FAQ

 

 

WA is a unique and exciting location for the YSA Convention and the Perth Convention Committee has organised a fantastic programme for your enjoyment. Please read through the FAQ below in order to prepare yourself for the best experience. If you have a question that is not answered below, please use the "Contact Us" page and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

   Where:               Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley, WA 6102

   When:                Thursday 27 December 2018 – Tuesday 1 January 2019 (6 days, 5 nights)

   Costs:                $250 Full Time (includes accommodation, all meals and activities)

                              $550 Full Time International (for YSA residing outside of Australia)

                              $250 Part Time (includes all evening activities, including evening meals + Rottnest Island + Sunday)

                              $35 Sunday Only (Includes all activities and meals on the Sunday)

 

Who can attend?

To attend the National Convention 2018 in Perth, you must be a YSA which means:

  • You are 18 years old or over and less than 31 years old on December 27th 2018.
  • You are single (not legally married). If you are separated from your spouse, or in the process of seeking a divorce, you may not participate in the convention until the divorce decree is final according to law.

You also agree to abide by the standards of the Church as defined in “For the Strength of Youth”, and the Code of Conduct for the National Convention.

Can my non-member friend attend?

Yes. They will also pay $250 to attend the registration (within Australia). They should put down your ward and stake, and they will be interviewed by your Bishop or Branch President.

I live overseas. Can I attend?

Yes you can. For YSA residing outside of Australia, the cost is $550 AUD. Because your registration is not subsidised by an Australian Stake, you will need to pay the full price to attend the convention.

What do I need before signing up?

Before registering, make sure you have the following information ready:

  • An Email Address – each YSA who registers for the convention will need their own email address.
  • Medicare number (for YSA who live in Australia) – in case you require medical attention while at convention.
  • Your photo – this will go on your ID card for convention, therefore a good quality image is needed in the style of a passport photo where your face is clearly identifiable. Images that are inappropriate or do not clearly identify you will require you to resubmit a photo before your registration card will be printed.
  • Credit Card – Payments using Visa or Mastercard (including debit cards) are accepted.

How does the registration process work?

Registrations can only be made through this site and require payment immediately by credit or debit card in order for the registration to be accepted. All information including personal details, Stake/Ward and full payment of fees must be completed. Once your payment has been successfully processed you will receive an email confirming your registration at the convention. This will contain your confirmation ID and other details, so that you can return and update your profile (eg flight information) as needed. Your Bishop or Branch President will also approve your attendance at the convention through a separate area of the website which only they can access. If there are any issues or concerns with your registration, either your priesthood leader or a member of the Perth Convention Organising Committee will be in touch to resolve this.

If you register on this website, but do not pay at the same time, your registration will automatically cancel after a period of time. You are welcome to sign up again and pay when you are ready to do so.

I don't have a MediCare number. Can I still register?

If you don't have a medicare number, you can write N/A, put a zero, or write "I don't have one", and it will let your registration continue. The website needs you to put "something" in the box before it will let you move to the next step.

Can I pay with instalments?

No. All fees must be paid in full on this website during the registration process.

Can I get a refund if I am no longer able to attend the convention?

If your circumstances change and you are no longer able to attend, you can receive a full refund BEFORE the closing date of registration of 18th November 2018. After that date, bookings and payments for catering, accommodation and other activities will have been made for you, and the amount refunded will be at the discretion of the Perth Convention Organising Committee.

Are you offering part-time or off-site registrations?

It is preferable that YSA who wish to attend convention register full-time and stay on-site to get the most benefit out of attending, but for those who are unable to attend full-time, we do have an "Evening + Weekend Package" or a "Sunday Only" option.

Why do I have to pay if I am only attending on the Sunday?

The $35 fee provides you with security ID, lunch, dinner and snacks. Because catering is done through an external provider, it is necessary to register and pay beforehand to confirm numbers. Security ID will not be valid for any other days or activities except for Sunday. For security and logistical arrangements, we require everyone to register if they would like to attend the Sunday programme.

Why is the Part Time cost the same as the Full time Cost?

