The Early Childhood Australia National Conference provides a platform for professional discourse relevant to the rights, wellbeing and early education of young children (birth to eight years). It is attended by early childhood educators, teachers, service leaders and executives, as well as policymakers, program administrators, academics, researchers and those involved in pre-qualification training and ongoing professional development. The conference is live streamed and in 2023 attracted over 2,400 national and international participants.
To have the opportunity to join these esteemed sector colleagues and present your chosen topic, simply submit your abstract online (which must be no more than 300 words and be accompanied with a 50 word biography for each presenting author & author affiliations).
|Submission and post-selection schedule||Deadline|
|Closing date for submission of your application to present||19 January 2024|
|Review of all applications by ECA Conference Program Committee||19 February 2024|
|Outcome notification to applicants||18 March 2024|
|Draft program published on conference website||8 April 2024|
|Prerecording of presentations||June–July 2024|
|Closing date for successful applicants to register||30 June 2024|
|Submission of the final PowerPoint presentation||16 August 2024|
‘Realising the vision: an integrated future for the early years
The early years are at the forefront of policy debate and reform across Australia and globally. This is an extraordinary ‘moment in time’ to shape the future—to build a universal platform for early childhood education and care, to stabilise and recognise the early childhood workforce, and to better integrate supports for both children and families across allied health, social services and major service systems such as the NDIS. It is critical that reform is driven by a clear vision that puts children at the centre of policy and service design. It is also important that the early childhood profession is actively engaged in both decision-making and implementation.
We are also on the cusp of creating a reconciled nation that recognises, values and celebrates the enduring strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and identities. The early childhood sector has an important role in this—through embracing cultural responsiveness and inclusive practice to foster children’s connection to culture and identity; while also forming respectful partnerships to empower First Nations communities and families.
The ECA National Conference is an opportunity to come together and help shape the future of Australia as a nation and the legacy we leave for the next generation of children.
Working with young children can be demanding and challenging but also incredibly rewarding, fulfilling and joyful. The ECA National Conference is an opportunity to come together to celebrate and inspire early childhood educators, teachers and leaders. It is an opportunity to build professional belonging and pride. We welcome papers that celebrate and/or support the workforce.Learn More
ECA is a champion for play and play-based learning, as articulated in the ECA Statement on Play released in 2023 and during our annual celebration—Early Learning Matters Week. The ECA National Conference seeks to advance public understanding of the importance of play and supports the professional skills of educators who teach through play in both early years and school contexts.Learn More
There are increasing expectations for professionals working with young children across a range of sectors to work collaboratively. It is essential to maintain our strength-based and holistic approach to working with children and families.Learn More
There has been a strong focus on sustainability at ECA National Conferences over many years and it is imperative that we keep pushing ourselves to contribute to environmental, economic and social sustainability beyond the service setting.
We live in a time of rapid digital technology evolution. The early years are a critical time to teach children important skills that empower them to navigate complex social and ethical challenges likely to arise across their lifespan.
Applicants are required to submit a 300-word abstract and will be asked to identify the target audience for the presentation, i.e. who is most likely to benefit. For example, presentations might target one or more groups or individuals, including but not limited to:
The application process will ask about the experience of the presenter(s) and whether the content has been presented elsewhere. This information will help ECA balance the program with a mix of new and known material. It will also help us to meet our aim of delivering consistent, high-quality presentations and give new or inexperienced presenters an opportunity to gain experience.
Applicants will also need to list the position and affiliation/organisation of each author, and provide biographies for each presenting author.
There are two presentation categories for the conference. Applicants must specify which presentation format they are applying under.
Oral presentations are allocated 45 minutes, including time for attendees to ask questions or engage in a discussion with the presenter(s). ECA encourages presenters to deliver their presentation in an interactive way. There will be a 10-minute room change opportunity between sessions. Presenters may be asked to present twice during the conference if their session proves to be very popular.
