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  • Keep in touch with the latest in Geography news, make sure that you or your school has renewed its membership for 2014. Join : Renew
  • Ensure that every member of your Geography team has registered on the GTAV website so that all GTAV communication can go directly to them.
  • The first edition of Interaction with great resources and ideas for teaching mapping is available for GTAV members to download now.
  • GTAV's AGM and Patron's forum will be held on Wednesday 30 April — Register : Submit a proxy.   
  • Primary conference in partnership with the HTAV — Further details and registration form
  • GTAV Annual Conference August 24 - August 26 2014 Geography: All encompassingCall for presenters

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

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 VCE Review forum

An evening designed for all teachers of Units 1, 2, 3 and 4 Geography.

The consultation draft of the proposed VCE Geography study design is available from April 14.

The consultation draft of the proposed VCE Geography study design, the summary of proposed changes to the study, and an online questionnaire to guide your response can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

We look forward to your contribution and welcome your feedback. The online questionnaire opens Monday 14 April 2014 and closes Saturday 17 May 2014.

All VCE Geography teachers are invited to attend a  Forum led by Monica Bini, Ray Pask and Stephan Latham which will cover all four units being formally reviewed by the VCAA.

Chief Assessor, Marilyn Wiber and Chief Examiner, Ray Pask will also provide feedback on the 2013 VCE  Geography exam and answers.        

>>To book for this event: Booking form

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

Date: Monday 26 May 2014
Venue: Melbourne Museum, Carlton
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).

GTAV Committee 2014

The GTAV is indeed fortunate to have a dynamic committee who strive to ensure that the GTAV is  leading the way in the