“Embracing Partnerships: Leading the Future of Teaching, Learning and Research” 

ATEA’s  2023 conference will be hosted by the Australian Catholic University, in North Sydney Campus, from Wednesday 12th July 2023 to Friday 14th July 2023.

The 2023 conference marks the return to face-to-face peer engagement, after a lengthy hiatus. The theme for the conference is Embracing Partnerships: Leading the Future of Teaching, Learning and Research.

Teacher Education increasingly relies on collaborative partnerships to transform innovative teaching, learning, professional practice and research. This conference theme recognises the broad range of partnerships across multiple contexts that contribute to innovative teaching, learning, professional practice and research activities in preparing and educating teachers.

The conference discussions will focus on the multiplicity of innovative collaborative partnerships across teacher education contexts, in particular those within university, educational system, school, community, government, and industry spaces, and the interweaving of these perspectives.

We invite abstracts relating to the conference theme and sub-themes of:

Policy, research and practice around partnerships, including challenges/tensions and successes when ‘embracing partnerships’;

Exploration of innovative partnership models and case studies, including local, national and international;

Partnerships into the future: impact, flexibility and sustainability

Theorisation of partnerships in the field of teacher education

Re/conceptualisation of teacher educator work that showcases the multiple forms of partnerships that can contribute to teaching, learning, professional practice and research

Keynote Speakers


Professor Matthew Clarke

Director of Research, University of Aberdeen

Matthew Clarke is Professor of Education and Director of Research in the School of Education at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He has previously worked in teacher education at universities in Australia, England, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates, and has taught in schools in England and Australia.

His research interests focus on education policy and politics, particularly their implications for teachers and teacher educators. His work draws on a range of interdisciplinary sources, including psychoanalytic, political and social theories.

Recent books include Teacher Education and the Political: The power of negative thinking (Routledge 2017), Lacan and education policy: The other side of education (Bloomsbury, 2019) and Education and the fantasies of neoliberalism: Policy, politics and psychoanalysis (Routledge 2022).


Associate Professor Cathie Burgess

Associate Professor Cathie Burgess is a lecturer/researcher in Aboriginal Studies/Education, Aboriginal Community Engagement, Learning from Country and Leadership in Aboriginal Education programs at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney.

She has extensive teaching and leadership experience in secondary schools and maintains strong connections with school-communities through teacher professional learning and research projects. Cathie’s work in Aboriginal Education/Aboriginal Studies is acknowledged through an Honorary Life Member, NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and Life Member, Aboriginal Studies Association NSW.

Her research involves community-led initiatives positioning Country, Aboriginal voices and Aboriginal community educators and Elders as leaders and collaborators in curriculum, pedagogy, teacher professional learning, educational leadership and research. Significantly, the Learning from Country in the City teaching/research project is transformative for graduates entering the teaching profession.

Current research projects also include the Aboriginal Voices Culturally Nourishing Schooling Project and Sparking Imagination Education: Transforming Inequality in Schools.


Associate Professor Kevin Lowe

Indigenous  Scientia Associate Professor at The University of New South Wales

Associate Professor Kevin Lowe PhD is a Gubbi Gubbi man from southeast Queensland.

He is currently an Indigenous  Scientia Associate Professor at The University of New South Wales.  He has extensive teaching experience in diverse schools in Sydney and country NSW, as well as 12 years as the NSW Inspector of Aboriginal Education at NESA, where he worked on developing curricula for Aboriginal Studies and Languages.

After completing is doctoral studies in 2016, he took up a  Post Doctoral Fellowship at Macquarie University, where he worked with other key researchers on understanding the many issues that have impacted the educational experiences of Aboriginal students.  This research led to the development of the Culturally Nourishing Schooling program (CNS), a  broad-based, holistic change program that looks to meet the long-term educational and cultural aspirations of Aboriginal families and students while focusing on supporting teacher’s teaching practices, providing them with cultural guidance, and working with school leaders to establish leadership practices to support productive family and community engagement.

The CNS project includes eight NSW Secondary, Primary and Central schools, a network of eight scholars in four universities and support from the Paul Ramsey Foundation, NIAA and the NSW Dept of Edu who have funded six staff to support this whole school program. 


Professor Simone White

Professor and Dean of the School of Education at RMIT

Simone White is Professor and Dean of the School of Education at RMIT. She is a leading expert in teacher education and professional learning, focusing on the best ways to prepare teachers for diverse contexts, in particular rural, regional and remote. Her research explores the fields of teacher education policy, teacher learning, professional experience and building and maintaining university-school/community partnerships.

Simone is a Past President of the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) and has held a number of leadership roles, including Director of Professional Experience at Deakin University, Chair of Teacher Education at Monash and the Associate Dean (International and Engagement) at QUT before taking on her current role as Dean of Education. Simone has been involved in a number of teacher education research projects.

She was a key member of the ARC Discovery project titled, Teacher Education for Rural and Regional Australia (TERRAnova) and the ARC Linkage project Studying the Effectiveness of Teacher Education (SETE). Most recently Simone led the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) federal grant focused on supporting teachers to engage and partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents and caregivers.

