Start 2023 off on the right foot ….

The 2023 Rural and Remote Forum will be held in the beautiful Mudgee Region at the Parklands Resort & Conference Centre on 15-17 March. Named by the Wiradjuri clan, Mudgee originates from the aboriginal word Moothi, meaning ‘nest in the hills’ or ‘resting place’, a perfect location for us all to take the time to breathe, settle in and connect.

The focus of the 2023 Forum is “a time to thrive”. This is 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.

We look forward to sharing this rewarding experience with you all. 

About the Forum

Our annual Rural and Remote Forum is a unique opportunity for leaders, educators and administrators to come together to learn, share experiences and connect.

  • Dedicated professional development streams for Leaders, Educators and Administrators working in Early Childhood Education and Care.
  • Round Table opportunities to have direct conversations with Policy Makers and Government Leaders. 
  • Connect and share with others to build networks for regional and rural workers. 
  • Attend break-out sessions and workshops. Hear from experts on how to build on your leadership skills, and share how you have led your team to achieve positive outcomes.
  • An important opportunity for team building and professional development.
  • Share stories and build partnerships.

Keynote Speakers

Andy Saunders

Andy Saunders, a proud Biripi man and the father of four, has an extraordinary ability to use humour to break down barriers and stereotypes as well as provoke thought.

Andy has been part of the Australian Government ‘Stop it at the Start’ campaign, promoting the importance of role modelling respect to children and encouraging others to call out disrespect of women.

Andy says his favourite saying of all time is “children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see”. He adds “what I am trying to say is that we send messages to our kids without even saying anything, because our kids are still getting messages from parents and carers that they will take to any world. They see all, they hear all, they soak it all in and in some way they become what we are”.

This Keynote address is sure to leave you laughing, but also reflecting on the important role educators can play in shaping children’s futures.

Dr Leanne Gibbs

Dr Leanne Gibbs is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Charles Sturt University. Leanne has worked in the early childhood education (ECE) for over 35 years. She has a PhD in ECE leadership, along with qualifications in education, public policy, politics, leadership and management. Leanne’s roles have included teacher and director of ECE programs, adviser and manager with local, state and federal government and principal researcher.

She has managed professional development programs for major providers and was Chief Executive Officer of an Australian sector peak.  Leanne is an active member of not-for-profit Boards. She is an author, researcher, and podcaster. Her research interests are leadership, management and governance and their influence upon social justice and ECEC quality.

It’s a privilege to work with early childhood education professionals who are passionate about their work with children, families and each other.”

The Venue

Our 2023 Rural and Remote Forum is being held at the
Parkland Resort and Conference Centre in Mudgee. A special accommodation discount rate will be available for Rural and Remote Forum attendees.

Mudgee offers a range of accommodation options, and with it’s beautiful location and world class food and wine, why not take the opportunity to spend some time in the Mudgee region after the Forum.

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Entertainment: Isaac Compton

The 2023 Rural and Remote Forum is supported by the NSW Department of Education


To be put on a waitlist for this event please contact

End of Financial Year Offer

9 – 30 June 2022 – CLOSED

Member 3 ticket package – $1869
Member single ticket -$685
Non-member single ticket – $750

Early Bird

1 July – 30 Sept 2022 – CLOSED

Member 3 ticket package – $1959
Member single ticket – $730
Non-member single ticket – $860

Standard Ticket

1 October 2022 – CLOSED

Member 3 ticket package $2049
Member single ticket $925
Non-member single ticket – $1030

Watch an overview of the 2022 Forum