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The Association organises conferences for geography teachers, designed to assist teachers implement changes in Geography Syllabuses and to provide teachers with an opportunity to refresh their professional teaching by sharing ideas for classroom and fieldwork activities and hearing about current developments in geographical education.

Upcoming events

Senior Geography Teachers Conference

Date and location:

November 6th 2017 8.30 am - 3.30 pm
Federation Conference Centre, Surry Hills, Sydney

Conference presenters consist of experienced and current teachers of senior geography, HSC markers, academics and GTA Councillors.


  • Critical connections between preliminary and HSC courses
  • The Senior Geography Project
  • Improving student written responses
  • Busting the bands in HSC performance
  • HSC topics: current trends, strategies and choices
  • The most challenging skills
  • Using local resources
  • Learning concepts and processes through ICT
  • Advice from HSC markers

There will be Teach / Meet style discussions with a small panel of experts – providing participants with the opportunity to ask questions, share ideas and resources and develop support networks.

COST: GTA NSW Members $240, Non-Members $290

>> Registration form

Geography comes alive with GIS

This exclusive workshop for GTA NSW members will give you the skills necessary to bring sophisticated GIS technology into your classroom. Spaces are limited!

Thanks to Esri Australia’s GIS for Schools Program, Australian teachers can now request free access to Esri’s industry-leading GIS technology to extend learning opportunities.

The GIS for Schools Program includes free access to ArcGIS Online, classroom learning material, and professional development.

Date: Thursday 24th August, 2017
Time: 8:30am-2:45pm
Location: St Aloysius’ College, Main Reception, 47 Upper Pitt St, Kirribilli NSW 2061
Cost: $99 – includes morning tea and lunch
* Awaiting 5 hours NESA accreditation

Details: Please bring your own device – WiFi available

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GTA Regional Conferences: Collaborate, Inspire, Learn

The Regional Conferences will focus on aspects of the new NSW Geography Syllabus for Stages 1 to 5 including programming, fieldwork, assessment, inquiry based learning, spatial technologies and skills and tools.

Dates and locations
Tamworth: Friday, 28 July at the Quality Powerhouse Hotel, 48 Armidale Rd, East Tamworth. Registration from 8:15am. The course will conclude at 3:30pm
Batemans Bay: Friday 4 August at the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, 6 Beach Rd, Batemans Bay. Registration from 8:15am. The course will conclude at 3:30pm

Cost: $180 member $220 non-member

>> Further details and registration form

Arthur Phillip Awards 2017: Geography Fieldwork Competition

The Geography Teachers’ Association of NSW (GTA NSW) organises an annual competition for students and schools to foster an enthusiasm for Geography through engagement and rewards. The emphasis of the competition is fieldwork and the gathering of primary data as part of authentic inquiry based research in Geography.

The competition is open to all primary and secondary schools, both members and non-members of GTA NSW.

All the categories of the competition are based on the research action plan outlined on page 17 of the Years 7–10 Geography syllabus and the K–6 Geography syllabus for 2016. In 2017 the categories will be based on the new K–10 Geography syllabus. The steps of this research plan have also been applied to the senior Geography course for the purposes of this competition and fit neatly with the Senior Geography Project.

Entries close Friday 24 November 2017.

>> Download competition brochure and registration form

Past Fieldwork Award winners: GTANSW Geography Bulletin

2015 :: 2014 :: 2013 :: 2012 :: 2011

Semester 2 webinarS

The Geography Teachers Association of NSW will be offering a series of webinars in 2017.

There is no charge for the webinars. Once registered you will be sent information preceding the webinar to gain access.

Term 3 Program
Date and time: Tuesday, 15 August, 4.00 – 5.00pm
Topic: Assessment
Presenter: Susan Caldis

Date and time: Wednesday, 13 September, 4.00 – 5.00pm
Topic: Spatial Technologies
Presenter: Lorraine Chaffer

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