2022 VATE State Conference



‘It's (our) time’

2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the election of the Whitlam Labor Government. The title of our conference is a riff on Whitlam’s campaign theme, ‘It’s time’, probably the most famous political slogan in Australian history. The Whitlam Government had a profound effect on the fabric of Australia’s educational, cultural, social and political life. Much of what we take for granted as components of Australian society had their beginnings in programs Whitlam initiated.

One of Whitlam’s favourite phrases was ‘contemporary relevance, comrade’. Contemporary relevance, for him, was the touchstone for any worthwhile change, a touchstone which has guided many of VATE’s policies and programs. Worthwhile change, the transformation from seeming outrageous to just the way things are, does take many years, is always a work in progress, even ‘fifty years on’. VATE 2022 invites us to seize Whitlam’s vision, and to continue to be creative, inquisitive, inclusive, resilient and optimistic as we strive to develop these qualities in our students. We need to re-imagine and forge the future out of what has gone before, as Kev Carmody and Paul Kelly’s emblematic anthem, ‘From little things big things grow’, tells us.

You can read the full conference program here.

You can find more information about registering to attend the conference online on the Hybrid State Conference event page.

Please note: If your school faces financial barriers that make purchasing this resource for your students difficult, please contact Kate Gillespie to discuss options.

Giving back: Supporting our wider community

Going Green: The greening of VATE events

Accommodation options

VATE Code of Conduct: Please refer to VATE’s Code of Conduct here.


VATE prioritises the health and safety of our staff, members and the wider education community. It is a requirement of all in-person events that VATE staff and event delegates follow directions issued by Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, COVID government requirements and recommendations, and venue safe practices. VATE will endeavour to provide delegates with current COVID information, however, this is subject to change at any time without notice. Please visit the following websites for further information: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus and https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be emailed to events@vate.org.au. Cancellations received by 12pm five working days prior to the event date will be charged a 15% cancellation fee. Cancellations received after this will receive NO REFUND. Registrations can, however, be transferred to another staff member. Please email events@vate.org.au the details. If you do not attend and have not notified VATE according to the above policy, you will receive no refund.  Please note: If this event is cancelled due to COVID government or venue restrictions, you will receive a full refund.

Catering and special diets (in-person events only)

Coeliac, vegan and other special diets (medical related) can be requested. Please email your special diet request to events@vate.org.au at least seven working days prior to the event. Please note: Approximately 50% of the catering will be vegetarian. You do not need to request this.

Meet the Speakers