ASFLA holds annual conferences presenting research into and applications of Systemic Functional Linguistics.

ASFLA 2015

The 2015 ASFLA conference will be held in Brisbane on the St Lucia campus of The University of Queensland over the three days Tuesday 29 September, Wednesday 30 September and Thursday 1 October, preceded by a day of pre-conference institutes on Monday 28 September. The Tuesday is designated a Teachers Day.

The conference theme is Linguistics, Literature & Verbal Art: Inheritances and Developments.

Registrations are now open. Once you’ve read the information on that page, click on the link which will take you to the website of the English Teachers Association of Queensland (ETAQ). These fine people are handling the registration process for us.

Early bird discount rates providing a saving of 15% are in place until 30 June.

Apart from the early bird savings, we anticipate that the number that we can accommodate for the conference dinner might fill up quickly so it would be advisable to register sooner rather than later.

Plenary speakers for the conference are listed below. More information.

  • Mary Macken-Horarik, University of New England
  • David Butt, Macquarie University
  • David Kellogg, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies,  Seoul, South Korea
  • Sally Humphrey, Australian Catholic University
  • Rosemary Huisman, University of Sydney
  • Susan Hood, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Len Unsworth, Australian Catholic University

For more details visit the ASFLA 2015 website.


Notes for Conference Organisers (revised)

Terms and Conditions
Refunds for cancellations are payable at the discretion of the ASFLA executive or conference committee as appropriate. Refunds may be subject to an administration fee (minimum 10%) to cover any costs the association may have incurred. In the event of a conference being cancelled by the association all monies will be refunded in full.


ASFLA Annual Conference 2014

was held at the University of NSW  Sep 30 – Oct 2, 2014

with a pre-Conference Institute 29th September

Conference Theme: New Texts New Challenges

Featured speakers included Susan Feez, Kristina Love, Theo van Leeuwen, Annabelle Lukin, Robert McMurtrie, Kay O’Halloran & Geoff Williams

ASFLA Annual Conference 2013

was held at the Australian Catholic University (Melbourne Campus) Oct 1–3, 2013

with a pre-Conference Institute 30th September

Conference Theme: Seizing the Moment

Featured speakers included Peter White, Mary Macken-Horarik, Frances Christie, John Polias, Brian Dare, Pauline Jones, Dorothy Economou.

ASFLA Annual Conference 2011

was held at the University of New England, Armidale NSW, September 21-23, 2011

with a pre-Conference Institute on September 20

Conference Theme: Language, Knowledge, Justice: New Contexts, New Questions

Featured speakers included Len Unsworth, Jim Martin, Karl Maton and Michele Zappavigna

ASFLA Annual Conference 2010

was held in Adelaide, September 27 – October 1, 2010

with a Pre-Conference Institute September 27 – 28

Conference Theme: Reading recent developments in SFL: theory and practice

Recognising that South Australia has a particular interest in educational applications, the conference aimed to explore reading pedagogy as well as the recently developed national curriculum in Australia, particularly the opportunities that SFL affords teachers and students.

It also offered, more broadly, presentations dealing with developments in the theory and applications of SFL in a range of contexts.