Brazen Hussies and V9 Australian Curriculum Professional Learning

To prepare our teachers to meet the new curriculum expectations around this rich moment in Australia’s history, the ACT History Teachers Association is holding a once-off special PD event in collaboration with colleagues from National Archives of Australia (NAA) and the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD).

This professional development will begin with a presentation and discussion from two history teachers in the ACT who have taught units on this period, who will share their unit and lesson plans with teachers connecting.

We will then be joined by a stellar panel to discuss this period of history, including some of the core players from the movement.

The panel will include:

  • Elizabeth Reid AO – the world’s first ever Women’s Adviser, within the Whitlam Government.
  • Biff Ward- Women’s Liberation activist, author.
  • Producers from the film ‘Brazen Hussies’, a nation-leading documentary on this period.
  • Angela Burroughs- AEU ACT President, to discuss the role of unions through this period.


To join us in person, please register through Eventbrite booking: Brazen Hussies & V9 Australian Curriculum Tickets, Thu 26/10/2023 at 3:30 pm 

For online access, visit:

HTAA Conference Registration Live!

We are pleased to announce, on behalf of Ann Parry the President of the ACT HTA and Conference Convenor, that registration is now live!

Register now

(Or, if you’re an early career teacher apply for the Hilary Brettell Scholarship)

We have a Summarised Conference Program available. We are excited to have a stellar lineup of keynotes from the UK’s Professor Alice Roberts to Australia’s very own Professor Frank Bongiorno and Richard Fidler, with more exciting keynotes to be announced soon. 

There will also be 35 engaging and diverse papers by academics and educators from across Australia. There are a significant number of sessions that cover Australian Curriculum V9 changes, in particular Year 7 and Year 9. There is also content suitable for seniors (11-12). Watch this space for a full Program soon!

The registration fee for the Conference does not include the evening events, however, all are welcome to attend and tickets for these events will be available shortly.  

Here’s a taster of what to expect!

·        Tuesday evening – Welcome Reception at Floriade

·        Wednesday evening – Cocktails in the House with Barrie Cassidy at Old Parliament House

·        Thursday evening – Conference Dinner with Richard Fidler (journalist and author) at the National Museum of Australia

The Conference venue for Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 of October is at the Canberra Theatre Centre, Playhouse

Canberra Theatre Centre Playhouse

The Conference Venue for Friday 6 October is at the Australian National University, Kambri Cultural Centre.About – KambriWe look forward to welcoming you to the Conference.

2023 Hillary Brettell Scholarship

Applications for the 2023 Hillary Brettell Scholarship are now open!!!! 

If you are an early career educator (first 5 years of teaching) and interested in participating in this year’s History Teachers Association of Australia’s National Conference, the ACT HTA is now accepting nominations for the Hilary Brettell Scholarship. This scholarship is in honour of our late esteemed colleague and past President of the ACT History Association.

This year’s conference will be held in Canberra from the 4-6 October, 2023. The 2023 focus for the National Conference is Contested Histories –

The ACT History Teachers Association will provided the following to FOUR early career educators:
  • Registration to all 3 days of the conference, including the conference’s Gala Dinner.
  • Individual Association Membership for 2024, with the expectation that recipient/s continue to support the ACT HTA the following year.

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HTAA National Conference

The Australian Capital Territory History Teachers Association (ACTHTA) is the 2023 Conference Convenor for the History Teachers’ Association of Australia (HTAA) National Conference in Canberra.

Several Conference ticket options are available so delegates can choose their own adventure and attend 2 Conferences, 1 Conference, or 1 day of either Conference.

A rich social program enables you to choose events to your Canberra experience, including:

  • Tuesday evening – Welcome Reception at Floriade
  • Wednesday evening – Cocktail Soiree at Old Parliament House
  • Thursday evening – HTAA Conference Dinner at the National Museum of Australia, with Richard Fidler (journalist and author)

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Call for Papers – National History Teacher Conference 4-6 October

We are excited to announce the National History Teachers’ Conference 2023 will be held in Canberra, presented by the HTAA and hosted by the ACT affiliate.

This year’s theme is Contested Histories.

If you are wanting to present a paper at the conference please submit the online form.

If you’d like to discuss any ideas you may have for a paper please email us.

Conference Convenor: President of the ACT, Ann Parry.

Conference Secretariat: National Capital Educational Tourism Project (NCETP), contact: send email

Simpson Prize 2024

The 2023 Simpson Prize is now finalised with the Canberra Study Program delivered in March and the Singapore Study Program delivered in April. All the students and their teacher chaperones have now settled back into their everyday school lives.

What a wonderful start to 2023 it has been for these young leaders whom I know will be forever changed by their Simpson Prize experiences.  Here’s a powerful quote from one of this year’s SP Winners –

‘I feel privileged that I was involved in the 2023 Simpson Prize Singapore program and would highly encourage all Year 9 and 10 students to enter the competition. This experience has opened my eyes, we are not just children of Australia but we are children of the world.’

Please find attached information about the 2024 Simpson Prize. Please consider this rich learning opportunity for your students.