CSA/CEN Combined VIC Principals Gathering

CSA/CEN Combined VIC Principals Gathering

An opportunity to gather with principals from the CSA and CEN networks, with a rich program including briefings on the current legislative landscape; a direct presentation from the VRQA’s CEO Jonathan Kaplan and a workshop designed to build understanding of the new Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Act (CSCPPA) led by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

…and if that’s not enough we have the Director of the Centre for Children’s and Youth Ministry at Ridley College, Graham Stanton, joining us to lead devotions.

For CSEN participating schools, there will be a meeting at the end of the day with the opportunity to hear updates and news from the CSEN Board Chair.

Program Outline

An outline of the program is provided below:

9.30am   Arrival and coffee/tea (you are more than welcome to gather from 9:15am)
9.40am   Devotions: Graham Stanton
10.00am  Building Understanding of the CSCPPA in Your School Communities: VEOHRC
11.30am   Morning tea
12.00pm  Victorian Legislative Landscape: Mark Spencer and Vanessa Cheng
12.30pm  Q&A Panel: Vanessa Cheng, Mark Spencer, Karen Hooper, Rob Loe
1.00pm    Lunch
1.45pm    VRQA Briefing: Jonathan Kaplan, CEO and Stefanie Veal, Deputy CEO, Schools
3.00pm   CSEN Update and news for CSEN Participating Schools
4.00pm   Close


Mark Spencer: Director of Public Policy, CSA

Mark is responsible for advocacy on behalf of Christian schools in a wide range of educational policy as well as areas relating to religious freedom and equal opportunity and discrimination law, both at the Commonwealth and State/Territory level. Mark also provides initial advice to schools in all non-educational operations including funding, finance, governance, management, media management and industrial relations.
Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants after graduating with a Bachelor of Business degree with a major in accounting. He went on to complete a Master of Labour Relations and Law degree in 1999 and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies with a High Distinction average in 2016. Mark is also a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. In 2014 he completed an executive education program at the Said Business School of the University of Oxford.

Vanessa Cheng: EO, Australian Association of Christian Schools

In early 2020 Vanessa Cheng commenced as Executive Officer of the Australian Association of Christian Schools (AACS). Prior to this role, she has had extensive experience working in a range of roles across the education and government sector including: as a secondary teacher at a Christian school in Bendigo, a project manager in the Victorian Department of Education, as a political advisor as well as senior policy roles within the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet and the federal Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Education as well as a Bachelor of Arts/Economics from Monash University. She is a member of Holy Trinity Anglican Church and lives in Bendigo with her husband Andrei, who works as a local GP, and five high school children. In her spare time she enjoys drinking tea, gardening, running and watching K- dramas.

Qualify for CPD Hours

This event will attract CPD hours and information will be available soon.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be made in writing to the Event Organiser.

The event program is subject to change and we may not be able to provide prior notice.

Covid Safe Information

We are committed to the health and safety of our member community and are following government guidelines regarding the spread of COVID-19.

Contact Tracing: Please ensure you have the relevant contact tracing app for your State to check-in at the venue.

Vaccination Notice: All attendees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Government directive.

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Friday, 18 February 2022
9.30am to 4.00pm AEDT
No charge
Hillcrest Christian College
500 Soldiers Road
Clyde North VIC 3978
Public event

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