Sector events

Here is a snapshot of events in 2020 that you may be interested in.




Not for Profit People Conference

24-25 February 2020, Melbourne

Call for papers

Not for Profit People Conference


Smart Learning Cities

26 February 2020, RMIT Melbourne

Smart Learning Cities 


43rd FIA (Fundraising Institute Australia)

26-28 February, Brisbane

Fundraising Conference 



Neighbourhood Houses Victoria

4-6 March Lorne, Victoria

NHVic Conference

National Volunteering Conference

18-20 March, Perth

National Volunteering Conference



World Literacy Summit

April 5-8, Oxford UK

World Literacy Summit


WAVE National Forum 2020

22 April, Melbourne

More than just women in hardhats: understanding the wide role of VET for the careers of Australian women.

WAVE National Forum 2020


AVETRA 23rd Annual Conference – 20/20 vision for VET

23rd – 24th April, Melbourne

Research at the centre of future policy and practice.

AVETRA 23rd Annual Conference 20/20 vision for VET



Connecting Up Conference and Expo 2020

Melbourne, 6-8 May

Connecting Up Conference and Expo 2020


VALBEC Conference – Education for community and growth

May 15th

Call for presentations

VALBEC Conference –  Educating for community and growth


Communities in Control Conference

Melbourne, 18-19 May

Communities in Control Conference



Adult Education in Global Times (AEGT) 2020 Conference

Adult Education in Global Times (AEGT2020) conference cancelled

Due to global concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the Adult Education in Global Times (AEGT2020) conference planned for 4 – 7 June in Vancouver has been cancelled.

We will be working with our partners to explore possible options for an AEGT conference for next year.

Please check the website for details about refunds for registration and campus accommodation.

Read more here







Adult Learner’s Week

September 1, 2020

Adult Learner’s Week Launch

Adult Learners’ Week is a UNESCO initiative supported in Australia by the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training and coordinated by Adult Learning Australia. Adult Learners’ Week runs from 1–8 September and incorporates International Literacy Day, which is celebrated annually on September 8.

Adult Learners’ Week in Australia is part of an international festival of adult learning.

More details here.



Public Pedagogies of Location

October 1 – November 12, Thursdays 10.30am – 12.30pm (AEST)

The annual public pedagogies conference will this year take place as a series of online seminars around the theme of Public Pedagogies of Location.

More information and registration:



2020 VDC Virtual Teaching & Learning Conference

Thursday 19 and Friday 20 November

The program delves into the fundamentals for excellence in Vocational Education practice. The 2020 VDC Virtual Conference will consist of highly interactive workshops as well as high-profile keynote presentations on the theme of VET teaching and learning strategies for engaging with industry and learners.

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Wyndham Learning Festival – ‘Healthy Learning, Healthy Lives’

23-30 November 2020

Register your Online Event Now!

Registrations are now open until 31 October for event providers to run an online event during the 2020 Wyndham Learning Festival. In response to the ongoing restrictions and government requirements around physical distancing in our community due to the pandemic, we are creating this year’s festival as a fully virtual learning experience!

Your online event can be large or small, and it just needs to run between 23-30 November 2020, be free, about learning and offered for the Wyndham community (in a time slot that is appropriate to the Wyndham audience). Our theme for 2020 is ‘Healthy Learning, Healthy Lives’ where we are taking a focus on how all learning is good for our health!

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NFP conference

Empowerment through knowledge

14 March 2019, Melbourne

More details here.

ACEVic conference

The Power of Community Education

28 – 29 March 2019, Melbourne

The ACEVic Conference 2019 focuses on emerging research, innovative models of education, and new opportunities for adult learners.

More details here.


Budget Breakfast

15 April 2019, Sydney

More details here.

RMIT free seminar series

The Jean Monnet Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Network is holding a free seminar series at RMIT. SDG 4. Education and lifelong learning

30 April 2019

VALBEC conference

17 May 2019

Resilience: connect, educate, empower

More details here.

European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) Conference

16–18 May 2019, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Adult education and learning policy in a world risk society

Seeking abstracts by 18th December 2018

More details here.

Communities in Control

May 20–21, 2019, Melbourne, Victoria

Thought leadership for the not-for-profit sector

More detail here.

22nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA)

‘No future for old VET’: Researching for the training system/s of tomorrow

17-18 June 2019, Parramatta, Sydney

It is well-recognised that current rapid economic and industrial developments, as well as changes in society, are affecting the demands placed upon VET systems both in Australia and elsewhere. As well, the Australian VET system has had internal challenges which need addressing. To meet all of these challenges, and to plan strategically for the future, a strong research base is needed. This AVETRA conference will bring together VET researchers and those interested in using research to inform policy and practice, to discuss and debate these vital matters.

