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The future is listening



NATIONAL CATHOLIC EDUCATION CONFERENCE

Melbourne • 4–7 SEPTEMBER 2022

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2022 NATIONAL CATHOLIC EDUCATION CONFERENCE

Early Bird registrations now open

Super Early Bird registrations for the 2022 NCEC Conference are now open until Monday 14 February 2022, or unless sold out earlier. At just $899 the 200 Super Early Bird places available will sell fast.

The National Catholic Education Commission was established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference through the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education to maintain effective liaison with the Australian Government and other key national education bodies, and to work with each diocese to be a voice for our schools.

The National Catholic Education Commission hosts a conference every four or five years in a major Australian city. Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) is proud to host the 2022 National Catholic Education Conference at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 4–7 September 2022, after the postponement of the conference in 2020.

The conference provides a forum where the many partners in Catholic education can come together to discuss issues of significance for the future of Catholic schooling.

Last held in Perth in 2016, the conference attracted more than 1300 Catholic education leaders. For 2022 in Melbourne, we hope to attract over 2000 participants from across Australia.


Message from the Conference Organising Committee

Pope Francis has urged Catholics to ‘speak boldly and listen humbly’, to rediscover our capacity to listen and be open in order to make space for the beauty of God. He reminds us that amidst the ‘shattering of worldly dreams’ young people call us to renewed and expansive hope, for they represent new directions for humanity and open us up to the future.

2022 marks the emergence from a time of pandemic and our soul searching of the plenary. The theme of ‘The future is listening’ impels us to ask of ourselves, given what we have experienced, who are we as Catholic educators and what do we have to say? What do our young people have to say? What is the ‘new thing’ that is already amongst us?

What imprint on the future can Melbourne 2022 make for Catholic education across Australia?

This call to action in Melbourne 2022 represents a pivotal point in time to explore, listen, perceive and articulate what springs forth for the future of educating young people.

Within the current shifting landscape of great opportunities and challenges, Catholic educators are called to listen and perceive, to meet these challenges with courage, and with faith, hope and love for our students.

Mr Jim Miles
Executive Director
Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools
Ms Jacinta Collins
Executive Director
National Catholic Education Commission

 

Objectives of the NCEC 2022 Conference

The aim of the NCEC 2022 Conference is to bring together school and system leaders, educators, clergy and religious, students, educational professionals, researchers, families, and other groups interested in Catholic education to promote examples of best practice and plan future directions to continue the flourishing of vibrant and authentically Catholic learning communities across Australia

Key Dates

29 November 2021

Abstract Submissions Open

14 February 2022

Abstract Submission Deadline

March 2022

Authors advised of Submission Outcome

March 2022

Registration opens

17 June 2022

Early bird registration closes

 

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    Location
    Melbourne, Australia

    Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, sits on the Yarra River and around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Lauded for its sense of style and elegance, Melbourne boasts glamorous festivals and events, Australia’s best shopping, a lively passion for eating and drinking, and a flourishing interest in the arts.

    Venue
    Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)

    Recognised as Australasia’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre in 2014, 2013 and 2012 by the prestigious World Travel Awards, MCEC connects you with everything you need for a successful event.

    Accommodation
    Hotels in Melbourne

    The NCEC 2020 Event Managers, Encanta, have secured rooms and rates in selected hotels for the benefit of Conference delegates.

    Overview

    The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) was established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference through the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education to maintain effective liaison with the Australian Government and other key national education bodies and to work with each diocese to be a voice for our schools.

    The NCEC hosts a conference every four or five years in a major Australian city. Catholic Education Melbourne is proud to host the NCEC 2020 Conference, The Future is Listening, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 6–9 September 2020.

    The conference provides a forum where the many partners in Catholic education can come together to discuss issues of significance for the future of Catholic schooling.

    Last held in Perth in 2016, the NCEC conference attracted more than 1300 Catholic education leaders. For 2020 Melbourne we hope to attract over 2000 participants from across Australia.

    The conference theme, The Future is Listening, seeks to provide an opportunity for participants to explore, discern and be inspired by the richness and responsibility of Catholic education and leadership within a contemporary Australia.

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