Welcome from the Convenors

This year, the Australian Association of Special Education is delighted to present the 2024 Conference in partnership with the Western Australian Education Support Principals and Administrators Association (WAESPAA) to invite those working in, and/or associated with the education sector to come together under the 2024 AASE/WAESPAA Conference theme: Empowering Minds, Connecting Hearts. The 2024 theme acknowledges the importance of providing opportunities for academics, educators, families, community members and key stakeholders to come together to collaborate, share knowledge and learn together.   

The 2024 theme acknowledges the importance of people coming together to respond to the diversity of learners in Australian schools. ‘Empowering Minds, Connecting Hearts’ acknowledges the importance of creating learning environments that equip individuals with the essential knowledge, skills, confidence, and resources necessary for making informed decisions.

Educational leadership has a pivotal role in cultivating an environment where learners and educators alike take charge of their educational journey, fostering self-reliance and capability. Connecting Hearts is about establishing a nurturing and inclusive learning environment. Here, educational leaders, teaching staff, and students feel understood, valued, and emotionally connected to each other and to the environment, further enriching their overall development.

We look forward to seeing you all in Fremantle!

Dr Susan Main
2024 AASE/WAESPAA Conference Co-Chair
President, Australian Association of Special Education
WA Chapter

Debi Taylor
2024 AASE/WAESPAA Conference Co-Chair
President, Western Australian Education Support Principals and
Administrators Association

2023 AASE Conference Feedback

Each year we ask our delegates for feedback on their conference experience. Here is what they had to say in 2023!


of 2023 survey respondents said they
"Would recommend this conference to a colleague"


Agreed or Strongly Agreed 
"The topics covered were relevant to my work"


Agreed or Strongly Agreed 
"My needs and expectations were met by this conference"

What were the best aspects of this conference?

The actual use of teaching approaches with students with disabilities.

The vibrancy of everyone's messaging!

The Keynote set up a great start that made everyone so enthusiastic and friendly. It was the BEST conference I have attended!

Thank You to our Platinum Conference Sponsor

The School of Education at Edith Cowan University (ECU) has a long history of transforming lives through education and producing exceptional educators since 1902. As the number one provider of teaching graduates to public schools in WA, the university offers students a breadth of choice, flexibility and unique opportunities.

ECU’s teacher education program is ranked in the top 300 in the world and is the top university in Australia for postgraduate overall educational experience. Our strong reputation for producing quality graduate educators is due to ECU’s dedication in providing professional experience opportunities through our partnerships with over 1,500 schools and early childhood centres in WA.

Key Dates

Early Bird Registration Available
Tuesday, 6th February 2024

Early Bird Registration Closes
Friday, 31 May 2024

Standard Registration Available
Saturday, 1 June 2024

Standard Registration Closes
Tuesday, 29 August 2024

Conference Dates
Wednesday, 4  - Friday, 6 September 2024

Conference Convenor

The Australian Association of Special Education (AASE) is a broad-based non-categorical association concerned with all who have special education needs. 

Western Australian Education Support Principals and Administrators Association (WAESPAA) is a professional association representing the interests of the Education Support sector in all schools.

Conference Secretariat

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