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Cairns 2018 - Conference Program now available

Oct 08 2017

Cairns 2018 - Expressions of Interest Now Open

Oct 07 2017

A Conference specifically designed for those in Senior Leadership of Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools in Australia

Register Your Interest Today

[nothing to pay at this stage - you will however have priority booking when Registrations Open early 2018]

Dates: 15 - 17 July, 2018

Location: Cairns Convention Centre

Having trouble finding suitable accommodation? You may find what you are looking for at this link:


Conference Program

[Click to download a copy of the Conference Flyer and Program]

Proposed Presenters

Kristina Keneally is a journalist and former Australian politician who served as the 42nd Premier of New South Wales. She was elected leader of the Australian Labor Party in New South Wales and then Premier in 2009. Much earlier, she graduated from Notre Dame Ohio, and undertook studies at the University of Dayton. While there she became involved in student politics,  and was involved in founding the National Association of Students at Catholic Colleges and Universities, serving as president of the group in 1990 and 1991. Keneally has not compromised her Catholic faith. Rather, she has taken positions that will inspire several categories of people. For most of her life, she has identified as a staunch feminist. In 2009, she told The Daily Telegraph that when she heard her diocese's bishop was on a local talk show, she called to ask him why girls couldn't be altar servers. The bishop's "unsatisfactory answer," she said, awakened her to "how women are disadvantaged in the church and society." Keneally met her future husband, an Australian Labor Party politician, Ben Keneally, at World Youth Day 1991 in Poland.

Frank Brennan SJ AO is an Australian Jesuit, human rights lawyer and academic. He is known for his 1998 involvement in the Wik debate when Paul Keating called him "the meddling priest" and the National Trust classified him as a Living National Treasure. Frank has a longstanding reputation of advocacy in the areas of law, social justice, refugee protection and Aboriginal reconciliation. Fr Brennan is currently CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia. He is superior of the Jesuit community at Xavier House in Canberra.

Professor David Hall Marist Brother Australian Catholic University. Brother David Hall, a school educator with more than 30 years' experience as a teacher, religious education coordinator, deputy principal and principal of primary and secondary schools including St Patrick's College, Dundas and most recently as principal of Marcelin College, Randwick.

Nick Wyman - The vocational education and training (VET) sector is the key to future proofing Australia's economy, says Nicholas Wyman, CEO of the not-for-profit Skilling Australia Foundation. "Political and business leaders often bemoan Australia's perennial social and economic problems, but it is clear the VET sector can play a significant role in resolving them

Professor Russell Bishop Auckland University. Russell Bishop is foundation Professor for Mori Education in the School of Education at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Emeritus Professor Russell Bishop was recognised for his services to Mori and education in the 2016 New Year Honours list.

Brendan Spillane is an acclaimed Australian educator, speaker and coach. He works as an Executive Coach with a range of senior leaders from business, education and elite sports. A former teacher and principal, Brendan has held senior roles at executive level on professional associations at both state and national level in Australia. His professional expertise includes cultural change, establishing feedback systems that work and supporting people to develop the skills to lead crucial conversations effectively. He is passionate about capacity building in individuals and teams and also about exploring the key behaviours that underpin the high performance mindset.

Local Cairns Presenters

Tania Major 2007 Young Australian of the Year.She first came to prominence in 2004 as the youngest person elected to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC). Born in Cairns, Major was educated at Clayfield College and Griffith University in Brisbane, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice.[1] The Cairns-based indigenous youth advocate used her profile to draw attention to domestic violence in the Aboriginal community.[2]Her forthright way of addressing the problems focused national attention on them.

Professor Sandra Harding took up her appointment as Vice Chancellor and President of  James Cook University Australia in January 2007. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring clear and effective leadership and management of the University across all operating sites, including campuses in Townsville, Cairns and Singapore.  An economic sociologist by training, her areas of enduring academic interest include work, organisation and markets and how they work. She also has a keen interest in public policy in two areas: education policy and related areas; the global Tropics, northern Australia and economic development.

Marita Cheng 2012 Young Australian of the Year
Marita was born in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. She is a technology entrepreneur and women in technology advocate. On a day-to-day basis, Marita works as the founder and CEO of 2Mar Robotics doing mechanical engineering. The company began by creating robotic arms for people with limited upper limb mobility. These robot arms are controlled by iPhone, Android phone and two different head-gyroscopic interfaces. Marita was named the 2012 Young Australian of the Year for demonstrating vision and leadership well beyond her years as the Founder and Executive Director of Robogals Global. The group runs robotics workshops, career talks and various other community activities to introduce young women to engineering.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Danihers Facility Management as our Conference Platinum Sponsor:

CaSPA appreciates the support of our Sponsors and they assist us with the staging of these important National Events.  

Sponsorship Packages for Cairns 2018 are now available and can be downloaded here

2018 Cairns Conference Sponsorship Packages

Enquiries to Kerry Swann: 0438 754 084


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