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April YFX conference round-up



April 2023

Protecting Children and Youth Online

29–30 April, Sydney

This two-day conference for education professionals will take a fresh look at existing online and offline resources to reduce cyberbulling in schools.
Visit the Protecting Children and Youth Online website

G200 Youth Forum

29 April–3 May 2023
, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

This will be the largest gathering of young leaders in 2023, and will bring together leaders from the G20 Youth Summit with young parliamentarians.
Visit the G200 Youth Forum website


May 2023

Being tech savvy and ‘appy

5–19 May 2023, online

This series of three webinars from ReachOut will help those working with young people to better understand technology to support them in their professional lives
Visit the Being tech savvy and 'appy website

Understanding and Promoting the Mental Health & Wellbeing of Young People

7–8 May 2023, Melbourne

This national conference will be run jointly by Critical Agendas, Young and Well CRC, ReachOut and the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. Visit the Understanding and Promoting the Mental Health & Wellbeing of Young People website

Preventing Female Genital Mutilation Conference

13 May 2023, London

For professionals working in health, education, social care, the police and the third sector.
Visit the Preventing Female Genital Mutilation Conference website

The 3rd Annual Child Aware Approaches Conference

18–19 May 2023, Melbourne

Visit the 3rd Annual Child Aware Approaches Conference website

The 2nd Annual Australian & New Zealand Eating Disorders and Obesity Conference

18–19 May 2023, Surfers Paradise
Visit the Eating Disorders Australia website

Positive Schools: Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference

21 May–12 June 2023, Several venues
Brisbane, Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney

Visit the Positive Schools website

The Mental Health in Schools Conference: Positive approaches to educating Millennials

21–22 May 2023, Sydney

28–29 May 2023 Melbourne

Visit the Mental Health in Schools website


June 2023

No 2 Bullying Conference

29–30 June 2023, Gold Coast

This well-organised conference has keynote speakers locked in.
Visit the No 2 Bullying website

Regional Youth Development Officers Network (RYDON) Youth Conference

29–30 June 2023, Newcastle

The theme is ‘Stuff That REALLY Works’, and will explore programs, strategies and ideas for working with young people.
Visit the RYDON website

Australian Youth Mentoring Conference 2023

29–30 June 2023, Canberra

This year’s theme will be ‘Home. School. Work.’.
Visit the Australian Youth Mentoring Conference


July 2023

24th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference, ‘No Frills’

6–8 July 2023, Sydney

The themes for this year’s conference will be ‘Youth, Pathways, and Skills’. Abstracts have now closed and registrations open in March.
Visit the National Vocational Education and Training Resource Conference website

19th Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association

8–11 July 2023, Wellington, New Zealand

The theme will be ‘Growing healthy children, young people and families’.
Visit the Conference of the Australiasian Human Development Association website


August 2023

Tasmanian Youth Conference

6–7 August 2023, Launceston
This conference will provide an opportunity for the broader youth sector to come together with young people.
To submit an expression of interest, visit the Tasmanian Youth Conference website. Registrations will open in May.

Australian YouthAOD Conference

13-14 August 2023, Melbourne
This conference is for workers who are interested in the best possible care for young people experiencing drug and alcohol problems.
For more visit the Australian YouthAOD Conference website


September 2023

Australian Social Policy Conference: Rights and entitlements in times of austerity

28–30 September 2023, Sydney

The call for papers for this conference closes on 20 April.
Visit the Australian Social Policy Conference website


October 2023

Youth for Change Conference

2–4 October 2023, Brisbane
This is the Create Foundation’s conference and is open to all children and young people in out-of-home care as well as carers, government employees and anyone else working in the sector.
For more information visit the website. Grant applications for young people to attend the conference close on 1 July.

Third International Youth Mental Health Conference

8–10 October 2023, Montreal, Canada

Visit the IAYMH website


November 2023

Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference

9–10 November 2023, Melbourne
Youth unemployment will feature prominently in this event, which is an initiative of the Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Association.
For more information visit the website. Abstracts close on 30 July.

Youth Health Conference 2023

11–13 November 2023, Melbourne
Abstracts for this conference are now open and must be submitted online by 30 June.
For more information visit the website.