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AVETRA 2015 Conference Collage 


AVETRA is Australasia's only national, independent association of researchers in vocational education and training (VET). It was established in 1997 with initial financial assistance from the Australian National Training Authority Research Advisory Council and receives support from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

At the April 2018 Annual Geberal Meeting, AVETRA members voted to change the association name from Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Inc. to Australasian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Inc. to better reflect the current association membership and conference delegates, and to enable the association to expand membership in the future.

With a substantial and growing membership, AVETRA is committed to:

  • furthering the contribution of VET research to the development of Australian VET policy
  • independently reviewing VET research priorities
  • promoting independent and significant research in VET, with due regard for the intellectual property rights of researchers
  • raising the profile of VET research in the academic and training communities
  • promoting training in research methods for those working in or with the VET sector
  • providing platforms for the dissemination of research findings.


WHO IS AVETRA FOR? AVETRA membership is open to any individual who is engaged in, or has an interest in, VET research and its results. AVETRA members include:

  • TAFE and university-based researchers
  • training managers
  • industry-based trainers and managers
  • VET decision-makers.