Realising the Vision
2024 ECA National Conference

Applications to win a scholarship to the 2024 ECA National Conference are now open.

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Do you want to enhance your practice and help shape the future through educating the next generation?

Big Steps Professional Learning is offering 10 fully paid scholarships* to the
2024 ECA National Conference, held in Brisbane on 17-20 September.

‘Realising the Vision: an integrated future for the early years’ is the theme for the 36th ECA National Conference, to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland, from Tuesday 17 September to Friday 20 September 2024.

The early years are at the forefront of policy debate and reform across Australia and globally. This is an extraordinary ‘moment in time’ to shape the future—to build a universal platform for early childhood education and care, to stabilise and recognise the early childhood workforce, and to better integrate supports for both children and families across allied health, social services and major service systems such as the NDIS.

The ECA National Conference provides a platform for professional discourse relevant to the rights, wellbeing and early education of young children (birth to eight years). It is attended by early childhood educators, teachers, service leaders and executives, as well as policy-makers, program administrators, academics, researchers and those involved in pre-qualification training and ongoing professional development.

Scholarship winners* are union members, just like you, who are selected to attend the conference on behalf of their union. Scholarships can consist of winning:

  • 1 of 5 full in-person registrations to the 2023 ECA National Conference,
  • 1 of 5 virtual registrations to the 2023 ECA National Conference,
  • funded transport fees to support you to attend the conference,
  • access to Union and community networking events,
  • a Big Steps Professional Learning scholarship winner pack.

Attending the conference is a great way for you to advance your teaching practice and broaden your understanding of theoretical perspectives and knowledge in ECEC. Under a scholarship with Big Steps Professional Learning, you’ll receive support and funding that will allow you to engage in rich professional development that will enhance your teaching experiences with children.

UWU encourages women, people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and members from non-English speaking backgrounds to apply for Big Steps Professional Learning scholarships to ensure all workers’ voices are presented at key sector events.

*In-person scholarships are only available to financial members of the United Workers Union, who live in the state where the event is held.
Virtual scholarships are open to United Workers Union Members in all other regions.


Apply now to be in the running to win
1 of 10
places at the conference!

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