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The future is listening


Melbourne • 6–9 SEPTEMBER 2020

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The future is listening

The 2020 National Catholic Education Conference, The Future is Listening, will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 6–9 September 2020.

The aim of the conference is to bring together school and system leaders, educators, clergy and religious, students, educational professionals, researchers, families and other groups interested in Catholic education to promote examples of best practice and plan future directions to continue the flourishing of vibrant and authentically Catholic learning communities across Australia.


The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) was established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference through the Bishops Commission for Catholic Education to maintain effective liaison with the Australian Government and other key national education bodies and to work with each diocese to be a voice for our schools.

The NCEC hosts a conference every four or five years in a major Australian city. Catholic Education Melbourne is proud to host the NCEC 2020 Conference, The Future is Listening, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 6–9 September 2020.

The conference provides a forum where the many partners in Catholic education can come together to discuss issues of significance for the future of Catholic schooling.

Last held in Perth in 2016, the NCEC conference attracted more than 1300 Catholic education leaders. For 2020 Melbourne we hope to attract over 2000 participants from across Australia.

The conference theme, The Future is Listening, seeks to provide an opportunity for participants to explore, discern and be inspired by the richness and responsibility of Catholic education and leadership within a contemporary Australia.

Key Dates

13 November 2019 Abstract Submissions Open
14 February 2020 Abstract Submission Deadline
14 March 2020 Authors advised of Submission Outcome
14 March 2020 Registration Opens
14 June 2020 Early Bird Registration Closes

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Melbourne, Australia

Victoria’s capital, Melbourne, sits on the Yarra River and around the shores of Port Phillip Bay. Lauded for its sense of style and elegance, Melbourne boasts glamorous festivals and events, Australia’s best shopping, a lively passion for eating and drinking, and a flourishing interest in the arts.


Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)

Recognised as Australasia’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre in 2014, 2013 and 2012 by the prestigious World Travel Awards, MCEC connects you with everything you need for a successful event.


Hotels in Melbourne

The NCEC 2020 Event Managers, Encanta, have secured rooms and rates in selected hotels for the benefit of Conference delegates.