'No Frills' is happening now!

The 29th National VET Research Conference ‘No Frills’ is ONLINE for the first time ever.

With a comprehensive range of live and pre-recorded content, including keynote speakers, focus sessions and over 30 presentations, #NoFrills2020 will immerse you in the future of VET.

#NoFrills2020 is happening right now - and you can still register!


This year we are offering full conference access for $195.00. Registration covers all live and pre-recorded sessions, including keynote speakers, focus sessions and over 30 presentations.



Once you have registered, you will receive two confirmation emails. The first email will confirm that you have registered, and the second will contain instructions on how to access the online conference platform.



Online professional development focus sessions are running on Tuesday 7 July. Delegates have the opportunity to attend four focus sessions throughout the day. These sessions take the place of our popular pre-conference PD workshops. Our workshops usually cost extra to attend, but this year everyone who registers for the conference will have access to all focus sessions.


Given 'No Frills' is being hosted fully online, you may think networking and interaction opportunities are non-existent. This is not the case! There are plenty of networking features for those who want to connect with others at the conference.

  • Features such as instant messenger chat provides delegates and presenters with the opportunity to interact.
  • Delegate profiles allows delegates to interact and set up virtual meetings with each other.
  • Live Q&A gives delegates the opportunity to have their questions answered and participate in polls.
  • Delegates even have the opportunity to schedule 1:1 meetings with some of our knowledgeable focus session presenters during the conference.

View the PROGRAM here

About the conference

'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 or focus sessions incorporating activities on data and research analytics, and research practice.


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


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Key contacts

For all conference-related enquiries, please contact us.

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