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NSW School Planning Conference

8 November 2022 | Radisson Blu Plaza, Sydney

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Despite the impact of COVID-19 on immigration rates, Australia’s school age population continues to rise, presenting a multitude of challenges. Join us on November 8 at the Radisson Blu, Sydney, for the NSW School Planning Conference. Hear from leading experts and network with industry contacts across all industries involved in school planning.

From 2011 to 2021, total school enrolments in NSW have increased by over 50,000 and this growth will continue. This is greatest in primary schools and of these, schools with more than 700 students have experienced the greatest growth. This has resulted in significant pressure on existing school infrastructure and the need for efficiently delivered new schools that not only accommodate these students, but reflect modern teaching principles and respond to spatial constraints. The recent announcement of Universal Pre-Kindergarten presents another challenge for the coming years as schools prepare for the rollout of this landmark investment into early childhood education.


Dr Kym Simoncini

Associate Professor, University of Canberra

Dr Fatemeh Aminpour

Research Associate, City Futures Research Centre, University of New South Wales

Professor Pasi Sahlberg

Professor of Education, Southern Cross University

Dr Tony Matthews

Senior Lecturer in Urban and Environmental Planning, Griffith University

Sandra Mckay

Principal, Excelsior Public School

Dr Philippa Chandler

Research Fellow, Building Connections, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne

Jeff Allen

Principal, Nambucca Valley Christian Community School

Phillip Tondl

Group Manager - Design and Innovation, Lipman

Ben Coulston

Urban Designer, School Infrastructure NSW

Dr Anne Grunseit

Associate Professor Public Health, University of Technology Sydney

Eve Clark

Health Promotion Officer – School Years, NSLHD Population Health Promotion

Stephen Earp

Head of Planning, EPM Projects

Thierry Lacoste

Founder and Director, Lacoste + Stevenson

Chiang Lim

CEO, Australian Childcare Alliance NSW

Natalia Krysiak

Associate, Hayball

Rachel Faber

Associate - Specialist in Education, DesignInc

Dr Kim Johnstone

Demographer, NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Jo Simmons

Head of Design, Culture & Strategy, Leaf Architecture

Barbara Elvin

Head of Service Delivery, Camp Australia

Andrew Pender

Practice Director, PMDL


when & where

08 Nov 2022

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
27 O’Connell St
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 (02) 8214 0000

Bookings can be made directly with hotel reservations department quoting ‘Event Delegate Rate’ and discount code ‘EVEN10’ via email: or Tel 02 8214 0000.
Alternatively, enter EVEN10 into Promotional code under ‘more search options’ when checking for rates and availability on the hotel website.
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