Equity and Diversity

Stepping out, breaking through: choices and challenges in education

Conference 27–28 August 2013
Simonds Stadium, Kardinia Park, Geelong, Victoria

Deakin University and the Geelong Cats proudly presented ‘Stepping out, breaking through: choices and challenges in education’.

This hugely successful conference brought together teachers, community workers and students, offering the unique opportunity to:

  • hear a range of perspectives on some of the barriers and solutions to achieving positive educational outcomes for young people
  • share information
  • showcase best practice
  • develop professional networks
  • learn with and from young people
  • investigate issues, generate solutions and help break down the barriers
  • review past learnings, current realities and future directions in improving educational outcomes for young people.


More than 150 people attended the conference, from various roles and organisations, including:

  • teachers, education support staff, year level coordinators, school principals
  • community services organisations, youth and case-work staff
  • registered training organisations
  • Commonwealth and Victorian Government Departmental staff
  • current university students, including pre-service teachers
  • university and TAFE general staff and academics.

Keynote speaker

Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz
Steven has been Vice-Chancellor and president at three universities in Australia and England. He holds appointments on councils, boards and think tanks in Australia, the US and the UK.

In the UK, Steven was tasked with reviewing all universities in England to ensure they were providing access to applicants from non-traditional and deprived backgrounds. The report is known as the Schwartz Report. Read more


Over the two days, sessions in a variety of formats helped build shared understanding of the personal, social, institutional and community issues that impact on educational engagement by students from diverse backgrounds. View the program (395 KB).

Many of the presenters have provided their presentations, which can be viewed on the Presentations page.


Contact us

Email sae@deakin.edu.au
Call 03 9251 7112

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Proud partner

Geelong Cats logo

Supported by

City of Greater Geelong logo
Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

26th September 2013