The Australian National Science Fiction Convention regularly presents the Ditmar Awards.
It also holds a Business Meeting at which, nowadays, bids are presented to host the Australian Natcon two years onward.
National Media Conventions
In some years there was a separate Australian National Media Convention. Australian Media Natcons used to present the Australian Science Fiction Media Awards.
In 1983, Conquest '83, in Brisbane, was the first media natcon.
In 1984, Medtrek '84, in Sydney, was the Australian National SF Media Convention for that year.
In 1985, Con Amore, in Brisbane was the National Media Convention.
In 1986, Galactic Tours Convention, in Melbourne was the Australian National Media Convention.
In 1987, Eccentricon, held at Hawkesbury Agricultural College in Richmond NSW, was the 5th National S.F. Media Convention.
In 1989, Conspire, in Canberra, was the Australasian SF Media Convention.
In 1993, the New Zealand NatCon, Defcon, was the Australasian Media Natcon.
In 1999, when Australia hosted the 57th Worldcon, Aussiecon 3, the Australian Natcon was SpawnCon Two.
In 2010, when Australia hosted the 68th Worldcon, Aussiecon 4, the Australian Natcon was Dudcon III.
List of Australian Natcons
|No.||Date||Name||Location||Guests of Honour|
|1||22 Mar 1952||First Australian Science Fiction Convention||Sydney (G.U.O.O.F. Hall)||(none)|
|2||1-3 May 1953||Second Australian Science Fiction Convention||Sydney (G.U.O.O.F. Hall (Saturday) and Sydney Bridge Club (Sunday))||(none)|
|3||17-18 Apr 1954||Third Australian Science Fiction Convention||Sydney (Federation Hall)||(none)|
|4||18-20 Mar 1955||Fourth Australian Science Fiction Convention||Sydney (Dunbar House, Watson's Bay)||Arthur C. Clarke|
|5||8-9 Dec 1956||Olympicon||Melbourne (Richmond Town Hall)||Frank Bryning|
|6||5-6 Apr 1958||Sixth Australian Science Fiction Convention||Melbourne (Richmond Town Hall)||(none)|
|7||Easter 1966||Seventh Australian Science Fiction Convention||Melbourne (MSFC)||(none)|
|8||4-6 Apr 1969||Eighth Australian Science Fiction Convention||Melbourne (MSFC and Capri Theatre, Murrumbeena)||Lee Harding and (fan) John Foyster|
|9||27-30 Mar 1970||Ninth Australian Science Fiction Convention||Melbourne (Capri Theatre, Murrumbeena, and MSFC)||(none)|
|10||1-2 Jan 1971||Tenth Australian Science Fiction Convention||Melbourne (University of Melbourne)||(fan) Robin Johnson|
|11||11-13 Aug 1972||Syncon 2||Sydney (Squire Motor Inn, Bondi Junction)||Lesleigh Luttrell|
|12||17-19 Aug 1973||Advention 2||Adelaide (Lincoln College, University of Adelaide)||John Foyster|
|13||16-18 Aug 1974||Ozcon||Melbourne (Victoria Hotel)||Merv Binns and (fan) John Bangsund|
|14||24-27 Jan 1975||Syncon '75||Sydney (Macquarie University)||(none)|
|15||13-15 Aug 1976||Bofcon||Melbourne (Noah's Palmlake Motor Inn)||(none)|
|16||29-31 July 1977||A-Con 7||Adelaide (St. Vincent Hotel, Glenelg)||Bill Rotsler|
|17||24-27 Mar 1978||Unicon IV||Melbourne (Melbourne Town House)||Brian Aldiss, Roger Zelazny|
|18||10-13 Aug 1979||Syncon '79||Sydney (New Crest Hotel, King's Cross)||Gordon R. Dickson, Ken Fletcher, Linda Lounsbury, Kouichi Yamamoto|
|19||15-18 Aug 1980||Swancon 5||Perth (Park Towers Hotel)||Anne McCaffrey, Shayne McCormack, Grant Stone|
|20||6-8 June 1981||Advention '81||Adelaide (Oberoi Hotel)||Frank Herbert, John Ossian (John Foyster), K. U. F. Widdershins (John Foyster)|
|21||9-12 Apr 1982||Tschaicon||Melbourne (Melbourne Town House)||Jack Vance, Leanne Frahm, Eric Lindsay|
|22||10-13 June 1983||Syncon '83||Sydney (Shore Inn)||Harlan Ellison, Van Ikin|
|23||20-23 Apr 1984||Eureka!con||Melbourne (Victoria Hotel)||George Turner|
|24||5-8 Apr 1985||Advention '85||Adelaide (The Townhouse Adelaide)||Lee Harding|
|25||28-31 Mar 1986||SwanCon XI||Perth (Miss Maud Hotel)||C. J. Cherryh, Jack Herman|
|26||24-27 Apr 1987||Capcon||Canberra (Canberra Parkroyal Hotel)||Robert Asprin, Lynn Abbey, and (fan) John Newman|
|27||10-13 June 1988||Conviction (Syncon '88)||Sydney (Shore Motor Inn, Artamon)||Spider Robinson, Jeanne Robinson, Carey Handfield|
