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GTAV Annual General Meeting and Patron’s Forum

Date: Wednesday 30 April 2014
Venue: The Royal Society of Victoria

GTAV members are invited to attend the Association’s Annual General Meeting and Patron’s Forum. This is a wonderful opportunity to bring together members of the Victorian Geography community and we look forward to seeing you there.

>> Register to attend
>> If you are GTAV member and unable to attend please submit a proxy form

>> The Agenda for the event is available here

>>The Financial Statements for the year ended 2013 are available here

Meet the Examiners and NewVCE Course Forum

Date: 12 May 2014

Venue: Graduate House, 220 Leicester Street, Carlton

Time: 5.00 - 8.00pm

An evening designed for all teachers of VCE Units 1, 2, 3 and 4 Geography and others interested in the future of our subject. 

All Geography teachers are invited to participate in a  Forum led by Monica Bini, Ray Pask, Stephen Cranby and Stephen Latham which will address the proposed four new units of the VCE course.

Participate in person or via a Webinar. 

The Draft for Consultation of the study design, the Summary of Proposed Changes, and an online VCAA Questionnaire to guide your response can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

The GTAV will also be writing a submission.  Please email your comments to the Education Officer Stephen Latham and these will be included with our submission.

The evening will include valuable feedback on the 2013 VCE Geography Examination and solutions from Chief Assessor, Marilyn Wiber and Chief Examiner, Ray Pask. This provides the key to maximising your students' success in their end of year examination. Marilyn and Ray welcome your questions and comments. 

The VCAA Questionnaire and your GTAV submission closure date is Saturday 17 May 2014.     

>>To book for this event: Booking form

GTAV's 48th Annual Conference: Call For Presenters

The GTAV Annual Conference is the largest Geography Education event in Australia. We invite you to submit a 100 word summary of your presentation or fieldtrip proposal. The theme this year is Geography: all-encompassing.

Sunday 24 and Monday 25 August: Karstens Conference Centre, 123 Queen St, Melbourne
Tuesday 26 August: Fieldtrip sites around Victoria/Melbourne

We are seeking workshops that reflect the all-encompassing nature of our great subject. Presentations and fieldtrips may relate to topics such as:

  • Australian Curriculum: Geography units and quality teaching practices
  • Spatial Technologies use in the classroom or in fieldwork
  • Global education
  • Enhancing geographic skills through fieldwork and data presentation
  • Sustainability
  • Geography related careers

Closing date for submission of workshop or fieldwork proposal: Monday 28 April 2014

>> Further details

How do I teach the new Australian Curriculum: Geography and History?

Date: Monday 26 May 2014
Venue: Melbourne Museum, Carlton, Time: 1 - 5.00pm
Cost: $70.00 (includes GST)

Many Primary teachers are concerned about how they can teach the Geography and History components of the new Australian Curriculum. This event will alleviate those concerns and look at how AusVELS, the Victorian iteration of the Australian Curriculum, can be covered in classes. Practical workshops will focus on teaching key content, skills and concepts in the F-6 curriculum and provide you with a host of relevant resources.

>> Further details and registration form

Interaction focuses on maps and mapping

InteractionGTAV members can now download the March 2014 issue of Interaction. Back issues of Interaction dating from 2001 are also available for GTAV members to download.

Feature article

  • Earth inquiry: Investigating the Earth using web mapping tools


  • Vicmap topographic maps and data for teachers
  • Fishways: Managing our waterways
  • Year 7: Water in the world – where do I begin?


  • Geography’s Big Week Out 2012 — Assessment Task

Primary Geographer

  • From home to school – Foundation students mapping their journey

Maps and us

Awards for geographers aplenty

Australia Day Success for Geographers

Heartiest congratulations to our GTAV Patron Rob Gell who was awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division in the Australia Day Honours for his significant service to conservation, to the protection of coastal and marine environment and to the community.

Colin Green - life member, former GTAV President and Vice President of the GTAV and a tireless ambassador for Geography and the work of the GTAV - has been awarded the Medal (OAM) in the General Division for his services to education.

Professor Ruth Fincher, Professor of Geography, Department of Resources Management and Geography at the University of Melbourne  has been awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division in the Australia Day Honours for significant service to education , particularly geography and urban studies, and to national and international geographic associations. 

Dr Paul Mees, our inspiring keynote speaker at the GTAV Annual Conference 2011, who passed away in 2013, was awarded the medal (OAM) in the General Division for service to public transport and urban planning as an academic an advocate for creating sustainable cities.

The President of the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia, Roderick Shearing, has been awarded the medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division for service to Geography.

The 2013 Outstanding Professional  Service Award of the CPTAV (Council of the Professional Teaching Associations of Victoria) was awarded to Rob Berry. Over many years Rob has made a prodigious and longlasting contribution to the GTAV and Geography education in Victoria and also Australia. Our warmest congratulations to him on this well deserved award.

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From left: Anne Miles (Secretary GTAV), Margaret O'Brien (Office Administrator), Rob Berry and Trish Douglas (President GTAV).