Bring the voices together.


28th February – 1st March 2019

Dubbo, Australia


Limited places available

The CCSA Rural and Remote Forum 2019 in Dubbo will provide an opportunity for early
childhood education and care services operating in rural and remote areas to
have a voice.



08:00 AM

Official welcome to the Forum.

by Meg Mendham

08:45 AM

Stan Grant: Keynote Speaker

9.15 AM

Morning Tea and Networking

10:15 AM

Policy and Strategy: Government approaches

by Tracy Mackey

10.50 AM

Panel Discussion: The importance of early education in sustaining rural communities

Panel includes: CCSA, Royal Far West, Early Start, ECA, SNAICC

11.30 AM


01:00 PM

Break Out Sessions

Facilitated small group discussions to identify needs and solutions, and determine top 5 priorities across each of these topics:

Our Workforce. Recruitment, retention and development

Policy and Funding: Managing Change. Creating sustainable services

Governance and Management. Issues and Solutions 

Integration: Services working together to support children


2:00 PM

Afternoon Tea and Networking

3.15 PM

Day 1: Wrap Up and Findings

by Dr. Sandra Cheeseman

3:30 PM

Canapes and drinks on the lawn

Twilight tour of the Zoo (Group 1:  4.15pm and Group 2:  5.15pm)
Canapes, drinks and entertainment on the lawn

6:00 PM

Dinner with Mem Fox

by Mem Fox

Book Signing after Dinner

08:00 PM

First Courtesy Bus back to your Accommodation

9:30 PM

Second Courtesy Bus back to your Accommodation

11:15 PM

ACECQA Presentation

by John Mason General Manager

08:40 AM

Be You

by Deborah Yates

The National Education Initiative

09:10 AM

Small break-out groups

Open Discussion with Other Services

Let the conversation flow. Take the opportunity to have your voice heard

Share your wins and suggestions

09:40 AM

Working Morning Tea and Networking

by Jane Hayden

OSHC and Long Day Care Services
“The Australian Government’s Community Child Care Fund” Presentation

Other Services Morning Tea and Networking

10:40 AM

Advocacy and Moving Forward

by Dr. Sandra Cheeseman

12:00 PM

Wellbeing Presentation

by Sandie Wong

11:15 AM

Close of the Forum

by Meg Mendham

12.20 PM

Child Care Package Group Evaluation

by Cara Rogers

13:20 PM


Speak with Sector Experts

Have the opportunity to meet and discuss your thoughts with leading figures from the early childhood education sector.

Enjoy a Gala Dinner with Mem Fox

Network and celebrate at our Zoo tour and gala dinner.

Be a Voice for your Community

Be involved and learn with the opportunity for each of you to contribute to the Forum.

Be a part of the Ongoing Conversation

Continue your contribution and thoughts as part of our rural and remote advocacy program on Facebook.

Who should go?

Who Should Attend?

Any early childhood services and others who operate in a rural or remote part of Australia; including Centre Directors, Managers, Committee Members, and Approved Providers.

Who is CCSA?

CCSA is the go-to organisation for best practice, leadership, governance, business support and workplace relations for early childhood services.

Where to stay

We do not book accommodation or travel. The following locations are closest to the venue, however there are many more accommodation options in Dubbo here.


Quality Inn Dubbo

165 Whylandra St, Dubbo NSW 2830(02) 6882 4777

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Discovery Parks

154 Whylandra Street, Dubbo, NSW 2830

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Akuna Motor Inn

109 – 111 Whylandra Street (Newell Highway)

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Book early as the Forum has limited numbers.

Day 1
Forum Only Ticket
  • Forum participation
  • Lunch and Break meals

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Full Forum Access
2 days and Gala Dinner
  • Forum participation
  • Lunch and Break meals
  • Twilight Zoo Tour
  • Dinner with Mem Fox

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Day 2
Forum Only Ticket
  • Forum participation
  • Lunch and Break meals

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Frequently Asked Questions
When is the Forum being held and where?

The forum is being held in Dubbo from the 28th February – 1st March 2019 over 2 days.

When do registrations close?

Registrations close Friday 8 February 2019.

When do Early Bird registrations close?

Early Bird registration has been extended until Friday 1st February 2019.

How can I get to the venue?

The map and contact details are listed in the contact information. You will also receive a confirmation email with location map. You will need to organise your own transport.

What about travel and accommodation?

The cost of accommodation and travel is not included in the event fee. We recommend booking your accommodation as soon as possible.

Is support with travel costs available?

The NSW Department of Education is providing a limited number of travel subsidies to support attendance at the Forum. For more information and to apply click here.

If I cannot attend the conference can I nominate someone else?

If you cannot attend, you may nominate a replacement delegate at no cost. To change a delegate, please contact Amanda Marco on 1800 991 602 or 02 4782 1470.

I am interested in exhibiting at the Forum; how do I do that?

The Forum exhibition spaces are open by invitation only. If you provide support to rural and remote communities and believe your service fits with the aims of the Forum, please contact us.

I am a member of CCSA, do I receive a discount?

Yes, if you register before 19 January 2019. Select the CCSA member ticket when registering.  If you have any other ticketing questions, please contact Amanda Marco on 1800 991 602 or 02 4782 14 70.

What payment types do you accept?

All payments are processed via Eventbrite. You can pay by credit/debit card or request an invoice when registering.

Do I have to pay upfront?

Yes. Full payment of conference registration fees must accompany your registration, or be paid by invoice prior to the Forum.

Can I get a refund on my tickets?

All tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled by us, in which case we will make a full refund.

Can I choose what I want to attend?

All sessions are included in the registration fee including the Forum dinner, twilight zoo tour and meals. Participants are encouraged to attend each session.


The CCSA Rural and Remote Forum is sponsored by the NSW Department of Education to support the professional development of Early Childhood Educators in rural and remote areas of New South Wales.


Support for early childhood education and care services.

Membership gives you the benefit of our specialist knowledge in early childhood education and care – focusing on governance, management, compliance, business support and workplace relations.

Member Support

Phone support provides our members with instant access to expert knowledge in early childhood education and care – especially in governance, management and compliance.

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Business Solutions

Specialist payroll and bookkeeping solutions for early childhood education and care services provide you with continuity, reliability and confident decision making.

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Training and Development

Onsite training, consultancies, webinars and one-on-one telephone training will help your service realise its full potential, with a specific focus on your unique requirements.

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Dubbo Western Plains Zoo
Obley Rd, Dubbo NSW 2830



1800 991 602


If you have any questions about the event, please contact us directly.

Bring the Voices Together