Conference Scholarships


Applications are now CLOSED

ECA is committed to supporting the diversity of individuals and organisations working to strengthen the well-being of young children.

Our National Conference is an important sector-development event that provides opportunities for networking, professional development and information-sharing. We recognise that some individuals and organisations may find it difficult to participate in the conference due to limited resources and/or long travel distances. ECA would like to encourage individuals to take up a Conference Scholarship to help promote participation and reduce barriers for delegates wishing to attend the 2021 Conference—Young Citizens: the right to play, learn and be heard.

Conference Scholarships will cover the cost of a full member or non-member conference registration with the remaining funds put towards travel and accommodation. You must be prepared to attend the full 3 days of the conference, be available to meet your sponsor and have photos taken for later inclusion in media and promotion by both ECA and the sponsor, and provide feedback on the conference and the value of scholarship following the conference.

Conference Scholarships funds will be allocated according to the following criteria:

  • Individuals/small organisations working in regional, rural or remote locations;
  • Practitioners supporting disadvantaged or at risk children;
  • There is a limit of one Conference Scholarship per service; and
  • Priority is given to full registrations.

All suitable applicants will be eligible for a full 3-day conference registration to attend the 2021 ECA National Conference. Remaining funds from the scholarship can be put towards travel and accommodation expenses. 

How do you apply?


To apply for a scholarship, download and complete the application form. Save it as ‘Firstname Lastname_2021 National Conference Scholarship Application Form’ and email it to conference@earlychildhood.org.au no later than 5pm (AEST) on Friday 30 April 2021.

Applications for a Conference Scholarship will be assessed individually and a response will be provided via email within 30 working days after applications have closed. The decision to provide a Conference Scholarship is at the discretion of ECA; the Conference Scholarship will no longer be available once funds have been committed. We will notify you by email of the outcome of your application and if successful the funds will be deposited into your nominated bank account following the conference.

Please note that funds will only be paid by direct deposit into the bank account in the name of the successful applicant or the name of the service. Funds will be deposited after the Conference has concluded.