Since 1992, NCVER’s mid-year National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference has been bringing together diverse perspectives in relation to policy and practice from across the VET sector to share, discuss and present on priority issues.

'No Frills' provides an opportunity for networking and ideas sharing in a friendly and informal atmosphere with a cross-section of industry representatives, practitioners, researchers and policymakers. The conference also contributes to building capacity and capability in VET research by providing opportunities for engagement and learnings for early stage career researchers and more experienced researchers.

The conference became colloquially known as 'No Frills' because no fees were charged for attending in its early years and participants had to be largely self-sufficient.

Past Conferences

DateLocationCo-host Keynote Speakers Papers and Presentations
7-10 July 2020OnlineThis conference was held online, without a co-hostDr Kate Raynes-Goldie, Adam Boyton, E/Prof Tracey Horton AOView papers
10-12 July 2019AdelaideTAFE SA, Adelaide, Regency & Tonsley campusesDr Fiona Kerr, Gabrielle KellyView papers
15-17 August 2018SydneyFirst international with New Zealand's Industry Training Federation and Ako AotearoaLene Tanggaard, Andrew CharltonView papers
5-7 July 2017Hobart TasTAFE, Hobart, Tasmania Adrienne Dawson, John Hooper, Stacey JosephView papers
4-6 July 2016 Rockhampton

Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland

Linda Brown, Jodi Schmidt View papers

6-8 July 2015

Parramatta University of Western Sydney, TAFE NSW Western Sydney and South Western Sydney Institutes Peter Shergold, Nicholas Wyman View papers

9-11 July 2014

Moorabbin Holmesglen, Moorabbin campus Steve Sargent, Mark Burford View papers

10-12 July 2013

Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast TAFE, Mooloolaba campus Tom Karmel, Nik Babovic, Daniel Gschwind View papers

11-13 July 2012

Adelaide TAFE SA, at TAFE SA Adelaide campus and Adelaide College of the Arts Robyn Archer AO, David Finegold, Adrian Smith View papers

11-13 July 2011

Coffs Harbour North Coast TAFE, at Coffs Harbour Education campus Elizabeth McGregor, Peter Coolbear, Berwyn Clayton View papers

7-9 July 2010

Perth Polytechnic West, at Central Institute of Technology, East Perth campus Dilip Chenoy, Linda Howard View papers

8-10 July 2009

Ballarat University of Ballarat, Mt Helen Campus Barbara Pocock, Martha Kinsman View papers
9-11 July 2008 Launceston TAFE Tasmania, at University of Tasmania, Newnham campus Oona Nielssen, Rob Simons, John Smyth View papers
11-13 July 2007 Alice Springs Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs campus Tom Karmel, Metta Young View papers
12-14 July 2006 Mooloolaba Sunshine Institute of TAFE, Mooloolaba campus Bill Martin, Clive Chappell, Janelle Allison View papers
5-8 July 2005 Wodonga Wodonga Institute of TAFE Tom Karmel, Berwyn Clayton, Sue Richardson View papers
13-16 July 2004 Tweed Heads Southern Cross University, Tweed Gold Coast campus  View papers
8-11 July 2003 Perth Central TAFE and WA Department of Education and Training at eCentral Campus  View papers
9-12 July 2002 Brisbane North Point Institute of TAFE  View papers

10-13 July 2001

Geelong RIPVET (Gordon Institute of TAFE and Deakin University)  View papers

4-7 July 2000

Coffs Harbour North Coast Institute of TAFE  View papers
6-8 July 1999 Queensland Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE, Toowoomba College  View papers
1998 Wagga Wagga Charles Sturt University  View papers
8-11 July 1997 Melbourne University of Melbourne  View papers
9-12 July 1996 Launceston University of Tasmania  View papers
1995 Darwin Northern Territory University  View papers
7 July 1994 Queensland James Cook University  View papers
1-2 July 1993 New South Wales Griffith University  View papers
July 1992 Sydney University of Technology  View papers