The full-time registration fee of $250 represents a heavily subsidised amount, with the largest portion of costs associated with holding the Convention covered by the Church. The subsidy is based on full-time registrations, so we are not able to claim this amount for part-time participants. The registration fee covers a large portion of the activity costs but not the entirety. The balance and all venue hire/accommodation costs are covered by the Church subsidy.

In order to maintain the financial viability of the Perth YSA Convention, the only part-time registration we can offer will be participation in all evening and weekend activities (including the Rottnest trip). Based on the reduction in subsidy and the actual costs of running the events, the real cost to participate in just these events will be the same as full-time registration, $250. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer registration for individual activities, with the exception of the Sunday program, which is costed at $35 to reflect lunch, dinner and supper costs.

When assessed against the activities and meals provided we believe this amount still represents good value for the quality range of activities on offer. We hope that even those YSA who have to work over this period will still have the opportunity to participate in a significant portion of the Perth YSA Convention.

Can I still register if I have special needs?

We would like all YSA who wish to attend the convention to be able to attend. The registration form allows you to list any medical conditions, medication, allergies or dietary requirements. There will be options provided by catering for those with special dietary needs. For all other medical issues, while you will need to be able to take care of your own needs, there will be first-aid staff on site at all times to assist in any emergencies.

Can my Bishop/Branch President pay my registration fees?

Yes, but that is entirely between you and him.

How does my Bishop/Branch President approve my registration?

Once registration and full payment has been completed successfully then your details are recorded in the convention database. Bishops and Branch Presidents throughout Australia will be sent a letter with details explaining how they can login to access the website and approve any registrations from their ward/branch. Registrations that are not approved by the Bishop/Branch President will be refunded in accordance with the policy above.

For YSA who reside outside Australia, we ask that you include your Bishop or Branch President's email on the registration page. Because the convention website only has access to contact details for Australian stakes and wards/branches, overseas leaders will not automatically receive any convention emails and they will need to be contacted directly to give their approval for your attendance at convention.

Will my registration details be kept private?

Yes, all details are securely stored on the convention website and only necessary data is given to those who need it. For example, data about dietary requirements will be passed on to the catering team in order to provide you with the correct meal, or if you have a medical issue then data will be provided to the first aid team.

Where will the check-in be held?

Check-in will be held in the Curtin Stadium (Building 111 at location I7 on the map) beginning at 10:00am on Thursday 27 December 2018. If you are arriving on the shuttle bus from the airport you will be dropped off at the stadium. If you are driving yourself, the best entry is from Kent Street, and taking the Curtin Stadium/A3 entrance to the main carpark.

 

You can download a copy of the "What to Bring" list which contains all the information below.

What should I bring?

  • Scriptures
  • Casual clothes
  • A white t-shirt for group vs group games (one you don't mind getting dirty)
  • Old clothes appropriate for group vs group games or service projects.
  • Appropriate bathing/swimming attire
  • Comfortable shoes for activities
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • A sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Clothes for Summer Sunset Dance
  • Clothes for Ball
  • Church clothing
  • Dress shoes for formal events
  • Toiletries
    • Deodorant
    • Tooth brush & toothpaste
    • Shaving gear
    • Shampoo/conditioner/soap
    • Hair brush/comb
    • Personal hygiene products
    • Two towels
  • Any medication you may need
  • Appropriate sleeping attire
  • Sleeping bag, sheet and pillow
  • Pens and pencils (for taking notes, marking scriptures etc)
  • Money/bank card to purchase any further personal items

If you are attending the Temple as your service project, you will also need:

  • A current limited use or full Temple Recommend
  • A full set of white clothes/shoes and your own robe set (if you are doing an endowment or sealings).
  • For those doing baptisms only, white overalls will be provided by the Temple.
  • You will also need to wear your Sunday church clothes on the bus to the Temple.

What shouldn’t I bring to convention?

  • Items that are inappropriate or inconsistent with Gospel Standards. See “For The Strength of Youth” and the Convention Code of Conduct for additional information.
  • Any expensive or valuable items brought to convention are at your own risk.

