2024 CCA Annual Conference

2024 CCA Annual Conference: Creative Resilience

The Community Colleges Australia (CCA) 2024 Annual Conference returns to Sydney on October 21-23 2024.

The 2024 Conference theme is "Creative Resilience: Adapting and thriving in an uncertain world".

CCA invites you to explore our world as we face unprecedented challenges and opportunities including the paradoxes of the existential threat of a climate crisis to the opportunities in decarbonising our economy; from the international rise in Nationalist populism to a new Internationalism in youth and social justice movements;
from the critical need for foundational skills resourcing to the rise of Artificial Intelligence and the opportunities that are emerging in new and digital economies.

The CCA 2024 Conference will facilitate capability and improve how we navigate this unique time, through exploration of key questions:
How can community education providers adapt and innovate in this complex and uncertain environment?
How can they leverage their creativity to meet the needs and aspirations of their learners and stakeholders?
How can they foster a culture of resilience that enables them to overcome difficulties and achieve goals?

Join us at the 2024 Community Colleges Australia conference to explore these questions and more. You will hear from inspiring speakers who will share their stories and insights on how they have used creativity to overcome challenges, create positive change, and make a difference in their communities. You will also have the opportunity to network with peers, partners, and experts, and to participate in interactive workshops and sessions that will help you develop your own creative resilience skills and strategies.

Speakers: Chemène Sinson is confirmed as the Conference MC. The full list of speakers and program will be published over the coming weeks.

Community Education Student of the Year Award and Community Education Trainer of the Year Award: The Conference Gala Dinner on 22 October will host the ceremony of the eighth Community Education Student of the Year Award and the second CCA Community Education Trainer of the Year Award. The awards celebrate the work and achievements of the students and trainers as well as the importance of the Australian ACE sector.

Location and venue: The 2024 Conference events will take place in Sydney CBD. The main Conference event and the Gala Dinner will take place at the five-star Amora Hotel Jamison. The Conference Welcome Drinks will  be aboard a sunset cruise on Sydney Harbour. Further details about the event venues can be found in the Venue tab.

Who is this Conference for?

Not-for-profit adult and community education (ACE) organisations

  • CEOs and other senior managers
  • VET managers and senior trainers
  • Boards of Directors and senior volunteers
  • Marketing and Promotions managers
  • Coordinators, planners, project managers, liaison officers and outreach specialists

Government, researchers and other organisations

  • Policy-makers working in post-secondary and secondary education roles for Commonwealth, state or territory governments who seek a deeper understanding of the ACE sector’s challenges, opportunities and possibilities
  • Researchers in education and training who are keen to share their findings with one of the most engaged conference audiences in Australia
  • Consultants working in ACE, VET, universities, life-long learning, the future of work and the demand for skills in the next decade of the 21st century
  • Thinkers, thought-leaders, journalists and others engaging with the breaking trends of Australian post-secondary education and training
  • Teachers, trainers and educators seeking a strong dose of intellectual stimulation and the cutting edge of community education practices
  • Not-for-profit organisations that work with ACE providers and support our learners and communities

What participants said about the 2023 CCA Conference

"Content was great with lots of interesting sessions."

“The organisation of the whole event was seamless to me as a participant, I felt informed and welcomed.”

"I loved the conference and I cant wait to attend next year."

"It was a great conference and there were some excellent sessions."

"Great conference, everything ran smoothly, catering was excellent, and there was an interesting mix of speakers and topics. MC was fabulous, too."

“Great content and great networking”.

"The overall atmosphere. I am honestly so in awe of the camaraderie amongst the colleges."

“Gala dinner was an excellent opportunity to showcase CCA talent.”

“I loved the panels and how the MC summarised each session. I valued the breakout sessions.”

Venue

The main 2024 CCA Conference events will take place at the five-star Amora Hotel Jamison. The Welcome Drinks event will include a sunset cruise on Sydney Harbour, departing from Circular Quay.

Amora Hotel Jamison

The Amora Hotel Jamison is located in the heart of Sydney's CBD at 11 Jamison Street. The hotel is within easy walking distance from Sydney's finest attractions, including Circular Quay, The Rocks and the Botanical Gardens. Wynyard train and light-rail stations are located within just a few minutes' walk.

Harbour Cruise

The Conference Welcome Drinks event will take place on Sydney harbour via a 2-hour sunset cruise. Attendees will enjoy canapes and drinks while taking in the spectacular harbour views.

Location and logistics

Hotel Amora Jamison

11 Jamison St. Sydney NSW 2000

Train
The closest train Station is Wynyard, which is a 2-minute walk from the hotel. Further information about trains from Wynyard can be found here.

Light Rail
The closest Light Rail Station is Bridge Street, which is located 140m from the hotel. Further information about the Light Rail services from Bridge Street can be found here.

Parking
Limited parking is available at the hotel for a daily fee. Nearby parking stations include:
Secure Parking Met Centre, 14 Jamison Street
Secure Parking Kent St, 204 Kent Street
Wilson Parking Kent St, 201-207 Kent Street

Speakers

Laura Cowell
Chief Executive Officer Australian Operations, Tender Loving Care

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Patrick Kidd OBE OAM
Chief Executive Officer, Future Skills Organisation

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Stephen Licciardello
NLP Trainer & Co-Founder, Rewrite Your Story Podcast

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Jo Medlin
President, Australian Council for Adult Literacy (ACAL)

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The Hon. Brendan O'Connor MP
Federal Minister for Skills and Training, Member for Gorton

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Ross Raeburn
Director of Engagement and Growth, Future Skills Organisation

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Saxon Rice
CEO, Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)

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Chemène Sinson
Learning Specialist and Conference Chair, Blackwater Projects

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Stan Wall
Chief Executive Officer, Lifeguarding Services Australia

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Call for Papers

Do you want to speak at the Community Colleges Australia (CCA) Annual Conference in October 2024?

