Annual Conference is one of the major events on the Parents Victoria calendar.

Big issues

  • Conference allows parents to explore some of the ‘big issues’ confronting education across the state and the nation.
  • Each year there is a Conference theme which reflects one or more of the major challenges facing education generally or Parent Clubs in particular.
  • The issues are covered in a variety of ways including keynote speakers and workshops.

Networking opportunity

  • Conference is a unique opportunity for parents to meet and share experiences and ideas
  • Listening to and participating in debate of policy items with parents from around the state.

Who comes to conference?

  • Anyone can attend our Annual Conference.
  • Conference costs are determined by the PV Board annually.

2022 Conference

Our 2022 E-Conference theme is Relationship based Education (RbE).
RbE is a philosophy of education that puts relationships at the centre. It was developed by John Hendry OAM based on his 50 years experience as an educator. Relationships that form in the educational environment are the bedrock for everything else that happens.

Read more in our RbE pages. 

Conference speakers

The conference will be opened by the Minister for Education, Natalie Hutchins.
John Hendry will introduce the concept of Relationship based Education, followed by academic Kristin Reimer speaking on how the RbE philosophy can help in the classroom.
Then we’ll hear from teachers and principals who are actually putting RbE into practice. You’ll hear how it’s been working at Ocean Grove Primary School and Prahran High School. John Hendry has worked with both these schools to implement the RbE philosophy, so you can hear how it works ‘on the ground’. There will be a chance to ask questions via the chat box.

Top row, from left: Natalie Hutchins (Minister for Education) John Hendry OAM, Kristin Reimer PhD

Bottom row, from left: Scott McCumber (Principal, Ocean Grove Primary School), Andy McNeilly (Mental Health & Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Ocean Grove Primary School), Nathan Chisholm (Principal, Prahran High School), Shannan Roberts (Assistant Principal, Prahran High School)

Full program

Download our Conference brochure for the full program. Opens in new tab


The Conference will be held on Zoom.
Date: Monday 24 October, 10:am – 1:00pm
The Conference is free but registration is essential.

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. 

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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.

Mr Merlino also took questions – here are his answers Opens in new tab, emailed to us after the Conference.

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.

Download Stephen’s PowerPoint slides Opens in new tab

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.