Two Day National Parental Engagement Roundtable

Project Officer: Margaret Hunter

The Two Day National Parental Engagement Roundtable was held on 16-17 September 2013 at 50 Marcus Clark, Canberra ACT 2611. 

The Project brought together 40 participants with representatives from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) representatives from jurisdictions including seven school teams throughout Australia which included the Principal or nominated representative, teacher and parent representative nominated by the Bureau Research Advisory Group. 

The primary goal of the roundtable was to provide a national perspective to inform and support the direction of the development of parental engagement resources, refinement of the framework, including the identification of existing resources for parental engagement which will be added to the existing list of resources on the Bureau website.

The two days were facilitated by Adam Smith and Peter Garrigan, President, Australian Council of State School Organisations and Caz Bosch, President, of Australian Parents Council provided opening remarks.

Matt Davies, Group Manager, Youth and Inclusive Education, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) provided information on the Parental Engagement Agenda.

Stimulus presentations were delivered by Dr Robert Simons, Dr Amanda Day, Martin James, John Watters, Marie Murphy and Gina Milgate. The topics included:

  • Principal and school autonomy and parental engagement
  • Quality Teaching and transparency in relation to parental engagement
  • Reconceptualising parent involvement in Culturally and Linguistically diverse Community (CALD): Partners or peripheral voices?
  • Engaging parents and carers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners.


There were plenty of opportunities provided for participants to network and share ideas about parental engagement after each stimulus presentation.

Evaluation feedback was provided by answering four questions:

  • What do you know?
  • What do you want to know?
  • What have you learned?
  • Any other comments?


The evaluation was completed by 25 participants and initial indications show that the two days were a great success.


Read the full report here