CMA Conferences

Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) and the Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL) present a new 1 day national conference:

Full Program Available HERE


Digital environments are different.  The devices are portable, accessible and very persuasive.  The content grabs children’s attention, and doesn't want to let it go.  How do we ensure that these environments support and don't hinder children’s development? What’s the research telling us?

The Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) and The Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) with the first Annual Children the Media National Conference combine to co-present a new 1 day national conference that brings these conversations, issues and research to the forefront of discussion across leaders, professionals, producers and policy makers.


Date: Monday, October 28, 2019

Time: Main Agenda Session : 8.30am – 5pm

Sydney Masonic Centre
Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea provided.

Cost: (including GST)
Registration: $550
Combine and save with ACEL Membership: $550

To register, click here


The Australian Council on Children and the Media supports families, industry and decision makers in building and maintaining an enjoyable media environment that fosters the health, safety and wellbeing of Australian children.

Committed to promoting better choices and providing stronger voices in children's media.


 Previous years


ACCM will be 60 years old in 2017!!  

Help us celebrate by joining us at a one day conference on Friday 5th May, 2017, in Melbourne.

Tots and Tech: challenges for early childhood in a digital age

Friday 5th May, 2017, 9am-4:30pm

242 Telstra Conference Centre, 242 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

We will explore the potential benefits and downsides of media and technology use in early childhood and ask:

  • What role can technology play in helping children develop well? in promoting creativity? in supporting learning?
  • What are the potential impacts on relationships?
  • Are there problem levels of use?

Speakers include:

Professor Susan Edwards - Director Early Childhood Futures research program, Learning Sciences Institute Australia, Australian Catholic University.

Dr Diana Warren - Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Dr Helen Dixon - Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer, Cancer Council Victoria.

Professor Leon Straker - John Curtin Distinguished Professor, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University

Professor Sarah Blunden - Clinical Psychologist, Head of Paediatric Sleep research
Director Clinical Masters in Psychology Program, Central Queensland University

Dr Justin Coulson - Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Positive Psychology in the Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne.

Associate Professor Jordy Kaufman - Director of the Swinburne Babylab, Swinburne University of Technology

Dr Kate Highfield - Senior Lecturer, Swinburne University of Technology

Jonathan Anstock - Founding member Protecting Childhood advocacy group, PrivateTherapist Noosa Therapy Studio, Private PD provider Queensland Teacher Professional Development

Panel members include: Jenny Buckland (ACTF); Harriet Hiscock (Paediatrician); Clare McHugh (ECA), Lisa Mundy (MCRI) and Phillip Spratt, (ACSSO)

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This conference will be of interest to early childhood educators, academics, health professionals, parent organisations and policy makers.

Join us at a cocktail reception at 5:30pm (optional - additional cost)

There are limited spaces available so please book early!

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 Conference delegates will receive a 10% discount at Punthill Little Bourke St. For the discount code please contact ACCM.

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Presented by Australian Council on Children and the Media in partnership
with Children and Families Research Centre at Macquarie University

Monday 18 July 2016
9am - 4.45pm 
Parliament of New South Wales
Macquarie St, Sydney

This one-day conference focuses on:

  • Unpacking the myths and presenting the scientific facts about violence in the media
  • The role industry plays in shaping public perceptions on this topic
  • The reporting of violence in the media and how this might impact further violence at an individual and societal level
  • How media violence and reporting of violence impact on attitudes toward women and domestic violence
  • The issue of developing effective evidence-based policy in these key areas.

The Chairperson for the day is Professor Alan Hayes AM, Distinguished Professor of Family Studies and Director, Family Action Centre, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle.

The opening address will be given by Andrew P Scipione AO, APM,  Commissioner, NSW Police Force

The conference line-up features a range of international scholars:

Download a list of speakers' topics and abstracts

Final panellists include Prof Graham Vimpani AM, Noni Hazlehurst AM and Sally Sara AM, Journalist ABC Foreign Correspondent.

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This conference will be of specific interest to those whose work or interests fall in several key areas: those working with children (educators, counsellors, psychologists, paediatricians, GPs, community workers etc), those working with victims of violence or domestic violence, or with an interest in the status of women, policy makers and journalists.  