More details here.

NCVER No Frills conference 2019

The student journey: skilling for life

10–12 July 2019, TAFE SA Adelaide

As explored at past ‘No Frills’ conferences, the world of work is changing, driven by rapid technological evolution in an increasingly global society. It’s almost certain that the skills we develop today won’t be enough to operate or compete effectively in the workplaces of tomorrow.

Will it be enough for our future workers to earn a single qualification or learn only a few different skills? Where do employability skills fit into the mix?

While every student’s journey is different, more and more research and discussion points to how workers must become lifelong learners to enable them to grow and evolve with their jobs. VET plays a critical role in making this happen.

More details here.


Indigenous Conference Services

10th National Indigenous Men Conference, 10th Indigenous Women Conference & 2019 Inaugural Indigenous Elder’s Aged Care Conference

24-26 July 2019, Alice Springs

Indigenous Conference Services (ICS) offers a limited 2-for-1 registration as tribute for May DV Prevention month and introduces all First Nations keynote speakers for its 10th National Indigenous Men Conference, 10th Indigenous Women Conference & 2019 Inaugural Indigenous Elder’s Aged Care Conference in Alice Springs.
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To register and avail our 2-for-1 Rego offer (Code May19), complete form at:
Indigenous Conference Services is pleased to announce that the Hon. Linda Burney and  Hon. Patrick Lionel Djargun Dodson will jointly open the inaugural 2019 National Indigenous Elders: Old & Deadly Conference, the 10thNational Indigenous Men’s Conference: Black and Proud and the 2019 National Indigenous Women’s Conference: Empowering Change which are the 10th conferences in the series, becoming Australia’s premier Indigenous men’s, women’s and Elders’ cultural gathering at DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Alice Springs NT on July 24-26, 2019.

Better Boards Conference

Governance (R)evolution: Strategies for success

1–4 August 2019

More details here.

2019 Australian Council for Adult Literacy Conference

Critical re-imagining: adult literacy and numeracy practices for sustainable development

4-5 October 2019, Sydney

Australia is a signatory to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This Agenda has been developed as ‘a plan for action for people, planet and prosperity’. It is a plan to end poverty and hunger, to protect our planet, to enable all human beings to enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives in peaceful, just and inclusive societies.

This conference invites participants to consider the role of adult literacy and numeracy education in promoting this agenda including the most directly pertinent goal to our field: Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Australasian Corrections Education Conference (ACEA) 2019

Unlock Your Potential. International Conference.

13-16 October 2019, Melbourne

The ACEA Conference 2019 is the premier Australasian professional development event for educators, trainers, transitional service providers, prison workers and agencies providing education and training services to adult and juvenile offenders in custody. The conference offers professional development with motivating local and international presenters, master classes for practitioners, workshops discussing topical issues, insights into innovative use of technology in custodial settings and networking opportunities. There is something for everyone!

The conference workshops have five key streams; Youth Justice, Research, Technology/ICT, Adult Education/Indigenous Education and Vocational/Industry Training. The conference website provides details of the conference including a tab to upload abstracts for papers. The Call for Papers is open and has a closing date of Wednesday July 10.

More details here.

Linkwest’s 2019 Conference

People. Place. Partnerships

16–18 October 2019, Perth

This conference focusses on the opportunities for bottom-up, place-based and community-led development: the empowerment of community (and the individuals within that community) to determine not just what they want to achieve but how they want to achieve it. And it recognises the importance of creating a culture of collaboration to enable effective, seamless, and cost-effective means of driving positive change.

More details here.

1st International Adult Literacy Learners and Tutors’ Conference

6-8 November 2019, Kampala, Uganda

Conference Organizers
The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) in Uganda in collaboration with Uganda Literacy and Adult Learners Association (ULALA), Uganda National Commissioner for UNESCO (UNATCOM) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

This international conference will bring together Adult Learners, Tutors, delegates and participants from the different UNESCO member states around the world, along strategic partners in achievement of SDG 4 target 6 and 7. The theme of the conference is enhancing the participation of literacy learners and tutors in Literacy and Lifelong learning”.

More details here.

CCA 2019 Annual Conference

18 November 2019, The Stamford Plaza, Brisbane

More details here.

ACOSS National Conference 2019

26–27 November 2019, Canberra

More details here.

ALA’s Professional Development

Keep an eye out for our confirmation of sessions for 2020.