CCA calls for expressions of interest to present at the 2023 October Conference

Do you want to speak at the Community Colleges Australia (CCA) Annual Conference in October 2023? We have commenced preparation of the Conference program.

  • Do you have any ideas worth sharing with Australia’s most accomplished adult and community education (ACE) leaders?
  • Have you recently completed educational research worthy of wide dissemination?
  • Have you developed or implemented any innovative approaches to training, post-secondary education or related community services?
  • Have you watched and monitored Australia’s educational landscape and come to conclusions that others should hear about?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, we would like to hear from you. Go to the Call for Papers page, or download this Word document and email it to us at by 28 July 2023 at latest (ideally well before).

We are looking for engaging, educative and inspiring presentations and ideas that will engage our conference participants, who come from all around Australia and overseas. We have already confirmed a stellar line-up that includes Saxon Rice, ASQA CEO; Claire Field, acclaimed VET consultant; David Collins, Executive Director, Training Services NSW; Vanessa Iles, Manager, Reading Writing Hotline; Jo Medlin, President, Australian Council for Adult Literacy; Dave Tout, Senior Research Fellow, Australian Council for Educational Research; Dr Keiko Yasukawa, UTS adult education specialist; Ross Raeburn, Chief Customer Officer, Digital Skills Organisation; and Chemène Sinson, returning as our Conference MC.

We are interested in presentations that deal with the conference theme Building ACE Futures: Adult and Community Education Reimagined. All presentation proposals will be considered if they are relevant for the “present moment” of adult and community education (ACE) leaders, government policy makers, consultants, researchers and other VET leaders. We seek presentations that:

  • complement or support the conference strands
  • present new, unique and challenging perspectives on skills development and VET
  • provide valuable historical, political, policy, economic or social context to Australian post-secondary education and how to reimagine our sector’s future
  • present case studies of “things that work” in community education, skills or not-for-profit community services
  • could be presented in a “workshop” format that allows participants to develop new skills, insights and understandings
  • provide unique and stimulating perspectives on current issues
  • encourage engagement and fun

The CCA Conference is not bound by academic “rules” of what a conference presentation should be. We do, however, seek quality presentations from strong presenters with excellent communications skills.

If this is you, let us know. Go to the Conference page for more details, or download and fill in the Call for Papers template (Word) and send it back to us by 28 July 2023 – sooner if possible.

About the Conference

Community Colleges Australia has been running annual conferences for 15 years. These events have become important milestones not only for Australia’s ACE sector, but for the VET sector, providing significant opportunities to showcase new ideas, share knowledge and announce new initiatives, such as Minister O’Connor’s foundation skills announcement at the September 2022 Conference.

This year we return in-person to Sydney on Tuesday & Wednesday, 10 & 11 October 2023, and will build on our highly successful September 2022 event. The Conference unfolds at the Amora Jamison Hotel, a 5-star hotel perfectly located in the Wynyard district of the Sydney CBD.

The conference dinner on Tuesday 10 October will host the ceremony of second CCA Community Education Trainer of the Year Awards, which celebrates the work and underlines the importance of Australian ACE trainers and teachers. Award nominations will open in June and close in late August, with finalists announced by mid-September.

The pre-conference social event highlight will be our popular informal drinks get together in a unique location in the Sydney CBD on Monday 9 October.

Our popular exhibition will almost certainly again be sold out. Contact CCA by email at if you have any questions or need more detail.


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