Australasian Corrections Education Association (ACEA) acknowledge the Traditional Owners of this land on which we are meeting for the 2019 International Conference – the people of the Kulin Nations. We would also like to extend a warm and sincere thank you to any descendants from this country attending the conference. We would also like to pay our respects to Elders past and present.

Welcome Message

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Welcome to Melbourne and the 14th biennial conference of the Australasian Corrections Education Association (ACEA). Melbourne is a city known for its world-class restaurants, festivals, sporting events, arts and thriving neighbourhoods. I can’t think of a better location for ACEA to meet, share professional learning and insights, be challenged with new ideas and enjoy each other’s company.

The ACEA conference is the premier Australasian professional development event for educators, trainers, transitional service providers and agencies providing education and training services to adult and juvenile offenders in custody. The conference offers information and professional development with motivating local and international presenters, master classes for practitioners, panels discussing topical issues, insights into innovative use of technology in custodial settings and networking opportunities. There is something for everyone!

The theme for the 2019 conference is “Unlock Your Potential”. This theme has multi-dimensional focus: identifying and unleashing student potential; enhancing educator and trainer capability to deliver quality programs in complex learning environments; and raising the profile of corrections education as a significant contributor within Australia’s education and training sector.

Why do I attend the ACEA conferences? My membership with ACEA helped broaden my understanding of emerging correctional education policy and allied practice. ACEA events and conferences enabled me to build lasting professional networks with policy makers, management, academics and practitioners across Australasia and further abroad. Information I gathered allowed me to gain insights and understanding planning and implementing effective correctional education programs as well as preparing me with the personal and professional skills and attributes to address the many challenges we face supporting effective student learning in this incredibly complex field.

Your presence is an indication that you are committed to making a positive difference for yourself as a corrections education professional as well as enhancing your contribution in your own jurisdiction. I look forward to meeting with you and your colleagues from around Australasia at this important conference.

Ray Chavez
Australasian Corrections Education Association (ACEA) President