Coorong and Budawang pavillions.
What is the start and finish time of NTE17?
On-site registration starts from 9:00am Saturday 2 December.
Final Session finishes from 1:00pm Wednesday 6 December (some teams go straight from here to mission)
What is the program for the week?
NTE runs for 5 days from Saturday morning to lunchtime on Wednesday. You will receive a detailed timetable at NTE.
You will participate in 6 bible talks, 7 strand group sessions, 3 seminars & 2 electives. This seems like a packed timetable but there are many opportunities for personal reflection time, free time and time with your campus group, along with mealtimes!
What do I bring?
Bring your bible, pens, toiletries and clothes for the week. If your camping bring any camping gear needed. All other accommodation includes linen. Optional to bring snacks for strand groups and extra money for maccas!
How much does it cost to go to NTE17?
Full registration includes conference materials, accommodation and all meals for 5 days. Day Rego includes conference materials, lunch and dinner for 5 days.
1 Jul - 6 Sep
7 Sep - 8 Nov
9 Nov - 25 Nov
Dorm (6-10 per room)
Standard (3-5 per room)
Premium (2 per room)
NTE17 Drink Bottle
What is included in the price of NTE?
Your choice of accommodation, all meals and conference material.
Need help with money?
If you would like to go to NTE but need some help to pay the cost, we would like you to speak with your local AFES or FOCUS staff person. Please don’t be hesistate to ask! We might be able to help with a small subsidy to help you come.
I live pretty far away from Canberra, are there any travel discounts?
There is a travel discount for students traveling a long way to attend NTE. Receive a $120 discount if you’re traveling from WA, NT or NZ Receive a $60 discount if you’re traveling from North QLD or TAS. This will be calculated automatically when you register online.
Check out Transport FAQs for more info.
Are there any other discounts?
Register as a year 12 student and recieve $50 cashback. Download the form here! But remember, you need to have registered first.
I can’t make it to the whole NTE program, what are my options?
Due to the number of people at NTE and the difficulty in monitoring attendance, we do not offer a part time registration price. If you can't make all of the conference why not come to the Canberra Bible Talks? A unique package of all NTE evening sessions.
What happens if I can’t make it to NTE anymore?
Cancellations can be made up to 9 November, please email nte [at] afes.org.au (subject: NTE%20Cancellation) with your details and we will refund your payment less a $50 administration fee. There will be no refunds after 9 November 2017. Please remember that registrations are transferable, so in the event you cannot attend you are welcome to find someone who'd like to attend or purchase your registration from you. You may request a transfer of your registration emailing nte [at] afes.org.au with your details and the details of the person taking your registration.
Am I eligable for a free Tee?
If you are in your first year of uni (that is, if you have never studied at university before) and it is your first NTE, you will receive a free NTE17 tee.
Have more questions? Check out the other FAQs regarding other elements of NTE or email your enquiry to nte [at] afes.org.au (subject: NTE%20enquiry)
Is my transport organised for me?
Due to the number of students travelling to NTE, the NTE office does not organise transport to and from the conference. However, some campuses will arrange this for their campus group so be sure to ask your staff worker and friends how they’re getting to NTE.
What are my public transport options to get to EPIC?
Bus from Canberra airport:
To get from the Canberra airport to EPIC you will need to catch two buses.
Firstly, take the Airport Express to the city (last stop).
Secondly, walk to Northbourne Avenue (near Alinga Street) and if you arrive on the weekend take the 950, 956 or 958 bus to EPIC. Download weekend bus route map. if you arrive on a weekday, there are many bus options. Download the weekend & weekday timetables at action.act.gov.au.
Train or Bus from Sydney or Melbourne
For information on catching the train or bus to Canberra (from either Sydney or Melbourne) visit this Canberra Website. Please be aware that these need to be booked in advance to avoid missing out.
If I'm in year 12, do I just select strand 1?