Church Standards for Clothing

Please review the following guidelines from “For the Strength of Youth” when choosing clothing to wear for the convention:

“Immodest clothing is any clothing that is tight, sheer, or revealing in any other manner. Young women should avoid short shorts and short skirts, shirts that do not cover the stomach, and clothing that does not cover the shoulders or is low-cut in the front or the back. Young men should also maintain modesty in their appearance. Young men and young women should be neat and clean and avoid being extreme or inappropriately casual in clothing, hairstyle, and behaviour. They should choose appropriately modest apparel when participating in sports. The fashions of the world will change, but the Lord’s standards will not change.”

“Show respect for the Lord and yourself by dressing appropriately for Church meetings and activities.”

What do I need to bring to Rottnest Island?

  • Appropriate swimwear, towel, hat, drink bottle, sunhat and sunscreen.
  • You will also need money to purchase your own lunch or take part in any of the “paid” tourist activities that the island provides. Exploring the island is free, but anything that requires additional costs, such as bike hire or snorkelling equipment will be your responsibility.

See the following websites for activities available on the island:

 

The shuttle bus is a free service provided by the Perth Convention Committee to and from the Perth Airport to Curtin University before and after convention. The bus is available on Wednesday 26th December (Boxing Day) and Thursday 27th December, and also to return to the airport on Tuesday 1st January.

How do I book the shuttle bus?

Once you have booked your flights, you can update your registration details to show your flight number, arrival time and arrival terminal. If you would like to be picked up by the shuttle bus, simply indicate this on the registration page, and you will receive an email with the location and pickup time.

Will the shuttle bus return me to Perth airport at the end of convention?

Yes. If you require this service, enter your departure time and terminal and indicate that you wish to take the shuttle bus back to the airport.

What if I have already registered without my flight details?

Information on how to log back in and edit your details will sent in an email once the initial registration is successful. Once you have booked your flights you can enter the required information on this website. An email will be sent to you closer to the convention date with further details about pick up times from the airport.

What if I miss my shuttle pickup time?

If your flight is delayed, or you have missed your shuttle pickup time, there will be a contact number to call and further arrangements can be made.

 

Can I arrange to share a dorm with my friend?

Yes, during registration you will be asked to submit the names of two people attending the convention you would like to have in your dorm. These must be the same gender as you. While we will do our best to ensure that you have one of your friends in the dorm, we cannot guarantee that this will happen in every instance.

What are the arrangements for the rooms?

Each dorm contains 6 or 8 single bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a common kitchen/lounge area. The kitchen does not have any cutlery or crockery provided.You can view videos and photos of the rooms on the Curtin UniversityWebsite. Each YSA attending will have their own room.

What bedding do I need to bring?

The dorms have mattresses, but no sheets or pillows are provided. You will need to bring these yourself. A sleeping bag, sheet and pillow will suffice.

 Are there laundry facilities on site?

Yes. Each accommodation block has access to washing machines and dryers. There is no cost to run the machines but you will need to provide your own laundry detergent. There is a shopping mall nearby in walking distance where you can purchase this. There is ONLY ONE iron available on request from the housing office, but this will need to be signed out and then signed back in after use.

Can I stay in the accommodation the night before convention?

For interstate YSA or mentors there is accommodation available on Wednesday 26th December (Boxing Day). Shuttle bus pickup is available from midday onwards, but no meals or activities will be provided for YSA arriving on the Wednesday. You will be allocated a room for one night, and will still need attend the official check-in at Curtin Stadium on the Thursday to check in. There is also no breakfast provided on Thursday morning.

Can I stay in the accommodation on New Year’s Day?

No. All keys must be handed back in to the convention office by the close of the programme on 1st January.

Are there are any car park facilities?

Yes. The accommodation at Erica Underwood House and Vickery House has parking spaces. There is also plenty of parking available at the Curtin Stadium, but for your security, it is safer to leave your car parked in the accommodation areas at night as security is monitored there.

Is there a map of the facilities?