|28||23-27 Mar 1989||Swancon 14||Perth (The King's Ambassador Hotel)||John Varley and (fan) Paul J. Stevens|
|29||13-16 Apr 1990||Danse Macabre||Melbourne (The Diplomat Motor Inn)||George R. R. Martin, Eric Lindsay|
|30||29 Mar - 1 Apr 1991||Suncon||Brisbane (Brisbane Gateway Hotel)||Patrick Tilley, Harlan Ellison (absent), Leigh Edmonds|
|31||17-20 Apr 1992||Syncon '92||Sydney (Shore Motor Inn, Artamon)||Michael Whelan, Nick Stathopoulos|
|32||8-12 Apr 1993||SwanCon 18||Perth (The Ascot Inn)||Terry Pratchett and (fan) Craig Hilton|
|33||1-4 Apr 1994||Constantinople||Melbourne (Southern Cross Hotel)||William Gibson, and (fans) Bruce Gillespie, and Bean & Medge|
|34||9-12 June 1995||Thylacon||Hobart (Hadley's Hotel)||Kim Stanley Robinson, Peter Nicholls, Grant Stone|
|35||4-8 Apr 1996||Festival of the Imagination 1996||Perth (King's Perth Hotel)||Storm Constantine, Neil Gaiman|
|36||27-28 Sept 1997||Basicon 2||Melbourne (YWCA Cato Conference Centre)||(no one or everyone)|
|37||5-8 June 1998||Thylacon 2||Hobart (Hadley's Hotel)||George R. R. Martin, Leanne Frahm|
|38||2-6 Sept 1999||SpawnCon Two||Melbourne (Melbourne Convention Centre)||(none)|
|39||20-24 Apr 2000||Swancon 2000 (Swancon 25)||Perth (Ascott Inn)||Connie Willis, Robin Hobb, Garth Nix, Ian Nichols|
|40||12-16 Apr 2001||Swancon 2001: Masquerade||Perth (The Rydges Hotel Perth)||Robert Silverberg, Karen Haber, Rosaleen Love, Marilyn Pride, Lewis Morley, Kate Orman, Sue Ackermann|
|41||7-10 June 2002||Convergence 2002||Melbourne (Cato Conference Centre)||Joe Haldeman, Gay Haldeman, Lucy Sussex, Sean Williams, and (fan) Race Mathews|
|42||17-21 Apr 2003||Swancon 2003||Perth (Kings Perth Hotel)||Lynn Flewelling, Tony Shillitoe, Fiona McIntosh, and (fan) Justin Ackroyd|
|43||23-26 Apr 2004||Conflux||Canberra (Rydges Lakeside)||Greg Benford, Sean McMullen, and (fan) Karen Herkes|
|44||10-13 June 2005||Thylacon 2005 (Thylacon IV)||Hobart (Wrest Point Hotel)||Anne Bishop, Marianne de Pierres, and (fan) Merv Binns|
|45||14-17 Apr 2006||Conjure||Brisbane (Mercure Hotel Brisbane)||Cory Doctorow, Bruce Sterling, Sean Williams, Jonathan Strahan, and (fan) Erika Maria Lacey|
|46||8–11 June 2007||Convergence 2||Melbourne (Cato Conference Centre)||Isobelle Carmody, Fred Gallagher, Dave Freer, and (fan) Cath Ortlieb|
|47||20–24 Mar 2008||State of the Art: Swancon 2008||Perth (All Seasons)||Ken Macleod, Rob Shearman, Glenda Larke, and (fan) Zara Baxter|
|48||5–8 June 2009||Conjecture||Adelaide (Holiday Inn Adelaide)||Julie E. Czerneda, and (fans) Steve Scholz & Catherine Scholz|
|49||2–6 Sept 2010||Dudcon III||Melbourne (Melbourne Convention & Entertainment Centre)||Peter Watts, Helen Merrick, and (fan) Jacob Blake|
|50||21–25 Apr 2011||Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty||Perth (Hyatt Regency Perth)||Ellen Datlow, Justina Robson, Sean Williams, and (fan) Sarah Xu|
|51||8-11 June 2012||Continuum 8: Craftonomicon||Melbourne (Rydges on Swanston)||Kelly Link, Alison Goodman, and (fan) Sue Ann Barber|
|52||25-28 Apr 2013||Conflux 9||Canberra (Rydges Capital Hill)||Nalo Hopkinson, Marc Gascoigne, Karen Miller, and (fan) Rose Mitchell|
|53||6-9 June 2014||Continuum X: Carnival of Lost Souls||Melbourne (InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto)||Jim C. Hines, Ambelin Kwaymullina, and (fans) Danny Oz & Sharon Moseley|
|54||2-6 Apr 2015||Swancon 40||Perth (Pan Pacific Perth)||John Scalzi, Kylie Chan, and (fan) Anthony Peacey|
|55||25-28 Mar 2016||Contact2016||Brisbane (Hotel Jen Brisbane)||Ben Aaronovitch, Keri Arthur, Maria Lewis and (fans) Jill Pantozzi and Kirilee Barker|
|56||9-12 June 2017||Continuum 13: Triskaidekaphilia||Melbourne (Jasper Hotel)||Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant|
Much of the information for this page has been obtained from the Convergence 2 website, which updated a list compiled by Marc Ortlieb, and (more recently) from a (less recent) list provided by Marc Ortlieb in the Aussiecon Three Souvenir Book.