Parklands Resort 2023

Our fifth Forum was hosted at the Parklands Resort in Mudgee.

The focus of the 2023 Forum was “a time to thrive”. This was an opportunity for us to come together to reflect on the journey we have travelled so far, and look forward as we work towards putting Early Childhood Education and Care at the forefront of the minds of Government and the wider community.

Watch the overview video

Keynote Speakers

Andy Saunders
Dr Leanne Gibbs

Forum Gallery


attendees from across the country


attending services


speakers across 16 sessions
for 3 dedicated streams

Key Themes

A time to thrive.

With the theme “a time to thrive”, being able to adapt, grow and develop were key areas of focus and the Forum covered a wide range of topics.

These included advocacy and growth in rural and remote education, inclusive practices, philanthropy, approved learning frameworks, supporting diverse families, music and movement and well-being.

Directors, administrators, and Department representatives had roundtable opportunities, allowing them to engage and share ideas about sector topics.

Key topics discussed:

  • Advocacy & growth
  • Inclusive practices
  • Leadership
  • Philanthropy
  • Music and movement
  • Well-being
  • Privacy & Data
  • Approved learning frameworks
  • Supporting diverse families

Loved the whole program, great variety in every stream.


Rural + Remote Forum: Looking Back

2019 RRF Forum

Dubbo Western Plains Zoo
28th February – 1st March 2019


2020 RRF Forum

Dubbo Rhino Lodge
26th February – 28th February 2020


2021 RRF Forum

Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains
21st March – 23rd March 2021


2022 RRF Forum

Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains
16th March – 18th March 2022