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1-2 December, La Trobe University, Bundoora


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Keynote Speakers


  • Burkard Polster - Monash University, VIC
  • Dr Paul Swan - WA
  • Associate Professor Anne Gervasoni - Monash University, VIC
  • Professor Joanne Mulligan - Macquarie University, NSW (PRESENTATION)
  • Matt Sexton - Australian Catholic University, VIC
  • Rob Vingerhoets - VIC
  • Dr Derek Hurrell - University of Notre Dame, WA
  • Russell Tytler - Deakin University, VIC (PRESENTATION)


  • Marty Ross 
  • Dr Rhonda Farragher - University of Queensland, QLD
  • Professor Janette Bobis - University of Sydney, NSW (PRESENTATION)
  • Dr Tracey Muir - University of Tasmania, TAS
  • Professor Doug Clarke - Australian Catholic University, VIC
  • Dr Jill Brown - Australian Catholic University, VIC
  • Yvonne Reilly, Jodie Parsons & Thao Huynh - Sunshine College, VIC
  • Dr Gaye Williams - Deakin University, VIC


B52 - 2015 Math Methods CAS Examinations (Allason McNamara PRESENTATION / Mary Papp PRESENTATION)

C22 - What Maths Do Your Students Really Need After They Leave School? (PRESENTATION)

C49 - 2015 Specialist Mathematics Examinations (PRESENTATION)



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by Luciano the Possum

Math Treats are published each term in Vinculum, MAV's Secondary Mathematics journal.
Earlier issues contained MathsBites and MathSnacks.

Volume 54 2017 Term 2 DNA  
    Term 1 Living in a post-truth world?  
Volume 53 2016 Term 4 Numbers as Shapes  
    Term 3 Games of Chance and Skill  
    Term 2 Mountains and Angles  
    Term 1 Recreational Maths  
Volume 52 2015 Term 4 Mathematics in Architecture  
    Term 3 Population Modelling  
    Term 2 Geometric Playtime  

Registrations for 2017 VCE workshops are now open.

2017 VCE Professional Learning Days

Friday 17th February Melbourne University CLOSED
Monday 20th February Federation University, Gippsland  CLOSED
Friday 24th February Federation University, Ballarat CLOSED
Friday 3rd March La Trobe University, Bendigo CLOSED

2017 Meet the Assessors

Tuesday 7th March Wangaratta CLOSED
Tuesday 14th March Horsham CLOSED
Wednesday 15th March Geelong CLOSED
Monday 20th March Williamstown CLOSED
Tuesday 28 March Burwood  23rd March
Wednesday 29 March Burwood  23rd March
Wednesday 3rd May Terang  26th April

2017 SAC Evenings

Monday 6 March Thornbury  CLOSED
Wednesday 8 March Burwood  CLOSED
Thursday 9 March Burwood  CLOSED
Wednesday 22nd March Thornbury  CLOSED
Monday 27th March  Terang  22nd March


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Term 2 and 3 Professional Learning Opportunities: April Update

Welcome to our April Professional Learning update.

We have seen great attendance at our events so far this year, and I expect term 2 will be no different!

Making Confident Maths Teachers has been especially popular this year with recent graduates and those out of field. This very special program meets a real need, and will continue throughout the year. If you have teachers who need support around the basics please send them along. Upcoming topics for term 2 include ratio, proportion and percentages, linear functions and equations, linear and quadratic factorising and expanding. See below for more details.

Our program is evolving, and we are offering some new events. I especially look forward to the session on ‘Algorithmic thinking, flow-charts and coding in transition years’. A highly relevant and interesting topic.

We are also close to announcing a new primary school maths conference in collaboration with the Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s Mathematics Education Group (MEG) for the 23rd and 24th of June (hold the date!). There will be a Primary Maths Leaders day, and a Primary Teachers day. Keep your eyes open for this very exciting announcement to come very soon!

Peter Saffin


VCE | Primary | P&S | Secondary (S)


 MAV17. Achieving excellence in M.A.T.H.S



(VCE) Meet the Assessors Evening

Date:    3 May 2017
Venue:    Terang College
Time:    5:00pm – 7:30pm

During this workshop assessors for Methods and Further Maths will discuss the processes for setting and marking the 2016 examinations. The presenters will provide a full analysis of the 2016 examinations highlighting student responses and key misunderstandings.

For more details and to register click here.

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(VCE) Specialist Maths: Understanding sampling distributions and hypothesis testing

Date:    31 May 2017
Venue:    The Mathematical Association of Victoria, 61 Blyth Street, Brunswick
Time:   5:00pm – 6:30pm
Who should attend:   VCE Teachers

This session will be targeted at understanding random variables and their sampling distributions. It will also look at the area of significance testing in terms of understanding hypothesis tests, p-values and their interpretational and the impact of sample size.

Our presenter, Susan James works at AMSI (the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute) as part of the CHOOSEMATHS project team based at Melbourne University.

For more information and to register click here.

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(S) Making Confident Maths Teachers

This popular program will continue in terms 1 and 2. It is for teacher who would like inexpensive workshops led by Ian Lowe to help them with engaging activities to help students (and themselves if needed) to understand years 7 to 10 maths.
Current dates are: Ratio, proportion and percentages (April 29), Linear functions and equations (May 13), Linear and quadratic factorising and expanding (May 27), Measurement (July 29), Geometry (August 12), probability and statistics (August 26).

