Bridging the Divide Summit

The Bridging the Divide Summit seeks to draw out solutions to the many inequities in education.

Participants will have opportunities to hear from experts, choose from insightful panel discussions, ask questions, engage in practical workshops and interactive discussions.

Over two days, we’ll ask questions about and consider models for:

  • Economic investment
  • School funding
  • The National School Reform Agreement
  • Political capital
  • Initial teacher education
  • Decolonisation in the classroom
  • Wellness
  • Student-led learning
  • Teaching culture
  • Supportive practices
  • Inclusion
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community connection

Unique opportunity for professional development – counts towards APST

The summit is a unique opportunity for professional development, inspiration and hope for teachers to hear from peers and experts on matter that directly affect their careers and day-today work, as well as to share your point-of-view and experiences with a view to creating robust, teacher and student-led discourse into the needs, change and futures of public education for a more equitable Australia.


Speakers include:

  • The Honourable Jason Clare MP, Minister for Education
  • The Honourable Brendan O’Connor MP, Minister for Skills and Training
  • The Honourable Anne Aly MP, Minister for Early Childhood Education and Youth
  • The Honourable Fiona Nash MP, Regional Education Commissioner
  • Professor Jane Kenway, Emeritus Professor, Monash University, Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • Adjunct Professor Roger Slee, Deakin University
  • Professor Mark Rose, Pro Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy and Innovation, Deakin University
  • Finnish teacher, author, & global education thought-leader

See the full list of speakers here.


Apply for a scholarship to attend the upcoming Bridging the Divide Summit 30-31 October 2023! Young people, First Nations people, people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, LGBTQIA+ people, people with disability and people from rural or regional areas who would not otherwise have the resources to attend are all strongly encouraged to apply.


We are looking for a team of fantastic volunteers to help us deliver the Bridging the Divide Summit. As a volunteer you will work within the Youth Development Australia team and will be responsible for helping to deliver the 2023 Bridging the Divide Summit. Further information, including a position description, is available on the Bridging the Divide Summit website.

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Date: 30 October 2023
Venue: Centrepiece at Melbourne Park