We are delighted to announce the theme for the 2016 Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) Asia Pacific International Education Forum (APIEF) and National Conference:

Connecting Knowledge, Skills and Futures through Innovation 

We’re excited to have our conference return to beautiful Hobart this year, from August 24 to 26 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor overlooking the magnificent Derwent River and harbour. Members who attended the last National Conference in Hobart rate it as one of the best.

Come and hear great speakers, such as:
• Professor Ian Harper, Chair of the Competition Policy Review, give his scorecard on the current state of affairs measured against competition and choice;
• Andrew Norton, from the Grattan Institute, on what the research tells us;
• Dr Subho Banerjee, Deputy Secretary, Skills and Training, on the Department’s views, and;
• Key representatives of private and public providers on how current arrangements are impacting on them and what needs to change.

Well-known journalist Quentin Dempster will kick off the Big Debate on the Future architecture of tertiary education in Australia, challenging key panellists to express their frank and open perspectives and inviting input from the floor.

Catherine Caruana McManus will present a vision of the future of technology and the implications of digital disruption for the workforce.
A panel of industry experts will reflect on what employers need from education and training providers to develop the future workforce, to innovate and to transition the economy towards prosperity.

Other panellists will discuss issues around quality, accountability and standards, while key speakers debate the future of contestability and current issues around funding in tertiary education, and much more.

At APIEF, International speakers such as Meera Shenoy, Founder Youth4Jobs will explore collaborative approaches to transnational education.
You’ll also hear from international guests sharing observations of their own country’s Trends, Traumas and Touch Points of commonality with Australia.

Todd Russell, survivor of the Beaconsfield mine disaster, will inspire you with his story – ‘Drawing Strength from Adversity’

ACPET’s national conference, representing almost 1200 members in Higher Education, Vocational Education, English language and foundation courses, is the largest gathering of private and not-for-profit educators and trainers in Australia. Our National Conference provides a unique opportunity for networking and professional development.

During this year of change in the tertiary education sector at both national and state levels, it is important for our members and stakeholders to participate in the dialogue, thought leadership and networking that will occur during the conference.

An impressive line-up of speakers and exhibitors from both global and domestic tertiary education markets will facilitate the exploration of new ideas and emerging practices relating to our theme. The event will feature a range of open discussions including Q&A style questioning, and dialogue.

The conference social program is designed to complement the dynamic conference speakers and workshops. A welcome reception on Wednesday night will provide the chance to reconnect with old friends and perhaps make new ones. Be sure to join us in celebrating at the conference dinner on the Thursday evening, which is always a wonderful night.

I look forward to seeing you there!