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About the conference

Join us in-person or online! We are hybrid this year!
These are exciting times for HEIA as we present HEIA’s first-ever national conference in a hybrid format—that is, you may attend in-person, or if you prefer you may join the conference online.

After social isolation from our interstate colleagues for so long, we are hoping that as many of you as possible are able to attend in person and make up for lost contact time. The conference planning committee would like to reassure delegates that should sudden border restrictions or a government-imposed lockdown prevent you from travelling to attend the conference, we will transfer you to a virtual delegate and refund the difference in registration fees.

While retaining its historical focus on individual and family wellbeing, the Australian home economics profession has in more recent times expanded its focus to include planetary wellbeing. But contributing to personal, family and planetary wellbeing requires the profession to proactively speak up—to challenge the status quo and to disrupt those systems, processes and policies that mould critical agendas in ways that threaten the basic rights of individuals, families, communities, populations, and indeed the planet—agendas such as keeping women safe from violence, achieving mental wealth for all, building sustainable and culturally rich food futures, addressing fast fashion’s shameful squandering of physical resources and abuse of human resources, and ensuring that artificial intelligence and other technologies work for and do not control the consumer, to name but a few. 

The aim of Home Economics 2021: Igniting critical agendas is to identify and ignite critical agendas relevant to the home economics profession by engaging in deep dialogue and critical thinking to develop creative solutions and challenge the status quo to help build genuine, meaningful and positive change in the local and global communities in which we live and work. And for those working in the education sector, the deep thinking about these critical agendas that will ensure their content knowledge is current will be complemented by equally deep thinking about contemporary curriculum, pedagogy and assessment agendas. 

Major objectives of the conference 

It is intended that the conference will:

  • ignite critical agendas that are relevant to the home economics profession
  • open up the evidence base for these critical agendas
  • develop deep knowledge that underpins the confidence to speak out and challenge the status quo when it impacts negatively on individual, family and planetary wellbeing
  • engage delegates in deep dialogue and critical thinking to develop creative problem-solving methods to address the issues associated with these agendas
  • inspire all home economics professionals to take personal actions to promote futures in which they will be proud to play a part
  • empower home economics professionals in the education sector to take strong and confident actions related to school curricula and to deliver rigorous and exciting programs for the student cohort
  • enable delegates to share views about current and future practices
  • promote contemporary Home Economics
  • promote the value of the work of the home economics profession and the value of the Home Economics Institute of Australia.
Who will attend?

The conference will attract approximately 250 delegates, including:

  • home economics and allied professionals
  • teachers, tertiary educators and tertiary students; and other educators in home economics, social education, food and nutrition, textiles, and families
  • individuals and representatives of organisations interested in individual, family and/or planetary wellbeing as it pertains to everyday practices
  • school administrators.

Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC)

The BCEC is a world-class venue over three levels situated at South Bank, the river heart of Brisbane, in a unique riverside cultural and entertainment precinct that includes the Queensland Performing Arts Complex, the Queensland Museum and Art Gallery, the State library and of course the renowned and celebrated Gallery of Modern Art. It is a stone’s throw to the Brisbane River and Southbank Parklands, where you can view Brisbane from the Brisbane Wheel, stroll, jog, scoot or ride along the boardwalk, take a swim at the Southbank beach, or chill out at one of the many cafes and restaurants. And it is only a short walk from Brisbane CBD.

It is perfect for the conference because:

  • it is very accessible, with the train, bus and ferry arriving almost at the doorstep as well as street parking or under-cover parking at the venue
  • there is ample space for the 300 or so delegates that are expected
  • the venue will provide a fabulous sit-down lunch—no more trying to balance a handbag, conference bag, plate and drink as people edge past you
  • there is plenty of nearby accommodation—hotels or apartments—in the South Bank area, or city hotels a stroll across the bridge.

Brisbane weather in September

The September spring climate is characterised by average temperatures of 15–25°C with warm, sunny days tempered by cool sea breezes and low humidity. Perfect time for a Queensland holiday!  

We encourage you to mark your diary, book your flights and if appropriate, seek approval and funding to support your attendance.

Contact us

Conference management and sponsorship enquiries
Please contact:
Expert Events
PO Box 351, Hamilton Central QLD 4007 Australia
Tel: +61 7 3848 2100

Program enquiries
Please contact:
Dr Janet Reynolds
Tel: 0400 628 880