AVETRA 19th Annual Conference

20 – 22 April 2016

Sydney, NSW

Mark your diaries now!


Please click here or enter the following URL into your web browser https://tas.currinda.com/register/event/1354 to submit your abstract. Further information can be found here on the AVETRA website.


TDA/AVETRA Innovation Scholarship now open

TDA and AVETRA are pleased to announce that the ‘TDA/AVETRA Innovation Scholarship’ for 2016 is now open. The Guidelines can be found here.

The Scholarship, now in its third year, provides $6,000 for an individual or group of TAFE professionals to research innovative ways to work with industry or community to meet skill needs. The aim of the Scholarship is to build innovation and applied research capability in the TAFE sector.

The Scholarship is producing excellent outcomes.

The 2014 winner, David McLean from RMIT, explored training models to support micro-business start-ups in the Community Services and Health Industries. His report entitled ‘Meeting client demand for health service providers: a service design approach’ is now available on TDA website.

The 2015 winner is Peter Hurley from Bendigo Kangan TAFE. Peter is investigating how TAFE can improve unemployment rates through innovative labour market programs. His report, due in early 2016, will be presented at AVETRA’s annual conference in Sydney in April, 2016.

David and Peter both presented their research at TDA’s recent conference in Hobart to wide applaud.

Closing date for the 2016 scholarship applications is COB 11 March, 2016. Applications from new researchers and those that contain co-sponsorship contributions by TAFE institutions or by industry are strongly encouraged.

For more information, and to obtain the scholarship guidelines and application form, visit TDA and AVETRA websites or contact Melinda Waters at TDA on 02 9217 4951 mwaters@tda.edu.au.


Call for Nominations – AVETRA 2016 Awards & Scholarship


Nominations are called for the following AVETRA Awards to be presented at the 2016 AVETRA Conference from the 20 – 22 April 2016:

1.The Ray Barker Award for Distinguished Service to VET Research         

We are seeking nominations for AVETRA members who have provided distinguished service to VET Research.

Please consider colleagues that you believe are worthy to nominate for this award. Details of the previous recipients are on the AVETRA website (http://avetra.org.au/awards-scholarships).

Nominations close COB Friday 19 February 2016.

2. TDA/AVETRA Innovation Scholarship

Nominations close COB Friday 11 March 2016.

3. AVETRA 2015 Journal of the Year Award

Nominations close COB Friday 19 February 2016. Criteria can be reviewed here.

4. AVETRA (Ray Barker) Ambassador Award

Nominations close COB Friday 19 February 2016.


The Conference paper of the year, and the Early career researcher award paper of the year will be determined by the Conference sub-committee.


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