The ‘Doing School Differently’ conference is the pinnacle event hosted by AAFIE. The conference is focused on bringing together a range of participants from across education and academia, social work, psychology, wellbeing, community, family, youth services and Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse specific practitioners to discuss the spectrum of flexible and alternative learning options for young people who don’t always find engagement with mainstream systems easy.

This popular Biennial Conference has been attended by over 1500 delegates in 2016, 2018 and 2022 and has included a range of offerings, including Masterclasses, Keynote presentations, Workshops, Conference Breakfast Presentations, Youth Streams, Yarning Circles and Indigenous Education focused sessions presented by a diverse group of local and international speakers.

Key Highlights: Youth stream for young people, local and international keynote speakers, a showcase of innovative interdisciplinary approaches, dedicated Yarning Space and embedding of indigenous perspectives.

“Superb quality – content and presentations”


“Great mix of content and styles of presenters. The student perspectives were exceptional” 


“The opportunity to network and learn from others was fantastic! Doing school traditionally does not work for so many”


“Loved that the conference is about doing school differently. That alone was a huge benefit and opportunity. It’s a unique and thought provoking conference option”


“The collaborative format of the sessions allowed for many different opinions and thoughts to be shared in an open and accepting environment”


Conference Programs


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