Since 1979 the then ASCA held an annual conference hosted by one of the member cities. This was usually a 2 or 3 day event that attracted a large number of delegates from all over Australia to listen to talks and participate in discussions on a wide range of topics relating to sister cities. The conference also had a good social aspect to it and also provided partner activities separate from the conference. There was also a parallel Youth Program that encouraged younger delegates from member cities to meet and engage in an interesting program of activities designed especially for them. One of the highlights for the main conference was on the last day when the youth presented the outcomes from their activities, often in a very humorous and engaging manner.
Due to various issues a conference host city has not come forward since 2015, therefore SCA has run a number of one day forums which, although shorter in length, they have had valuable content and were always thought provoking.
Where SCA Forums have been held
2019 – Perth WA
2018 – Blacktown NSW
2017 – Mildura. NSW
2016 – Melbourne VIC
Where SCA Conferences have been held
2015 – Blacktown NSW
2014 – Bunbury WA
2013 – Broken Hill NSW
2012 – Devonport TAS
2011 – Toowoomba QLD
2010 – Rockhampton QLD
2009 – Tamworth NSW
Where ASCA Conferences have been held
2008 – Gosford, New South Wales – this conference formally resolved that the name of the organisation be changed to Sister Cities Australia Inc (SCA).
2007 – Darwin, Northern Territory
2006 – Devonport, Tasmania
2005 – Latrobe, Victoria
2004 – Shire of Noosa, Queensland
2003 – Orange, New South Wales
2002 – Bendigo, Victoria
2001 – Bunbury/Busselton, Western Australia
2000 – Adelaide, South Australia
1999 – Darwin, Northern Territory
1998 – Port Stephens, N.S.W
1997 – Hobart, Tasmania
1996 – Cairns, Far North Queensland
1995 – Hobsons Bay (Altona) Victoria
1994 – Belmont, Western Australia
1993 – Broken Hill, New South Wales
1992 – Penrith, New South Wales
1991 – Devonport, Tasmania
1990 – Darwin, Northern Territory
1989 – Shepparton, Victoria
1988 – Cairns, Far North Queensland
1987 – Lake Macquarie, New South Wales
1986 – Hobart, Tasmania
1985 – Albury, New South Wales
1984 – Bega, New South Wales
1983 – Townsville, Queensland
1982 – Alice Springs, Northern Territory – this Conference saw the first ASCA Constitution adopted.
1981 – Hobart, Tasmania, hosted representatives from all States of Australia plus the Northern Territory, New Zealand, Malaysia and Japan. Delegates present resolved that The Australian Sister Cities Association (ASCA) be formed, and the ALGA in Canberra was notified accordingly.
1980 – Goulburn, New South Wales hosted a meeting of representatives to carry the Newcastle discussions further.
1979 – Newcastle, New South Wales, nine cities were represented in initial discussions as to whether there should be a national body to represent the interests of, and the sharing of information regarding, sister cities throughout Australia.