VET calendar

Updated 16 February 2017

Workforce Optimisation 2017 conference

27 February 2017 - 28 February 2017 - Sydney

Convenor: Marcus Evans conferences

Building robust agile and liquid workforce to ensure companies remain ever competitive in preparation for the workforce revolution.

Trends in digital platforms and intelligent automation are transforming the way we do business. Ongoing disruption is placing some of Australia’s most iconic business brands under threat. This conference will be about tailoring workforce to be more agile to be able to rapidly adapt and change – this is especially important to prepare for the incoming digital workforce age. . +603 2723 6721 . View the conference website.

National FutureSchools Expo and Conference

22 March 2017 - 24 March 2017 - Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Convenor: EduTECH International Congress & Expo

The National FutureSchools Expo is an annual 3 day national schools event, starting with 5 pre-event masterclasses leading into 5 parallel conferences running alongside a central exhibition.

This event is a combination of inspiration, thought-leadership and practical take-backs for Principals and their executive teams, plus classroom teachers (especially computer science teachers) and curriculum leaders, as well as ICT directors and coordinators. .

AVETRA 20th Annual Conference

18 April 2017 - 20 April 2017 - William Angliss Institute of TAFE, Melbourne

Convenor: Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA)

This year's conference theme is Renovate or Rebuild?: Exploring the architecture of VET; and will provide a platform for delegates to explore the ways in which insights from research might be translated into policy and actions which will contribute to renovating - or rebuilding - VET in Australia.

WA Training Providers Forum 2017

29 May 2017 - 29 May 2017 - Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

Convenor: Government of Western Australia, Department of Training and Workforce Development

Training Providers Forum 2017 is aimed at anyone involved in the planning, delivery and assessment of vocational education and training in Western Australia. This includes those from private registered training organisations and TAFE colleges, Industry Training Councils, Skills Service Organisations, schools, universities and government departments. In 2017 delegates will be able to attend the Forum either in person or online. Forum themes will focus on: the student experience; employer perspectives; and assessment. .

EduTECH 2017

7 June 2017 - 9 June 2017 - International Convention Centre, Sydney

Convenor: ACEvents

EduTECH is the only event that brings together schools, tertiary education, VET, and workplace learning under one roof together to learn, debate, exchange ideas and be inspired.

EduTECH is the Asia-Pacific and Southern Hemisphere’s largest education event. It consists of one large exhibition and eight parallel conferences covering the entire learning life-cycle. . +61 2 8908 8555 .

HERDSA 2017 Conference

27 June 2017 - 30 June 2017 - International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney

Convenor: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia

The theme for the 40th annual HERDSA conference is Curriculum Transformation. Approximately 800 delegates will attend the 3 day event (with pre-conference workshops on 27 June).

Effective curriculum transformation is seen to optimise the curriculum as a framework for student learning and experience rather than as simply an organising framework for disciplinary knowledge. It puts quality at the centre of this process and ensures support for staff in curriculum development and innovative teaching practice. The planning committee has endeavoured to capture the different drivers and challenges for curriculum transformation under four sub-themes: Curriculum Transformation Drivers, Facilitating Curriculum Transformation, Putting it into Practice, and Students in Curriculum Transformation. .

26th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference 'No Frills'

5 July 2017 - 7 July 2017 - TasTAFE Drysdale Campus, Hobart CBD

Convenor: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)

'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.

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.

Further information is available or contact 0882308617.

2017 AATE/ALEA National Conference

6 July 2017 - 9 July 2017 - Wrest Point, Sandy Bay, Tasmania

Convenor: Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE) and Australian Literacy Educators' Association (ALEA)

The theme for the 2017 conference is Cutting Edge: margin to mainstream.

‘Cutting Edge’ will explore student engagement, creativity, critical and divergent thinking, innovation and collaboration as they relate to high quality English and literacy learning experiences. . 03 6263 2207 . Visit conference website.


10 August 2017 - 10 August 2017 - Gold Coast, Queensland

The Futuregen17 Conference is hosted by representatives from the education, youth and employment sector in order to meet the needs of organisations and individuals who are engaging with and supporting young people to achieve their education and employment goals. FUTUREgen Conferences are designed to allow for maximum participation with a focus on outcomes, professional development, application of theory and celebrating best practice.

The 2017 conference theme is Collaborating for Impact & Innovation. . 1300 557 426 .

ACPET National Conference

24 August 2017 - 25 August 2017 - Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Convenor: Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET)

ACPET’s national conference brings together 1200 members in Higher Education, Vocational Education, English language and foundation courses, and this years event will mark ACPET’s 25 year anniversary. . 03 6234 7844 .

ACAL National Conference 2017

12 September 2017 - 14 September 2017 - Darwin Convention Centre, Northern Territory

Convenor: Australian Council for Adult Literacy (ACAL)

In 2017 the Australian Council for Adult Literacy celebrates 40 years actively promoting language, literacy, numeracy, and communication advocacy and research. The Conference offers delegates a unique opportunity to explore the conditions required for more critically engaged debates about local, regional and global provision. This year's conference theme is Traders, Neighbours and Intruders: Points of Contact. . 03 9546 6892 .

7th INAP Research Conference

2 October 2017 - 3 October 2017 - Washington, DC

Convenor: The International Network on Innovative Apprenticeship (INAP)

The INAP network was founded in March 2006 as an outcome of an international research project. This international network of apprenticeship researchers aims to improve apprenticeship systems and practices through research into, and dissemination of, instances of good practice.

Co- sponsored by the American Institute for Innovative Apprenticeship, Urban Institute, Research Network in Vocational Education and Training (VETNET), TVET Research Group (I:BB), University of Bremen, Germany, and University of Zurich, Switzerland, the theme for this year's conference is Modern Apprenticeships: Widening Their Scope, Sustaining Their Quality. . View conference website

31st Annual Australian International Education Conference

10 October 2017 - 13 October 2017 - Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania

Convenor: International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) and IDP Education

The theme for the 2017 conference is Embracing Diversity, and the program will feature world leading experts, unique social events and an exhibition. Program sessions cater to all sectors, cover a broad range of topics and are suitable to industry veterans as well as newcomers to the industry. Attendees will gain important and relevant knowledge, discover best practices, industry insights, innovative approaches and trends. . +61 3 9417 1350 .