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AVETRA is Australia’s only national, independent association for research in vocational education and training, brings together research stakeholders and researchers from the TAFE, university, industry and government sectors. We have a number of different sections within this site, all accessed via the Navigation menu on the top of this page.If you would like information about membership benefits and how to join please click here.You will find information about our upcoming Annual Conference here and you can access information about AVETRA publications and past conference archives here.


Call for presentations: ‘No Frills’ Conference 2016

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) and CQUniversity are calling for abstracts for presentations and poster sessions for the 25th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’.  Please click here for further details.

AVETRA National Conference 2016

What a wonderful conference on a number of important topics around VET and adult education, and excellent research presentations by a wide range of experienced and new researchers, both national and international!  There were also three workshops on strategies relating to research, and a Speed Dating session (see the photo below).  Our thanks to Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE for hosting the conference, and attendees enjoyed a fun dinner on Thursday evening.  Awards were presented at the dinner to:

  • Ray Barker Award for Distinguished Service to VET Research 2016 – Professor Erica Smith
  • Conference Paper of the Year 2016– Don Zoellner
  • Journal Article of the Year 2015 – Steven Hodge
  • TDA/AVETRA Innovation Scholarship Award – Dr Ross McLennan

An early career researchers breakfast was held and out of this will develop a further network working with the AVETRA Educator Hub.  Full reports will go up over the next week or so, but in the meantime enjoy the conference summary from Kira Clarke: and photos of our speakers.