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TEM Conference

The annual Tertiary Education Management (TEM) Conference, organised by TEFMA and ATEM, attracts professional administrators and managers from higher education and TAFE institutes, Polytechnics, Wananga, government departments, private providers and similar organisations across Australasia.

The 2017 Tertiary Education Management Conference (TEMC), exploring the theme 'Eureka! Revolutionary Ideas' will be held in Melbourne, Victoria on 17 - 20 September.

All ideas start somewhere … a scribble on paper, a lightbulb moment in the bath, a spark from a conversation. That singular Eureka moment might mature into view over a period of incubation. Become a moment of clarity in the struggle to explore a problem. Many emerge from the confluence of half-ideas – thoughts and hunches which when they find a connection, create ideas that transform futures.

TEMC 2017 will explore the question of how we in the higher education sector can create open innovative, systems where these ideas can become a reality, where we can expand our professional practice and become leading thinkers in our field.

The 2017 Experience

Delegates attending TEMC2017 will form a learning organisation … a space where their experience will enhance the capacity of participants to realise new futures for their organisations. The program will provide exposure to new ideas, challenge current thinking and benefit from industry leaders from outside the sector.

A key focus will be on creating atmosphere and interactivity where participants can experience and engage through new and emerging means. Spaces will be created to allow for the creative exchange of half-ideas in response to challenges and opportunities in the sector.

Inspired by what they have seen and experienced, delegates will return to their organisations with a renewed sense of purpose and energy to lead the delivery of best practice within the profession.

For more information and to register at Early Bird prices, see the TEMC Website.

We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne.

Mary-Louise Huppatz

Convenor, Local Organising Committee

Previous TEMCs

See more information and download previous years' TEMC Refereed Stream Papers.

Visit the TEMC website or find out more details about present and past conferences including conference papers accepted and published in the refereed stream, as well as previous year's presentations.

Alternatively, visit the National Library of Australia site for the full archive of past TEM Conference papers from 1997 onwards.

The Annual Tertiary Education Management Conference (TEMC)

The permanent web site for all TEM Conferences is www.temc.org.au.

While maintaining its traditional strong practitioner focus, the Conference gives participants opportunities to focus on big-picture issues as well, and to reflect on their management practice in a regional, national and global context. TEMC attendance and participation offers both professional and personal benefits.

The Tertiary Education Management Conference is organised in partnership by ATEM and the Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association (TEFMA).

Why go to the TEM Conference?

The TEM Conference is a flagship activity for ATEM and TEFMA, and gives members opportunities to be involved in presentations, discussions and contibute peer-reviewed papers on national and international trends and practice in tertiary education management.

The Conference provides an opportunity for members to share outcomes of their initiatives and work projects with their peers. Refereed papers presented at the Conference are published on the TEMC web site and the National Library of Australia and can be listed by presenters on their resumes.

The Conference attracts excellent keynote speakers from within and external to the sector, who will be at times provocative, and who will challenge the "what, where and how" of the tertiary education sector. This provides opportunities for members to broaden their outlook and knowledge, and encourages them to look beyond their institutions and their immediate roles.

Professional Benefits

There are many professional benefits that accrue for delegates to the Association Conference.


As one of 700-750 delegates, members can meet tertiary education administrators and managers working in similar roles to their own. Members can expand their links and potential knowledge base and broaden their outlook. They can build first points of contact in institutions which personalises relationships, which greatly enhances responsiveness and the ability to share knowledge, procedures and practices.

Concurrent session papers

Up to 70 papers by staff from all levels, roles and institutions are presented at the TEMC. These papers are both at the practitioner level and beyond, and are extremely valuable in expanding the knowledge base of the practice of tertiary education administration and management, and in assisting those in similar projects to be aware of the possible pitfalls, shortcuts, and benefits. Members also then have the paper itself to use as a reference point, and also the ability to contact the presenter(s) for more information, guidance and discussion.

Experience in Delivering a Paper or Chairing a Session

The Conference's concurrent session streams provide an excellent forum for those in the sector to present a paper, which tertiary education administrators and managers often have limited opportunity to do. These papers are generally delivered to groups of 30-100 delegates, in a relatively informal and unstructured format. These sessions always allow for interaction with the delegates, which often provide an alternative approach and further contacts. The concurrent sessions are chaired by a delegate, which again provides an excellent opportunity for gaining valuable experience which is rarely available with an institution.

Sponsors' displays

These range from demonstrations of new systems and software packages, to presentations by tertiary education sector suppliers on services and activities. These often have an international flavour as well, and will give members immediate access to a range of potential partners for institutions.

ATEM Members Forum

The Conference program always includes a popular ATEM Members Breakfast, where ATEM awards are presented, and which is designed to provide ATEM members a forum to discuss issues, such as initiatives and opportunities and ATEM's strategic directions, and to provide input and suggestions about ATEM activities for the Council to consider. This is an informal discussion, and enables members to have input and to provide important feedback about members' issues.

Focus Groups

At each conference, there are arrangements made for delegates with a special interest to meet in focus groups before, after or during the main conference timetable. These may be in areas such as student records systems, law administration, timetabling, information and communications technology, secretariat, marketing, or finance.

Region Support

Some ATEM regions provide scholarships to support members' attendance at TEMC. Members should contact their local Regional Office for more information or check the Regional Grants page.

Personal Benefits

The ATEM Conference brings between 750 - 800 delegates to one city for three days each year. These are all people with a common interest in the management and administration of the tertiary sectors in Australia and New Zealand, and with similar experiences at the various levels.

Delegates are from all levels in institutions, from CEOs to middle managers and supervisors, to staff new to the sector. Participants come from public and private institutions, from university, college, and polytechnic sectors, and from the full range of working roles. This provides unique opportunities to interact in a professional, educational and social setting across the sectors and across normal working environments.

All conferences include opportunities for delegates to learn something of the host city, state or country, through events, visits, or assistance to make private tour arrangements. In addition, TEM conferences have at least one formal dinner, and optional events where delegates can meet each other socially, and forge new or renew existing friendships.