2017 CCA Annual Conference


Our conference: The Community Colleges Australia (CCA) Annual Conference is the premier event for Australian adult and community education providers.

Our theme: The conference theme Community Education: Investing in our Future recognises the importance that education plays in people’s lives. The community education sector, because of our strong community links and our not-for-profit status, plays an essential role in ensuring that investment in Australian skills development is both meaningful and properly targeted to Australian learners and the communities most in need.

Our venues: Join us in Melbourne at two great venues - the iconic old-world charm of the Windsor Hotel, and the award-winning conference venue at Citadines on Bourke. Both are located in Melbourne’s dynamic “east end”, a diverse shopping and entertainment precinct in what many agree is “the world’s most liveable city”.

Conference schedule at a glance

Tuesday 25 July 2017

  • Pre-conference Masterclasses at The Citadines: 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm (details shortly)
  • Opening and welcome drinks: The Grand Ballroom, Hotel Windsor, 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm. Official conference opening by The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills

Wednesday 26 July 2017

Thursday 27 July 2017

  • Conference Day 2: The Citadines, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm

CCA welcomes the following speakers to their annual conference:

Formal Conference Opening: Tuesday 25 July 2017, 6.00pm

The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills

The Hon Karen Andrews MP was first elected to Federal Parliament in 2010 to represent the electorate of McPherson on the southern Gold Coast and was appointed Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills in July 2016. Mrs Andrews is focused on raising the status of VET and ensuring it provides people with the skills industry is looking for to secure the jobs of the future. Prior to entering parliament, Mrs Andrews’ background was in engineering, industrial relations and running her own business. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering, Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations and Certificate in Mediation.

Conference Speakers:

Susan Pascoe AM, Commissioner, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

Susan Pascoe AM is the inaugural Commissioner for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), Australia's first national, independent regulator of charities established in December 2012. Prior to this appointment, Ms Pascoe was Commissioner of the State Services Authority in Victoria. In this role she chaired or co-chaired reviews into the regulation of the not-for-profit sector (2007-08), the design and governance of regulatory bodies in Victoria (2008-09), and  Victoria's Indigenous Employment Strategy (2008-09).  Ms Pascoe was appointed in 2009 as one of three Commissioners for the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Black Saturday Bushfires.

The Hon Michael Lavarch AO, Commissioner - Risk, Intellegence and Regulatory Support, Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)

The Hon Michael Lavarch AO has extensive experience in higher education and the public policy process. He is a former Dean of the Faculty of Law of the Queensland University of Technology and Secretary-General of the Law Council of Australia. From 1987 to 1996, Mr Lavarch was a Member of the Australian Parliament, and he served as Attorney-General from 1993 to 1996. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2012 for his contribution to the law, education and human rights.

Michael Lavarch commenced as a Commissioner of ASQA on 16 April 2012.

Lynn Glover, CEO (Director) Victorian Registration and Qualification Authority

Lynn Glover has been CEO (Director) of the Victorian Registration and Qualification Authority since June 2007. She is responsible for the establishment, development and implementation of regulation for the registration and ongoing quality assurance of education and training providers in Victoria. This role oversees home schooling, school education (both public and private), vocational education and training, overseas student exchange programs, apprenticeships and traineeships. Ms Glover represents the VRQA a number of Commonwealth and State advisory committees and works closely with a broad range of education stakeholders.

Professor Erica Smith, Professor and Personal Chair in Vocational Education and Training, Federation University Australia

Professor Erica Smith joined Federation University in March 2008 and is the convenor of the university’s research group Research in Adult and Vocational Education (RAVE). Prior to this she was Professor of Vocational Education and Training (VET) at Charles Sturt University, where she was discipline leader in VET and convenor of Charles Sturt University's research grouping RIVET (Research in Vocational Education and Training). She is Associate Editor of the international journal Education + Training, and on the editorial board of four others, two of which are international. Professor Smith has managed more than 20 national research projects, including four Australian Research Council-funded grants. Her work has been cited in government inquiries many times, she has frequently advised governments, both in Australia and overseas. Professor Smith has also worked as a personnel manager in industry, TAFE teacher, community worker, manager of a Registered Training Organisation and Executive Director of a State Industry Training Advisory Board.

Sarah Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Philanthropy Australia

Prior to joining Philanthropy Australia in October 2015, Sarah was CEO of The Reach Foundation, a for-purpose organisation working to improve the wellbeing of young people so they can get the most out of life. Sarah has also been CEO of the Australian Communities Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation which enables accessible philanthropy and matches its donors’ interests to emerging social issues and needs of communities. Before moving into the non-profit sector, her professional life included senior executive roles in tertiary education in Australia and private sector consulting in HR, marketing and strategy in Australia, Europe and the Middle East. Sarah’s current community roles include Director of Kids Under Cover and board member of the Centre for Social Impact. Sarah is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program and a Victorian JP.

Unless otherwise noted, all conference presenters will be required to register and pay by 23 June 2017.

Conference Venues: The Hotel Windsor and Citadines on Bourke, Melbourne

The conference will be held at two Melbourne venues, located just 250 metres apart: the official welcome on the evening of Tuesday 25th July and the Awards Dinner on Wednesday 26th July will take place at the Hotel Windsor (111 Spring Street, Melbourne), and all daytime conference sessions will take place at Citadines on Bourke (131 Bourke Street, Melbourne).

