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Christian Schools National Policy Forum, 2019

20th May 2019 @ 9:00 am - 22nd May 2019 @ 4:00 pm

Registrations have closed for the 2019 Christian Schools National Policy Forum!

Dr Justine Toh has been confirmed for the Gala Dinner.  You will be blessed by hearing one of Australia’s most outstanding Christian thinkers and speakers.

As the Forum will not be during a sitting week this year due to the changed Parliamentary Calendar the Dinner will be held at the Hyatt – allowing for a more relaxed environment.


Policy Forum and Symposium Schedule


Provision has been made for the Minister and Shadow Minister to address us and we have been in touch with their offices and will continue to liaise with them through the Federal election campaign leading up to the Forum.

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Martyn Iles, Managing Director, Australian Christian Lobby and a dynamic speaker addressing the need for Christians to continue to speak the truth in the public square,
  • Edmund Misson, Acting CEO of AITSL who will provide an update on the future direction of this important element of Australia’s education infrastructure,
  • Rev Stu Cameron, Lead Minister of Newlife Church, a congregation of the Uniting Church shares some of his stories and revelations from being on the inside of a denomination struggling to deal with deep divisions over matters of faith,
  • A panel of Christian school leaders will share their experience and wisdom gleaned from caring for transgender students in their communities.


There will be workshops aplenty –

  • Barry Wallet, Executive Director, ISCA, Will outline all schools need to know about Commonwealth funding, the new PIT model and the transitional arrangements,
  • John Steenhof, Managing Director, Human Rights Law Alliance outlines how to ‘future proof’ your school in the face of impending challenges to religious freedom,
  • Ken Greenwood, CSA Executive Officer Vic/Tas, launches and explains the updated Thriving in Community resource prepared in partnership with Alphacrucis and supported by Cyberhound,
  • Melanie Spencer, Deputy Principal, Burgmann Anglican School talks about Positive Education and how it may be used within a Christian School,
  • Susan Nicholson, AHRC introduces the new National Principles for Child Safe Organisations and the tools and support materials for schools,
  • We will have a Global Leadership Summit Presentation introduced by Rev Stu Cameron, Newlife Church and Daniel Pampuch, CSA, focussing on the presentation by Byran Stevenson, described by Desmond Tutu as ‘America’s young Nelson Mandela’, Just Mercy – a a story of justice and redemption,
  • Dr Steven Chavura, political theorist and intellectual historian will talk on political secularism and the separation of church and state – how we have been given a false narrative,
  • Dr Elisabeth Taylor, Director of Research, ACL outlines some of the damaging effects of Transgenderism,
  • Mark Fowler, Adjunct Associate Professor UQ and Director, Fowler Charity Law explains in simple terms the protections in international law for religious and other freedoms,
  • Stewart Bogle, Executive Director, Australians Together unlocks key truths around Australian Indigenous relations and where it must go into the future,
  • Nate Amsberry, Belmont Christian College shares the reality of conversations around sexuality in a Christian school,
  • Patrick Byrne, National President, National Civic Council, and author of Transgender: One Shade of Grey, talks about transgender rights and their impact on freedom
  • Mark Sneddon, Adjunct Professor of Law, Monash University and Executive Director, Institute for Civil Society, outlines the importance of
    Freedom of Expression and Association against the background of charter of rights instruments,
  • Mark Spencer, CSA, and the newly appointed AACS Executive Officer, will provide a Federal Election recap and offer some political prognostications for the next Parliament.

We look forward to seeing you all in Canberra in May for what will be another great Forum.

Symposium May 22 – Staff Wellbeing and Resiliency

Following the National Policy Forum will be a Symposium on staff wellbeing and resiliency.
School leaders often ask:
How do I prepare for or rebuild after a major change in organisational direction or structure?
How do I support my staff who deal with difficult tasks, unrelenting schedules or demanding parents and students?
How can I support my community through constant change and uncertainty?

While we know that aspects of personality make some people appear more resilient than others, the truth is that individual resilience is dynamic – built or depleted depending on the environment and on how we understand and nurture it within ourselves and our teams.

Workplace resilience is about sustaining optimal business performance, through change or adversity, over the long-term. Organisations who invest in building the resilience of their people and teams report smoother, faster and sustained change as a result of: improved staff engagement; improved staff health and well-being; reduced business disruption; and reduced change implementation time-frames. Stay for one more day after the NPF and be part of this outstanding day.


2019 Christian Schools National Policy Forum – Monday 20 – Tuesday 21 May, 2019
Gala Dinner – Monday 20 May 2019
2019 Christian Schools Symposium – Wednesday 22 May – the theme this year is “Wellbeing”


20th May 2019 @ 9:00 am
22nd May 2019 @ 4:00 pm
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Christian Schools Australia
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