Why attend?

The Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia is proud to present the 18th Biennial Conference in 2021 with the theme,  ‘Be the change (you want to see)’.

The conference runs Tuesday 28 September to Friday 1 October on the Gold Coast. 

Held only every two years, the AHISA Biennial is a premier conference event. It provides a platform for professional exchange between peers who aspire to and are recognised for excellence in autonomous school leadership.

Access acclaimed speakers who bring rich experience and wisdom across all five conference streams — sustainability, reconciliation, wellbeing, innovation and leadership —  and connect with peers in a spirit of collegiality, sharing your ideas, achievements and challenges.

"Values, aspirations and wisdom get better and grow stronger when they are shared." — AHISA National Chair, Rev. Chris Ivey

Read the Chair's full message to attendees

Keynote speakers

Gail Kelly

Author, senior executive

Stan Grant

Journalist, television presenter and author

Maree Crabbe

Director of It’s time we talked

Dr Adam Fraser

Peak performance researcher, coach, author 


Dr Michael Rosemann

Director of the Centre for Future Enterprise, QUT Business School

Dr Catherine Ball 

Scientific Futurist


Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort

The 2021 Biennial will be hosted at Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, located right on the beach at the Gold Coast.

Find gorgeous sunsets, plenty of space and all the amenities you need to unwind at our conference venue. Set amongst six hectares of sparkling lagoons and tropical gardens, the resort facilities include pristine pools, a well-equipped fitness centre and an exclusive beach.

The event will be held across the resort's state of the art ballroom and conference facilities, offering views over the venue's lagoons and panoramic ocean vistas. Also home to five restaurants and bars, the hotel showcases an array of Australian and international cuisine.

71 Seaworld Drive  
Main Beach
QLD 4217 
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