About the conference

We're thrilled to announce the first international 'No Frills' conference.

In 2018, the 27th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference 'No Frills' will be co-hosted with New Zealand partners, Ako Aotearoa and the Industry Training Federation.

Save the date and join us in Sydney on Wednesday 15 to Friday 17 August 2018.

'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. By partnering with New Zealand, next year's conference will provide an excellent opportunity to highlight international evidence for bench-marking policy best practice.

The conference also provides valuable professional development opportunities to enhance research capacity and capability in the VET sector by incorporating activities on data and research analytics, and research practice.

The 2018 conference program will focus on Skills for a global future: working and learning together.

Who should attend

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

Call for presentations

Information about the call for presentations and posters, and the range of scholarships on offer in 2018 will be available soon. Watch this space!


A range of sponsorship packages will released shortly. However, please feel free to contact us if you're keen to get in early and express interest in being a part of next year's bumper conference and the first to see what's on offer!


Co-hosted with Ako Aotearoa and the Industry Training Federation in New Zealand, the conference will be held in Sydney at Aerial UTS Function Centre,  located within UTS Building 10 on Level 7, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo.


There are a number of accommodation options available for a range of budgets close or nearby to the venue.

For delegate’s conferencing at the UTS Aerial Function Centre, Accor Hotels offer 10% off the best available rate at selected hotels nearby. With Mercure Sydney and Novotel Sydney Central just across the road and Ibis Sydney World Square just a short walk away, you are sure to find something that suits your budget.

Please follow the link to confirm availability http://accorasiapacificpartners.com/UTSAerialFunctionCentre

Sydney attractions

A leading destination in innovation, tourism and international business – Sydney is Australia’s oldest and most cosmopolitan city with an enviable reputation as one of the world's most beautiful and livable cities.

Sydney is the destination of choice for international corporations, business leaders, tourists and students. It has become a thriving hub for almost 40% of the top 500 Australian corporations in education, finance, digital and creative adjacent to a backdrop of kilometers of ocean coastline and an iridescent harbor.

Sydney offers a whole range of great tourist attractions from the world famous Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Taronga Zoo to Bondi Beach and the beautiful Blue Mountains.

Why not extend your stay after the conference and book in for one of the various tours of this outstanding city which can all be found through Destination NSW.

General information

Conference contact

Georgia Basford-Foxx
National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Level 5, 60 Light Square, Adelaide SA 5000
08 8230 8451