ACEL Inclusion & Disability Conference 2023
Presented by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL)
in collaboration with the Victorian Department of Education

The National Inclusion and Disability Conference is proudly presented by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders in collaboration with the Victorian Department of Education. The two-day conference will be held in Melbourne on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 May.


15th - 16th May 2023
Crown Conference Centre Melbourne
8 Whiteman Street
Southbank VIC 3006
8:30am – 3:30pm
*Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea provided.

Event Registration:

(including GST)
Non Member - $840
ACEL Member - $785

Combine and save with ACEL Membership:

$945 (Member price plus $160 discounted 1yr ACEL Membership)

Group Rates (3+):

(including GST)
Non Member - $775
ACEL Member - $725

Our conference theme this year is Together we build, grow and succeed. This is an important opportunity for educators, students, educational leaders, researchers and policy makers to come together to share, to learn and to shape an equitable and inclusive future for all young people in our care.

The program of the ACEL National Inclusion and Disability Conference promises to equip participants with the knowledge, skills and connections that will have an impact on their roles and contexts. Engaging, interactive and at times provocative, the speakers will support participants in embedding a culture of change in their educational settings.

Conference sub-themes have been designed to represent the shared responsibility of all members to work together in building a strong and successful inclusive environment:
1. Students as partners
How do we authentically and effectively partner with our students?
- Focusing on student voice, agency and determination
2. Empowering our teachers
How do we build and grow teacher and education support staff capacity, capability and confidence?
- enabling role of early childhood and school leaders
- maintaining a practical focus
- providing multi-tiered levels of support
- moving away from labels
- changing practice on the ground
3. Leading for all
How do leaders bring about cultural change in their organisations?
- embedding inclusion into the practice
- taking shared responsibility
- leading professional learning
4. Creating a positive, affirmative environment
How do create a positive, affirmative environment for all students?
- engaging students
- managing behaviour
- adapting practice

The conference will include input sessions from key Australian and international experts, provocations to challenge our thinking and interactive sessions designed to build action and support practice post the conference.

Concurrent sessions will also be held around the main conference theme, which will be explored more deeply through the four sub-themes. The Inclusion and Disability Conference offers an opportunity to connect with experts and peers and continue the conversation around inclusion and disability so that every student enters and leaves school with a sense of belonging, ownership and success.

Topics will range from the critical partnership between educators, parents and students, to a deep dive into multi-tiered systems of support in Australia, to the different transition points for students and the benefits that inclusion brings to all members of the school community. Experts, researchers, leading practitioners and those accessing life with disabilities will provide insights into associated issues and showcase ways in which leaders, educators and support specialists can make practical change work within their work environment, underpinned by the requirements of Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD).

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 May 2023.


The ACEL National Inclusion and Disability Conference is proudly supported by the Victorian Department of Education