About the conference

NCVER is delighted to co-host the 28th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference 'No Frills' with TAFE SA in Adelaide on 10-12 July 2019.

'No Frills' is a well-known annual national conference where researchers, practitioners, providers, government and industry representatives come together and share knowledge, ideas, insights and solutions surrounding Australia’s VET sector.

The conference also provides valuable professional development opportunities through a program of hands-on pre-conference workshops incorporating activities on data and research analytics, and research practice.


The 2019 conference program will focus on The student journey: skilling for life.

As explored at past ‘No Frills’ conferences, the world of work is changing, driven by rapid technological evolution in an increasingly global society. It’s almost certain that the skills we develop today won’t be enough to operate or compete effectively in the workplaces of tomorrow.

Will it be enough for our future workers to earn a single qualification or learn only a few different skills? Where do employability skills fit into the mix?

While every student’s journey is different, more and more research and discussion points to how workers must become lifelong learners to enable them to grow and evolve with their jobs. VET plays a critical role in making this happen.

Who should attend

  • Educators
  • Researchers
  • Policymakers
  • 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


The call for presentations has closed and everyone who submitted an abstract has been notified. The program will be released by the end of March 2019.


Thank you to those who have applied for a scholarship. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of March 2019.


Registration will open late March 2019 to coincide with the release of the conference program. A range of packages will be available up to the value of $500.


We're pleased to offer a range of sponsorship packages. We encourage you to get in quick as these opportunities will not last long.

Please click on the the image below to download the Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities booklet and take a look at what's on offer!


Co-hosted with TAFE SA, the conference will be held at the TAFE SA Adelaide campus, located at 120 Currie Street, Adelaide in the CBD.


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

The Adelaide Rockford is the closest to the TAFE SA Adelaide campus, and the Oaks Embassy serviced apartments, Peppers on Waymouth and Stamford Plaza are also a short walk to the venue so you are sure to find accommodation that suits your budget.

About Adelaide

Adelaide is home to historic buildings, lush parklands and sprawling botanic gardens. It is also the gateway to some of Australia's most renowned wine regions - The Barossa, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills - which offer some of the most exclusive, unique and boutique drinking and dining experiences in the world.

Adelaide has one of the fastest airport to city transfers anywhere in the world (just 10 minutes) with regular direct international and domestic flights.

Adelaide also ranks as the most affordable capital in Australia as well as being undoubtedly the most walk-able, making it possible for delegates staying in the city to walk to and from the conference venue with ease.

General information

Conference contact (including abstract queries)

Stephen Tormet
National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Level 5, 60 Light Square, Adelaide SA 5000
08 8230 8451