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

Program now available!

The 2018 ECA National Conference program has arrived! Join professionals from the sector, who want to make a difference in the lives of young children and their families, at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney on 19–22 September. Click here to view the online program of keynote speakers, presenters and panellists.

Early bird registration closes on 30 June 2018, full conference registration starts from just $850—register today!  

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Ethical Leadership Panel 

Referencing the ECA Code of Ethics and the work of philosophers and ethicists from the past and ever-changing present, this panel will reflect and debate on what it takes to shift towards a stronger ethical leadership perspective in early childhood education.

Catharine Hydon
Catharine Hydon

Hydon Consulting

Simon Longstaff
Dr Simon
Longstaff AO

The Ethics Centre

Anthony Semann
Anthony Semann

Semann and Slattery

Transition and Future Directions in Early Education and Care Panel

This panel will discuss the transition to the new subsidy system, the implementation of the NDIS and changes to the National Quality Standard, as well as future directions in policy, funding and regulation.

Jackie Wilson
Jackie Wilson
Department of
Education and

Ros Cornish
Ros Cornish

Early Childhood

Judy Hebblethwaite


Geraldine Atkinson


Trish Hanna
Trish Hanna
Early Childhood
Intervention Australia


Julia Davison
Julia Davison
Goodstart Early

Social activities

Centre tours are selling fast, with two already completely sold out! Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to visit a range of childcare centres across Sydney—book now.

HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards dinner

Tickets are on sale now for the HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards dinner that recognises the front-line educators and carers at the very heart of Australia's early childhood education system. Tickets can be purchased online during the registration process.

Travel subsidy

Travel subsidy applications are open! Apply now to receive $1850 to put towards your conference registration, travel and/or accommodation.

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Thanks to the travel subsidy sponsors:

Travel subsidy sponsors

Sponsorship and exhibition

Sponsorship packages are selling fast, but there are still some great packages available, such as the Welcome Reception Sponsor, WiFi Sponsor, Conference Pocket Program Sponsor and more! Click here to see what is available.

Book a sponsorship package

Exhibition stands for the 2018 ECA National Conference have SOLD OUT. Click here to view the full list of exhibitors joining us. If you would like to join the exhibitor waiting list, please contact us on conference@earlychildhood.org.au.


Accommodation has been secured at a range of hotels and apartments in Sydney at competitive and flexible rates for the 2018 ECA National Conference. In some cases, rates are up to $100 per night cheaper than what is being sold publicly.

These rates are only available for a limited time, so be sure to book online during the registration process to secure a great deal. Click here to see what’s available.



Contact information

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


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