The ACEL National Conference presentations and panels aim to encourage attendees to trust their experience, reflect and grow as leaders, and engage with current research to inform key practices and learning environments in schools and systems. This year’s 3 day National Conference features an unparalled line-up of keynote speakers, networking events and special features.


Join Gill Callister, Secretary DET Victoria & Mark Scott, Secretary DoE NSW, to hear about how they craft the education policy agenda for the two largest education systems in the country. Includes interactive audience Q&A. Hosted by Dr Jim Watterston, Dean, Melbourne Graduate School of Education.


The Australian Showcase will take place on Day 2 of the three day premier event and feature Australian keynote speakers discussing and presenting their research and perspectives. ACEL are delighted to present the line up consisting of these influential experts: Scott Eacott, relational theorist Gonski Institute for Education UNSW, Helen Wildy Dean & Head of the Graduate School of Education, University of WA, Jenny Gore Laureate Professor School of Education University of Newcastle, and Tom Bentley Executive Director for Policy & Impact at RMIT University. Learn More


A highlight of the National Conference each year. Please be sure to register for our annual gala Networking Reception held on the 3rd October 2018. The 2018 Gala Networking cocktail party is now open for registration for delegates and non-delegates alike. We invite you to join us and network with educational leaders from Australia wide, ACEL members and board plus keynote speakers and VIP’s.

Hosted in a cocktail party environment in the newly launched MCEC Courtyard the evening will celebrate the traditional educational activities of drama, art, music and dance with live music performance, live entertainment & dance and art gallery. Learn More


As Australia’s key peak professional organisation for educational leaders the Australian Council of Educational Leaders has a strong reputation for recognising, developing and celebrating excellence in educational leadership. It is through the annual awards program that ACEL honours educational leaders who have made a significant contribution to education, educational leadership and the improvement of student learning outcomes. The ACEL National Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday 4th October 2018 at the National Conference.


On Thursday 4th October 2018, ACEL will award a total of 20 ‘New Voice’ Scholarships across three categories. Each scholarship aims to welcome the recipients into the ACEL network and support the dissemination of new learning and thought. The recipients will be recognised in public as forward-thinking, relevant and responsive educational leaders by peers and the wider education community. The ACEL “New Voice” initiative recognises ‘new voices’ in educational leadership, acknowledging those as forward thinking, relevant and response to issues in education. Learn More


Register now and have access to 30 Educational Concurrent Sessions. All sessions will engage with the key theme of Experiential Learning, engage with leadership themes from the Australian Professional Standards for Principals and demonstrate developments and/or innovations in the field of Leadership in Education. Learn More


Visit the ACEL books and publications store for exclusive discounts on keynote and leadership titles. There are also Keynote Book Signings that happen throughout the three day Conference.

This year’s National Conference will feature a new segment called “Australian Storytellling Spotlight” with keynote addresses from leading Australian authors celebrating the role of storytelling and writing in education and development. This will also include book signing's and a meet & greet at the ACEL Bookshop. Learn More


Between sessions come down to the Educational Products and Services Trade Exhibition Hall. Learn More