The Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) is holding its National Conference and Asia Pacific International Education Forum on the 23, 24 and 25 August 2017 in Brisbane. The event will mark ACPET’s 25 year anniversary.

To celebrate this significant anniversary the conference planning committee has discussed four key messages that illustrate a clear intent and positive language towards the event.

• A time for celebration – We celebrate our history and future
• A time for leadership – With knowledge of our past we will lead the future
• A time to set our future – We will establish the higher standing of private education
• A time to champion quality, students and innovative learning – We celebrate the diversity of our students, of our educators now and in the future

The national conference has traditionally focused on six breakout sessions in total (on the Thursday and Friday) focusing on VET, Higher Education and International sectors. The conference planning committee has taken a different approach to this year’s conference and has determined six key themes and welcomes abstracts that relate to either domestic and/or international students (HE, VET or ELICOS).

By tradition, expressions of interest have normally been called for presenters to provide an abstract for consideration by the committee. Whist this will continue in 2017, the planning committee has decided to accept abstracts where individuals can nominate for their paper to be peer reviewed and then published on the ACPET website after the conference.

Key themes:
As a potential presenter, when considering a key theme (listed below) it will be advantageous to the success of your application, to incorporate the conference’s four key messages as outlined above.

Your application will need to nominate one key theme. They are:
• Students in today’s world
• Leadership and performance
• Getting more out of student data and learner analytics
• The future capabilities of open source learning
• The educator 2020 and beyond
• Ethical behaviours in practice

When completing your abstract you should think through one or more of the following characteristics as a useful guide to your applications content:
• be futuristic about new world student environments;
• be commercially sound yet entrepreneurial;
• include practical approaches to ensuring a quality education experience for students while addressing regulatory and risk issues;
• be cutting edge and technology driven;
• be inspiring yet provoking about the future of education; and
• be student and learning centric.

Guidelines for abstracts:
• All abstracts must be submitted through the online portal
• When considering your abstract ensure you outline the learning outcomes delegates will take away from the experience with a strong emphasis on teaching and learning.
• Presentations are strictly limited to 45 minutes maximum which includes and allows for 5-10 minutes of question and answer time.
• Submitted presentations should not have been presented elsewhere or be under consideration for presentation elsewhere.
• The conference planning committee will apply key criteria when assessing abstracts and will be looking for presentations that are engaging, participative and cutting edge.
• All presenters of accepted abstracts will be expected to pay the conference registration fee and are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses
• Submissions close 6 March 2017.

Key criteria:
Abstracts must:
• align to one of the six key themes
• relate to the four key messages
• be no more than 400 words,
• address how the presentation will be stimulating, yet structured and persuasively argued,
• be methodologically sound, and subsequent papers well evidenced and sources of information are attributed appropriately, and
• clearly outline how the topic contributes to the behaviours and practices of the private training sector.

Peer review and publishing:
A process is in place for presenters, who are selected by the planning committee, who seek to have their conference paper peer reviewed and published on the ACPET website.
Simply nominate your intention on the abstract template in the space provided and once you are confirmed to present, the planning committee will discuss the timeframes and process around peer review and publishing requirements. Peer reviewed papers will be published on the ACPET website.

Review process:
• Abstracts will be reviewed by the conference planning committee.
• You will be advised during March if your abstract has been successful and what day and time you will be required to present at the conference.
• Successful candidates will be contacted by the event manager and provided with further guidelines leading into the conference.
• The decision of the committee will be final and no further correspondence will be entered into.