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

Sydney, June 17th - 18th 2019

Registrations now open! Click Here

'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

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).

Keynote speakers:

Prof Shelley Mallett - General Manager Policy & Research at the Brotherhood of St Laurence; Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne

Ms Akiko Sakamoto - Senior Skills and Employability Specialist at the International Labour Organization (ILO), Asia and the Pacific Office, Bangkok.

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.

Abstract submissions have now closed.


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Tokyo, Japan ; 5 to 8 August 2019

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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