Give yourself an EDGE and join us for the NSW/ACT 2019 Chapter Conference on 2-3 September in Sydney at Pier One. This is a premier opportunity to learn new skills, meet people who do the same work as you and develop your career! 


This is a professional development opportunity that is not to be missed! There will be outstanding speakers for the plenary sessions, followed by break-out sessions in Fundraising, Marketing, Alumni and Admissions. These sessions will be delivered by experts in their respective fields from across Australia and overseas. These speakers will present to delegates in both the tertiary and school sectors and will not only motivate you with leading practice but will share success stories, highlight new techniques and approaches and leave you inspired to challenge your own thinking and review how you can escalate your career aspirations.

Click here to view the exciting program on offer. *Please note this is subject to change.

On Day One of the Conference choose from one of four captivating masterclasses:

Ann BadgerCampaigns: The winning edge

A major challenge facing advancement professionals in education is planning and delivering a successful campaign that enables your institution to realise its dreams through transformational philanthropy. In this extended session, experienced practitioner Ann Badger will explore the key aspects of a campaign and what will give your school the winning edge. Areas covered will include: readiness, planning, phases and stages, the three pillars of success, why a great case really matters, how major gifts are pivotal to success, leadership and volunteers, and resourcing.


Geordie Mitchell  – Use your database to leverage enrolments/Create a dashboard for admissions reporting

Using your database to leverage enrolments

Data, and how we interpret it, is an integral and important aspect of Enrolment Management. Many schools have valuable data in their databases that they do not leverage to its maximum value. This session is for schools that want to learn how to better use the data they already have, and schools that would like to start collecting and using data but aren’t sure how to get started. The session will include several examples and templates will be available to those who attend.         

Creating a dashboard for detailed admissions reporting

Data is critical in our work as admissions directors and enrolment managers.  Because most schools’ budgets are tuition driven, the admissions office is also the “primary revenue office.” Therefore, admissions data is critical for the Head of School, business office, and Board. This information can and should be used to generate important discussions and to guide decision-making. This session will explore what data should be included in the dashboard and how it can be used in the admissions office and beyond


James Evans (Bell Shakespeare) – Leadership through the lens of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare was obsessed with leadership. His themes revolve heavily around the question: ‘What makes a good leader?’ Bell Shakespeare’s Associate Director, James Evans, presents a practical, on-your-feet workshop incorporating techniques commonly used in the rehearsal room and on stage, and applies them to the everyday workplace. Throughout the workshop you’ll learn to develop your own leadership style through presentation and storytelling techniques, while exploring leadership through the lens of one of the greatest writers in history – William Shakespeare.
“Some are born great, Some achieve greatness, And some have greatness thrust upon them”. – Twelfth Night, Act 2, Scene 5

Cameron Pegg – What’s the story? Planning the perfect publication every time

Great publications engage an audience like no other content does. This hands on workshop will explore how to plan an effective publication from every angle – developing a concept, editorial direction, design, and distribution strategy that gets results.  Cameron believes in the power of print while embracing the opportunities of digital storytelling. An award-winning editor, highly experienced journalist and sought-after communications coach and trainer, Cameron will help you find the right story for your project. Whatever your content question, Cameron will have a good answer.

Keynote Speakers:

Naomi Simson

Naomi Simson from Shark Tank, The Big Red Group and Red Balloon is the keynote on Day Two. Naomi’s positivity, pursuit of dreams and her personal  challenge to make the world a better place will inspire and motivate. This will be a great start to Day Two, guaranteed to give you the edge and challenge your thinking.
Craig Tegel
People make the difference, Craig will enlighten us as to just how much. Craig will provide an engaging Day One keynote session with the focus on your leadership brand and knowing how to use that leadership to influence and motivate those around you for the ultimate success of your organisation. It will be a highly engaging and interactive session.

Jen Harwood
Jen Harwood will provide the closing keynote session on Day Two with ‘The Art of networking’.  Networking is an essential business skill and Jen will demonstrate the art of moving in and out of groups in social situations, and starting and ending conversations with ease.  You will leave this session confident and ready to make new connections.


Social Program

Day 1 social program
Spend an hour or two unwinding after an intense afternoon of discovering your EDGE. Enjoy a well-earned bubble or beer while soaking up the atmosphere of the world’s most beautiful harbour. We will ensure you complete your first conference day sated, both intellectually and gastronomically. This will run from 5pm until around 7pm.

Day 2 social program
We will finish with a session on the art of networking which will run into the Awards Night cocktail function which will not only place you in the sophisticated setting of Sydney’s stunning harbour but also treat you to a selection of truly fine wines and matching canapés. The mellifluous tones of the Frances Madden Jazz Trio will create the perfect ambience to relax, network and celebrate our award-winning colleagues. We expect you will want to kick on into the night, but all good things need to end sometime! We will wrap up at around 8pm.


We look forward to sharing these special evenings with you. No need to change from conference attire – both functions will be held in the stunning Water Room, Pier One.

Conference Rates 


Full Conference Rate ( includes Masterclass and Main Conference)-  $695  

Conference Day One only (Masterclasses – 2 September only) –  $350 

Conference Day Two only ( 3 September only)  $450.  


Full Conference Rate (includes Masterclass and Conference)  – $895 

Conference Day One only (Masterclasses – 2 September) – $495 

Conference Day Two only (3 September) –  $595 


Conference Awards

The Educate Plus NSW/ACT Chapter Awards for Recognition in Advancement

The Educate Plus NSW/ACT Chapter Awards for Recognition in Advancement presented by Awards Partner Sonic Sight are awarded biennially during the Chapter Conference year. The awards recognise a program or idea which has added value to your institution, share with us your success and be recognised by your peers. The awards are presented in the following categories:

Recognition in Advancement Awards will be given in the following four fields:

+          Admissions             +        Alumni and Community Relations

         Fundraising             +        Marketing and Communications

Download the Recognition in Advancement Awards Application form here. Nominate yourself, your team or a peer. 

The winners of these awards will be announced and recognised at the 2019 NSW/ACT Chapter Conference Cocktail evening on Tuesday 3 September.


Eight Conference Bursaries of $250 will be available on a financial needs basis for membersFurther details hereOnce completed send to Neil McWhannell at neil@educateplus.edu.au 


Thank you to our Conference Sponsors