Rethinking Multicultural Education: Research, Policy, Practice Conference

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  • Examining the current state of multicultural education
  • Meeting the challenges of cultural and linguistic complexity
  • Addressing the needs of school communities in the 21st century

Rethinking Multicultural Education: Research, Policy, Practice is a two day conference bringing together researchers, policy makers, school executive and classroom teachers to explore the current state of multicultural education in NSW and Australia.

The event is the culmination of Rethinking Multiculturalism, Reassessing Multicultural Education (RMRME), an Australian Research Council Linkage Project between researchers from the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney, the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC), and the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES).

Day 1 will present findings from the RMRME project over three sessions incorporating panels  of academic, policy, teaching and community representatives.

Day 2 will present issues in current multicultural education research and offer an extensive program of professional learning in anti-racism, community engagement, English as an Additional Language/ Dialect (EAL/D) and refugee education. Practitioners  will discuss policy implications and present models of successful school practice.

RMRME Project Reports 

The following Reports will be discussed on Day 1 of the conference: 

Conference Program

Presenters and Biographies 

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Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner  
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Associate Professor Megan Watkins, UWS  
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Professor Greg Noble, UWS 
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Ian Tapuska, Liverpool Primary School 
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Professor Kevin Dunn, UWS
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Associate Professor Julie Matthews, University of Adelaide
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Professor Fethi Mansouri, Deakin University
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Professor Andrew Markus, Monash University

Session presenters and panellists include:

  • Associate Professor Jenny Hammond (University of Technology, Sydney)
  • Paul Martin (Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards)
  • Jennifer Starink (Mitchell High School)
  • Hanya Stefaniuk (Secretariat Ministerial Advisory Group on Literacy and Numeracy)
  • Priscilla Brice (All Together Now)
  • Lyndall Foster (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority)
  • Zeynep Testoni (Canterbury Boys High School)
  • Jing Han (Special Broadcasting Service)
  • Pino Migliorino (Cultural Perspectives/Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia)
  • Ann Young (Hurlstone Agricultural High School)

Download the Keynotes and panellists biographies here (opens in a new window)(PDF,824KB).

Venue, Transport and Accommodation 

The conference will be held in Building EA of the University of Western Sydney Parramatta South campus, located at the corner of Victoria Road and James Ruse Drive, Rydalmere, New South Wales, Australia. Download 'Getting to and from UWS Parramatta campus' (opens in a new window) (PDF, 347KB) for information on how to reach the University by public transport.

Complimentary parking is offered to all registered guests (a parking permit will be emailed to you once your registration has been confirmed).

Budget accommodation - There is a list of budget accommodation options available in and around Parramatta on the Discover Parramatta website (opens in a new window). For any further information on the hotel and facilities, please contact the hotel directly. 

Information for NSW Public School Teachers

Important information for NSW Public School teachers* and other Department of Education and Communities staff who have registered for this conference: 

  • Your principal/manager should approve your participation in this event. 
  • Funds to cover the cost of your attendance such as relief, travel and accommodation should be discussed with your principal/manager. 
  • All teachers wishing to gain BOSTES accreditation for either Day 1 and/or Day 2 should bring their Institute (BOSTES) number with them on the day and provide it at sign on.
  • Registration includes complimentary morning tea and lunch on both days. 

*If you are a NSW Public School teacher who is attending the conference as a presenter, please see 'Information for Presenters' tab below.  

Information for Presenters

  • Presenters are welcome to attend any session on day 1 or 2 of the conference and are asked to register their attendance by emailing Helen Barcham at Please disregard previous advice concerning registration.  Morning tea and lunch will be provided on each day.
  • All rooms are equipped with the following AV facilities: computers, data projectors and Wi Fi access.
  • Presenters should bring any powerpoint presentations on a USB on the day and upload onto the computer in the rooms in which they are presenting during the break prior to their presentation to prevent any delays.
  • Please check the program and map for the location of your room.
  • Please introduce yourself to the chair prior to the commencement of your session.
  • Funds to cover presentation costs for NSW Public School teachers will be provided to their schools.

    *NSW Public School teacher presenters who are also attending the conference as participants and who wish to claim this professional learning for accreditation purposes, should register via the registration page (opens in a new window).

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Conference Program

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