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22nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA)

Sydney, June 17th - 18th 2019

Location: Western Sydney University Parramatta City Campus
                          Level 9, 169 Macquarie Street, Parramatta

'No future for old VET': Researching for the training system/s of tomorrow’

Reseaching for the training system/s of tomorrow


Monday-Tuesday 17th-18th June 2019, Parramatta, Sydney

Dr Geoffrey Lee,  Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, MLA for Parramatta, NSW Government will be attending part of the Conference. It is a special pleasure to welcome the Minister as he has been both a university academic and a TAFE teacher and thus brings a wide understanding to his role.

The final conference program is now available - Please Click Here. It details the comprehensive range of keynotes, workshops and panel presentations.

The conference is being held at the state of the art, "vertical campus" of Western Sydney University and University College (RTO) next to Parramatta Railway Station. It is less than 40 minutes by rail from Sydney Airport.

It is well-recognised that current rapid economic and industrial developments, as well as changes in society, are affecting the demands placed upon VET systems both in Australia and elsewhere. As well, the Australian VET system has had internal challenges which need addressing. To meet all of these challenges, and to plan strategically for the future, a strong research base is needed. This AVETRA conference will bring together VET researchers and those interested in using research to inform policy and practice, to discuss and debate these vital matters.

The conference will include researcher capability workshops including workshops for emerging, mid-career and established VET researchers.

Cost: $425 full conference; $225 single day. (Reduced rates for members).

Special offer for Students - Students (who are not AVETRA Members) can register at the AVETRA Member price of $350 Full Conference (2 Days) & $175 Single Day Registration.  Please Click Here To Register. If you have any questions please contact the Secretariat

Keynote speakers:

Prof Shelley Mallett - General Manager Policy & Research at the Brotherhood of St Laurence; Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne ‘Kangan reimagined: Enhancing student capabilities to meet the changing nature of work’

Ms Karina Veal - International Expert in Vocational and Higher Education, Education Planning and Management. Former senior education specialist for the Asian Development Bank. - 'No Future for Old VET: Trends and Innovations in Asia.'

Panel session on VET's response to Future Work:

Megan Lilly- Head of Workforce Development, Australian Industry Group
Dr Caroline Smith - Executive Director, Jobs Queensland
Professor Erica Smith - Personal Chair in Vocational Education and Training, Federation University

Around 30 research-based presentations have also been submitted.

See Event Flyer for details.

Please contact for further enquiries.


AVETRA Research Forum - 26th October 2018

Australian Vocational Education and Training Research AssociationResearch Forum 
New VET Research Perspectives
Issues, practices, insights 
Friday 26th October 2018, 
Canberra Institute of Technology, Canberra, ACT

About the forum

This day-long forum continues the AVETRA tradition of research presentation, critique and engagement within the vocational education and training (VET) sector. It is designed for VET researchers to present their research, to learn from each other and to engage in dialogue with other stakeholders in the nation’s VET system. It will be of interest to researchers, practitioners and policy makers.

The Forum web page with more details and registration is here


Inaugural AVETRA VET Practitioner Research Conference 2018

AVETRA’s VET Practitioner Research conference in Melbourne 26/27 April was a great success!

We thank our partners the VET Development Centre and the Victorian TAFE Association for their sponsorship and support, and to all of those who helped over the two days.  Below is a photo of new President Robin Shreeve, with the keynote speaker Jose Luis Fernandez Maure, Head of International at TKNIKA (Institute of Innovation and Applied Research for Vocational Education) in the Basque Country, Andrew Williamson Executive Director Victorian TAFE Association, and conference organisers Steven Hodge and Linda Simon.

A wonderful summary of the conference has been prepared by Kira Clarke and is available on our Twitter page: Click Here


AVETRA Conference 2017

Please download program here.