2021 Conference

Videos of presentations from the Conference are available below, as follows:

  1. Education Minister James Merlino’s Conference opening and announcement of the 2021 Joan Kirner Parent Participation Award. 
  2. “Caring through Connection” – Elspeth Stephenson.
  3. “Collective Conversation on Consent” – Debbie Ollis, Chanel Contos, Katrina Marson. 

Annual Report

The 2021 Parents Victoria Annual Report was presented at the Conference.

Download the 2021 Annual Report

2020 Conference

Our 2020 Conference theme was “Brave New World: Changes, challenges and opportunities for families and schools”


We thank Education Minister James Merlino for opening the conference and answering questions.

Mr Merlino presented  the Joan Kirner Award and the ‘Parent Champion During Covid’ Award.

Joan Kirner Award 

The Joan Kirner is an annual award given to a Member Parent Club, Parent, or Individual Member who has demonstrated, encouraged, or facilitated parent or family engagement in their school.

This year’s winner is Catherine Kirby (Sandringham College)

Parent Champion During Covid Award 

The ‘Parent Champion During Covid’ is a new award for clubs and parents who have made a positive contribution to their school community during the ‘learning From home’ periods this year.

This year’s winner is Nikky Edwards (Croydon Hills Primary School)

Re-setting the foundations for good mental health for families post COVID

Presenter: Dr Stephen Carbone, Executive Director, Prevention United.

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Family Engagement Officers in schools

Presenter: Dori Ellington, Community Engagement Officer at Whittington Primary School.

For a parent perspective on Dori’s role at the school, see this article by parent Jade Millman.

Connected Schools Communities: The Next School Improvement Frontier

Presenter: Adam Voigt, Director, Real Schools.