We are seeking engaging, educative and inspiring presentations and ideas that will engage our conference participants. This year the Conference will have a strong focus on interactive sessions, and we welcome proposals for practical hands-on workshops as well as dynamic presentations.

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. Download and complete this Conference Presentation Template and email it to us at admin@cca.edu.au by 19 July 2024 at latest (ideally well before).

Presentation Proposals

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:

  • align with the Conference theme of Creative Resilience
  • present new, unique and challenging perspectives on skills development and VET
  • present case studies that support the theme of “creating a culture of resilience” in community education, skills or not-for-profit organisations
  • 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 2024 Conference Theme

The CCA Conference theme for 2024 is Creative resilience: Adapting and thriving in an uncertain world. The world is facing unprecedented challenges and opportunities, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the climate crisis, from the digital transformation to the social justice movement. The CCA 2024 Conference aims to facilitate capability and to improve how we navigate this unique time, through exploration of key questions:

How can community education providers adapt and innovate in this complex and uncertain environment?

How can they leverage their creativity to meet the needs and aspirations of their learners and stakeholders?

How can they foster a culture of resilience that enables them to overcome difficulties and achieve goals?

About the Conference

Community Colleges Australia has been running annual conferences for 16 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 to Sydney on Tuesday & Wednesday, 22 & 23 October 2024, and will build on our highly successful 2023 event. The Conference unfolds at the Amora Hotel Jamison, a 5-star hotel perfectly located in the Wynyard district of the Sydney CBD.

The conference dinner on Tuesday 22 October will host the ceremony of the third CCA Community Education Trainer of the Year Award and the eighth Student of the Year Award, which celebrates the work and underlines the importance of Australian ACE trainers and students.

The pre-conference social event highlight will be our popular informal welcome drinks gathering, which will take place as a cruise on Sydney Harbour.

Our popular sponsor exhibition will almost certainly be sold out again. Contact CCA Member Services Manager by email at operations@cca.edu.au if you are interested in supporting this event. You can download the 2024 Sponsorship Prospectus here.

Registration

Registrations for the 2024 CCA Conference are now open!

2024 CCA Conference Tickets

Introducing Team Tickets

The 2024 CCA Conference will offer discounted Team Tickets. Individuals from the same organization can purchase their tickets as a team and receive a discount accordingly. The Team Tickets are available at two levels: Team Ticket for 3-5 registrations, and Team Ticket for 6+ registrations. These tickets are available to members and non-members.

Accommodation for CCA Members
CCA has purchased a number of rooms for accommodation at Amora Hotel Jamison at a reduced rate for CCA members only. You can purchase accommodation in the same way as you purchase your ticket for the Conference events via Humanitix. Please note that places are limited and once the accommodation block is sold, there will be no further accommodation places at this discounted rate.

Ticket Pricing

All Conference Events Tickets
These tickets include access to all three Conference events: Welcome Drinks, two Conference days and the Gala Dinner.

CCA Member Individual - All Conference Events - $895.00 +GST and Booking Fee
CCA Member Team (3-5 people) 10% OFF - All Conference Events - $805.50 +GST and Booking Fee (SAVE between $268.50 and $447.50)
CCA Member Team (6 or more people) 15% OFF - All Conference Events - $760.75 +GST and Booking Fee (SAVE $805.50 plus)

Non-Member Individual - All Conference Events -$985.00 +GST and Booking Fee
Non-Member Team (3-5 people) 10% OFF - All Conference Events- $886.50 +GST and Booking Fee (SAVE between $295.50 and $492.50)
Non-Member Team (6 or more people) 15% OFF - All Conference Events – $837.25 +GST and Booking Fee (SAVE $886.50 plus)

One Day Conference Tickets
These tickets include access to one day of the 2024 Conference. You can attend on either Tuesday 22 October OR Wednesday 23 October.

CCA Member Individual - One Day Registration - $495.00 +GST and Booking Fee
CCA Member Team (3-5 people) 10% OFF - One Day Registration $445.00 +GST and Booking Fee (SAVE $148.50 to $247.50)
CCA Member Team (6 or more people) 15% OFF - One Day Registration $420.75 +GST and Booking Fee (SAVE $445.50 plus)

Non-Member Individual - One Day Registration - $575.00 +GST and Booking Fee
Non-Member Team (3-5 people) - 10% OFF - One Day Registration - $517.50 +GST and Booking Fee (SAVE $172.50 to $287.50)
Non-Member Team (6 or more people) - 15% OFF - One Day Registration - $488.75 +GST and Booking Fee (SAVE $517.50 plus)

Gala Dinner Tickets
These tickets include access to the Gala Dinner on the evening of Tuesday 22 October. Please note, if you have purchased an “All Conference Events Ticket”, you already have a ticket to attend the Gala Dinner.

CCA Member Gala Dinner - $165.00 +GST and Booking Fee
Non-Member Gala Dinner - $180.00 +GST and Booking Fee

Welcome Drinks Tickets
These tickets include access to the Welcome Drinks event that takes place on Monday 21 October. Please note, if you have purchased an “All Conference Events Ticket”, you already have a ticket to attend the Welcome Drinks event.

CCA Member Welcome Drinks - $90.00 +GST and Booking Fee
Non-Member Welcome Drinks - $110.00 +GST and Booking Fee

Sponsors

Sponsorship opportunities are now available. You can view and download the 2024 Sponsorship Prospectus here. Please contact Clare Harris, CCA Member Services Manager with any queries.

Thank you to our sponsor partners for 2024

Platinum Sponsor

Keynote Room Sponsor

Conference App Sponsor

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