Bridging the Divide Summit 2023



Is this an online or in-person event?

This is a hybrid event. There are two options to attend and participate in this event:

  1. In-person at Centrepiece at Melbourne Park 
  2. Virtually – this event will be live-streamed on a virtual event platform, meaning you can attend online from anywhere as long as you have a reliable internet connection.
Can anyone attend?

Anyone is able to purchase a ticket for this event. This event is targeted at people associated with the education sector.

As a teacher can this count towards professional development?

The Bridging the Divide Conference is a meaningful learning opportunity that will be engaging and relevant to you and the children/students you are teaching now and intothe future. It will be packed with professional learning activities, from the keynotes to workshops to side events.

Much of this content will link to the APST, and therefore may be counted towards professional learning for registration purposes. In recording this conference as evidence of a professional learning activity, you will need to select the relevant APST for you. This will look different for each individual, and be determined by your own experience as a participant and your own professional growth as a teacher.

Participants are encouraged to check and confirm suitability with their relevant teacher regulatory authority. All participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance, including the total number of hours.

Do I have to be an AEU member to attend?

No, you do not need to be an AEU member to attend this event, however, AEU members will receive a discount on registration when it is not an early bird period.

What time will the event run?

The event will run 9:00 am – 5:00 pm AEDST on Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 October 2023.

What’s Melbourne like this time of year?

The event will be taking place in the middle of spring so the weather should be nice and mild with a maximum average of about 20°C at this time of year. However Melbourne is known as the City that has four seasons in one day, so be prepared for anything!

Do you have hotel bookings or special rates?

We will provide accommodation recommendations and if possible, discount codes for attendees for nearby hotels.

What do I get for my registration?

You will get access to all the sessions on the day/s you have purchased tickets for. All in-person attendees will receive morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea each day they attend. All attendees will receive access to session recordings on-demand after the event.

What if I have dietary requirements?

There is a spot to let us know about your dietary requirements on the registration form. Centrepiece will be able to cater to all dietary requirements.

What is your Covid/masking policy?

We will adhere to the Victorian Government guidelines at the time of the event.

Who is YDA?

YDA was created in 2005 as a platform for change and as a way of exploring, and co-designing solutions to the challenges facing young people today and into the future. YDA has a foundational commitment to young people experiencing disadvantage. The three core activities of YDA are innovative and pioneering projects and programs for young people, think-tanks/ youth issues conferences of leading thinkers, activities and young people to develop creative ideas and the National Youth Commission Inquiries on youth issues of national significance. YDA is a national charity with deductible gift recipient status.

What is the AEU?

The Australian Education Union (AEU) represents Australian public school, early childhood, and TAFE teachers, education leaders, and education support staff industrially and professionally. It represents over 185,000 members. The AEU has been campaigning for some time to have public schools funded at a level that provides every child and young person with the best quality education, regardless of their background or circumstances.

What provisions for Accessibility do you offer?
  • The venue has hearing loops, and lifts, and is wheelchair accessible, and transport options to the venue are also accessible. 
  • We provide live captioning for all plenary sessions and as requested for breakout sessions. 
  • This is a hybrid event, so there is the option to attend or participate virtually.

We ask about any accessibility requirements on our registration form and can work with you to make sure your accessibility requirements are met. For any questions about this please email

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