You can view an online zoomable map of the Curtin University Facilities. Accommodation for YSA and mentors will be held in Erica Underwood House (location Q1 on the map) or Vickery House (location P18 on the map). The activities will be held in and around the stadium at location I7. Waterford Plaza Shopping Centre is located at U1 on the map and YSA can purchase any items they need. You can also download a copy of the Curtin University map if needed.

As part of the convention, we will be allocating time for service projects. The Temple and Rowethorpe Morning Show service projects have already reached their limit, as these were chosen during registration.

1. Attending the Temple

As one of the available service projects, YSA can choose to attend the Perth Temple. Baptisms, Confirmations, Endowments, Initiatory and Sealing ordinances will be provided, and you are welcome to bring your own name cards to perform the ordinances. A current recommend will be required, and for YSA wanting to do an endowment or sealings, you will also need to bring your own white clothing and robe sets. Due to the capacity of the Perth Temple, only a limited number of YSA can attend, therefore it may be that not everyone who wishes to attend will be able to. Once we have reached the maximum attendance in the endowment and baptistry, then we can no longer accept any additional patrons.

We also ask that endowed YSA participate either in initiatory, endowment,or sealing ordinances to ensure that there is enough space in the baptistry for those who can only do baptism/confirmation ordinances.

2. The Morning Show

For the residents of Rowethorpe Aged Care Facility, we will be putting on a show for the elderly, followed by a sing-a-long with some of the resident's favourite tunes.If you have a talent for singing, performing or dancing, then we would love for you to be involved. We are looking for around 20-30 presenters, and another 20 YSA to assist as audience members to build up the singing numbers.

If you would like to be a presenter, please film what you would like to do, and give us the YouTube link to your "proposed performance" on the registration page. If you are unable to upload a video, then write a description instead on the registration form. During the convention, some time will be allocated to go over the programme and acts for all of those involved before the actual event. 

With an elderly audience, you will need to ensure that your act is appropriate in terms of content, volume, and interest.

A practice for performers, and instructions for audience members will happen directly after the opening ceremony on Thursday 27th December. 

3. Random Acts of Kindness

YSA will break up into groups and will be given a list of suggested tasks to perform in nearby areas.

4. Book of Mormon Testimonies / Letters to Missionaries

Using LDS Tools to show the missionaries in YOUR stake, you will be able to write a letter to a missionary, or you will be able to assist the full-time missionaries by including a testimony that can be given out with a copy of the Book of Mormon.

5. Rubbish Pickup

Groups will be assigned particular areas within walking distance of the Curtin Campus, and armed with gloves and rubbish bags, you will tidy the area.

 

Can I pay tithing or fast offering at convention?

If you make your donations via BPay or through LDS Tools, you can continue to do so as normal, but no cash donations will be accepted at the convention.

Are there shops nearby in case I need purchase items?

Waterford Plaza shopping centre is adjacent to Curtin University and includes a Coles supermarket, chemist, and a variety of other shops and takeaway foods.

Can I receive visitors at the convention?

For security and logistical reasons, the only people allowed at the convention will be YSA, priesthood leaders, logistics staff and mentors. Anyone without a convention ID card will not be permitted entry. If you would like to meet up with family or friends, then we suggest you do this either before or after the convention.

Catering

One of the things the organising committee was concerned about when we first started planning the convention was that at the previous Perth Convention in 2014, food was served in one-off use plastic containers. Not only is this an added cost, but also impacts on landfill and the environment. In 2018 we are using different caterers who will provide much higher quality food than was given at the last convention, offer more choices, and have less impact on the environment.

 

How do I register as a mentor?

Fill in the registration form along with all your stake/ward details and a photo. Your stake should already have approved your attendance as they will cover the costs, and your bishop will also need to approve your attendance on the website.

Will there be any training for mentors prior to the start of convention?

Yes, this will happen on Boxing Day (Wednesday, 26th December), 5:00pm at Curtin University. Dinner will be provided and you will be given a tour of the facilities and an introduction to your responsibilities for the week. Accommodation will be provided for that night also. If you are unable to make this training, then this will be repeated for you on Thursday. More details will be provided closer to the convention.