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34th National SPERA Conference

Event Details
Curtin University Bentley Campus
29 November 2018 - 30 November 2018

Access for All: Equity Matters

The Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia (SPERA), in partnership with the NCSEHE, held the 34th National SPERA Conference on 28-30 November 2018.

The conference included a welcome reception on Wednesday 28 November, with a full program over Thursday 29 and Friday 30 November, including a whole-of-sector symposium addressing the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education government response.


Conference sub-themes were 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 

Event overview

PowerPoint presentation

Photo gallery

For more information visit the SPERA website.

Posted 19 July 2018