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Bridging the Divide Summit 2023

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Event description

Youth Development Australia (YDA) and the Australian Education Union (AEU) are co-hosting the ‘Bridging the Divide Summit’ to be held in Melbourne at Centrepiece at Melbourne Park on the 30-31 October, 2023.

Over two days the Bridging the Divide Summit aims to bring together over 1,000 educators from early childhood, primary and secondary education along with TAFE teachers, students, and other stakeholders to discuss, debate, and offer solutions and a roadmap to address inequity in education.

Bridging the Divide is not just a talk fest

The Bridging the Divide Summit is a strategic opportunity to join other stakeholders from across Australia to outline the challenges, as well as the aspirations and solutions needed in ensuring that every child and young person has access to the best quality education that can be provided.

➤ The Summit will provide a roadmap for addressing inequity and inequality in education.

➤ This Summit will be hybrid with options to attend both in-person and online. 

The Australian Education Union

The Australian Education Union (AEU) represents Australian public school, early childhood, and TAFE teachers, education leaders, and education support staff industrially and professionally. It represents over 185,000 members.

The AEU has been campaigning for some time to have public schools funded at a level that provides every child and young person with the best quality education, regardless of their background or circumstances.

AEU Members receive a 20% discount. Refer to your AEU channels for how to claim this discount.

Youth Development Australia

Youth Development Australia Ltd (YDA) was created in 2005 as a platform for change and as a way of exploring, developing, and implementing innovative youth development initiatives. YDA has a foundational commitment to disadvantaged young Australians. The participation of young Australians in the building of their future is a core value. Exercising independence, YDA seeks to be a ‘platform for change’ and a vehicle that young people can use to realise their ambitions and meet their needs in the 21st Century world to come.

What the summit aims to achieve

The Summit will bring together a wide range of stakeholders to decide on what we should Keep, Change and Create in order to build an equitable education system that provides the best quality education for all children and young people that equips them to fully participate in work and the community.

The Bridging the Divide Summit 2023 has four primary objectives:

➤ Keep

To examine what we need to keep in order to achieve an equitable education system for all. We can’t throw the baby out with the bath water. We need to acknowledge and take forward the best of what we currently do.

➤ Change

To explore what we need to change, adjust or enhance to create early education providers, primary and secondary schools, and TAFE that are appropriately funded/resourced to provide all children and young people with a quality education that provides them with the best opportunity for their future.

➤ Create

To discuss, debate, and agree on what’s missing and what needs to be created to provide a quality and equitable education system for all children and young people.

➤ Act

To contribute to a discussion on what we need to do collectively to ensure that we get all governments to act to make the changes necessary to achieve an equitable education system.

Concession Tickets

Anyone aged under 30 years, students, and concession cardholders are eligible for the concession rate.

Bulk Orders

Please note that when placing bulk orders you will need to have the details of each attendee on the order; only the person who makes the purchase can edit the order, and other attendees on the order cannot edit it. 

If you would like to make a bulk purchase but do not have the details of all attendees on the order please email

Payment Options - Invoice, AfterPay and Zip Pay

Orders can be paid for via invoice, just go through the ticket registration process, and at the end select an invoice as your payment option and fill in the invoice details. 

AfterPay and Zip Pay are also available as payment options. 

Accessibility Statement

YDA and the AEU value diversity and are committed to ensuring that this is an inclusive event. If there is anything you require to make this event more inclusive and accessible please let us know via

If you have any accessibility requirements, please purchase your ticket by Friday 20 October, so that we have time to make sure all arrangements are in place to meet your needs. There is no guarantee that any accessibility requirements that are submitted after this date will be able to be met. 

Diversity Statement

YDA and the AEU value diversity and are committed to ensuring that the Bridging the Divide Summit is an inclusive event. We want to develop solutions for everyone, therefore need a community of people at the conference that is representative of the people we want to empower. For more information go to our event website and for questions please email


YDA and the AEU acknowledge that the work undertaken to organise and run this event is on stolen land. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded and wish to pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

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