Industry forums

Information on early childhood conferences and industry forums.

Changing the climate conference 2019

Early childhood educators were invited to attend the Changing the climate conference, in Melbourne on the 14 and 15 March 2019. The conference aimed to build skills and to improve the delivery and sustainability of positive climates for learning.

Early childhood forum 2018: realising the potential

On 8 June 2018, the Realising the potential: early childhood forum 2018 was held in recognition of the crucial role the early childhood sector plays in giving our children the best start in life, and examined the latest evidence on what young children need to thrive.

Presentations and podcasts

This free forum explored the importance of the early childhood years and their impact on health, education and social and economic wellbeing. Leading international and Australian experts gave their innovative perspectives on early childhood services and systems.

It included sessions on parenting, kindergarten quality, access and inclusion, language development and much more.

Speaker presentations and podcasts of sessions are available below.

Presentations and podcasts

If you require accessible Powerpoint Presentations, please email

Morning Plenary - Unlocking the potential in early childhood


  • Forum welcome – George Megalogenis, Master of Ceremonies (MC)
  • Welcome to Country - Aunty Joy Murphey Wandin, AO
  • Opening address – Jenny Mikakos MP, Minister for Early Childhood Education
  • Keynote address – Professor Sharon Lynn Kagan, Co-Director, National Centre for Children and Families, Columbia University.
  • Armchair discussion – Professor Sharon Lynn Kagan with MC George Megalogenis

Breakout sessions

How do I lead and improve excellence in early learning?


Encouraging and supporting positive parenting


How can I help language flourish?


Welcoming, including and supporting all children


Being an agent of change


Afternoon Plenary - From global perspectives to local action: the future of early childhood in Victoria

  • Welcome – George Megalogenis, Master of Ceremonies (MC)
  • Keynote address – Tove Mogstad Slinde, Senior Adviser in the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and Chair of the Network on Early Childhood Education and Care, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Plenary address – Gill Callister, Secretary, Department of Education and Training
  • Armchair discussion – Tove Mogstad Slinde and Gill Callister, with MC George Megalogenis


Maternal and Child Health (MCH) conferences

​​The MCH conferences provide an opportunity for the workforce to come together twice a year and learn about a range of subjects and areas that impact on their work.

They assist participants in understanding key strategic drivers directing their work and current developments from within and outside their professional field.

Importantly the conferences provide an opportunity to network across the profession, the tiers of government and academia.

Presentations from guest speakers will be uploaded where available.

Accessible versions of these documents can be requested by emailing

Previous conferences

If you would like a copy of a presentation from the November 2017 conference, please forward your request to

21 April 2017

Agenda 2017 (pdf - 274.23kb)


22 April 2016

Agenda 2016


22 May 2015


16 October 2015


27 March 2014


18 September 2014