For more details and to register click here.

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(S) Hands on Algebra

Date:    17 May 2017
Venue:    The Mathematical Association of Victoria, 61 Blyth Street, Brunswick
Time:    4:30pm – 6:00pm
Who should attend:   Year 7 – 10 Teachers

Year 7 – 10 students often struggle with the “abstractness” of Algebra. In this workshop participants will work through some examples of hands on Algebra tasks demonstrating real life applications of Algebra and some hands on materials that assist students to better understand Algebra. Our presenter is Helen Haralambous, MAV Consultant.

For more information and to register click here.

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(P & S) Algorithmic thinking, flow-charts and coding in transition years

Date:    24 May 2017
Venue:    The Mathematical Association of Victoria, 61 Blyth Street, Brunswick
Time:    5:00pm – 6:30pm
Who should attend:   Year 5 – 8 Teachers

This session is aimed at Years 5 - 8 teachers who have had no prior exposure to coding. Participants will be run through a selection of examples and activities addressing progression points VCMNA194, 221, 251, 254 and 282. Participants will be encouraged to code their own simple programs during the session using freely available web interfaces.  Our presenter is Martin Buchholtz.

For more information and to register click here.

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(P) Dr Paul Swan - Worded questions, problem solving, engaging games and YOUR maths programDr Paul Swan

Date:    22 July 2017
Venue:    The Mathematical Association of Victoria, 61 Blyth Street, Brunswick
Time:    9:45am registration for 10:00am – 1:00pm
Who should attend:   F - 6 Teachers

In this workshop, Dr Paul Swan will equip you with the knowledge and skills to develop a meaningful mathematics program within your teaching context.  During this hands-on workshop, you will be equipped with games, activities, planning documents, examples of materials and assessment techniques.

For more information click here.

Don’t forget about all the great resources from
Dr Paul Swan available on the MAVshop.

Paul Swan booksPopular card game items include:

Or maybe get a collection with this 8 book pack.

For more products from Paul, visit the MAVshop and search for ‘Swan’

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3-4 December, La Trobe University, Bundoora

The conference was again full of energy, ideas and new products. Thank you to everyone who participated.

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Presentations will be loaded onto this page as they become available:

AK1 Dianne Siemon Keynote - Privileging Understanding and Prioritising Proficiency - Addressing the STEM Challenge


Registration Fees

Registration Type 1 Day 2 Days
Member Metro $248 $496
Member Non-Metro $240 $480
Non-Member $327 $654
Student, Pre-Service Teacher, Retired $123 $244
  • 2015 Conference Dinner $89

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Select to attend two days of the conference for $655 at the Non-Member rate and we will include an individual membership for 2016 (valued at $159)


Located a short 10 minute drive from La Trobe University, this is a 4 star hotel. A shuttle bus will operate between Rydges and La Trobe University on the Thursday and Friday of the conference. The below prices do not include breakfast.

Option 1


These rooms consist of 1 single bed 190cm long x 94cm wide and offer a work station with high speed internet, Foxtel, tea & coffee making facilities, small bathroom with shower over toilet and self-controlled air conditioning.

Student Room: $76.00 per Room/per Night

Option 2


Featuring floor to ceiling glass, these rooms consist of either 2 single beds or 1 queen bed and offer a work station with high speed internet, Foxtel, tea & coffee making facilities, wet bathroom style en-suite and self-controlled air conditioning.

BreakFree Queen/Twin: $120.00 per Room/per Night

Option 3

1 Bed Manhattan Room

Simply stunning 1 Bed Manhattan offers 1 queen Rydges dream bed, self-contained kitchenette including stove top, microwave, fridge, lounge and dining. All rooms feature work station, high speed internet, Foxtel, self-controlled reverse cycle air conditioning/heating, minibar, LCD TV & in room safe.

1 Bed Manhattan Room: $175.00 per Room/per Night

Option 4

2 Bed Manhattan Room

As per the 1 Bed Manhattan but with 2 queen Rydges Dream Beds

2 Bed Manhattan Room: $240.00 per Room/per Night

All rooms are subject to availability.
We have placed a limited hold on rooms so book early to secure a room.


Student Rooms
Glenn and Menzies Colleges are located on campus at La Trobe University. These are student rooms used during the year so are not spacious. Please note also that there are a number of other patrons staying at the college at the same time so there may be some noise during your stay. These rooms consist of 1 single bed. Bathrooms are shared with 1 bathroom for every 4 rooms. You will need to bring your own toiletries and soap. The below price does not include breakfast.

Student Room: $45 Per Room/Per Night


Expo applications are now being accepted:

Conference Expo Application (word document)

Conference Expo Floorplan (as PDF)


All enquiries regarding the conference should be addressed to:

Julie Allen
The Mathematical Association of Victoria
61 Blyth Street
Brunswick VIC 3056
PH: 61 (0) 3 9380 2399
Fx: 61 (0) 3 9389 0399



Information about and keynotes from previous conferences

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