AEU/IEU 2022 Student Teacher Conference

Diversify your teaching practice!

Friday 1 July 

Your union is a place for everybody! Union business is not only about you as a worker but also about what you bring as a unique individual – diversity is our strength. You are the union, and the union movement does not leave anyone behind. It is the community you can turn to throughout your career for support as a worker and educator, and draw strength from to have your voice heard.  

Our conference keynote speakers, Dr Al Fricker and Belinda Webb, will provide you with evidence-based practical teaching strategies tailored to a diverse range of students. Our panellists, stallholders and comrades will share their commitment to taking action on diverse union issues, helping you on your way to becoming a well-rounded educator. Let’s reconnect again and build our community! 

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Registrations close 9.00am, Monday 27 June.

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Session overview

Keynote speaker 1: Dr Al Fricker 
We are excited to welcome back Al Fricker to this conference space. His session will focus on how to decolonise your classroom, including practical strategies around how to incorporate this into your toolkit of diversity.  

Within Australian classrooms, there are a range of students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse learning needs. As educators, we must be aware of the diversity in our classrooms and constantly develop our skills to ensure that every student has their learning and wellbeing needs met so that they can reach their full potential.

This presentation explores how decolonising the classroom and incorporating First Nations contexts can contribute to supporting the outcomes of all students. It provides a practical approach that can begin to overcome colonisation, embrace and celebrate diversity, and ensure success for all.  

Keynote Speaker 2: Belinda Webb 
The focus on the session is working with kids with diverse learning needs and/or learning disabilities, with a particular focus on ASD and ADHD. 

Belinda is an Education Support Specialist at Covenant College, currently working to support families and teachers working with students with disabilities or additional needs. Belinda is a Special Education Teacher and has held roles as a Behaviour Coach and Behaviour Consultant. This presentation will provide practical strategies to develop your skills in working with students with diverse learning needs and/or learning disabilities, with a particular focus on ASD and ADHD.

Q&A Panel: ‘Voices of the union - How to get active’ 
This panel is made up of a broad range of activists who are connected to core union values through their work. Their methods of activism within the education space help build the world that they want to see. This is your opportunity to hear their strong voices on union-wide issues and learn how to best empower unique perspectives as a future educator.  

Not only do we have a massive day planned with guest speakers, but we will also have: 

  • Networking
  • Music
  • Stalls
  • Nibbles
  • Raffle prizes  


9.30am Registration and morning tea
10.00am Welcome to Country
Wurundjeri Tribe Council
10.10am Introductions
10.30am Speaker: Dr Al Fricker
11.30am Meet the sponsors
12.05pm Break out into university groups
12.45pm Lunch break
1.30pm Speaker: Belinda Webb
2.30pm Q&A Panel
3.30pm Wrap up, where to next?
3.45pm Networking event

The Joint AEU / IEU Student Teacher Conference is proudly sponsored by:


Payment must be made before the day of the conference. Register early – places are limited.


  • AEU member price is $25** Note: Student membership of the AEU is FREE.
  • Non-member price is $50

** To access the AEU / IEU member price, you need to be a member of the AEU and IEU. IEU members will need to become an AEU student member and be logged into your AEU account to access this price. To join the AEU click here.

If you have any queries regarding this conference, please contact Linda McKenzie either by phone 03 9418 4860 or email - [email protected]

Register here

Registrations close 9.00am, Monday 27 June.

Download flyer here

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