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34th National SPERA Conference — Registrations Open

Access for All: Equity Matters

The Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia (SPERA), in partnership with the NCSEHE, invites you to attend the 34th National SPERA Conference at Curtin University, Western Australia.

A full program will run over Thursday 29 and Friday 30 November 2018 (with welcome reception on 28 November), including a whole-of-sector symposium addressing the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education government response.


Conference sub-themes are based on Halsey’s 2018 Independent Review into Rural, Regional and Remote Education, as follows:

  • Global directives [OECD & UN SDG4]
  • Asset-driven place-based innovations [international, national, local]
  • More than IT solutions [Creative alternatives]
  • ESL, language and learning [Cultural & Linguistic Competency; Aboriginal Curriculum Framework]
  • Poverty and power [General Capabilities; Enablers; Disrupting Discourse]
  • System-level equity [Showcasing WA RRR -DET, AISWA, Catholic, TAFE]


  • Emeritus Professor John Halsey
    College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, Flinders University
  • Associate Professor Jayne Downey
    Center for Research on Rural Education, Montana State University
  • Denyse Ritchie
    The THRASS Institute (Teaching, Handwriting, Reading and Spelling Skills)
  • Dr Jude Walker
    Regional Australia Institute
  • Dr Sue Ledger
    Murdoch University 
  • Phil Brown
    Country Education Partnership 


In addition to attendance at the two day SPERA Conference, registration includes:

  • welcome reception
  • 2019 SPERA membership
  • attendance at the NCSEHE Forum: World Access to Higher Education Day.

For more information and registration, visit the SPERA website.

Posted 20 September 2018 Posted in General, Low SES, Regional, rural and remote