34th National SPERA Conference - SPERA
PO Box 659, Wembley, Western Australia 6913
email: admin@spera.asn.au

34th National SPERA Conference


 34th National SPERA Conference

                           29 – 30 November 2018

                                  Perth, Western Australia

                            Access for All: Equity Matters


SPERA, in partnership with the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education based at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia invites you to attend the 34th National SPERA Conference.

Subthemes based on Halsey’s 2018 Independent Review on Rural, Regional and Remote Education:

  • Global Directives [OECD & UN SDG4]
  • Asset driven place based innovations [international, national, local]
  • More than IT solutions [Creative alternatives]
  • ESL, Language and Learning [Cultural & Linguistic Competency; Aboriginal Curriculum Framework]
  • Poverty and Power [General Capabilities; Enablers; Disrupting Discourse]
  • System level equity [Showcasing WA RRR -DET, AISWA, Catholic, TAFE]

Call for Abstracts Submission Deadline

Friday 31 August 2018 (250 word abstracts) Email your submissions to admin@spera.asn.au

Submission of Abstracts

To submit an abstract, please download, complete and return the proposal template below.
SPERA-Abstract-Proposal-Template-2018 (52Kb)

Abstracts are to be written in plain English and include clear information about the aims, nature and content of the paper and, where applicable, a brief statement of results and implications. All abstracts should be linked to the conference theme.

Notification of Acceptance of Abstracts

Abstracts are subject to blind-review by members of the program committee. Notification of whether the abstract has been accepted for presentation will be sent to the presenter/s on or before Friday 21 September 2018.

Author Confirmation of Attendance and Registration

Successful presenters will be asked for their audio visual requirements at this time and instructed to confirm their attendance via paid registration no later than Friday 5 October 2018.
Please Note: Presenter/s must be paid registrants of the conference in order to present a paper. Registrations must be paid no later than Friday 5 October 2018. No refunds will be issued for any reason after Friday 19 October 2018.


When: 29 – 30 November 2018
Where: Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia

Conference Registration (includes 12 month membership):  $520 Full Registration, $350 Concession Registration (For Australian concession card holders only (students and/or retirees). All registrations includes: Welcome Reception & 12 month SPERA membership.


The Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia invites you to share Australian rural, regional and remote (RRR) place-based initiatives and innovations.

If you have an initiative that would be good to share with the SPERA community project and have featured as part of the upcoming conference. Simply complete the online template.


As part of the 34th National SPERA Conference we invite you to send us your favourite photos of rural, regional and remote Australia.

By submitting photographs the entrant grants permission to SPERA to copy and publish their submission (including any photograph or text) or part of it for any purpose relating to SPERA. SPERA may publish your work on our website, social media sites or in print or digital media. Photo submissions should be emailed to admin@spera.asn.au.

  • Entry is free.
  • Multiple entries will be accepted. Simply email your photo submission to admin@spera.asn.au.
  • Photos must be the work of the photographer and it is the responsibility of entrants to obtain the permission of the persons/subjects in the photograph.
  • Photographs will be credited wherever the images are used.
  • Images should be of high resolution, preferably over 4961 pixels x 3508 pixels (300ppi) so that they are suitable for use on A3 posters.
  • Filenames for the photos should contain the entrants’ name.
  • Each photograph entry should have a title and a sentence about it. Please include the photograph location and contact name and email address of the photographer.
  • Copyright and intellectual property of the images remains the permission of the photographer.
  • SPERA has the final decision on which images will be used and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Entries for the 2018 conference will close on Saturday 30 September 2018.
  • Submitting an entry constitutes acceptance of these conditions.

Photograph of camels on the beach in Broome Photograph of the moon rising in Mount Barker. Photograph of a man on a 4-wheel motorbike rounding up sheep. Photograph of a sunset with the silhouette of a tree in the foreground. Photograph of the waterfalls at Litchfield National Park. Photograph of 3 people in the Stirling Ranges


Other Upcoming Events

A number of other exciting events are on the horizon

NCSEHE to host Australian conference to mark

World Access to Higher Education Day

World Access to Higher Education Day

As part of a new global initiative being launched today, the NCSEHE will host a conference on November 28 2018, engaging national and international stakeholders to positively impact worldwide equitable access to higher education.

World Access to Higher Education Day, led by the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) in the UK and supported by NCUK, the trading arm of the Northern Consortium Charity, will network multiple conferences globally.

The NCSEHE event will be held at Curtin University, Perth WA. More details will be released in the near future through NCSEHE  website.


ISFIRE 2018 

International Symposium for Innovation in Rural Education

hosted by Montana State University

Communities and Partnerships: Strengthening Rural Education

Join ISFIRE August 1-3, 2018

Pre-conference: Emerging Rural Scholars Summit, July 31
Post-conference Session, August 4

on the campus of
Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana

Abstracts Due: April 30, 2018

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