2022 CCA Annual Conference: Rebuilding Community

2022 CCA Annual Conference: Rebuilding Community

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Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

30 Pitt Street

Sydney, NSW 2000


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The Community Colleges Australia (CCA) Annual Conference returns to Sydney for an in-person event on 13 & 14 September 2022.

About this event

The 2022 CCA Annual Conference promises a stimulating, inventive and invigorating two days of domestic and international speakers, expert presenters and adult and community education (ACE) specialists.

Our theme: This year’s theme is Rebuilding Community, following what will have been more than two and a half years of the COVID-19 pandemic, and its long-term impacts on Australian post-secondary education, training and communities. We will deal with both big and small questions: What’s next in post-secondary education, training and skills? How do we “build back better”? What’s to be learned from overseas? What long-term impacts will the pandemic have on how we learn, how we teach and how we construct communities? What challenges face us now? What structures and approaches need to be changed and which be kept?

Special events: The Conference will feature the award ceremonies of the first-ever “Community Education Trainer of the Year Awards” at the Gala Dinner on Tuesday 13 September. Our pre-conference social event highlight will be a sunset cruise on Sydney Harbour on Monday 12 September. Our annual sponsor exhibition returns with a terrific mix of ideas, products and services.

Location and venue: The 2022 Conference will unfold at the Marriott Hotel on Pitt Street, adjacent to Sydney’s bustling Circular Quay ferry terminals, only a few minutes’ walk to the historic Rocks District, the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Within a short pleasant walk you will also find the best that a revitalised Sydney CBD has to offer: the best shopping in New South Wales, the glorious Botanic Gardens in early spring splendour, the dynamic new Barangaroo waterside redevelopment, the Art Gallery of NSW, a re-modelled Australian Museum, the State Library, the iconic Sydney Theatre Company at the Wharf and renowned restaurants.

Who is this Conference for?

Not-for-profit adult and community education (ACE) organisations

  • CEOs and other senior managers
  • VET managers and senior trainers
  • Boards of directors and volunteers
  • Marketing and promotions managers
  • Coordinators, planners, project managers, liaison officers and outreach specialists

Government, researchers and other organisations

  • Policy-makers working in post-secondary and secondary education roles for Commonwealth, state or territory governments who seek a deeper understanding of our sector’s challenges, opportunities and possibilities
  • Researchers in education and training who are keen to share their findings with one of the most engaged conference audiences in Australia
  • Consultants working in VET, universities, life-long learning, the future of work and the demand for skills in the next decade of the 21st century
  • Thinkers, thought-leaders, journalists and others engaging with the breaking trends of Australian post-secondary education and training
  • Teachers, trainers and educators seeking a strong dose of intellectual stimulation and the cutting edge of community education practices
  • Not-for-profit organisations that work with ACE providers and support our learners
  • International guests looking to understand of Australian post-secondary education and training, and who wish to engage with Australian experts and practitioners
  • Regional economic development and local government personnel working on the intersection between education, training, industry policy and economic development

Conference Strands

The 2022 Conference will examine how to make Australian ACE and vocational education (VET) stronger, more focussed and attentive to learner needs, We will look at how to expand possibilities in education, training and other services to small businesses and to learners from lower socio-economic backgrounds, people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, young people, regional and rural residents, migrants, refugees and those with limited English language skills, and people who face mental health challenges.

Foundation skills – language, literacy, numeracy and digital skills

In light of the soon-to-be-released national Foundation Skills Framework, CCA’s National ACE Summit resolutions, and recognition of new trends in digital transformation and remote learning. The ACE sector plays a fundamental role in opening up life and work possibilities for people from all walks of life. The conference will be a great opportunity to explore and share new and developing ideas and approaches in communicating, teaching and learning for practitioners, leaders and policy makers.

Aged care and disability care workforce training

Given the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care, the planned major increased training of aged care workers and CCA’s June 2021 National ACE Summit. ACE providers punch above their weight in delivering effectively to the sector; the 2022 Conference will concentrate on building this capacity, focussing on innovation and the sharing of insights from industry researchers and service providers, and on practical strategies that add depth and breadth to the aged care and disability workforces, including trainer capacity.

Community development

While place-based learning constitutes the core business of Australian ACE providers, their activities extend well beyond the classroom. The ACE sector provides numerous opportunities for engagement in community life, learning and work, and supports the maintenance of Australian civil society and democracy, civic participation and building “social capital”. These functions are especially important in regional, rural and outer metropolitan locations where local educational institutions are part of the “glue” that holds communities together. The Conference will examine how the ACE sector – and Australian VET more broadly – can increase its participation in and collaboration with new ventures such as social enterprises, education precincts, entrepreneurship and social impact studies.

Leadership and governance

The Conference aims to expand skills in strategic planning, managing board dynamics, developing new business models, leading high-performance teams, coaching and mentoring, strategic finance, fundraising and funding diversification, responding to adversity, managing risk and change management. New skills will assist ACE organisations to face unprecedented levels of uncertainty resulting from COVID-19, including meeting government contracts, highly fatigued staff and trainer expertise in short supply. We also need new strategies to engage disadvantaged students, who have been the first to leave training in times of stress and the last to return, and who are often unable or unwilling to transfer to online and remote learning.


Full Conference Tickets - CCA Members $875.00, Non-Members $985.00

Full Conference registration includes:

- entry to all conference sessions on 13 and 14 September 2022

- lunch and refreshments on both days of the conference

- attendance at Welcome Drinks on the Harbour on evening of 12 September 2022

- attendance at the Gala Dinner on evening of 13 September 2022

- attendance at the Parliamentary event on afternoon of 14 September 2022

- access and use of the dedicated event app Whova

-conference delegate bag

One Day Registration Tickets - CCA Members $485.00, Non-Members $565.00

One Day Conference registration includes:

- entry to all conference sessions on Tuesday13 OR Wednesday 14 September 2022

- lunch and refreshments on day of attendance

- access and use of the dedicated event app Whova

- conference delegate bag

It does not include attendance at Welcome Drinks on the Harbour, Gala Dinner. or Parliamentary event.

Welcome Drinks Harbour Cruise - CCA Members $80.00 , Non-Members $100.00

Entry to the harbour cruise event on Sydney Harbour on the evening of Monday 12 September 2022. Includes drinks and canapes.

Gala Dinner - CCA Members $155.00 , Non-Members $175.00

Entry to the Gala Dinner on the evening of Tuesday 13 September 2022. Includes a 3-course meal and drinks at the Marriott Hotel. The presentation of the Trainer of the Year Awards will take place at this event.

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