Through her collective work, Simone aims to connect research, policy and practice in ways that bring together and break down traditional borders between academics, policy makers, communities and practitioners.

Conference Registration Fees

ATEA Member

Early Bird Member AUD $590.00
Full Fee Member AUD $695.00
Early Bird Member Online AUD $295.00
Full Fee Member Online AUD $375.00

Non-Member (complementary membership)

Early Bird Non-Member AUD $760.00
Full Non-Member AUD $865.00
Early Bird Online Non-Member AUD $465.00
Full Online Non-Member AUD $495.00


Early Bird Concessional Member AUD $470.00
Full Concessional Member AUD $575.00
Early Bird Online Concessional Member AUD $235.00
Full Online Concessional Member AUD $305.00

Non-Member Concessional (complementary membership)

Early Bird Concessional Non-Member AUD $540.00
Full Concessional Non- Member AUD $645.00
Early Bird Online Concessional Non-Member AUD $305.00
Full Online Concessional Non-Member AUD $395.00

Non-Member Registration fees include ATEA annual membership, in addition to access to all keynotes and symposia, and lunch each day.

Please note:  Accommodation, travel, and the Conference Cocktail and Awards event are not included in your registration fee.


ATEA is proud to present a rich and considered program for the Early Career Researcher, Higher Degree by Research, and sessional academic Pre-Conference Day for 2023.

Whether you are a sessional academic or navigating your way through the Early Career Researcher (ECR) space, this day will be an opportunity for you to work alongside peers with a range of experience and expertise to:

  • Connect with other researchers, and ask those burning questions
  • Reflect on and share your research experiences and plan strategically for your next steps
  • Access timely and relevant learning


In the spirit of the conference theme of partnerships, ATEA would like to recognise the importance of school-based teacher educators in partnerships.

The final day of the conference, Friday 14th July 2023, will feature a Teacher Stream.

Abstract Invitation


  • Abstract submissions open – Monday 14th November 2022
  • Abstract submissions EXTENDED TO – Friday 17th March 2023
  • Registrations open – Friday 2nd December 2022
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts – Friday 14th April 2023
  • Early Bird conference registrations close – Wednesday 31st May 2023
  • ECR and Sessional pre-conference day – Tuesday 11th July 2023
  • Commencement of formal conference program – Wednesday 12th July 2023
  • Conference Cocktails and Awards Presentation – Thursday 13th July 2023
  • 1-Day Teacher Educator Stream – Friday 14th July 2023

For more information, please contact

Submit Conference Abstracts


ATEA Conference Dinner and Awards Presentation – Thursday 13th July 2023

Cocktail or glass of champagne on arrival

Sit Down Dining or Substantial Cocktail Catering (depending on numbers – limited space)

Live entertainment

ATEA Awards Presentations

Tickets $120 per head

Ticket/s available as an Optional Extra when you register for the Conference.

Conference Venue

ATEA 2023 Conference will be held at Australian Catholic University (ACU) in North Sydney.

Tenison Woods House, 60 Napier St, North Sydney NSW 2060

Date: 12 – 14 July 2023

Accommodation & Transport


Most major airlines fly to Australia, and many fly directly into Sydney Airport.

You might find some of these Australian travel sites helpful:

Skyscanner / Webjet / Flight Centre / Qantas / Jetstar/ Virgin Australia


For information about visas for travel to Australia please visit the Australian Government website.

All travellers must have a valid visa to enter the country. We recommend starting the visa application process soon after you register for the conference. The Department of Immigration may take your conference registration into account when assessing your application, so you should attach your conference registration confirmation to your visa application.

Please contact the conference organiser if you require a formal letter confirming your registration and/or participation as a presenter to attach to your conference registration and VISA application.

New Zealanders are automatically issued with a visa on arrival in Australia. No pre-application is necessary.

Travel to and from Sydney Airport

Taxis are available from designated taxi ranks just outside the terminal. Ubers are available by proceeding to the Limo Pickup area (kerbside) for Uber Premium; for other ride options, head to the Priority Pickup area and book via the app. The cost will depend on the time of travel, weekday or weekend travel, and traffic conditions.

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The Airport Link connects passengers from Sydney’s Domestic and International Airports directly to the CBD and North Sydney. Opal cards are a smartcard ticket you keep and reuse. Just add value to get started, then tap on and tap off to pay your fares on trains, buses, ferries and light rail.  Opal cards are available from ticket windows at the Domestic Airport and International Airport stations. Ticket costs here.


KULA North Sydney, 26 Napier St, North Sydney NSW 2060 : Studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments from AU$200* per night

Meriton Suites, Arthur St, North Sydney NSW 2060 : Luxury and Harbour Suites from AU$190* per night

Vibe Hotel North Sydney, 171 Pacific Highway, North Sydney NSW 2060 : Rooms/Suites from AU$269* per night

*rates current at October 2022


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