The 26th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference 'No Frills' will be co-hosted with TasTAFE and held in beautiful Hobart from 5 to 7 July 2017.

'No Frills' is a well-known annual national conference where researchers and practitioners in the vocational education and training (VET) sector come together to present, discuss and share information about key issues confronting the sector. It also offers valuable professional development opportunities through a series of hands-on pre-conference workshops.

Each year we partner with a training provider so we can offer great value for money. Using their quality training facilities to stage the conference means we can keep registration costs down and provide a relaxed and casual conference atmosphere – perfect for networking.

The 2017 conference explores the theme Skilling for tomorrow, highlighting work across three streams:

  • Explore: gaining a better understanding of education, training and employment, the people involved and interactions between these systems
  • Translate: applying knowledge about education and training to improve practice, quality and outcomes
  • Evolve: addressing the opportunities and challenges ahead to transform the sector to better meet future skill needs.

Who should attend?

Educators Researchers
Policy-makers Registered training organisations
Industry Schools and universities
Employer groups Commonwealth, state & territory education and training authorities
Not-for-profit and community associations Private consultants

Call for presentations open

Are you interested in presenting at the 2017 conference?

We're now accepting abstracts for both oral and poster presentations from industry, practitioners, policy makers and researchers to present work relating to the conference themes: Explore, Translate and Evolve. We strongly encourage both new and experienced presenters to apply.

Why present?

  • Contribute to the future of vocational education and training.
  • Promote your work at a major national research conference to research, industry, practitioners and government representatives.
  • Network and share ideas with other professionals.
  • Access professional development opportunities.

How do I submit my abstract?

All abstracts must be submitted via our online Abstract Warehouse by 5pm on Monday 20 February 2017.

How do I find more information on presentation requirements?

Further information on both oral and poster presentation requirements is available from the Abstract Warehouse.

Key dates

Monday 20 February 2017  Abstract submissions due
Monday 6 March 2017  Abstract acceptance notifications
Monday 13 March 2017  Deadline for presenters to accept offer
Late March 2017  Program release and registration opens
Friday 2 June 2017  Deadline for abstract changes or updates
Friday 2 June 2017  Deadline for presenters to register as conference delegates
Friday 30 June 2017  Deadline for providing PowerPoint presentations to NCVER
Wednesday 5 July 2017  Conference begins


Sponsorship opportunities are now available for NCVER’s 26th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’.

Our sponsorship packages have been designed to provide your organisation with maximum exposure to conference delegates.

Being a sponsor will provide your organisation with the opportunity to:

  • showcase products and services at a national level at one of the most popular conferences on the VET calendar
  • interact with a diverse range of stakeholders from across  government, education and training, industry, community and private sectors
  • align with NCVER, Australia’s leading provider of high-quality, independent research and statistics on vocational education and training.

To view the range of packages available No Frills 2017 Sponsorship Opportunities.

If you wish to discuss sponsorship, please contact June Ingham.


Satchel Bag Sponsor


Table Display Sponsor


Registration will open in March 2017. Further details about the pre-conference workshop topics and the conference dinner venue will be announced shortly.

Registration type


Conference attendance (includes the Welcome reception)


Conference attendance (includes the Welcome reception) and Conference dinner


Conference attendance (includes the Welcome reception), Conference dinner and Pre-conference workshops


Pre-conference workshops only


Location & travel

Where is the conference being held?

TasTAFE - Drysdale Campus
59 Collins Street
Hobart, Tasmania

How do I get to Hobart?

Direct flights to Tasmania operate on a regular basis from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Flights are available through Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar or Tiger Airways. Our venue is approximately 17 minutes drive from Hobart Airport.

Where can I stay?

The Drysdale campus is located in the Hobart CBD in close proximity to numerous hotels. The following hotels are located within a 10 minute walk of our venue:

Mantra Collins Hotel

The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel

Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart

Quest Hobart Savoy

A taste of Hobart

If you’re thinking of staying for the weekend or bringing the family, here is a small taste of what Hobart has to offer:


June Ingham
Team Leader, Communications and Events, NCVER
08 8230 8491