NOEC 2024

National Outdoor Education Conference (NOEC) 2024

Outdoor Education Australia, together with co-host Outdoors Victoria, will host the National Outdoor Education Conference (NOEC) 2024 from Wednesday, 4th, at 2:00 pm to Friday, 6th December 2024 (event finishes at 4:00 pm).

This is a biennial Conference held nationwide for 46 years since 1978. It is the first time NOEC has been held in Victoria since 2007. We expect around 600 people from the sector, and tickets will sell out, so don’t miss out on booking your tickets!

NOEC 2024 Promo Video by 1 Minute Media

The event will be held at the beautiful Federation University Australia’s Gippsland Campus, Victoria, which is less than 2 hours south-east of Melbourne. There will be coach services from Tullamarine Airport for inter-state or international participants. More information to come. There will be a number of accommodation options, including camping with hot showers and accommodation in the University residences, with bookings open later in April. We will also be providing information about offsite accommodation options at that time.

You can expect inspiring keynote presenters, a hall of over 30 exhibitors (apply to exhibit HERE!), including equipment businesses, NFPs, and government agencies brimming with resources, ample networking opportunities, and carefully crafted professional development sessions and workshops that will inspire innovation and empower you to thrive in a dynamic and changing environment.

We plan to create a comprehensive program that covers a range of important topics across FIVE different streams:

  • Outdoor education discovery: Profiling the latest developments
  • The restorative nature of the Outdoors: Growing community health & wellbeing
  • Indigenous connections & diverse communities: Embracing different perspectives
  • Action on climate change: Embedding sustainable practices & being climate-ready
  • Strong foundations: Building quality operations & supporting thriving teams

Pre-order a unique NOEC 2024
T-shirt and take home a great souvenir of this fantastic event, which happened last in Victoria in 2007!

Introducing our first keynote speaker for NOEC 2024, Dr. Benny Wilson!

Dr. Benny Wilson is a Jagera man who has strong relationships with Country in Meanjin/Brisbane, Karulkiyalu Country around Brewarrina, and Darkinjung Country along the Central Coast of New South Wales.

His research mainly concerns story and its intersection with place based pedagogies. The work that he has became mainly known for is Country as Teacher, which is an approach based on the wisdom of his old people and was formed in partnership with his brother David Spillman. This work, which was the central focus of his doctoral thesis, largely concerns how to develop a pedagogical approach that centralises the importance of Australian teachers exploring personal and shared stories to develop strong and reciprocal relationships with the places they inhabit.

In 2022, Benny won the AAUT Neville Bonner Award for University Teaching and the ACT NAIDOC Indigenous Scholar of the Year for this work.   

Benny is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Canberra working primarily in initial teacher education.

Meet Our MC, Beth Batchelor!

Beth has 20 years of experience within a variety of teaching roles in Australia and the UK. Having completed a BEd (Primary) she has led curriculum design, outcomes measurement and innovative pedagogy in a range of educational settings.

Her teaching practice was grounded in working in alternate schools to support access to education for disadvantaged young people. She has extensive experience leading in special needs and mainstream schools and is currently a Leading Teacher with Somers School Camp.