19 - 21 November 2019 (3 days) - arrival and registration starts at 8:00am on day one.


AEU Victorian Branch, 126 Trenerry Crescent, Abbotsford VIC 3067. 


The upcoming Trans-Tasman Educators Conference: Union Education Transforming Our Worlds brings together educators and lead organisers from Australia and New Zealand to challenge, share ideas, and develop education strategy and practice. This ensures that union education in all its forms is fit to play its role in deepening understanding of the challenges faced by working people and to develop capacity at all levels in the movement to meet these challenges.


The conference includes plenary sessions designed to challenge our thinking and practice:

Dave Spooner, Director of Global Union Institute and a contributor to the book Trade Union Education: Transforming Our World, will provide an international perspective on importance of deep education in the work we do;

Dr Lynette Riley, a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi person, working at the University of Sydney will lead an interactive session about Aboriginal Kinship systems and how they govern relationships and the impact of colonisation. This provides an important opportunity for educators to expand understanding but also to reflect on active learning methods that trigger critical thinking and deepen understanding in relation to teaching Aboriginal participants and working with Aboriginal communities;

Dr David Peetz, will explore the relationship between activism of delegates and delegate education and development, networking and democracy. Robyn Morete will share a story of letting go to build power and the plenary will imagine what union education needs to look like in the next 10 years!

Creativity in Education is a plenary that challenges our practice as educators – engaging us in learning processes that draw on the creativity to learn at another level.


Workshops provide an important opportunity for educators throughout our movements to share their practice and encourages peer to peer learning and networking. The themes for workshops this year are:

  • Deep Education: that challenges the status quo and calls for people to act.
  • Innovation: who, where and how are we educating in a way that meets the needs of today’s member leaders.
  • Practice of Education: reflecting on our skills and practice as educators to challenge ourselves and expand on the methods and skills we use.

The design workshops see educators collaborating to develop a session that will be made available to all attending the conference. This provides educators with an opportunity to apply skills and knowledge gained from the conference and develop a practical resource.


The conference flyer and program can be found here.


On Wednesday 20 November 2019, provides an important opportunity to network and enter into dialogue in a social environment.


$660.00 (GST inclusive) per person includes conference fee and dinner. A tax invoice will be issued once registration has been submitted online and will be sent to the Union selected. We recommended that you pay upon receiving the tax invoice. If you would like an alternative payment option, please give the ACTU Organising Centre a call on 03 9664 7360.

Note: This conference is not delivered under the TUEF Productivity Education and Training Fund Project.