The Australian Association for Caribbean Studies was founded in 1995 as an interdisciplinary group of academic, postgraduate students and others concerned with the Caribbean region. The first conference took place in Brisbane in 1995 and since then it has been held biennially at universities around Australia.

These conferences take an approach that emphasises the study of culture, in that they facilitate the presentation of research papers on aspects of Caribbean life including literature, theatre, education, history, geography, biography, art, media and music. The wide-ranging papers and the informal exchange of ideas after the formal sessions enable people to learn about aspects of the Caribbean that may be outside their own particular fields.

The conferences attract scholars, researchers and artists from Australia, the Caribbean and other countries around the world. They afford an opportunity for both established scholars and early-career researchers to present their findings in a friendly and informal atmosphere. AACS conferences have been supported by several Australian universities which recognize their value in contributing to cross-cultural research, scholarship and cultural exchange.

Inaugural AACS Conference 1995 – University of Queensland, Brisbane
2nd AACS Conference 1997 – University of Sydney, Sydney
3rd AACS Conference 1999 – La Trobe University, Melbourne
4th AACS Conference 2001 – Australian National University, Canberra
5th AACS Conference 2003 – University of Wollongong, Wollongong
6th AACS Conference 2005 – University of Western Australia, Perth
7th AACS Conference 2007 – Victoria University, Melbourne
8th AACS Conference 2009 – Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
9th AACS Conference 2011 – University of Newcastle, Newcastle
10th AACS Conference 2013 – University of La Trobe, Melbourne
11th AACS Conference 2015 – University of Wollongong, Wollongong