ACEL’s flagship National Conference will be held virtually online on the 29th to the 30th of September 2021. The conference theme: Leading excellence through equity sets both a challenge and an opportunity to understand, learn and make decisions which inform action across both days. The experiences of the past year have highlighted the need to embed equity and wellbeing as foundational pillars on which the health, emotional wealth and academic success of learning communities depends.


The online conference will explore different aspects of educational equity and how it is intrinsically linked to access to education and successful outcomes for all students. In a country as broad and diverse as Australia, this is an important opportunity for educators, educational leaders, researchers and policy makers to come together, across all educational settings, to share their successes and learn from one another.

As schools strive to achieve the best social, emotional and academic outcomes for their students, this conference will provide a forum to hear from world-renowned educators who are setting benchmarks for excellence through equity for their students, staff and communities.

The program of the 2021 ACEL Online Conference promises to be engaging, interactive and provocative, building on the premise that conferences don’t change schools and learning organisations. People who’ve made decisions at conferences, do.

It will include interactive expert sessions, unique campfire sessions with Australian and international experts as well as concurrent sessions around the main conference theme, which will be explored more deeply within four sub-themes:

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The two-day premier conference will be held online-only and feature an esteemed line-up of Australian and international educational leaders and equity specialists.

A special pre-conference workshop will take place on Tuesday 28th September aimed at developing the capacity of middle and emerging leaders. In focusing on how leaders can reflect on, reframe and resolve some of the leadership challenges that come up every day in the lives of school and early learning leaders, the day will be one of Inspiration, Exploration and Provocation.

We are welcoming educational leaders, researchers and practitioners from all sectors and systems to take part in this conference and we look forward to seeing you in September 2021.

Date: Wed 29th - 30th September 2021
Time: 8am – 5pm
Location: Online Virtual Conference

Cost: (including GST)
ACEL Member:

Combine and save with ACEL Membership:
$610 (Member price plus $160 discounted 1yr ACEL Membership)

Group Rates (3+):
ACEL Member:
$400 per person
$450 per person

Bundle with Pre-Conference Masterclass:
Masterclass +
$250 Members / $280 Non-Members



Access to all keynote sessions across the two days of conference

Access to Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Interactive Q&A Sessions

Chatroom Discussions

Access anywhere on any device

Digital Program sent to all delegates

• Access to all keynote sessions across the three days of conference
• Access to all Panels and Showcases
• Access to Concurrent Breakout Sessions
• Access to Trade Exhibition Hall
• Access to delegate Networking Reception
• Digital and Print Program
• Delegate Conference Satchel including leadership support resources
• Catering & Refreshments across Lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea breaks
• Post Event keynote presentations, resources and materials

We look forward to seeing you in September for ACEL National Conference 2021: Equity & Excellence