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Early Childhood Australia National Conference 2018-Be the Difference for children and families. 19-22 September 2018 International Convention Centre Sydney

2018 ECA National Conference

Registration is now open!

Join us for the ECA National Conference at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney from 19–22 September 2018. Early bird registration is now available online—register today to secure a spot at the early bird rate!

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Early bird rates*

Full conference registration

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Concession registration**

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*Early bird registrations must be received by COB (AEST) 30 June 2018, or the full rate will apply.
**Concession registration is available to full-time students, pensioners and health care cardholders.

Keynote Speakers

Introducing the Keynote Speakers joining us at the 2018 ECA National Conference:

International Keynote Speakers

Dr Cindy Blackstock

Dr Cindy Blackstock

Dr Cindy Blackstock is Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. She has 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights.

Dr Stuart Shanker

Dr Stuart Shanker

Dr Stuart Shanker is a distinguished research professor emeritus of psychology and philosophy from York University. He is internationally sought for his expertise as an advisor on early child development and self-regulation.

Prof Paul Ramchandani

Professor Paul Ramchandani

Professor Paul Ramchandani is currently Professor of Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Imperial College. Paul’s research focuses on early child development, particularly the prevention of emotional and behavioural problems in the early years of life.

Australian Keynote Speakers

Prof Kerry Arabena

Professor Kerry Arabena

Professor Kerry Arabena is Chair for Indigenous Health, and Director of the Indigenous Health Equity Unit at the University of Melbourne. A descendent of the Meriam people from the Torres Strait, she has a Doctorate in human ecology and a degree in social work.

Stan Grant

Stan Grant

Stan Grant is the Indigenous Affairs Editor for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and special advisor to the Prime Minister on Indigenous constitutional recognition. Stan is a multi-awarding winning current affairs host, author and adventurer with more than 30 years of journalism experience.

Application to present

Time is running out to submit an application to present at the 2018 ECA National Conference! Applications close tonight, make sure you submit your application before 11.59 pm (AEDT).

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Applications are now open for the highly regarded ECA awards, including the Barbara Creaser Memorial Lecture, Barbara Creaser Young Advocate Award and the ECA Doctoral Thesis Award. The awards recipients will be announced during the 2018 ECA National Conference.

Click here for more information on the ECA Awards.

Social program

Join us at the following social events throughout the conference to network with friends and colleagues from across the sector.

Welcome reception

Kick the conference off with drinks and canapés in Exhibition Hall 2 at the ICC! The welcome reception is included in your full conference registration; additional tickets can be purchased for guests at $90 per person.

HESTA Early Childhood Education and Care Awards Dinner

The HESTA Early Childhood Education and Care Awards Dinner is back for the 2018 ECA National Conference! The awards recognise the educators and carers at the very heart of Australia’s early childhood education system.

Finalists will be recognised across the categories of Advancing Pedagogy and Practice, Outstanding Graduate, and Building Inclusion at a dinner on Friday 21 September 2018, where they will have a chance to win a share in $30 000 thanks to proud awards sponsor ME—the bank for you. Open to all delegates, partners and guests, the awards dinner will be a night of celebration and inspiration.

Tickets are $110 per person, which includes a three-course dinner, drinks and entertainment. Seats are limited so be quick to secure your ticket today, during the registration process!


Accommodation has been secured at a range of hotels and apartments in Sydney at competitive and flexible rates for the 2018 ECA National Conference. These rates are only available for a limited time, so be sure to book online during the registration process.

Sponsorship and exhibition

Sponsorship packages and exhibition booths are selling quickly! Don’t miss your chance to be part of the 2018 ECA National Conference!

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Book an exhibition booth


Platinum sponsor

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Gold sponsor


Silver sponsors

OfficeMax KU Children's Services

Contact information

E: conference@earlychildhood.org.au
T: 1800 356 900 (free call in Australia)
T: +61 2 6242 1800

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