At NTE there's a strand 12 group catered for students who are about to start or have just finished year 12. Register as a year 12 student and receive $50 cashback. Download the form here.
It’s my first year of NTE but I’ve done strand 1 already, do I need to do it again?
If you have already done a strand 1 or strand 2 at Next Gen, with the advice of your staff worker, you may register for the next strand. We strongly encourage not to jump more than 3 strand groups if it is your first time at NTE.
Do I need to be a Christian to be a part of a strand group?
No. There is a strand 101 group which is a group for those investigating Christianity.
Can I pick who is in my strand group?
Strand groups are grouped with students from different campuses. This is a chance to hear from other students from other universities. Unless there is specific permission from your staff worker, you will not be able to choose who is in your group.
Do I need to bring anything to my strand sessions?
This varies from group to group but the basic materials you need are a bible, the strand booklet you receive at registration, stationary. Some groups bring snacks to share to help with brain function but this is completely optional.
I picked the wrong strand group on my registration, how do I change?
Email nte [at] afes.org.au (subject: Strand%20change) to make this change with your new strand group and the reason for the change.
There was no option on the registration page to choose seminars, where can I choose them?
Contrary to electives, you do not choose one of the three seminars but rather you get to attend all three seminars during NTE. This means you won’t miss out on any of them!
Can I choose which seminar I want to attend first?
Unfortunately no, each room has a certain amount of space and chairs so we do ask that you do not move from the seminar room you have been allocated. You will get a chance to participate in all 3 seminars throughout NTE.
I have to leave NTE early and will miss a seminar, will they be recorded and available?
All seminars are recorded and become available 1 to 2 weeks after NTE. The link to the recordings will be sent to through after the completion of the NTE survey.
Do I have to be in a FOCUS strand?
Please register for a FOCUS strand initially and then have a chat with your staff worker about what will be the best strand for you to do. We can change it at a later date if needed.
What if I don't have enough money to pay for NTE?
Please talk to your staff worker, they may be able to arrange to help you to attend.
If it's a camp what kind of accommodation is there?
There are different types of accommodation for the conference that you are able to choose from. The conference is not in the forest, it is in the city of Canberra. If you choose to stay in a motel room you can choose to stay in a single room, a double room (premium), or a room with others (standard or dormitory). If you would like to sleep in a tent you will need to bring one. If you don't own one, please ask your staff worker to help you find one or borrow one. If you have somewhere else you can stay or if you live in Canberra you do not have to stay in NTE accommodation, just choose the 'Day Registration' option when you register.
What will the food be like?
There is a range of different kinds of foods, some Western, some Asian. Breakfast is usually cereal and toast, if you prefer noodles be sure to bring some instant noodles with you just in case.
How will I be able to get to NTE?
Usually your staff worker arranges transport for all the students going to NTE and he or she will send you an email or SMS with details.
Need help with money?
If you would like to go to NTE but need some help to pay the cost, we would like you to speak with your local AFES or FOCUS staff worker. Please don’t be ashamed or afraid to ask. We might be able to help with a small subsidy to help you come.
Check out our other FAQ questions for more answers!
Is SCTC for student presidents only?
The Student Committees Training Conference is for all members of a student committee. We encourage all members of the committee to attend the conference however in most cases the student president will represent the whole committee at the conference.
I can’t find the option for SCTC on the NTE registration page, where do I register?
Unfortunately, you can only register for NTE through the main registration page however a link to register is back at the SCTC webpage along with the program and prices.
What is included in the price?
If you register for SCTC all your meals from lunch on Thursday to dinner on Friday are included so stick around after the conference is done and enjoy some dinner at the conference site. If accommodation is selected, this will also be included from Thursday to Tuesday.
Do I need to pick up my strand & NTE booklet for NTE on Saturday with everyone else?
Nope! You’ll receive all your conference materials (including NTE material) on Thursday when you arrive for SCTC so be sure to keep it safe until Saturday.
Where do I go when I arrive?
