Social Program

To add social functions to your registration, please re-enter your record via the registration link and update accordingly. You are also able to just register for a social function or pre-conference event without being a conference attendee. Please tick social function only or pre-conference workshop when registration type is required.

Speed Mentoring

Are you an experienced manager looking to revitalise your career? Are you fairly new in a senior position in an English Australia member college? Have you recently stepped into the role of a Senior teacher, Director of Studies, Marketing Manager or General Manager?

Would you value the opportunity to meet one-on-one with experienced managers from across the industry to learn from their experience and knowledge, and build your network of peers at the same time?

In this facilitated and structured session, you will have 6 x 10 minute mini-meetings with experienced managers of English Australia member colleges from across the country, and have the opportunity to exchange perspectives on a range of matters of importance to you.

If you are attending the English Australia Conference, why not add this to your program and get even more from this annual event?

This is an English Australia member college event only.

Date: Wednesday 20 September 2017
Time: 1645 – 1745 hours
Location: Hilton Adelaide
Cost: $25
Dress: Business/smart casual

Welcome Event

The two hour Conference Welcome Event will be a key networking opportunity for delegates. Enjoy a drink and substantial finger food as you chat with colleagues and contacts from around Australia. If you’re planning to attend the Welcome Event, you might also want to consider beginning your networking earlier by adding on the Speed Mentoring event.

Date: Wednesday 20 September 2017
Time: 1800-2000 hours
Location: Hilton Adelaide – industry exhibition
Cost: Included for fulltime registered delegates
Tickets: $75 per ticket
Inclusions: Substantial finger food and beverages
Dress: Business/smart casual

Gala Dinner

Dine with colleagues and friends at our ELICOS industry Gala Dinner and Awards Event at the National Wine Centre. Dinner will include a 3 course meal and beverages as well as the conferral of the 2017 English Australia Awards. Then dance the night away with our live band. Return coach transfers will be provided from the Hilton Adelaide to the National Wine Centre.

Date: Thursday 21 September 2017
Time: 1900 – 2300 hours
Location: National Wine Centre
Cost: $150
Inclusions: 3 course meal, beverages and live entertainment
Dress: Cocktail attire, lounge suit
Limit: Gala Dinner numbers are limited – tickets will not be available for sale at the conference


Networking breakfasts

The breakfasts will serve hot food in addition to fruit and croissants

The English Australia networking breakfasts will be a great opportunity to sit down with your peers and review and re-shape the future of your area of interest over a light breakfast. Each breakfast will be facilitated by a leader in the industry.

Date: Friday 22 September 2017
Time: 0730 – 0845 hours

Academic Managers breakfast – Motivating Teachers
Facilitated by members of the NSW Academic Managers’ SIG, Ademir Cortes, Aparna Jacob and Sandra Pitronaci.

Marketing breakfast – Alumni as Brand Ambassadors
Facilitated by Gretchen Dobson

Teacher’s breakfast – Empowering yourself as a teacher: Questions, challenges, opportunities
Facilitated by Professor Anne Burns

Location: Hilton Adelaide
Cost: $30.00
Inclusions: Plated hot breakfast, fruit and croissants
Dress: Business/smart casual

GrEAt Debate

The highly anticipated closing session of the conference has been a program highlight for the past two years. Entertaining and controversial, this is the session that makes the delegates stay until the closing words.

Date: Friday 22 September 2017
Time: 1500 – 1530 hours
Location: Hilton Adelaide

Conference catering

Lunches and morning and afternoon teas on Thursday and Friday are included for fulltime delegates and for day delegates on their day of registration.

Cancellation policy

The conference reserves the right to cancel or vary optional activities if minimum numbers are not reached. Regrettable, optional social functions and additional ticket cancellations cannot be refunded if participation is cancelled less than 72 hours prior to the event.


English Australia and MCI Australia and their agents act only as organisers of these activities and do not accept responsibility for any act or omission on the part of service providers. No liability is accepted for any inaccuracy, misdescription, delay, damage, death or person injury.