CBCA Victoria - State Conference - 2018

REIMAGINE! New ways with Literature. CBCA Vic Branch State Conference - Saturday May 19th 2018. Supported by the Faculty of Arts & Education Deaken University

original artwork by Lance Balchin - animation by Sarah Fennelly, Deakin University Library


New Ways With Literature

We are excited to announce that the next CBCA Vic State Conference will be held on 19th May 2018 at Deakin University - Geelong - Waterfront Campus.

Conference Bookings are now open.

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Program | Registrations | Venue  | Location | Trade Exhibitors

Thank-you to our Sponsors

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Deakin University Faculty of Arts and Education


For information and queries regarding the CBCA Vic Branch 2018 Conference please contact our Event Organisers as below:

Deakin Event Management Services

Ph: +61 3 5247 9360

Email: cbca2018@deakin.edu.au


The conference program is designed to delight educators and librarians with the power and pleasure of literature for students from pre school to year nine. Particular attention will be given to alignment to the literature stream of the national curriculum for English.

Full program details will be listed on this website when finalised however we are proud to announce..

Keynote Speaker...
  Morris Gleitzman

Presenters include... 
  Boori Monty Pryor (Australia's first Children's Laureate) with Auntie Fay Muir in conversation with Sue Lawson
  Lance Balchin, creator of 'Mechanica' and 'Aquatica'
  Ann James,  Anna Walker & Nikki Greenberg contributing to an illustrators panel
  Dr Louise Paatsch, School of Education, Deakin University
  Shivaun Plozza, Mark Smith & Scot Gardner delivering workshops on 'novel ways with literature for the middle years'.

An afternoon of practical workshops will include the opportunity to engage with creators about illustrative tips and techniques, discuss and learn about digital modes of storytelling, and discover 'novel ways' of interacting with middle and early secondary students.


Early Bird registrations are now open:

$180 CBCA member
$245 non member (includes individual CBCA VIc Branch subscription)

Registration from 31st March (end of Term One 2018)
$220 member
$285 non member (with CBCA branch membership)

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Join us for:

  • Exceptional presenters
  • Stimulating workshops
  • Content aligned to literature in the national curriculum for English
  • Take away resources
  • Engaging trade displays
  • Peer sharing of ideas
  • Delicious food by leading Geelong caterer 'Truffleduck'


Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus

Geelong Waterfront Campus is located on Corio Bay, in the central business district of Geelong. Originally built as Woolstores in 1893, the buildings have been extensively renovated to create a modern and impressive campus centre.

The city of Geelong is a great place to visit during the summer with December being one of the hottest months of the year. The City is home to many local beaches and parks, such as the botanical gardens, so you can enjoy every minute of the sunshine. Central Geelong offers a diverse range of cuisine, wine and activities ranging from cultural, recreational and family friendly.

Greater Geelong is also famous for excellent surf beaches and an amazing wine region with plenty of opportunities to visit local cellar doors and taste some great Australian wines on offer.

Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus

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Travelling to Geelong


All visitors can take flights to Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport and drive, take a shuttle bus or train to the Waterfront Campus (see below for details).

Domestic travelers (or those connecting from Tullamarine Airport) can fly JetStar to Avalon Airport and then drive or take a shuttle bus to the Waterfront Campus (see below for details).


The Waterfront Campus is located approximately one hour's drive from Melbourne (Tullamarine Airport). All the major rental car companies have information desks on-site at the airport. The following Google Map shows the route from Tullamarine Airport to the Waterfront Campus.

Avalon Airport is approximately 20 kilometres from Geelong's central business district. Some of the major rental car companies have information desks on-site at this airport. The following Google Map shows the route from Avalon Airport to the Waterfront Campus.

Airport shuttle

From Tullamarine Airport you can use the Gull Airport Service to travel direct to Geelong. Contact, booking, price, and timetable information can be found on their website. The pick-up and drop-off point for this service closest to Waterfront Campus is the Geelong Railway Station. From there you can take a taxi to your hotel.

From Avalon Airport you can use the Avalon Airport Shuttle to travel direct to Geelong. Contact, booking and price information can be found on their website. Please contact this company directly for information on pick-up and drop-off options in Geelong.


Train travel to Geelong is available but it is not convenient for visitors arriving by plane.

From Tullamarine Airport you can take the Skybus Service to Southern Cross Station in the Melbourne central business district. From Southern Cross Station you can take a V/Line train service to Geelong Railway Station. See the V/Line website for the Geelong timetable, details about fares, bookings, etc. Once you arrive at the Geelong Railway Station you can take a taxi to your hotel.

Please see the information about the Geelong Railway Station for further details.


The Geelong Taxi Network website has information on estimating taxi fares, booking online, etc. The contact number for booking a taxi in Geelong is 131 008.


Trade exhibition opportunities are available for this one day event and we invite those interested to review the booking form for all details. For more information or any queries please contact our events team cbca2018@deakin.edu.au

Trade Exhibition Booking Form