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Full price $195
Early bird (extended to 15 May) $175
ACCM members  $165 (apply to ACCM for booking code)
Concessions available for seniors and students (apply to ACCM for booking code)

There is metered parking on Macquarie Street and Hospital Road or covered parking in Sydney Hospital car park.

Download a flyer for this conference

For more information contact ACCM



Previous conferences





  This conference took place on Friday November 20, 2015
    at the Telstra Customer Insight Centre, 400 George St,  Sydney (Map)

    It was attended by a varied audience of education, health, law and
    business professionalswith an interest in children's rights, children
    as consumers and the process of marketing to children.

   The principal speakers (with papers linked if received) were:  



Quality Play and Media 2014

Care and education in childhood

Adelaide July 8th  2014, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Venue: Salvation Army Ingle Farm, cnr Bridge Rd and Maxwell Rd, Ingle Farm

Keynote speakers: Dr Kate Highfield, Professor Margaret Sims and Dr C Glenn Cupit

This event is being held in conjunction with Children Communities Connections Learning Network

More details of keynote speakers and concurrent sessions

Conference video snapshot on the Communities for Children website

Presentations now available on the Communities for Children website


For more information about this conference, contact ACCM 



Fourth Australian Conference on Children and the Media

Media, minds and neuroscience: The developing brain in a media-rich environment.

Sydney October 2013

Keynote speaker: Baroness Susan Greenfield: 'New media and young brains'

Chair: Prof Elizabeth Handsley    Guest facilitator: Lynne Malcolm (ABC Radio National All in the Mind)

This event was sponsored by the Hon. Greg Donnelly MLC from the Parliament of New South Wales and was a joint venture between the Children and Families Research Centre at Macquarie University and the Australian Council for Children and the Media.

Parents want their children to have a healthy lifestyle with healthy food, exercise and a wide range of valuable experiences, but often forget that healthy neural development must take into account screen time and the impacts on the wiring of developing brains in response. This conference will offer cutting edge research and information on neural development and the way that media can play a role in both positive and negative brain development.  It features prominent researchers and clinicians including:

  • Dr Kate Highfield: Upwardly mobile: Young children's use of mobile technologies as a tool for learning
  • Assoc Professor Mike Nagel: What makes them tick? Understanding the developing adolescent brain
  • Dr Philip Tam: Problematic Internet use in young people: Evolution of a 21st Century disorder
  • Professor Graham Vimpani AM: What does it all mean for parents and those from whom they seek advice?
  • Dr  Wayne  Warburton: Screen in the machine: What   brain  imaging  studies  tell  us  about   the  impact  of violent media

More details of speakers, including abstracts


Where: Parliament of NSW Theatrette, 6 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW

When: Friday 4 October 2013

Read our news item about the conference



Important Australian conference on children and the media: March 1  2011 

Are you interested in the impacts of violent and scary media on the health and wellbeing of children? Do you work in this field? Are you a researcher, regulator, politician, educator, child health professional, social worker, counselor or representative of a children’s organization?

Then don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear three leading international scholars, and four Australian academics reviewing the latest research on violent and scary media and discussing policy implications and support for parents.



Growing Up Fast and Furious: Reviewing the Impacts of violent and sexualised media on children


The Australian Council on Children and the Media
and the Children and Families Research Centre,
Macquarie University present:

Saturday 19 March 2010, 9am - 5pm

NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre
37 Reservoir Street

Surry Hills, NSW 2010

An Australian Conference on Children and the Media, with international researchers, Prof Rowell Huesmann (long term impacts of violent media) , Prof Ed Donnerstein (Internet violence and cyber-bullying) , Distinguished Prof Craig Anderson (violent video games), and Prof Louise Newman (Victoria, sexualisation of children), Dr Wayne Warburton (NSW, violent music videos), Dr Cordelia Fine (Victoria, advertising) and Prof Elizabeth Handsley (SA, regulation and classification).

In this important and timely conference leading researchers will review the evidence related to children’s experiences with a range of violent and sexualised media, examine their marketing, and discuss appropriate regulatory responses, including how well our classification systems reflect current research.

Don’t miss this unprecedented opportunity to see several of the world’s leading researchers on children and the media speaking together in Australia.

Conference supported by: 





Please see seminars for more events.

Past Topics

  • Scared Sleepless and Hostile: Children, Violent/frightening media and public policy
  • The Corporate Takeover of Childhood: Who’s Paying the Price