After much consideration, and with the safety of our delegates in mind, Early Childhood Australia’s board have made the difficult decision to make the 2021 National Conference fully virtual.

While we’re disappointed not to meet face-to-face, we are very excited to bring a virtual conference program which will now feature the FULL CONFERENCE program of over 100 sessions on the 6 – 9 September 2021.

To qualify for ECA member discounts you must be a current ECA member and provide your member number during the registration process. Click here to enquire about membership or phone the ECA Customer Service team on 1800 356 900.

Virtual Delegate Pass – Member
$ 175.00

Streaming access to:

all keynote speakers

a selection of concurrent presenters and panel discussions

participate in the live Q&A with speakers

access to the on-demand library for up to 60 days post conference.

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Virtual Delegate Pass – Non-Member
$ 199.00

Streaming access to:

all keynote speakers

a selection of concurrent presenters and panel discussions

participate in the live Q&A with speakers

access to the on-demand library for up to 60 days post conference.

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 Please note: ECA Professional members may register one (1) delegate at the member rate. Service/School members may register three (3) delegates at the member rate. ECA Institution members may register five (5) delegates at the member rate.

 Terms and conditions apply.

*The Conference on-demand library will be available for up to 60 days after the end of conference.


Fee Structure

Fee type Early bird Full rate
ECA member  $175  $175
Non-member  $199  $199

All registration fees include GST and are in Australian dollars.
The Conference on-demand library will be available for up to 60 days after the end of conference.


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Terms and conditions

All participants are required to officially register to attend the 2021 Early Childhood Australia National Conference.

Registration terms and conditions
When registering to attend the conference, you accept the following registration terms:

InHouse Event Solutions has been appointed as the official accommodation booking agent for the 2021 ECA National Conference. Payment for accommodation is separate to the conference payment.  Please contact InHouse Event Solutions if you have any accommodation payment queries.

Accommodation and travel arrangements are not included in the fully flexible conditions and need to be negotiated directly with the hotel and airline.

Cancellations and refunds
Registration cancellations will not be accepted unless made in writing to the event organiser. If the notification is not received by the conference office, the cancellation is deemed to have been not notified.

Cancellations made more than thirty (30) days prior to the event date will be refunded less $75 of the registration fee to cover administration costs. No registration refunds will be made after this date; however you may nominate a replacement delegate at no charge. The same conditions apply to tickets purchased for social events. Should your tickets be purchased within the 30 day period before the Event, no cancellations will be accommodated.

Switch from in-person to virtual delegate registration will be accommodated up to and including Monday 23 August 2021, no cancellation or changes will be facilitated after Monday 11.59 pm 23 August 2021 (13 working days prior the event). Refunds will incur a $75 admin charge per registration, and will be facilitated within 30 days of request.

Fully flexible in-person registrations are subject to capacity restraints, currently we can accommodate 1,900 delegates but this may increase or decrease depending on government restrictions.

Refunds of accommodation deposits are not included in the fully flexible conditions and are at the discretion of the accommodation venue. No refunds whatsoever are available in the event a delegate registers but fails to attend the conference.

COVID Safe Plan
The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) operates under the Queensland Chief Health Officer’s Public Health Directions. Early Childhood Australia (ECA) is working in conjunction with BCEC and Queensland Health to ensure the 2021 ECA National Conference is a COVID-safe event. The health and wellbeing of all participants is our priority. Click here to download a copy of the 2021 ECA National Conference COVID Safe Plan.

Delegate details
Sponsors may be given a list of all delegates (name and basic contact details only). Receipt of your registration form will signal your acceptance of inclusion on the delegate list.
By registering for the 2021 ECA National Conference you hereby giving ECA permission to photograph you, for use in our publications, website and any other promotional material associated with ECA events. If you do not consent to your photograph/s being used, please contact the event organiser in writing on conference@earlychildhood.org.au.

All details contained in the brochure and on the conference website are subject to change without notice.

Loss and injury
All conference participants are advised to effect their own insurance to cover all risks including (but not limited to) costs of travel, accommodation, conference fees, personal property, health and medical expenses, injury, death and all other risks. The conference, host organisation and organisers will not be held liable for any claims under any circumstances.

Payment of fees
All registration fees are payable in advance of the conference and entry to the conference may be denied in the event registration fees (or a portion thereof) are unpaid prior to commencement of the conference. Online registration is the preferred method of registration. Credit card payment (Visa or MasterCard) and PayPal is accepted via our secure network and will incur a surcharge of 1.06%. EFT payments are also available via the online process. Please note this facility will only be open until 31 July 2021. Registrations after 31 July 2021 require full payment.

Program changes
ECA reserves the right to make changes to the program, including presenters and sessions where necessary.
In the unlikely event that a presenter withdraws or cannot travel, ECA reserve the right to make the appropriate decision in the best interest of the conference – this may include not offering refunds, changes to the program and cancelling sessions.

Sharing of registrations is not permitted. One registration may not be utilised by several individuals.

Visas and quarantine
Delegates travelling from overseas may be required to obtain a visa before travelling to Australia. You should apply for your visa not less than two months prior to your departure. Failure to obtain a visa will not be accepted as grounds for refund of any fees or other costs paid to the conference. Australia has strict quarantine regulations that are enforced at all international airports and other points of entry into Australia.