Our Program is not yet fully finalised. Please check back as we lock in Speakers and workshop details.

Wednesday 26th
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Registrations Open Rhino Lodge
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Masterclasses
(Optional add on)
Mini Business Plan

Intentional Teaching

3:30 pm – 7:00 pm Cultural Tour
(Optional add on)
Trip to visit Uncle Ralph Nader, Canapes and Bubbles at Club Dubbo
Thursday 27th February
8:00 am – 8:30 am Registrations Open Rhino Lodge
8:00 am Munch and Mingle Breakfast Networking and Conversations
8:30 pm – 9:00 am Welcome to Country
9:00 pm – 10:00 am Keynote Speaker Robyn Moore: Connecting your voices together and growing little people into BIG people.

Robyn’s highly entertaining, inspiring and thought-provoking Keynote presentation is tailored to “shake up” your perception of communication with yourself and with all those in your sphere of influence (children, colleagues, parents, family and community).  Her INTENT is to transform your access to BEING the catalyst in re-generating all the things that matter in Education. e.g. Passion, Values, Potential, Curiosity, Resilience, Life-long learning, Authorship, Results and Satisfaction.

10:00 am- 11:15 pm 3 Options:
Managers, Educators, Administrators
Managers: Professional Conversations on Strategic Thinking Facilitated by Meg Mendham

Educators: The Educational Leader’s Role by Perry Campbell ACECQA

Administrators: Professional Conversations Facilitated by Catharine Hydon

11:15 – 11:30 am Morning Tea
11:30 am – 12:45 pm  3 Options;
Managers, Educators, Administrators
Managers: Workshop: Robyn Moore: Human BEINGS vs Human REACTINGS; Accessing the power to Empower!
In this very entertaining and interactive Workshop, you will get to tease out the philosophical distinctions introduced in the Keynote presentation. You can explore, reveal, deepen and embed these distinctions, so they are not just Workshop Exercises, but “life-altering” TOOLS, which can profoundly affect your attitudes, opinions, behaviors and actions into the future.

New possibilities will be revealed in your Leadership roles, Team-Building, Personal Growth in family…and in creating Educational Communities that work. We will laugh, learn, think, be challenged, moved…and surprised by our potential as Leaders.

Educators: Marc de Rosnay: Working in Rural and remote communities: an Educators perspective – Sharing ideas and strengthening the Future!

Administrators: Ïan Alchin: Administration: Your role in the NQF

12:45 pm – 13:15 pm Lunch
13:15 pm – 14:30 pm  3 Options;
Managers, Educators, Administrators
Managers: Rural and Remote Perspectives; What is your barrier to success? Panel representatives from various services facilitated by Catharine Hydon

Educators: Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives into the Education program. Panel. Nat Heath, Amy Shine and Kim Nayden.

Administrators: Business as Usual Workshop: This will be a free flow session covering BAU activities including roles and delegations, reporting and acquittals, financial management, communication, policy development and much more. Presented by John Stuart CCSA

14:30 pm – 15:30 pm Keynote  Aboriginal Perspectives; Nate Heath
15:30 pm – 16:15 pm Keynote 

Working Afternoon Tea

The Invisible Children report ; Fiona Phipps Royal Far West
 16:15 pm – 17:30 pm Keynote and Workshop Equine Therapy Keynote and Hands on Workshop with Horses (ANSA Counselling)
19:00pm – 23:00 pm Gala Dinner Event ABC Kids Launch; Laura Stone ABC and Special Guests from Playschool
No more scouring the internet to discover great content to align with your next project! ABC Kids has a brand new website. An important inclusion of this refreshed online space, is a dedicated page for early childhood educators. Informed by priorities in early childhood pedagogy, ABC Kids has compiled exciting collections of trusted content to inspire, inform and enhance your early learning programs.
Friday 28th
8:30 am – 9:30 am Keynote  The Growing Brain Nathan Wallis (NZ)
9:30 am – 10:15 am Keynote  NQF Review Perry Campbell ACECQA
10:15 am – 11:15 am Group Breakout Managers: WorkShop: Facilitated by Dr Loraine Fordham and Dr. Sandi Wong
Supporting Children’s Participation in High Quality Early Years services in Regional and Remote Areas. –  The first stage of this project is for the researchers to hear your perspectives on the barriers and enablers to children’s participation in high quality Early Years Services in your area. The session will include a short presentation followed by a facilitated discussion. Sandie & Loraine look forward to working with you in this interactive session, hearing about your experiences, and learning from your insights – all of which will help shape the design of this important and much needed research project.”

Educators: Be You Presentation Rita Johnson

Maintaining good mental health and wellbeing can be a challenge in rural and remote communities. The Be You framework provides educators with knowledge, resources and strategies for helping children achieve their best possible mental health. Learn how some very simple approaches and strategies can improve wellbeing outcomes for your whole learning community.


Administrators: Well-being for Administrators

11:15 am – 12:30 am Minister Address Minister Sarah Mitchell
12:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch
13:00 pm – 13:45 pm Keynote The Impact of Trauma : Professor Marjory Ebbeck

Children growing up in an uncertain world and the impact of disasters on children’s well-being.   Understanding trauma in young children and what might be possible indicators. Ways in which educators may respond in their important responsive role.  The importance of strengthening bonds between young children and the significant people in their lives.

Helping young children to feel emotionally and physically safe after a natural disaster – bushfires, floods, drought – all  part of what happens in different parts of Australia. How can teachers assist young children to express emotions ?  Listening to children,  answering difficult questions, the role of play, dramatic play, appropriate stories, & other resources.

Looking to the future, developing resilience in young children so that they can cope with change, problem solve as they grow up in an uncertain future.

Keynote Sponsored by Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment

13:45 pm – 14:45 pm Close Dr Jonathon Welch AM – Founder of The Choir of Hard Knocks