Past Conferences


2014 APPA Conference – Sydney

Creating the Future Together

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth,
22-24 October 2014

Conference Proceedings Coming Soon


2013 11th World Convention of the International Confederation of Principals – Cairns

Inspiring Global Leadership

Cairns Convention Centre,
1 – 4 July 2013

At the ICP Convention, APPA held a pre-convention symposium titled ‘A Primary Learning Conversation: Using the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers for Development and Performance’ featuring Louise Stoll of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning (Uni of London). Louise is a world renowned author and educator and she shared her insights and wisdom about principals leading educational conversations in the primary school setting. This was a ‘no cost’ symposium which was held prior to the APPA AGM on Monday 1st July.

Go to the ICP Online website to see material from the Convention presenters.

APPA Symposium
Download the  presentation by Stoll (840Kb PDF file) / Read a related literature article (268Kb PDF file) / Visit the presenter’s website.

2012 Joint APPA NZPF Trans-Tasman Conference

Our Primary Purpose: Leading and Learning

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre,
18 – 21 September 2012

The joint conference with the New Zealand Principals Association included keynote presentations by four of the world’s leading experts in education and public policy and APPA have published their conclusions in a Conference Communiqué. Plenary and Workshop sessions have been video recorded for the first time and these are available to view as well as listening to audio recordings, reading session notes or papers and viewing slide presentations.

Go to the Conference Media Library website to see material from the Convention presenters.

Read the Conference Communiqué ‘Schools in Australia are facing their greatest challenge’ (85Kb PDF file).

View the conference brochure (3Mb PDF).

2011 APPA Conference – Adelaide

A Brilliant Blend: Cultivating Primary Leadership

Adelaide Convention Centre
22-24 June 2011

A Welcome Address was delivered by APPA Presiden Norm Hart which included the presenation of Life Membership of APPA to LeonieTrimper. The Official Opening was performed by Jay Weatherill, Minister for Education in South Australia. The KidsMatter Lunch Address ‘Experience the Blend’ was given by Peter Garrett, Minister for School Education.

Read the Kids Matter Launch Address (185Kb PDF file) by the Hon Peter Garrett AM, MP.

View the conference brochure (2.5Mb PDF).

Go to the past conference proceedings page to see material from the Convention presenters.

2010 APPA Conference – Perth

Balancing Primary Leadership

Burswood Entertainment Complex
21-24 September 2010

The Opening Address was given by Colin Barnett, Premier of Western Australia, himself a former Education Minister in the State Government.

Go to the past conference proceedings page to see material from the Conference presenters.

2009 APPA Conference – Gold Coast

Surfing Sustainable Primary Education

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
16-18 September 2009

Go to the past conference proceedings page to see material from the Conference presenters.

2008 APPA Conference –Sydney

Let Sydney Rock Your World

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel
29-31 October 2008

An address of welcome was given by APPA President Leonie Trimper and the conference was officially opened by Julia Gillard, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education.

Go to the past conference proceedings page to see material from the Conference presenters.

2007 APPA Conference – Hobart

The Roaring Forties – Winds of Change: Leadership, Learning, Performance

Convention Centre, Hotel Grand Chancellor
30 September – 3 October 2007

Organised by the Tasmanian Principals Association, this was a combined APPA and Australian Secondary Principals Association conference. About 700 delegates attended the conference. The conference was opened by David Bartlett,
Minister for Education in Tasmania.

Go to the past conference proceedings page to see material from the Conference presenters.

2006 APPA Conference – Alice Springs

Venture In: To New Territory

Alice Springs Convention Centre
16-19 July 2006

The conference was held in conjunction with the Association of Northern Territory School Educational Leaders (ANTSEL)

Go to the past conference proceedings page to see material from the Conference presenters.

Past Conferences

Year Venue Theme President
2005 Canberra The Art of Engaging Children – Living, Learning, Being Leonie Trimper
2004 Melbourne Creative Thinkers, Dynamic Schools Tom Croker
2003 Adelaide Extraordinary Leadership for Extraordinary Times Tom Croker
2002 Perth Primary Education – Primary Importance Tony Misich
2001 Brisbane Teaching – Rediscovering its Heart and Soul Tony Misich
2000 Christchurch Celebrating Leadership into the New Millennium Tony Misich
1999 Hobart Creative People, Creative Places Tony Misich
1998 Darwin Pathways to an Optimistic Frontier Chris Cameron
1997 Sydney Making the Difference Chris Cameron
1996 Canberra Diversity in a National Approach Peter Paul
1995 Melbourne Primary Education – Priority One Peter Paul
1994 Adelaide In Our Hands Marilyn Gilbertson
1993 Perth Primary Education – Worth Celebrdating Mike Berson
1992 Brisbane The Realisation of Potential – A Challenge for our Future Stan Plath
1991 Sydney Primary Education – Foundation and Future Barry McConville
1990 Hobart Celebrating a New Era in Education Les Bishop
1989 Alice Springs The Restructuring of Primary Education – Issues, Influences, Inspirations (cancelled) Peter Dermody
1988 Canberra Today’s Children – Our Primary Link with the Future David Dillon
1987 Melbourne Policy Makers in Education – Would the real policy makers please stand up John Cabassi
1986 Adelaide A Fair Way To Go – Equal Opportunity Brian Pocock
1985 Perth The Impact of Communities on the Development of Effective Schools David Nockolds
1984 Brisbane Primary Education – Quo Vadis Maurie Kelly
1983 Sydney The Primary Principal, Demands, Desires, Decisions Bernie Gregory
1982 Launceston Practices, Problems, Projections Nigel Bentley
1981 Darwin Educating Citizens for the 21st Century Brian Hassell
1980 Canberra Educational Patterns of the 1980s Ron Sandeman
1979 Melbourne Preparing Principals for Schools in the 1980s Jim Downey
1978 Perth Role of the Principal in Staff Development Don Wignall
1977 Brisbane Curriculum Development in Schools Maurie Kelly
1976 Sydney Role of the Principal Kevin Hepworth
1975 Launceston
1974 Adelaide Pressures For Educational Change Neil Mason