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Conference registrations will open Tuesday 2 May, and close at 4:00pm on  
Friday 26 May 2023. 

To register to attend the conference, click Register now and follow the prompts.

No. There is no conference registration fee. Principal guests attending in-person can attend both the conference and conference dinner free of charge. Virtual conference guests can view a livestream of the plenary events free of charge.

Updated guidance:

Small school subsidy

In accordance with DE Student Resource Package (SRP) guidance, primary schools with fewer than 80.1 students and secondary schools with fewer than 400 students are considered small schools and will be eligible for a CRT subsidy for the conference. This subsidy is a casual relief teacher payment at $454.35 per day for two days ($908.70). This subsidy will be paid to eligible schools via the SRP. To be eligible for this subsidy, you must register for the conference and check in at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Monday 5 June.

Regional and rural school travel subsidy

Schools located further than 100km from venue are eligible for a travel and accommodation subsidy at $150.00 per day for two days ($300.00). This subsidy will be paid to eligible schools via the SRP. To be eligible for this subsidy, you must register for the conference and check in at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Monday 5 June.

If your school is both an eligible small school and an eligible regional or rural school, you can receive both subsidies via the SRP.

If your school is remote and special consideration is required to meet your travel and accommodation costs, please contact: principal.conference@education.vic.gov.au

As was the case in 2022, in-person participation will be limited to principals (including acting principals and campus principals). Plenary sessions will be streamed. No registration is required for streamed sessions, and there is no limitation on participation in the streamed sessions.

Virtual attendees can access a link to the livestream on the conference website on the day of the conference. If you would like to be emailed the link to the livestream, click Register now and follow the prompts. 

Yes. Schools with staff presenting at the conference will be eligible for CRT reimbursement. This will be provided through the Student Resource Package. Rural and regional schools presenting a workshop may be eligible for travel support. More information about how to access financial support for travel is coming soon.

Please email your request to events@conferenceworks.com.au and a member of the project team will get back to you within 24 hours. 

In person attendance is encouraged for all principals. Only plenary sessions will be available online. Registrations for the virtual sessions are free of charge. The live stream can be accessed on the homepage, on the day, however if you would like to be emailed a link to the livestream, click Register now and follow the prompts. 

Any dietary requirements will be recorded during the registration process.

Accessibility requirements can be lodged at the point of registration. If you are attending virtually, you have the option to notify events@conferenceworks.com.au of your accessibility requirements so that we can point you to closed captioning or other features to improve your conference experience.

The conference agenda will be available on the conference website under Agenda. A version of the conference program will also be forwarded to registered conference delegates with their conference confirmation, and available on the app. 

Yes. The conference app is packed with features, including the ability to submit questions in sessions, speaker profiles, the ability to take notes and alerts so you do not miss a thing! Details on how to access and download the event app will be sent the week prior to the conference.  

There are two workshop sessions (12:20pm and 2:20pm). Please note that there are capacity limitations, and some workshops may be full. You will be able to see available workshops when you register. To see all sessions please visit Speakers

No, only plenary sessions will be broadcast. If a principal cannot attend in person, they can register to attend online, however virtual participants will only have access to the plenary sessions. Workshop sessions are only available to those attending in person.

The workshops have limited availability per session, and the ability to book your preferred session will close once it has reached capacity. We suggest you register as soon as possible to be able to select your preferred workshops during the registration process. 

Yes. To update your session selections, or be placed on a waitlist, please email events@conferenceworks.com.au prior to Friday 26 May 2023. Otherwise, there is a concierge desk available during the conference where you can update your session preferences in real time – pending availability. 

Conference attendees may change their registration details, at any time prior to Friday 26 May 2023, by contacting events@conferenceworks.com.au. Otherwise, there is a concierge desk available during the conference where you can update your session preferences in real time – pending availability.

The conference dinner will take place in the Melbourne Room on Monday 5 June. The evening will begin at 6:00pm for a 6:45pm start, and conclude at 10:00pm. The dinner event will acknowledge the dedication and contribution our principals make to their school and community. Attendees will enjoy a 3-course meal and a cash bar will be available for attendees to purchase alcoholic beverages.  

The dinner keynote will be presented by author, presenter, and educator, Tracey Ezard. 

No, you will be able to sit wherever you choose at the conference dinner. It will be an opportunity to relax and connect with your colleagues.

No, you will only need to register your attendance.

The conference dinner is optional. The dinner is an opportunity to connect with other principals and regional colleagues, and acknowledge the contribution principals make each day to their schools and community.

Unfortunately, the conference dinner is for conference attendees only.

Unfortunately, the conference dinner is for conference attendees only.

The Networking Space will provide an opportunity for attendees to talk to key Department of Education divisions for support with initiatives, information, and contacts for priority improvement areas in your school.

If you’ve lost your registration summary, it’s ok. Email a request to events@conferenceworks.com.au and a member of the event management team will get back to you within 24 hours.

Please contact the project team at principal.conference@education.vic.gov.au, and they will discuss the options available to you.

No. Attendance is open to all.

There are several hotels within walking distance of the conference venue. Participants attending the conference can take advantage of discounts and special offers on hotel accommodation by accessing the hotel list provided here (PDF).

Yes. Wilsons Parking – South Wharf Retail Car Park is located approximately 100m from the MCEC entrance. For more information, visit Venue and travel 

Yes. The closest train station to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is the Southern Cross Train Station, from which you can either catch a tram or walk. For more information, visit Venue and travel

Your feedback is important to us. If you wish to provide feedback about your experience with the conference, please submit your request to principal.conference@education.vic.gov.au and a team member will get back to you within 24 hours. 

Furthermore, at the conclusion of the conference, participants will be sent an email link to fill in an evaluation of the conference. 

Yes.

To register to attend the conference, click Register now and follow the prompts.

The first round of registration for DE regional and corporate staff includes access to the plenary sessions.  

Principals will be given priority to select their preferred workshops and to attend the dinner. Closer to the conference date, DE regional and corporate staff who have registered for the conference will be invited to register for workshops and the conference dinner according to venue capacity.

Last updated 25 May 2023