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extensionAUS Bootcamp

Each year extensionAUS™ holds a professional development opportunity for new and existing Communities of Practice (CoPs), known as extensionAUS™ Bootcamp. This event is held over 3 days for new CoPs and 2 days for existing.

The extensionAUS™ Bootcamp brings people from subject areas together to network, share issues and opportunities and identify opportunities for rural industries and communities.

Participants will get to know their fellow Community of Practice (CoP) Leaders and members, get a better understanding of how a CoP operates and the benefits of being involved. It is also a key opportunity to learn more about extensionAUS™, what it offers and how it can be used.

This year the Bootcamp conference will be held at Tocal College in Paterson from  Tuesday 29 to Thursday 31 August, 2023.

Participant learning outcomes

  • Network with and get to know their fellow Community of Practice members, their Community of Practice Leaders and what opportunities the experience and knowledge within the group presents for them as individuals and for the Community of Practice more broadly.
  • Learn what their fellow Community of Practice members are working on professionally within their subject area.
  • Understand what extensionAUS™ is; its history, what it offers and how it can be used.
  • Understand what a Community of Practice is, how they operate, the benefits of being a member and what the commitment entails.
  • Understand their target market, what a Community of Interest is and how they may interact with the Community of Practice to form a Learning Network.
  • Understand how to use the extensionAUS™ tools and how to collaborate and work in online environments.
  • Participants are able to start identifying a scope of work for their Community of Practice.

Theme - Best practice in online learning

One of the most common challenges with eLearning is low engagement with the information we are sharing. At this year's Bootcamp you will learn a range of proven, practical strategies for transforming content into actionable learning that achieves great engagement rates.

Guest Presenter: Dr Deniese Cox - TeachingOnline

Deniese is known as the go-to source for practical online training strategies, that really are effective. We know you're going to love spending time with Deniese and learning from her extensive experience.

Other Bootcamp topics and activities:

    • Learn about new online tools
    • Learn about strategies to achieve adoption
    • Network with fellow experts
    • Learn about new Community of Practice initiatives
    • Best practice podcasting
    • Tour the TOCAL Smart Farm



Tocal College, CB Alexander Campus is situated in the picturesque Hunter Valley about 180 km North of Sydney via the M1 Pacific Motorway. It is 14 km North of Maitland on the Paterson/Dungog Road. Nearest large railway station is Maitland.

The Newcastle Airport is located at Williamtown, 50 minutes from Tocal. Newcastle airline partners are Eastern Air Services, FlyPelican, Link Airways, Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin.

Note: Transfers from Newcastle Airport can be arranged at designated times.


  • 3 days for those new to extensionAUS or in new Communities of Practice (includes Conference Dinner and all meals) $230pp
  • 2 days for existing Communities of Practice (includes Conference Dinner and all meals) $180pp


  • $80 - $150 per night (on site at Tocal College)

Motel style accommodation is available at Glendarra 1 and 2, which are located across the road from the College campus in a quiet rural setting. The rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, television and wireless internet. Up to 27 ensuite rooms are available. Glendarra 2 rooms can accommodate twin share if preferred.

The Tocal Cottages offer 4-5 bedrooms for anyone wishing to split the costs.

Alternative accommodation

If you prefer to organise your own accommodation, here is a list of suitable options close to Tocal.


Register here for extensionAUS Bootcamp 2023

Don't miss this opportunity!