Once you arrive at EPIC proceed to the building marked ‘Conference Centre’ (between Coorong & Budawang). There you will receive your conference material and further instructions on where to go. The SCTC is held at the nearby building ‘Terrace Room’. You will be provided with maps and directions on how to get there.
When do registrations for Canberra Bible Talks close?
Online registrations are open until Friday night (a day before the first session). On site registrations are open an hour before the sessions commence on Saturday, Monday & Tuesday. No registrations are needed for Sunday as it is free.
What are the benefits of booking online for Canberra Bible Talks?
Some of the benefits of registering for Canberra Bible Talks online are that it’s cheaper to book online, your nametag is pre printed and no queues to register!
Do we get outlines?
Yes! If you book for all Canberra Bible talk sessions (Saturday, Monday & Thursday) you will receive an NTE booklet on the first night. If you book for 1 or 2 sessions you will receive an outline during registration.
Can I keep my nametag?
You can keep your paper nametag for memories however we do ask that all lanyards be returned at the front desk after the last session you attend.
How can I promote Canberra Bible Talks at my church?
Printed flyers are distributed to various churches around the Canberra area however if you would like more email nte [at] afes.org.au (subject: CBT%20Flyer%20request)
Can we attend any other NTE programs with our Canberra Bible Talks registration?
Canberra Bible Talk is limited to the evening talks of National Training Event (NTE). If you wish to be a part of NTE and learn more about AFES but you are not a university student, we recommend attending the Guest Program. More information is available on the Guest Program page
Do I need a Visa?
You may require a Visa to attend depending on your Nationality and passport. You can read through your VISA Options here.
If you require an invitation sponsorship letter to obtain a visa, please nte [at] afes.org.au (subject: International%20Guest%20enquiry) (email us) as soon as possible so we can supply that for you.
Do I need to choose a Strand?
You will be automatically placed into Strand 1 if this is your first NTE.
How do I get from Sydney to Canberra?
The quickest and most accessible option is to catch a bus from an Airport. The two main companies are Murrays and Greyhound. There are options to book online prior to your arrival. If you do choose to catch a bus to Canberra it is essential that you book as soon as possible. More information on how to get to EPIC can be found here.
What if I arrive in Canberra early (i.e. before Saturday morning?
Please note if you require accommodation in Canberra before NTE then you will need to let us know on the form so we can arrange that for you. You should not assume that we have organised accommodation for you for any nights before Saturday if you have not requested it on the form.
How Do I Get To the Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) once I Arrive in Canberra?
From the Canberra Airport it is best to catch a taxi.
From the Canberra Central bus station, bus routes (950,956,958) will take you to EPIC via Flemington Rd.
A helpful map can be found here.
For more information about the location of the conference and transport options, click here.
What About the NTE Mission?
After NTE each campus sends out individual teams to partake in a mission from Wednesday 6 - Sunday 10 December 2017. If you would like to participate then you are more than welcome, however you will need to nte [at] afes.org.au (subject: International%20Guest%20enquiry) (email) us beforehand so that we can allocate you to a team. And please be aware that you will need to adjust your travel arrangements accordingly.
How can I get more involved at NTE?
There are many different way's we'd love you to be involved with NTE - other than coming to the conference of course! Find out how you can be more involved here.
As a Staffworker its handy to know who has registered from my campus, how do I get this list?
Please log in to the AFES website (not the NTE site) and check the Top Staff Resources > NTE17 Registration to see who's coming from your campus.
How do I register if I'm coming from overseas
We offer a unique International Guest Program for all of our International NTE delegates. If you are an international guest, please visit our International Guests Page to find out more information about the program and registering for the conference.
How do I book for NTE mission?
NTE mission is organised through your campus. The best way to get involved in your campus NTE mission is to ask the staff worker or a friend from your campus group. Some NTE missions run before NTE so be sure to ask as soon as you can.
I want to listen to past NTE talks – where do I find these?
Past NTE talks are available to listen and download for free on the AFES website