Call for Abstracts

AVETRA 20th Annual Conference

Renovate or Rebuild? Exploring the Architecture of VET

The VET sector in Australia is undergoing yet another period of significant reform. However, unlike more recent changes, these reforms are being driven by questions that go to the heart of the shape and operation of the sector. Questions are being asked about the best ways to organise VET, how it might be funded and the most effective ways to prepare and support those who deliver and assess VET and the leadership that best supports this work. There are questions being asked about whether training packages are still the most useful ways of organising the delivery and assessment strategies/curriculum that will produce workers with the requisite skills for changing economic times in which we live. This conference will provide a platform for research which can inform these deliberations to be presented and debated and for delegates to explore the ways in which these insights from research might be translated into policy and actions which will contribute to renovating – or rebuilding – VET in Australia.

We would welcome presentations around the following themes:

  • Access, equity and pathways
  • Teaching Learning and Assessment
  • Qualifications, training products and future skills
  • Apprenticeships, traineeships and work-integrated learning
  • VET policy and reform

If your abstract is accepted for conference presentation, you may also submit a (final) paper for publishing after the conference on the AVETRA website. Final Papers can be peer reviewed or non-peer reviewed. Only papers submitted for the AVETRA Conference Paper of the Year and the New Researcher Paper of the Year, will be automatically peer-reviewed, unless you specifically request that you would like your paper peer-reviewed. Please note: you should indicate your wish for peer-review and nomination for one of the awards with your online abstract submission
AVETRA Conference Paper of the Year and Early

Career Researcher Paper of the Year If you wish your conference paper to be considered for the AVETRA Paper of the Year or the New Researcher Paper of the Year awards, you will need to indicate this at the time of submission. These awards are funded by AVETRA and offered annually. The awards will be presented at the AVETRA Conference. To be eligible for these awards the nominating author must be a current financial member of AVETRA. AVETRA reserves the right not to make an award if none of the applications received meets the criteria for the awards. The criteria for these awards can be found on the AVETRA website (

Closing date for conference submissions is Friday 3rd February 2017

Notification of acceptance of papers will be made by Friday 17th February 201




Call for Nominations

AVETRA 2017 Awards & Scholarship


Nominations are called for the following AVETRA Awards to be presented at the 2017 AVETRA Conference from the 18-20 April 2017:

1. Berwyn Clayton Award for Distinguished Service to the

education and development of  VET educators and other professionals.

Nominations close COB Friday 3 March 2017.

Download nomination form

2. AVETRA 2016 Journal of the Year Award



Nominations close COB Friday 3 March 2017.

Cover Sheet 2017

Criteria 2017

3. AVETRA Ambassador Award Nominations close COB Friday 3 March 2017

Criteria 2017

In general all the Awards will follow the same criteria:

  • a member of AVETRA Executive will chair the judging panel with two other Executive members or outside members with appropriate background and experience, except for AVETRA Paper of the Year which will be judged by a panel of that year’s conference committee
  • all Award winners must be current financial members of AVETRA.  In the case of journal articles, the nominating author must be a current financial member
  • judges may not enter the competition and may not work in the same institution as any of the candidates, may not be involved in the relevant research project or in other current research collaborations with candidates, or have other conflicts of interest (eg. relative or PhD supervisor)


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