Please note: For all presentations, the room configuration will be in a theatre style setting. Applicants must ensure their submission reflects the room setting, as changes to the configuration and setup of the room are not possible throughout the conference.
Selected presentations will be live streamed to a virtual audience. By accepting to present at the ECA National Conference, applicants grant ECA permission to live stream and record presentations to be available for delegate viewing for up to 60 days after the conference. Presenters may also be requested to record their presentation should they be successful in their application.
ECA reserves the right to request successful presenters to host a longer or shorter presentation.
Presentations must be in PowerPoint format. The full and final electronic presentation will need to be submitted by Friday 16 August 2024, to ensure compatibility with the system available at the venue.
At the venue, presenters will have access to facilities such as data projectors, computers, screens and the internet. The conference will be networked, which means that presentations will be loaded from the Speaker Preparation Centre.
All poster presentations must follow a standard format and adhere to the following dimension and layout criteria:
A designated 15-minute time slot will be determined during the conference for successful applicants to present their posters.
If successful, poster presenters will be requested to record a short video presentation to talk about their poster for viewing after the conference via the mobile app and virtual platform. The recording will be made available to delegates for up to 60 days after the conference.
Recorded presentations remain the property of ECA, for the purposes of the ECA National Conference only.
A condition for being able to present is that all presenters must register for the day on which they will be presenting at the conference. All presenters will receive the ECA Member rate for full conference registration. A maximum of three (3) presenters per paper will be allowed to register and participate at the Member rate. If registration confirmation and payment are not received by Sunday 30 June 2024, abstracts will be withdrawn from the conference program.
Applications must focus on:
Applicants must ensure that their papers:
All selected abstracts will be published on the 2024 ECA Conference App. Presentations will be published on the website alone, after the conference has concluded. Presentations will not be edited and will be converted directly to PDF files from their submitted format.
Some presentations and papers may also be selected by the ECA Publications Advisory Committee for inclusion in other ECA publications. The ECA Publications team will approach presenters independently regarding potential publication. This may involve presenters summarising their paper or presentation for a magazine format. Further instructions will be provided by the ECA Publications team, as required.
All applications to present will be reviewed by a panel that includes members of the ECA Conference Program Committee. Members of the ECA Conference Program Committee will:
Wherever possible, feedback will be given to unsuccessful applicants, depending on the number of applications received.
The 2024 ECA National Conference will be live streamed to delegates who purchase a Virtual Delegate Pass. Selected papers will be asked to participate in the live stream. Presenters will be filmed and their presentation will be shown to the audience.
Following the conference, presentations will be made available for viewing in the library of presentations for a period of 60 days after the conference.
In keeping with ECA’s sustainability drive, all abstracts must be submitted online using the following link:
ECA seeks to minimise any negative environmental impact from the conference. We therefore encourage successful presenters to avoid the use of single-use plastics or unnecessary printed material—any handouts can be pre-loaded onto the conference website, app or USB.
Applicants must confirm that their paper is free of commercial interest and declare if they are a commercial enterprise. Any paper that is selling or promoting a particular product or commercial service will not be accepted.
Successful candidates must agree to the following terms and conditions:
Applications to present are now OPEN.
In keeping with ECA’s drive to improve environmental sustainability, all abstracts must be submitted online.
Step 1: Read all instructions carefully.
Step 2: Write an abstract (no more than 300 words) related to the preferred sub-theme.
Step 3: Ensure the abstract addresses the selection criteria.
Step 4: Submit the abstract online before Wednesday 19 January 2024, via https://eca.eventsair.com/g34—2024-brisbane-national-conference/2024-brisbane
Step 5: Ensure presenter biographies are no more than 50 words in total.
Step 6: Supply at least one presenter photograph with the application (limit file size to a maximum of 1MB).
Before you submit online, please ensure that you have read and understood this information.
If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Office for more information:
T: 02 6242 1800