2017 Registrations Open with Early Bird Special

21 December 2016

We are pleased to announce registrations are now open for the Christian Schools National Policy Forum and Symposium on 22 – 24 May at Parliament House & Hyatt Hotel Canberra as well as CSA’s National Leadership Retreat, 23 – 25 August at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa.

Every person who registers before 31 January will receive the Early Bird 10% discount off their conference registration & dinner costs. Register yourself and a colleague online today!

National Policy Forum - Headline Speakers

Preparing the Next Generation for the Future: What is the Christian School Effect?

We are delighted that Dr Beth Green, Program Director of Cardus Education at Cardus Research, Canada, has agreed to be our major international speaker in 2017.

The Cardus Education Survey (CES) is world-renowned longitudinal research on the effectiveness of Christian schooling. It aims to inform thinking about the contribution religious schools make to public education.

In her plenary address, Beth will share the latest data from 2016 Cardus Education Survey (CES), which specifically focussed on the issue of what would be lost to our educational landscape if secular pluralism freezes out religious institutions?

Dr Green will also present a workshop session: The limits of big data, thinking well about school sector and graduate outcomes. She will also anchor the Christian Education Symposium on Wednesday 24 May. An annexe event to the NPF, the Symposium will go deeper into the issue of Redeeming Education: Finding God's purposes in the pursuit of educational excellence.

Great Hall dinner address: What has Christianity Ever Done for Us?

The keynote speaker for the 2017 Celebration Dinner at Parliament House will be Dr John Dickson, Founding Director of the Centre for Public Christianity (CPX).

In his keynote address, ‘What has Christianity ever done for us?’ Dr Dickson brings a message of authentic and radical faith which engages culture at its core. Dr Dickson will share footage from CPX’s latest documentary, ‘For the love of God - how the church is better and worse than you ever imagined’.

Dinner in the Great Hall is a traditional highlight of the NPF. It is an ideal opportunity for school leaders to invite their local MPs and Senators to hear a challenging but thoroughly affirming address about the role of Christianity and Christian schools in shaping our society.

Contemporary Australian Attitudes to Christianity

Early in 2017, CSA is co-sponsoring research by Mark McCrindle into Faith and Belief in Australia.

This major research will provide insights for schools, churches and other ministries into contemporary attitudes to belief. It will in part replicate research undertaken for Carl Faase’s important Towards Belief series. Carl’s Olive Tree Media is another partner in this research. We are pleased to note, in passing, that Carl will again be speaking at key CSA events in 2017.

Delegates at the 2017 NPF will be among the first to hear the results of this research, presented by Mark McCrindle.

CSA National Leadership Retreat

After receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from this year’s National Leadership Retreat and National Business Conference, in 2017 we are bringing the best of these events together for a combined gathering in August 2017.

The 2017 CSA National Leadership Retreat will provide personal, spiritual and professional learning opportunities for all current and emerging leaders in Christian schools.

Set in the idyllic Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa the 2017 NLR offers unrivalled opportunities for both formal conferencing and informal refreshing. We have arranged special rates for a very affordable resort experience. Save even more with our Early Bird rates!

Early Bird Special Rate

Register for the Christian Schools National Policy Forum and Symposium and the CSA National Leadership Retreat before 31 January to receive the Early Bird 10% discount off conference registration & dinner costs. The Early Bird Discount applies to delegates attending either single or multiple events.

How to access the discount

Christian Schools National Policy Forum and Symposium 22 – 24 May 2017

Use the online registration link and on checkout, enter the code EBNPF10 and your discount will be applied.

CSA National Leadership Retreat 23 – 25 August 2017

Use the online registration link and on checkout, enter the code EBNLR10 and your discount will be applied. Please note a group discount rate applies to the CSA National Leadership Retreat when registering two or more people from the same school or organisation at the same time.


Christian Schools National Policy Forum
Dates: 22 – 23 May 2017 (Policy Forum)
Day 1 Monday 22 May starts at 9:00am with registration from 8:00am
Day 2 Tuesday 23 May finishes at 3:00pm
Venue: Hyatt Hotel, Canberra ACT

Christian Schools National Celebration Gala Dinner
Date: 22 May 2017
Pre-Dinner Reception commences at 6:00pm followed by Dinner from 6:30pm
Venue: The Great Hall, Parliament House, Canberra ACT

Christian Education Symposium
Date: 24 May 2017, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Venue: Hyatt Hotel, Canberra ACT

CSA National Leadership Retreat
For leaders and developing leaders in education, finance, administration and governance.

Dates: 23 - 25 August 2017 (with optional School Tours on 22 August)
Venue: Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa

Celebration Dinner
Date: 24 August
Venue: Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa

For more information on our 2017 National Gatherings click here  


Registration for the Christian Schools National Policy Forum and the CSA National Leadership Retreat are available online. Please make sure to book your accommodation through our site, as special rates apply for conference delegates. The online forms also allow you to compare airfares and provides the option to book these as well. Delegates can also register using a PDF Form, available via the online links

National Gatherings Enquiries

For all National Gatherings & Sponsorship enquiries, please contact Bronwyn Jenkins, Communications & National Events Manager or call 1300 321 CSA (272).

Major Sponsors 2017