The Other 18 Hours

Wednesday 5 July 2017 – Friday 7 July 2017
Sea World Resort, Gold Coast
$700 for Members
$750 for Non-Members


The 6 hours spent each day in the classroom are very important. But the ‘Other 18 Hours’ per day (24 on the weekend!) are critical to students’ success, engagement and wellbeing.

Join us at the Boarding Australia National Conference to hear stimulating keynote speakers and workshop presenters discuss initiatives that strengthen student engagement, foster participation and community connection, as well as contribute to academic achievement.

Mix with like-minded people over a cocktail reception and dinner at the amazing Sea World Resort.

If you arrive early or plan on staying in the Gold Coast for an extra few days, take advantage of a discounted entry rate of $70.00 per person to Sea World, Movie World and Wet’n’Wild. This ticket will provide unlimited access.



The program for the conference has something for anyone working in boarding. The broad themes of each session of the conference are detailed below*.

Plenary presentations will be complemented by smaller breakout sessions in which delegates can choose topics of interest.

Wednesday 5 July

  • 6pm Registration
  • Networking Event at Waterfall Cafe, Sea World

Thursday 6 July

  • Welcome Address
  • Welcome to Country
  • Plenary – Community Service as Student Engagement (Tracy Bradley, National Communications Manager, Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia)
  • Building Success in Boarding
    • Research in Boarding
    • Engaging Indigenou Girls – a focus on applied learning (Lois Peeler AM, Worawa Aboriginal College)
  • Boarding as a gateway to Education
    • Transition Support – engaging and re-engaging students (NT Transition Support Unit, QLD Transition Support Service)
    • ABSTUDY Q&A – making the most of ABSTUDY (Samantha Franklin CPA)
    • Looking back, looking forward (Aboriginal Hostels Limited)
  • Plenary – Sport and Recreation as a tool for Engagement (Craig Brierty, Chief Operations Officer, Clontarf Foundation)
  • Conference Dinner – Paradise Room, Sea World from 6.30pm

Friday 7 July

  • Risk management in boarding (David Griffiths, Managing Director, CompliSpace)
  • Trauma Informed Care (Clinton Schultz, Registered Psychologist, Marumali Consultations)
  • Boarding Case Studies (NRL Cowboys House)
  • Boarding trends and implications for professional development (Dr Steve Florisson)
  • Parent and Community Engagement
    • Remote Indigenous Parents Association – achievements and ambitions
    • Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association – video presentation
  • Conference officially closes at 12:30pm, with lunch following.
  • Boarding Australia Annual General Meeting (1.00pm)

*Subject to change.





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Craig Brierty
Chief Operations Officer
Clontarf Foundation


Craig Brierty is the Chief Operations Officer at Clontarf Foundation and has been influential in the development of the programme. With a Bachelor of Education, Craig taught for 20 years and spent 8 years as a Primary School Principal. Throughout his time with the Education Department he was involved in curriculum development as well as developing programs to address students at educational risk and school leadership.

Craig joined Clontarf Foundation in 2003 and bringing with him a strong education background, he is an integral part of the management team. His role within the Foundation is multi-faceted, involving employment, curriculum development within the schools and building relationships with partners including the Education Department.

The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so equips them to participate meaningfully in society.

Since opening its first Academy for boys in 2000, the Foundation has grown to cater for about 5,500 boys in 91 schools across Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.




Tracy Bradley
National Communications Manager
Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia


Tracy is a highly experienced marketing and communications professional with strong strategic and team leadership capabilities, with over 16 years experience across a range of industries, including FMCG, Not-for-Profit and B2B. Tracy joined The Duke of Edinburgh as National Communications Manager in March 2015.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a leading structured (non-formal education) youth development program, empowering all young Australians between age 14 to 25 to explore their full potential regardless of their location or circumstance. The Award is a fully inclusive program and has no social, political , or religious affiliations.




David Griffiths
Managing Director


David is a Managing Director and co-founder of CompliSpace, a company supporting over 500 Australian, non-government schools with managing their risk, compliance and regulatory obligations.

Having held roles in private practice, as a senior manager in an ASX 200 company and in-house with a market regulator, David has extensive experience from both sides of the regulatory fence.

David sits on several not-for-profit boards and is a regular presenter on behalf of various industry and educational bodies on issues relating to corporate governance, risk management and compliance. David holds an MBA from Oxford University and a Masters in Law from the University of Sydney.

Clinton Schultz
Registered Psychologist
Director of Marumali Consultations


Clinton is a Gamilaroi man and a registered psychologist. Clinton founded Marumali Consultations in 2010 after identifying a clear gap in access to culturally appropriate mental health services in South East Queensland.
Previously Clinton has acted as a Vice Chair for the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association (AIPA) and he currently sits on several state and national advisory groups.

Clinton specialises in providing Employee Psychological Services (EPS) and Employee Assistant Program (EAP) services for Aboriginal workers, men’s wellbeing, cultural competence auditing and training, cross-cultural psychological and business management services, and Aboriginal focused mentoring and supervision.

Currently undertaking his PhD with Griffith University, Clinton is focusing his research towards holistic wellbeing for members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce. Clinton’s research interests extend to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social and Emotional Wellbeing, men’s wellbeing, institutional discrimination, and cultural and interdisciplinary education in tertiary settings.



Discounted conference delegate rates are available should you wish to stay with Sea World for the event. These rates are also available for up to 3 days prior and post the event. View the rates and book here.

Getting to Sea World from the airport is easy – the Con-x-ion Airport Shuttle runs from both Coolangatta and Brisbane airports, directly to Sea World. Book online now.




*Book three delegates and we will reflect your discounted third person rate when we send you an invoice.



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