The FAQs below provide additional information about the Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Summit. If your question is not answered below, please email

Is there a registration fee to attend the Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher Summit?

No, the summit is free for teachers nationally certified as Highly Accomplished or Lead. However, nationally certified teachers must join the Network and register to attend the Summit.

Learn more about the Network

I'm traveling from interstate, will accommodation be provided?

AITSL will provide one night's complimentary accommodation on Friday 17 March for the first 100 nationally certified teachers to register who will be traveling to Sydney from interstate.*

This accommodation will be at the Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach in Brighton Le Sands, New South Wales, the same venue as Summit 17. After you register for the Summit, AITSL will contact you with your accommodation confirmation.

To learn more about the Summit location please visit

* Accommodation bookings will depend on room availability at the venue. Confirmation of accommodation will be provided to attendees after registration.

How about transport to/from the Summit?

Transport to and from the Summit is the responsibility of individual attendees. Attendees traveling from interstate are encouraged to book flights to and from Sydney as soon as possible.


What if I want to arrive earlier or stay longer in Sydney?

After receiving your accommodation confirmation from the AITSL team, please contact the Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach directly to add additional nights to your stay. A discount group booking code and hotel information will be included with your registration confirmation. 

A limited number of rooms will be available at the discounted group booking room rate of $239 per night for attendees arriving the night before (Thursday night) or staying through Saturday night. Please note that any additional nights of accommodation will be at the attendee's own cost. The discount group booking code for additional nights of accommodation will be provided with your registration confirmation. 

What if my plans change and I can’t attend?

Schools and early childhood settings are exceptionally busy places and we acknowledge plans may change. In the event you are no longer able to attend, please contact us immediately on

Cancellation of attendance prior to Friday 24 February 2017 will not incur a fee. However, cancellation after this date will incur a late cancellation fee. This will be invoiced to your school or site and is to cover venue and catering costs incurred by AITSL.

What time will the summit begin and end?

Registration will begin at 9.00 am Friday 17 March, and the Summit will conclude at 3.00 pm on Saturday 18 March.

I wasn't able to attend Summit 2016- what did I miss?

Summit 2016 was a very exciting event and marked the launch of the HALT Network. Across both days the room was buzzing with conversations between nationally certified teachers, sharing their expertise and working with Professor John Hattie and Dr Yong Zhao. You can check out the Summit 16 highlights video here to get a taste of you missed, and you can expect the same energy as we've taken the best of 2016 to shape Summit 17.

Will I need to prepare anything before arriving at Summit 17?

Please ensure you have registered to join the HALT Network to stay up to date. As the Summit approaches, AITSL will send out materials to equip members to engage and participate with conference presenters.

You can also follow #HALTnetwork and #HALTsummit17 on Twitter for updates. 

I’m interested in being a teacher-presenter. What’s involved?

An important part of the Summit program is dedicated to attendees sharing their expertise.

An application to present in the member share space is available at the Summit share space proposal page.

Presenters will be asked to prepare a 15-minute presentation for a small group. Please visit the share space proposal page for further information.

What will the level of interaction be with other participants?

An important goal of the Summit is to connect Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers from across Australia. Therefore, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn from, collaborate with, and celebrate beside your fellow nationally certified colleagues.

Will I have opportunities to interact with the presenters?

Yes! The Summit will provide you with a once in a lifetime opportunity to work alongside world leaders in education. Professor Carol Dweck, Professor John Hattie and Jason Pascoe will work with attendees throughout the Summit, and the masterclass sessions will provide more intimate opportunities to work with them.

Representatives from the certifying authorities will also share jurisdictional perspectives and contribute to the Summit conversation.

Why do I need my principal’s endorsement?

This is to ensure your principal is informed of your intention to attend Summit 17, and is particularly important given the first day of the Summit is on a Friday.

How can I connect with other nationally certified teachers before the Summit?

Join the Network! We will also be using Twitter to update and connect with each other as the conference approaches, so please keep an eye on #HALTnetwork and #HALTsummit2017.

I’d love to come but I don’t want to travel alone. Can I bring a colleague?

Depending on capacity, AITSL may open up invitations for participants to bring a colleague early in Term 1, 2017. To be eligible to attend, your colleague must be considering or undertaking national certification. Please note that your colleague would need to cover his or her own accommodation and transport.