Acknowledgement of Country

ChatRegs23 will be held on the Gadigal lands of the Eora nation. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea, and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This land is the site of the oldest continuing culture in the world and the most enduring system of living knowledge.

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AI Policy Workshop

19th july 2023

The Faculty of Science

AI Policy workshop

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AI regulations for Australia

We are bringing together a wide range of people researching the risks and ethical impacts of AI and those working on how we can responsibly adopt these technologies into Australia.

Responding to Government calls

On 1st June, the Department of Industry, Science and Resources (DISR) announced two discussion papers on the governance and regulation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies in Australia.

Feedback questions

The government feedback form is open till 26th July 2023 and consists of 20 questions. Speakers and participants will be discussing these questions at the workshop.

highly participatory

The workshop is designed to facilitate conversation amongst diverse experts that might not normally come together to share their perspectives on AI policy in Australia. Attendee expertise includes AI, policy, law, social science, business, philosophy, computer science, neuroscience, education, and more. For some GenAI fun, anonymous comments will be collected via an app, fed into GPT-4, aggregated then given back to the participants to "Grade the Machine" on how well it captured the room's voice and zeitgeist.

Sold Out

You may register for the waitlist on Eventbrite: ChatRegs23 If you have registered and can no longer attend, please cancel your registration so we can give your spot to someone else, thank you.


F23 Administration building

The F23 buidling is on the corner of City Road and Eastern Avenue on the Camperdown Campus.

Getting here and maps.

What to bring


Please bring a fully charged laptop for the best participation experience or a fully charged tablet.


If you don’t have time that’s ok, you can still participate! If you do have time, pleasevhave a look at these two documents before the event: The Rapid Research Report on GenAI, and Safe and Responsible AI in Australia.

Data information statement

Your anonymous comments will be shared with others and entered into OpenAI's GPT-4 model. Please don't include any names, identifying markers, or sensitive information. To read the information statement please go here.


1.30pm - 2pm

Registration, tea & coffee, and pastries.

2pm Opening remarks

2.25pm Definitions

  • Prof. Dominic Murphy, Head of School, History and Philosophy of Science.
  • Workshop Section 1 (Q1 from the government feedback form).


Potential Gaps & Australian approaches

  • Grade the machine: participants grade GPT-4 summary of Q1
  • Guest Speaker: Professor Didar Zowghi, CSIRO-Data61.
  • Workshop section 2 & 3 (Q's 2-5)

3.25pm Short break

3.35pm Target Areas

  • Grade the machine: GPT-4 summary of Q's 2-5
  • Guest Speaker: Kelly Tallon, Executive Manager, Office of E-Safety Commissioner.
  • Workshop section 4 (Q's 6-11). As these Q's are quite open, each table will be allocated three to focus on. If you have time to tackle the rest after those three, go for it!

4.25pm Implications, infrastructure, and Risk-based approaches.

  • Grade the machine: GPT-4 summary of Q's 6-11
  • Guest Speaker: Prof. Kimberlee Weatherall, Faculty of Law, Uni Sydney.
  • Workshop section 4 (Q's 12-20). Each table will be allocated four-five to focus on. Only do the rest if you have extra time.

5.20pm Wrap up

  • GPT-4 report card
  • Thanks & close

5.25-5.55pm Drinks & snacks in the foyer.


Each table cluster at the workshop will form a little 'campfire'. We are using an app to collect your anonymous comments to create a shared repository and feed all those comments into GPT-4 for aggregation. The app (Padlet) allows you to see the comments that others are making in real-time. Sharing comments in real-time with the whole room is too much; contributing on solo forms is too isolating. You will be able to see all the comments from your table participants in real-time as you chat across the table.

Everyone expresses themselves differently, so we want to capture your way of describing the conversation at the table. Even if you are saying the same thing as someone else, still type it into the Padlet in your own words. GenAI models are sensitive to different prompts, including wording, punctuation, and spelling. Also, if many people express similar sentiments, that is likely to impact how the model aggregates the sentiment of the room.

You can sit at any table you like. You can sit with your colleagues if you prefer, but we do suggest sitting at a campfire with people you don't know, or know less. The idea is to hear different perspectives on these topics. All comments are entered into GPT-4 for aggregation. After the event we will share all of the anonymous comments with all participants.

Each Campfire (table) has their own links to access their shared space. Make sure you click on the link for your table.

To learn the meaning of your campfire name and how to pronounce it, you can go to this website.

Grade the machine!

After each workshop section your comments are fed into GPT-4. We will present back to you the language model's aggregated comments. Then we want you to grade how well you think the machine did at capturing the zeitgeist. We will guide you when to do this.



Rebecca L. Johnson, PhD candidate, Uni Sydney

Ajit Pillai, PhD candidate, Uni Sydney

Annie Webster, PhD candidate, Uni Sydney

Jacob Hall, Honours candidate, Uni Sydney