The Conference is being held at RMIT University’s City Campus at the intersection of Swanston and LaTrobe Streets. All the sessions of the conference will be held in the same set of rooms, all located on Level 7, Building 16. (NOTE: The WORKSHOPS on Monday are in the Old Magistrates Court, building 20, and the Old Council Chambers, Building 1).

Building 16 map

RMIT University is a Global University of design, technology and enterprise.

RMIT was established in 1887 as the Working Men’s College with the aim of bringing education to the working people of Melbourne.


Our teaching, learning and research programs are continually updated so that students, staff and graduates are equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

At the same time, we have not forgotten our past as one of Australia’s original educational institutions, and we have remained true to our RMIT buildingsoriginal philosophy.

Since 1887, our inner-city campus has been a vital part of the City of Melbourne, from the 1880s boom through world wars, the Great Depression and renewed prosperity during the second half of the 20th century.

RMIT was awarded royal patronage by Queen Elizabeth II for its educational service to the Commonwealth and contribution to the war effort, and RMIT remains the only higher education institution in Australia with the right to use the prefix “Royal” and the Monarchy’s coat of arms.

RMIT’s unique justice heritage.

For forensic linguists, the RMIT University campus has a special significance. RMIT’s city campus, where the IAFL Biennial Conference 2019 will be held, incorporates several remarkable buildings that trace the history of justice and cultural diversity in early Melbourne.  The National Trust registered Old Melbourne Gaol is located in the same block as the RMIT Campus, and the campus itself includes several old Gaol buildings, dating from the 19th century, the Police Watch House and the old Magistrates Court, where several decades ago, your IAFL President once waited in cold stone corridors to have court documents stamped and sealed during her holiday job as a law clerk in her father’s legal practice!

See the RMIT website for a virtual tour of Melbourne’s justice history, and visit the buildings during your stay.