ECA National Conference Newsletter

Virtual delegate passes now available

As much as we were hoping to see you in Hobart, we understand that not everybody can attend the 2019 ECA National Conference in person. We are, therefore, pleased to be offering an opportunity to access the conference virtually via live-streaming.

With our virtual delegate pass—starting from just $394—you will be able to view live-streamed keynote and workshop sessions by Gunilla Dahlberg, Peter Moss, Sheila Degotardi, Lester-Irabinna Rigney, Rachael Robertson and many more! You will also get access to our digital exhibition hall, with special discounts for you and your centre.
Special promotional offer for organisations and teams

For a limited time, you can also take advantage of our new 'virtual delegate team pass', which will allow up to five (5) individuals from one organisation to access all the benefits of the virtual delegate pass—meaning more team members can be part of the conference and learning experience! This limited time offer is available at a special rate of just $595.*
To take up this special promotional offer, please contact our customer service team on 02 6242 1800.

*NB: A maximum of three virtual delegate team passes allowed per organisation.

Speaker spotlight

Hear from Associate Professor Sheila Degotardi and National Children's Commissioner, Megan Mitchell on Thursday 26 September. 
Sheila Degotardi
Sheila Degotardi is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Department of Educational Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney.  Her research examines the processes Sheila Degotardiof learning and teaching with infants and toddlers in early childhood education centres. She is particularly interested in the nature of social interactions between children, their educators and peers, and in the learning potential of these interactions. In her recent work, she focused on the power of talk in shaping very young children’s learning. This led her to investigate the nature of language-based interactions, how and why these interactions vary, and how educators and infants contribute to the language and learning potential of the interaction. Her work has direct implications for those invested in providing infants and toddlers with rich learning experiences.  
Megan Mitchell
 Megan Mitchell is Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission. Each year, she presents a statutory report to the Federal Parliament about the state of children’s rights in Australia.Megan Mitchell Her work has looked at the prevalence of suicide and intentional self-harm in children and young people, the impact of family and domestic violence on children and young people, the oversight of children and young people in correctional detention, and the experiences and trajectories of young parents and their children. Before her appointment to this current role in 2013, she held both government and non-government roles in child protection, out-of-home care, youth justice, disability and early childhood services. She holds qualifications in social policy, psychology and education.

Travel discounts

For those attending the 2019 ECA National Conference in person, if you haven't already made arrangements for your travel and accommodation, now is the right time to do so. Take advantage of the generous special rates and discounts being provided by SkyBus, Qantas and InHouse Event Solutions to all conference delegates!

Airport shuttle

SkyBus has been in the business of airport bus transfers for over 40 years, servicing five airports across Australia and New Zealand. SkyBus Hobart Express operates a world-class service between Hobart International Airport and the heart of Hobart city, with a stop right outside Hotel Grand Chancellor. With free wi-fi and a daily service operating departures every 30 minutes between 4.30 am and midnight, SkyBus is a convenient and affordable choice for transfers between the Airport and the conference venue. Enjoy 15% off your SkyBus tickets when you purchase online using the code: ECANC19. Visit to book your tickets.

Official airline partner

Qantas is delighted to be the exclusive airline partner for the 2019 ECA National Conference being held in Hobart, Tasmania. Qantas is offering registered delegates and travel partners special discounted airfares. Easily book your tickets online via the dedicated booking portal on your conference registration travel page. When booking, please use the allocated code to access these airfares.
Please note: Multiple stopover flights are excluded from this offer.

Qantas is Australia’s largest domestic and international airline, and is widely regarded as the world’s leading long-distance airline. With a reputation for excellence in safety, operational reliability, and world-class customer service, Qantas offers a truly global network proposition for delegates travelling to Hobart for the ECA National Conference in 2019.

Book your flights via the dedicated Conference travel page using discount code: ECANC19

Accommodation partner

InHouse Event Solutions has been appointed the official Accommodation Management Company for the 2019 ECA National Conference. Accommodation has been secured at competitive and flexible rates at a range of hotels and apartments in Hobart. You will be given the opportunity to secure a reservation during the online conference registration process. Click here to view accommodation options. 

For any enquiries regarding accommodation, please contact InHouse Event Solutions at: (please write ECA2019 in the subject line).

ECA members receive a discount on conference registration!
To learn more about ECA membership, or to join, please click here.

2019 ECA National Conference Sponsors