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About the conference

NCVER is thrilled to co-host the 29th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference 'No Frills' with North Metropolitan TAFE (NMTAFE) in Perth on 8-10 July 2020.

'No Frills' is a well-known annual national conference where researchers, practitioners, providers and industry representatives come together and share knowledge, ideas, insights and solutions around 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.

Theme

The theme for the 2020 conference is Workforce ready: challenges and opportunities for VET.

The successful transition of an employee from education to job is essential to building a strong economy.

But in a world where workplaces are rapidly evolving alongside technology and market demand, what does it mean to be ‘workforce ready’? And what is VET’s role in preparing students for work?

There is much debate over how our future workforce landscapes will look, or what skills our workers will need to be successful at their jobs.

However, one thing is clear: almost all workers will need to upskill or retrain throughout their working lives. What challenges and opportunities does this present for VET, and what plans should we be making for the future?

Who should attend?

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

Call for presentations

We are seeking presentations that explore the theme Workforce ready: challenges and opportunities for VET.

Presentations on similar topics will be scheduled in streams to promote ongoing discussion among presenters and attendees around those topics.

We seek informative, relevant and thought-provoking presentations that:

  • showcase quality research with a sound evidence base
  • focus on findings and recommendations
  • engage the audience.

Presentations can highlight research that is either in progress or complete. We strongly encourage both early career and established researchers (including those who are new to VET), as well as employers, industry, providers, and practitioners to submit an abstract.

Why present?

  • Contribute research to the future of Australian VET policy.
  • Promote your research at a major national research conference to research, industry, provider, and government representatives, which may open further opportunities for you.
  • Network with national and international VET professionals and learn from each other.

All presenters (both oral and poster) must register for the conference as a full paying delegate. Further information on registration fees will be available early in 2020.

How to submit an abstract

To have your work considered for the program, you must submit an abstract online by Monday 17 February 2020.

Please visit the Abstract Warehouse website for more information and to begin the online submission process.

Key dates

Abstract submission due Monday 17 February 2020
Abstract acceptance notification Friday 6 March 2020
Program release and registration open Mid-March 2020
Presentation due Monday 29 June 2020
Conference begins Wednesday 8 July 2020

Registration

Registration will open in March 2020 to coincide with the release of the conference program.

Four registration packages will be available ranging from $360-$500.

Scholarships

NCVER is offering a range of scholarships to presenters to assist with the costs of attending the conference.

Scholarships are valued at $1,200. This covers full conference registration at $500 (which includes pre-conference workshops, welcome reception and conference dinner) and $700 to support travel, accommodation and other related sundries.

Scholarships are available in three categories:

Scholarship type Criteria
Early career researcher Available to any person who has a research degree (or degree with a strong research component) within the last six years and who is currently working in a research-related role.
Researcher Available to anyone working in a VET-related research role.
Practitioner Available to those involved in the delivery of VET, preferably directly.

How to apply for a scholarship

  1. Submit an abstract via the online abstract submission process and tick the box indicating your intention to apply for a scholarship.
  2. Complete and submit the online scholarship application form by COB Monday 17 February 2020.

Terms and conditions

Successful applicants must:

  • provide original receipts or invoices for expenditure incurred for travel to and from the conference and accommodation in Perth to a maximum of $700 for reimbursement
  • attend the conference from 8-10 July 2020
  • consent to their personal information such as names, title, abstract and photo being made available for promotional use by NCVER.

Sponsorship

A range of sponsorship packages will be on offer again this year, and available to view shortly.

In the meantime, please feel free to contact Stephen Tormet at stephentormet@ncver.edu.au or 08 8230 8451 to discuss your sponsorship requirements.

Conference venues

Conference hub: 30 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge

Co-hosted with NMTAFE, the conference will be held at the NMTAFE, Northbridge campus. Located immediately north of Perth’s CBD. Northbridge is known as Perth’s cultural centre, with its cluster of modern art galleries, street art and restaurants.

Welcome reception: 12 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge

The welcome reception will be hosted at NMTAFE, Northbridge campus’ Gallery Central, the centerpiece of creative industries at NMTAFE, where student talent and other professional artists are showcased.

Conference dinner: 35 Kendrew Crescent, Joondalup

A delicious conference dinner will be held at the Pavilion Restaurant, which is operated by students at NMTAFE's Hospitality and Culinary Arts Centre in Joondalup.

Bus transfers will be available to/from Northbridge campus to Joondalup campus for the dinner.

Accommodation

Being so close to the heart of the city, there are a number of accommodation options available for a range of budgets all within walking distance of the conference hub.

The Alex Hotel and DoubleTree by Hilton are the closest hotels to the NMTAFE, Northbridge campus. The Attika Hotel, Mantra on MurrayAdina Apartment Hotel Perth Barrack Plaza, InterContinental Perth City Centre, Peppers Kings Square Hotel and Ibis Hotel are all a short walk from the campus, as well as many others.

About Perth

The city of Perth is set on the beautiful Swan River looking up to the Kings Park Botanic Gardens, while the suburbs of Perth stretch in all directions to the Darling Range in the east and the Indian Ocean in the west. Beaches stretch for miles to the north and south and the well-known port city of Fremantle is 18km south west of the city.

Perth is home to about 2.14 million people, making it the fourth most populous city in Australia. It’s easy to get around the city by bus or train or on foot, and the metropolitan area is linked by efficient freeways, highways, railway lines and cycle paths.

The city embraces the best of both worlds, where soft-sand beaches and scenic parks meet a thriving metropolis of small bars, creative restaurants and curated street art.

Contact us

For inquiries please feel free to get in touch.

June Ingham - Team Leader Communications and Events Stephen Tormet - Events and Administration Assistant
E: JuneIngham@ncver.edu.au E: StephenTormet@ncver.edu.au
P: 08 8230 8491 P: 08 8230 8451