The 2022 ACDE Conference was hosted by Griffith University at their lovely Southbank Campus on Friday 21 October. This was the first meeting of the Council since the beginning of Covid and was attended by 40 Deans or their representatives from around Australia.

After a warm welcome from Griffith University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Carolyn Evans, delegates were enthralled by a Welcome to Country by Elder Uncle Ted Williams and Songwoman Dr Candace Kruger. Presentations followed from Mike Teece from Universities Australia discussing the Policy Context for Higher Education; and AITSL’s CEO Mark Grant addressing the Priorities of AITSL within a National Agenda. Mark has kindly shared his slides here.

ACDE President, Professor Michele Simons is a member of the Minister’s Action Plan Working Group and guided Deans through a workshop session that took a deep dive into the Plan’s draft points, culminating in plans for an upcoming ACDE Project.

Expressions of interest will be called for shortly for the 2023 conference host.

Conference Gallery


ACDE Deans’ Forum on 31 October 2019 at The University of Notre Dame Australia – Sydney Campus.

The Hon Dan Tehan MP at the University of Notre Dame Australia with Professor Tania Aspland, President ACDE, The Hon Christopher Ellison, Chancellor
 and Peter Tranter, Acting Vice Chancellor for the ACDE Deans' Forum on Thursday, 31 October 2019

Federal Education Minister, Dan Tehan (left), was met on arrival by ACDE President, Professor Tania Aspland; Notre Dame Chancellor, Christopher Ellison; and Acting Vice Chancellor, Mr Peter Tranter.


ACDE Deans’ Only Forum on 23 August 2019 at Griffith University.

Video message from the Hon. Dan Tehan MP, Federal Minister for Education.

Collaborating to Improve the Status of Teachers – 29 March 2019

The forum on 29 March 2019 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was the start of what we hope will be an ongoing, collaborative, national effort to improve the status of teachers.

The event brought together almost 200 participants and speakers the political parties, media, governments, unions, peak education bodies, school leaders, teacher education students, teachers, youth advocates, think tank researchers as well as branding, social and behaviour change experts – a cross-disciplinary combination essential to bringing fresh thinking to this complex issue.

In Your Face

Would be and current teacher education students, and early career teachers on reactions to them choosing to teach.

To see the individual student/early career teacher clips, click here.

Don’t Shoot the Messenger 

Henrietta Cook (Education Editor, The Age), Misha Ketchell (Editor, The Conversation) and moderator Ian Henderson (Senior Journalist and former ABC Newsreader) share their perspectives on media coverage of teaching and teachers

Thinking Outside the (School) Square

A cross-disciplinary panel of Adam Ferrier (Thinkerbell), Simon Goff (Purpose), Jan Owen AM (Foundation for Young Australians), Liam Smith (BehaviourWorks) and moderator Leslie Falkiner-Rose (ACDE), discuss the ways to improve public perceptions of teachers and teaching.

Like ACDE, many of those attending the event at the Melbourne Cricket Ground are greatly concerned by the continuing drop in teacher education applications while primary school student numbers are rising and many in the aging teacher workforce approach retirement.

We know how important it is to attract the best possible candidates to teach the students, who are our nation’s future, and also avoid a shortage of teachers.

However, we know that there is no silver bullet or quick-fix solution. We need a long-term, national strategy that works on many levels.

Political Perspectives

Federal Education Minister, Dan Tehan; Shadow Minister for Schools, Andrew Giles; and Greens Senator for Victoria, Janet Rice.

Where To From Here?

Representatives from education organisations – Tony Cook (Department of Education, Queensland), Peter Goss (Grattan Institute), Correna Haythorpe (Australian Education Union), Keith Heggart (Independent Education Union of Australia – NSW/ACT Branch), Donna Pendergast (Queensland Deans of Education), Mike Teece (Universities Australia) and chair Professor Tania Aspland (ACDE President) – propose key actions to improving the status of teachers.

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