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2020 National Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium

3rd National Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium, 17-19 March 2020.
Up to 90 delegates will gather at the Geelong Conference Centre where they will be the only group to occupy the venue surrounded by parks.
At the Awards Presentation dinner at The Pier, Geelong, the gathering of up to 90 guests will be the only function at the venue and guests will be able to take in water and city views from the terrace as well as from the floor to ceiling glassed dining room.

In 2018 at the National Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium we met to share our collective knowledge of Indigenous student boarding through the lens of the:

  • Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse,
  • The power of education: From surviving to thriving Educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students report and,
  • the Study Away review.

The 2nd Symposium in 2019 explored the practical challenges, good practices and the call to do Whatever it Takes in our own school’s context to achieve the IEBA vision ‘that all Indigenous students attain educational outcomes that enable them to be successful in their future choices’.

In 2020 we want your contribution to shaping a National Indigenous Cultural Boarding Standard. We know the risks and challenges of Indigenous student boarding. We know what good practice looks like. We now need to act collectively to create a standard we should all aspire to.

Register for the Symposium to add your voice to Shape a Standard now.


Tuesday 17 March 2020
Welcome, Smoking Ceremony and Lunch
Opening Address, Senator the Hon Sarah Henderson, Liberal Senator for Victoria. Chair of Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights
IEBA Chairperson Welcome. Shaping a Standard overview.
Keynote – Why do we need a Standard?
Hon Warren Snowdon MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Northern Australia, Shadow Assistant Minister for External Territories, Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Australians
Panel discussion Q&A.
Film screening – In my blood it runs (details)

Wednesday 18 March 2020
Keynote – Guiding Principles
Dr Christine Evans, Associate Professor of Practice, National Centre for Cultural Competence (NCCC)
Panel discussion Q&A.
Guiding Principles Workshops
Keynote – The Framework for a Standard
Dr Tessa Benveniste, Senior Research Officer, Indigenous Health, CQUniversity
Panel discussion Q&A.
Framework for a Standard Workshops
Indigenous Boarding Awards Dinner
The Pier, Geelong Waterfront.

Thursday 19 March 2020
Indigenous Voice
Plenary – Symposium Statement
Future Actions
1.30-4.00pm (Optional Workshop)
ABSTUDY – What school leaders need to know

Registration price list

Registration Full Group Workshop
Full $1,595.00 $3,900.00 $330.00
Member $1,395.00 $3,300.00 $275.00
Join & Register $1,725 $3,630.00 $275.00




Early Bird Prices ended 14 February, 2020.. 


Geelong Conference Centre
20 Adams Court, East Geelong, VIC 3219

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