About Us

What is the Engagement Forum?

The Engagement Forum WA has been running since 2014. The Forum aims to provide a platform to showcase programs and services that exist to support school aged young people to stay engaged with their education or to effectively transition from school to other approved options, including alternative education programs, training and employment.

The key themes for the Engagement Forum WA are:

Early Engagement Strategies
Pathways and
Health and

There are two main kinds of presentation:


50 minutes to present including question time.


50 minutes interactive session which actively engages participants

Our 2019 Keynote Presenters

Lisa Rodgers

Director General, Department of Education

Lisa Rodgers is a powerful voice and respected advocate in education. She is an experienced executive, having provided exemplary service for the profession, governments and the public in various jurisdictions including the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

Prior to joining the Department of Education, Lisa was CEO of AITSL and Deputy Secretary, Early Learning and Student Achievement and Deputy Secretary, Evidence, Data and Knowledge in the Ministry of Education in New Zealand. With over 16 years’ experience in Education, Lisa has led significant reforms in assessment innovation, curriculum and the use of evidence for impact at the classroom and national level.

Lisa has an Honours Degree in Psychology and has held several other substantial posts in Justice, Health and Defence.

Lisa is passionate about the profession and is dedicated to improved educational outcomes for young people

Professor Braden Hill

Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research.

Professor Braden Hill is a Nyungar (Wardandi) man from the south-west of Western Australia and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Equity and Indigenous) and Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) Centre for Indigenous Australian Education and Research.

He has significant experience in Aboriginal education, as well as leading a range of equity initiatives including Sage Athena SWAN, Respect Now Always, Reconciliation Action Plan and Disabilities and Access Inclusion Plan within the tertiary sector. His current portfolio responsibilities include leading ECU’s commitment to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advancement, Equity and Diversity initiatives and working across the University to provide an environment that welcomes, and facilitates the success of, students and staff from a range of diverse backgrounds.

Professor Hill’s research interests include Indigenous education, identity politics, queer identities in education and transformative learning. He is also chief investigator on a project exploring the lived experiences of Indigenous LGBTQI people to better inform community health organisations in their working with queer-identifying Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Prior to ECU, Professor Hill was the Director of Aboriginal Education, Equity and Inclusion at Murdoch University, responsible for leading University’s Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre, Health Service and Equity, and Social Inclusion Office.

Professor Hill holds the degrees of Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Arts (Australian Indigenous Studies) and is currently working towards a Masters of Research (Counselling).

Dr Peter Reynolds

Engagement & Transitions Manager Department of Education and AAFIE Board Member

Peter is a Manager for Engagement and Transitions with the WA Department of Education – North Metropolitan Education Region.

Starting his career as a teacher, he worked in the secondary, training and higher education sectors over several decades before becoming a public servant working with disengaged young people across a number of State Government Departments since 2006.

With arts, education and management qualifications from each of WA’s four public tertiary education institutions, Peter brings a high level of experience and understanding to the rapidly developing field of student engagement and transitions.

For more information on the day events and a general overview of keynote presenters please download our draft program.
Please note the program will be updated closer to the date with specific times and locations for attendees.

The Organising Committee: 2015-19

Pictured (Left to Right):
Linda Winter (CCIWA); Bruce Sherborne (Department of Education); Gemma Woods (Department of Education); Ben Oxford (Communicare Inc);
Tenille Westerhout (Allure Creative); Peter Reynolds (Department of Education); Kristian Guagliardo (ECU); Dana Anderson (Youth Futures) and Joel Woods (Department of Education).