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.
This year's 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.
Major support for the 'No Frills' conference is provided under the National VET Research Program by the Australian Government and state and territory governments, through the Department of Education and Training.
The Hon Matthew Groom MP, Minister for State Growth
Matthew was first elected to the Tasmanian Parliament as the Liberal Member for Denison in March 2010. Prior to being elected to Parliament, Matthew achieved considerable success professionally with over 15 years of national and international experience in the private sector.
Adrienne Dawson, Principal Advocacy Advisor, Industry Training Federation, New Zealand
Joining the Dots...REAL Pathways to Participation
John Hooper, Executive Officer, Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania
Building work readiness in job-seekers – An employer perspective
Stacey Joseph, Member and Education Specialist, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Stacey has in excess of 20 years’ experience in the service industry across a broad range of front line, supervisory and management roles. For the past 10 years, Stacey has been an industry trainer, assessor and facilitator. Having a broad experience in project management, workforce development and the design and delivery of a range of leadership and management programs both accredited and non-accredited.
How to get the world's best job - How re-training can open up a world of possibilities
Matthew Evans, Food Writer and TV Host
Who should attend?
|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|
This year we are offering a range of registration options. Register here
Conference Package A (includes the Welcome Reception)
Conference Package B (includes the Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner)
Conference Package C (includes the Welcome Reception and Pre-conference PD Workshops)
Conference Package D (includes the Welcome Reception, Conference Dinner, and Pre-conference PD Workshops)
We have introduced a range of scholarships at this year's 26th National Vocational Education and Training (VET) Research Conference ‘No Frills’. This initiative, which is part of NCVER’s commitment to build capacity and capability in VET research, is designed to facilitate attendance and widen participation from across the VET sector.
'No Frills' 2017 scholarships have been awarded to the following presenters:
- VET Development Centre Practitioner Scholarship: Mr Warren Guest, Holmesglen Institute
- TAFE Directors Australia Practitioner Scholarship: Dr Md Aftabuzzaman, Melbourne Polytechnic
- NCVER Early Career Researcher Scholarship: Dr Megan Moskos, NILS, Flinders University
- Skills Tasmania Early Career Researcher Scholarship: Ms Lisa Denny, University of Tasmania
- Department of Education and Training Practitioner Scholarship: Ms Alison Haines and Ms Fiona Plunkett, Charles Darwin University (joint award)
Location & travel
Where is the conference being held?
TasTAFE - Drysdale Campus
59 Collins Street
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
- RACV/RACT Hobart Apartment Hotel
Due to the proximity of the conference venue (Hobart CBD), no parking is available at the campus for delegates. Paid council parking is available by meter and there are nearby council car parks. Further information can be found on the City of Hobart website.
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:
- Take a short ferry ride and spend the day at Hobart’s own "subversive adult Disneyland" Mona.
- Explore the converted colonial warehouses of Salamanca and on Saturdays, there's Salamanca Market.
- Visit Cascade Brewery, Australia’s oldest continuously running brewery, located in the foothills of Mount Wellington.
- Delve into Hobart’s convict history... take a tour to Port Arthur, and on your way ensure you pop into Bangor Wine and Oyster Shed.
- Taste local Tasmanian wines in the historic Gasworks Building.
- Sip on a whisky at the cellar door of Lark Distillery.
- Watch cheese being made, chocolate being crafted and pick your own seasonal fresh fruit at the Coal River Farm.
Team Leader, Communications and Events, NCVER
08 8230 8491