The SA Minister Assisting the Premier in the Arts, John Hill, was part of the Australian delegation to the 2005 ASSITEJ World Congress in Montreal. He was supporting a very strong bid organised and led by Carclew Director Jessica Machin, to once again host an ASSITEJ Congress in Adelaide, this time in 2008. Lowdown Editor, YPAA Board member and ASSITEJ Vice-President Tony Mack had been lobbying for votes on all continents in the previous months. Adelaide was awarded the 2008 Congress and Mack, as ASSITEJ Vice-President and Chair of its Congress Working Group, was given the responsibility for the delivery of the Congress.
During the Congress NSW company Zeal Theatre was awarded the prestigious ASSITEJ Honorary Presidents' Award for Excellence.