Both hotels are located in Melbourne’s dynamic “east end”, a diverse shopping and entertainment precinct in what many agree is “the world’s most liveable city”.  The district has one of Australia’s best selection of restaurants, laneway bars, new and used bookshops, boutique clothing shops, nightclubs, hotels, and other entertainment venues. The hotels are walking distance to numerous parks such as Fitzroy Gardens (established 1848), historic buildings and six historic theatres, which host blockbuster musicals, drama, live music, children’s shows, comedy and festivals.

Often called “Australia’s Most Cherished Grand Hotel”, the five-star Hotel Windsor brims with old-world charm and unparalleled luxury in a grand Victorian style. Hotel Windsor has played an integral role in Melbourne’s cultural history and is the last remaining grand heritage hotel in Australia with 180 immaculately designed rooms and suites. CCA has organised a 10% discount on room bookings at the Hotel Windsor (booking link available shortly).

The award-winning Citadines on Bourke boasts abundant natural light and 380 serviced apartments, each with separate living and dining areas and fully-equipped kitchenettes.  The hotel features a fully-equipped gym, indoor pool and sauna. CCA has negotiated a special rate for our conference: book before 25 June 2017 and only pay $205 per night.  (The special room booking link will be available shortly.)

Abundant tram and train routes service the Bourke Street area, which is adjacent to Melbourne’s large department stores and major cultural institutions like the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and the Ian Potter Centre of National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).  The Yarra River, Southbank and University of Melbourne (ranked as one of the best in the world) are only a short stroll away.

CCA has issued its first “Call for Papers” for the conference.  We are looking for innovative presentations and ideas that will engage the conference attendees, who will come from all around Australia and overseas.  While we are interested in presentations that deal with the conference theme of “Community Education: Investing in Our Future”, all presentations that deal with community education will be considered. While all presentations that deal with adult and community education (ACE) will be considered, we are particularly looking for presentations that:

  • relate directly to the experiences of Australian community education providers;
  • present new, unique and challenging perspectives on ACE and vocational education and training (VET);
  • provide valuable historical, political and social context;
  • present case studies of “things that work” in ACE;
  • could be presented in a “workshop” format that allows participants to work with the presenter to develop new skills, insights and understandings; and
  • provide international perspectives that Australian participants will find valuable and stimulating.

Topic areas that we wish to cover include how to invest in:

  • economic development capacity of rural and regional community education providers;
  • skills development of vulnerable and disadvantaged learners and communities, including groups such as people with disabilities, Indigenous Australians, older Australians and people facing mental health challenges;
  • strong governance in not-for-profit community-based organisations;
  • the ability for community-based providers to diversify business models through development of new sources of funding;
  • marketing and branding expertise of community-based organisations in a “noisy” digital world; and
  • our vulnerable young people, through development and operation of senior secondary schools operating in ACE environments.

Please download the Word document as your proposal template, fill it in, and return it to don.perlgut@cca.edu.au, with a copy to admin@cca.edu.au. We welcome queries in advance of a formal submission of interest.

Registration for the conference and for accommodation will be opening shortly.

 CCA Members' Registration (all prices exc GST and merchant fees)

Full Conference attendance (including Welcome Drinks and Awards Dinner): $810

EARLY BIRD Members' Rate - book full conference attendance before 12 June 2017 and pay only $750

Single Day attendance (does not include Welcome Drinks and Awards Dinner): $450

Awards Dinner only at the Hotel Windsor: $150

Non-Members' Registration (all prices exc GST and merchant fees)

Full Conference attendance (including Welcome Drinks and Awards Dinner): $950

EARLY BIRD Non-Members' Rate - book full conference attendance before 12 June 2017 and pay only $860

Single Day attendance (does not include Welcome Drinks and Awards Dinner): $550

Awards Dinner only at the Hotel Windsor: $170

Content and registration information for the pre-conference workshops will be coming soon.

Please note - no refunds will be given for purchased Conference registrations after Friday 14 July 2017

CCA will be offering sponsorship opportunities at the conference - further details to be added soon.

Register your interest in sponsorship at admin@cca.edu.au and CCA will be in contact shortly.

CCA 2017 Awards Dinner will be held in The Bourke Room, Hotel Windsor, from 6.30 pm on Wednesday 26 July 2017.

Further details on the content of the evening to be announced soon.

Interested in how to create a digital strategy to engage not just your clients but your staff?

Or perhaps in exploring the value of international connections  - working with your unique value proposition to expand your organisation’s footprint?

Invest in your future: CCA will be hosting pre-conference masterclasses on Tuesday 25 July 2017 at the Citadines - further details and how to register to follow shortly.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Benjamin Franklin (American “founding father”, author, inventor, printer,
politician, scientist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat)

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

Nelson Mandela

“Education is an investment on the future of our societies. We need to get it right.”

Angel Gurria (OECD Secretary-General)

“The more that you read the more things you will learn,
The more that you learn the more places you will go.”

Dr Seuss (Theodor Geisel), American children's author

“Education: the most powerful investment in our future.”

Yoka Brandt (Deputy Executive Director at UNICEF)

“Education has its price everywhere - but the only thing more expensive than investing in education is not investing in education.”

Sarah Menne and Anette Stein (Bertelsmann Stiftung Foundation)

“Education is not only a ladder of opportunity but it is also an investment in our future.”

Ed Markey (American politician)

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor:

CCA acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of our land Australia, and that this conference takes place on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.