Event Update

20 July 2021

The National Leaders' Summit to be held in Cairns has had to be cancelled. Mounting COVID restrictions across the country increasingly made it difficult for participants to attend. As Cairns was such a popular destination, we have decided to roll over the location to 2022 and ensured that the venue, cultural activities and school visits will be undertaken then. However, the “leadership” content designed for this year’s conference is too good not to be shared in 2021. CSA is currently working to bring the NLS to you. 

More information about the 2021 NLS Roadshow will be published soon. In the meantime, save the summit date for 2022.

2022 National Leaders' Summit

31 August to 2 September 2022

The CSA National Leaders’ Summit is an annual gathering of senior Christian school leaders from across Australia and, in recent years, attracts international participants. In 2021, the  summit will be held in beautiful Cairns the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the doorstep to the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest National Park.


Conference Details


11-13 August 2021


Pullman International Hotel, Cairns


A program outline (updated 14 July) 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.

Conference Theme


This year, the CSA National Leaders' Summit will focus on the fifth lever of the CSA Architecture: Leadership.


Morning Devotions: Leadership in the Old Testament, with

Rev. Dr. Melinda Cousins

Director of Ministries of Baptist Churches, South Australia

Keynote: Launch of the Leadership Field Guide and Leadership Development Tool, with

Andy Wolfe

Deputy Chief Education Officer – Leadership Development, Church of England, UK

Keynote: Flourish: A School Culture Review Tool, with

Dr. Lynn Swaner

Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, ACSI

Keynote: Christian Schools Community Profile – Parent Survey Results, with

Dr. Darren Iselin

Director of Research and Innovation, CSA

Keynote: Communities of Practice, with

Dr. Rob Loe

Executive Officer (VIC/TAS) National Portfolio: Organisational Culture and Community Development

Conference Workshops

There will also be a range of workshops available to delegates, some of these include:

  • Launch of the CSA Teaching and Learning Framework with Andrew Taylor, Executive Officer (QLD) National Portfolio: School Improvement, CSA
  • How to deliver start up days and continuing staff education, Flourish, Open Book with Dr. Brian Harris, Avenir
  • CSA Governance Training Program with Mark Spencer, Director of Public Policy, CSA
  • God’s Big Story 2.0 – CCP Asia and Australia’s relationship with Asia with CSA Executive Officers, Cass Pendlebury and Sandra Scott.


We encourage all school Principals and executive leadership teams to come, as well as emerging and aspiring leaders, for a time of inspiration, growth and challenge. The summit is preceded by two optional cultural days. Information is provided below.


Social and Cultural Program Options for Delegates and Spouses

Delegates are able to arrive early to the conference and participate in cultural and educational activities prior to the conference commencement. There are also a range of activities for spouses to participate in and enjoy time networking together. 


Monday, 9 August:

Cultural Reef Tour (Marine World)

Travel to outer Great Barrier Reef with marine biologist, includes guided snorkeling tour, a range of wet & dry activities and catering.

Duration: Approx. 8:15am to 5pm

Cost: $199 p/p

Tuesday, 10 August:

Cultural Rainforest Tour (Kuranda and Freshwater Christian College)

The day includes historic train to Kuranda,  Rainforestation including morning tea and the Army Duck Tour, followed by lunch and an educational tour of Freshwater Christian College.

Duration: Approx. 8am to 3pm

Cost: $119 p/p

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.

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

Premium Sponsors

Major Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors