Once again Christian school leaders will gather from ALL over the nation for the 2022 Christian Schools National Policy Forum. Plan now to join us in Canberra as we gather together in person, to network and connect with other school leaders for dialogue around key issues confronting Christian education. This will be a great opportunity, without the need to invite MPs as your guest, to bring your whole team and help them see, at a glance, the bigger picture of Christian education in Australia. 

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Conference Details


Forum: 16-17 May 2022

Symposium: 18 May 2022


Hyatt Hotel, Canberra
120 Commonwealth Ave, Canberra


A program outline has been prepared to provide you with an overview of the event and to assist you with some approximate timings for your planing and preparation.

Please note that this program is subject to change.

National Policy Forum

With the Federal election likely to be just prior to the Forum, as it was in 2019, our focus will be on building firm foundations for what the next Federal Parliament will bring. Our keynote speakers will focus on the key issues facing Christian schools, such as religious freedom, but also help to renew our emphasis on the spiritual foundations of our schools. This year we will again feature a series of wide-ranging workshop speakers - covering such diverse topics as the Australian Curriculum, domestic violence, the Child Safe standards, delivering Christian studies in a digital age and how AERO can help your school (it will not give you wings).


Our symposium day, this year, will be an opportunity for a ‘deep dive’ into what it means to be a Christian school in an increasingly hostile secular culture.

  • How will Christian schools need to position themselves within their local communities and engage in the political process to ensure that we can retain the ability to be truly authentic?
  • What steps do schools need to take before proposing changes around sensitive issues and how should responses from students, parents, staff and the media be addressed?
  • Understanding how your vision and mission impacts your communication and positioning.

The Symposium is a day not to be missed as we address these questions above and how all of this impacts on the role of school leaders.


The 2022 Christian Schools National Policy Forum and Symposium will see a wonderful line-up of speakers. Bios on each of our speakers will be available at the event in the event app.

Keynote Presenters

Workshop Presenters - Session 1

Workshop Presenters - Session 2

Symposium Presenters

Conference Workshops

There will also be a range of workshops available on day one of the conference. Some of these are included below, however check out the full range of workshop options in the program:

  • Developing Leaders by Engaging in New Conversations with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Grey, Alphacrucis College
  • Christian Studies in a Digital Age with Rev. Dr. Michael F. Bird, Ridley College
  • Domestic Violence in Christian Communities: Understanding and appreciating the dynamics and impact of power and control in relationships with Kara Hartley, Sydney Anglican Diocese
  • Western Civilisation and Christianity in the new Australian Curriculum: hubris or humility? with David de Carvalho, ACARA

Bonus Session for 2022  |  Business Breakfast

This year will see a business breakfast take place on the morning of day 2 of the forum. The focus will be on engaging women in professional conversations and will be an event relevant for both male and female leaders. Details about the breakfast are outlined below:

Date: 17 May 2022
Time: 7:30am to 8:30am
Venue: Canberra Room, Hyatt Hotel
Cost: Indicative $44 +GST, per person and includes a continental breakfast
CPD Certificate: Available at the conclusion of this event for self-accreditation purposes

Engaging Women in Professional Conversations:
How can we foster a culture in our schools that engages, inspires and supports leaders to flourish in education so that are valued, appreciated, capable and willing to commit to long term service in Christian education?  How can professional conversations become part of what we do everyday to create “great jobs” for our school leaders? Join us as we hear from special guest, Jill Healey, who will share her insights on engaging and supporting leaders to flourish in education through developing a culture that enables all leaders to develop their capacity and to flourish, not only as individuals, but see the flourishing of the whole school community.

Special Guest: Jill Healey AM, National FLAME & FUSE Facilitator, Christian Schools Australia

Jill was the former Executive Principal of Flinders Christian Community College in Victoria for over 2 decades and is a distinguished educational leader. Since retiring, she has actively continued her commitment to Christian education by serving on numerous boards and is currently supporting Christian Schools Australia in a national leadership role that sees her oversee a range of exciting leadership development opportunities. She is a Board member for Victorian Independent Schools Block Grant Authority, Beaconhills College, Flinders Christian Community College and Endeavour Ministries Incorporated. Jill has extensive experience in all matters pertaining to school governance and educational leadership. In recognition of her distinguished service to education, Jill was awarded an Order of Australia in June 2021.

Things to do in Canberra

Consider coming to Canberra early and participate in some cultural activities before the conference. We have collated a range of activities and dining options for your persual. Suggested activities include:

  • Consider visiting the mosaic of living forests and gardens at the National Arboretum Canberra
  • Visit the number one landmark (as voted on Trip Advisor) in Australia, which is the Australian War Memorial
  • Experience the National Museum Australia, which brings to life the rich and diverse stories of Australia through objects, ideas and events
  • Visit Parliament House and explore some of Australia's finest historical treasures, symbolic architecture and contemporary art on display

Qualify for CPD Hours

Attendees may qualify for up to 15 hours of structured CPD against the AITSL Professional Standard for Principals or Professional Standards for Teachers. A certificate of attendance can be issued to delegates following the event for self accrediation purposes.

Cancellation Policy

Please refer to the cancellation policy included in the registration process.

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Thank you to our sponsors

This event is sponsored by a range of sponsors to whom we are very grateful:

Platinum Sponsors

Gala Dinner Sponsor

Premium Sponsors

Major Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors