Symposium Graphic shaping a standard

Boarding Buzz – 2 December 2019 – Symposium Opening address by Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP

Boarding Buzz – November 2019 – Shaping a Standard

Boarding Buzz – mid-November – It’s time for a National Indigenous Cultural Boarding Standard

3rd National Indigenous Education and Boarding Symposium, 17-19 March 2020

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.


Tuesday 17 March 2020
Welcome, Smoking Ceremony and Lunch
Opening Address, Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, Minister for Indigenous Australians
IEBA Chairperson Welcome. Shaping a Standard overview.
Keynote – Why do we need a Standard?
Panel discussion Q&A.
Film screening – In My Blood It Runs

In my blood it runs graphic




Wednesday 18 March 2020

Keynote – Guiding Principles
Panel discussion Q&A.
Guiding Principles Workshops
Keynote – The Framework for a Standard
Panel discussion Q&A.
Framework for a Standard Workshops
Indigenous Boarding Awards Dinner
The Pier, Geelong Waterfront.

Thursday 19 March 2020
Keynote – Indigenous Voice
Plenary – Symposium Statement
Future Actions
1.30-5.00pm (Optional Workshop)
ABSTUDY – What school leaders need to know

Geelong Conference Centre grounds

VENUE: Geelong Conference Centre
The Geelong Conference Centre is in an attractive resort style setting within easy reach of the Geelong CBD and The Waterfront (1.5km). A shuttle bus will operate at peak times between the Geelong CBD and the conference centre.

TRAVEL: Easy access from Melbourne Airport and Avalon
Buses to Geelong depart Melbourne Airport hourly (Gull $34) and coordinate with flights to Avalon (Sky Bus $11).

Flying into Avalon and prefer to have your own transport. Great rates can be compared on the Avalon airport website.


The Geelong Conference Centre has a range of affordable options:

  • 15 twin hotel rooms
  • 22 double hotel rooms
  • 5 Queen hotel rooms
  • 4 self-contained, 2 bedroom suites

Book direct with the Geelong Conference Centre by calling (03) 5226 2121 or email . Be sure to mention this conference to get special rates.

Visit the Geelong Conference Centre website to preview the rooms and facilities available.

There are many other accommodation options in Geelong.

REGISTRATIONS open now. Location aerial photograph

Registration prices
Registration 2019 Early Bird 2020 Early Bird Full Group Workshop
Full $1,395.00 $1,495.00 $1,595.00 $3,900.00 $330.00
Member $1,195.00 $1,295.00 $1,395.00 $3,300.00 $275.00
Join & Register $1,525 $1,625 $1,725 $3,630 $275.00

2019 Early Bird prices end December 31, 2019. 2020 Early Bird Prices end Feb 14.
Early Bird discounts do not apply to the already discounted Group Booking prices offered.

Early birds win the prizes
Booking early for the 2020 National Indigenous Education & Boarding Symposium will not only save you money and guarantee your attendance (yes, it is likely to be fully booked) but if you are one the first 20 registrations you will be in the draw to be a winner.

1st Prize
Win back the cost of your registration – value $1,195
2nd Prize
A framed painting by Audrey Brumby – value $330
3rd – 10th Prizes
A hardcopy of Finding the Heart of the NationThe Journey of the Uluru Statement towards Voice, Treaty and Truth by Thomas Mayor – value $30

The prize draw will take place at the Indigenous Boarding Awards dinner at The Pier, Geelong, on Wednesday 18 March. Group bookings will count as three entries.

There are a number of ways to participate in the Symposium as a sponsor. More details.

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