Career Development Association of New Zealand


CDANZ National Symposium 2018

CDANZ National Symposium 2018

Social Justice

In partnership with Victoria University Wellington

Victoria University Wellington / 23 & 24 October 2018

CDANZ National Symposium for Research and Leading Practice is our flagship event bringing together practitioners from across New Zealand and ideas from around the globe. 

The Symposium itself is a 1.5 day event with the option to add on an industry dinner on the evening of Day 1 and the CDANZ AGM on the afternoon of Day 2.


“New Zealanders have consistently rated inequality as the single biggest issue facing the country, since 2014.”

Social justice is a term used to represent the fair and just distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society, and has strong historical roots in vocational psychology. Today we continue to see how social and political factors influence the aspirations, education, and employment opportunities for individuals and communities. At this year’s CDANZ National Symposium we will explore:

  1. How can effective career development services reduce inequality and contribute to a more just society?
  2. How do we ensure our career practice reflects the varied needs of clients from diverse backgrounds?
  3. 3. How can we partner government to achieve our CDANZ vision of “Excellence in career development - for all New Zealanders.”


The Symposium is generously hosted by Victoria University of Wellington at their Kelburn Campus.

Our Plenary sessions will be held in TTR LT1 in the Te Toki a Rata Building for Science teaching and research. 

Workshop Spaces will be held in AM102, AM103, AM104, AM106 in the nearby Alan McDiarmid Building.

See map of the whole Kelburn Campus here. 

Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts are now open until June 20. There are three opportunities for you to present your research or leading practice at the event:
  1. Landscape Scan – this programme item raises awareness for career development related research projects that are still in progress, or have not been published, at the time of the Symposium. These might be Masters or PhD research projects, or other academic, public or private sector research. Speakers will be assigned 2-3 minutes to briefly introduce their projects. You do not need to submit a full abstract for the Landscape Scan but you do need to complete this form.
  2. Workshop Session – you may submit an abstract to present a 45 minute workshop session on a completed research project or proven leading practice.
  3. Shared Workshop Session – you may submit an abstract to present a 15 minute presentation on a completed research project or proven leading practice. We will select three presenters to share a 45 minute workshop slot,

Read more about submitting an abstract here. 

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

We offer a range of partnership options for businesses and organisations wishing to profile their products and services to career professionals, and to demonstrate their commitment to excellence in career development.
$400+GST Exhibitor packages include one registration and a display table
Sponsorship options start from $1500+GST.
For more information please contact Lauren at

Travel and Accommodation

Please note the Symposium falls directly after Labour Weekend. We recommend you book your travel early in order to secure flights.

Wellington Industry event Work In Progress will be held on 19 October. When booking to attend the Symposium you may wish to consider staying in Wellington over the long weekend in order to attend this event too. We are working with the WIP team to create incentives to attend both events. Registrations for WIP will also open in June. 

There are a number of accommodation options near to Symposium venue. 


18 April Call for Abstracts open

20 June Call for Abstracts close

29 June Early Bird registrations open

18 Sept Applications to CDANZ Research Dissemination Fund close

21 Sept Early Bird registrations close

17 Oct Presenter slides due to CDANZ

23 Oct Symposium Day 1 and optional dinner

24 Oct Symposium Day 2 and CDANZ AGM


Exhibition and partnership opportunities are available. For more information please contact Lauren on or 021 222 5682


Victoria University Wellington