Australia - July 10 to 12
Host country: Australia
Australia made their bow in last year’s FIVB World Grand Prix and although they failed to pick up a win, there were positive signs of development among the team as they took part in their first international tournament since the 2002 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship.
The side has had a consistent presence at continental level, playing at the Asian Championships for 40 years. Their highest finishes both came in the 1970s, claiming fourth at both the 1975 and 1979 editions.
They missed out on a place at the World Championship in Italy last year but have their eyes set on a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with development central to the national federation’s plans.
Host city: Canberra
This will be the first time since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games that Canberra will welcome international volleyball.
Although it may not be known for volleyball, Canberra is a melting pot of sports, with rugby union, rugby league, cricket, Australian rules football and football all played at a professional level the city. It is also home to the Australian Institute of Sport which first introduced a volleyball programme in 1990.
Venue: AIS Arena
The Australian Institute of Sport Arena is a multi-purpose venue with a capacity of 5,200. First opened in 1981 it is home to the Canberra Capitals who play in the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL).
The AIS Arena has also played host to the Australian Boomers and Australian Opals men's and women's senior basketball teams, as well as the Australian Netball Diamonds.
The arena is also used for major indoor concerts.