VET calendar

Updated 30 March 2020

WAVE National Forum 2020

22 April 2020 - 22 April 2020 - VET Development Centre, Melbourne


Convener: Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE)

More than just women in hardhats: understanding the wide role of VET for the careers of Australian women

WAVE is a national network of women involved in VET, adult education and the broad field of work-related education and training.

The WAVE national forum will include interesting speakers, panels on challenging issues and the chance to discuss these issues and develop answers. Information

AVETRA Conference 2020

23 April 2020 - 24 April 2020 - Melbourne


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

20/20 vision for VET: Research at the centre of future policy and practices

The AVETRA annual conference has been one of the primary venues for disseminating rigorous VET research with in Australia. Participants to this event are from the vocational education research sector, including practitioners, researchers and international visitors.

The 23rd annual conference features Professor Stephanie Allais, Professor Rod McDonald and Professor Ann-Marie Bathmaker as keynote speakers. . 02 9431 8690 . More Information

Equipping VET for the future of work: industry 4.0 and the pivotal role of apprenticeships in the digital age

28 April 2020 - 28 April 2020 - Online

Convener: Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Services

This webinar will cover what is meant by ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution’ and ‘Industry 4.0’ in order to describe what it means for work, skills and training in the digital age. It will then detail the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the VET sector in Australia in the digital age.

If you are looking to understand what the future of work looks like for Australian Apprenticeships and the wider VET community, this webinar is for you!  You will be able to ask questions of our expert researcher, Dr Mark Dean, for more information on the areas you are most interested in. here

Vocational Institutions, Undergraduate Degrees - Lecture and Panel

5 May 2020 - 5 May 2020 - Deakin Downtown, Melbourne, Victoria

Convener: Monash University

This event presents the findings of the Australian Research Council Discovery Project 'Vocational Institutions, Undergraduate Degrees' and reports on the consultation process which informed the final stages of the project.

At the heart of this ARC Discovery project is the desire to understand what new tertiary qualifications are being offered by Australia’s TAFE institutions through the recent expansion of higher education (HE) in traditionally vocational institutions (VIs) and whether these offerings drive innovation and increase the participation of all equity groups in HE. And what, if anything, is distinctive about these HE offerings in VIs?

This event will include a lecture and then there will be a panel discussing the question of equity and distinction in higher education provision in Australia.

This event is free and afternoon tea is catered after the panel, please email for any access or dietary requirements.

There is an option for live-streaming through Zoom.

Register for this event here - Vocational Institutions, Undergraduate Degrees - Lecture and Panel

Annual 2020 Skills Conference

11 June 2020 - 11 June 2020 - Dockside Darling Harbour, Sydney


Convener: Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT

With the theme of “Making VET great again” this conference promises to stimulate discussion and thinking around what can we do better collectively as an industry to improve apprenticeship and traineeship numbers in Australia.

We welcome you to join us on the day and be part of the conversation. . 02 9436 0232 . More Information

TDA Convention

12 August 2020 - 14 August 2020 - Perth

Convener: TAFE Directors Australia

TAFE Directors Australia (TDA), on behalf of TAFEs across Australia, invites you to participate in the TDA Convention 2020.

Following on from the success of the 2019 convention (which had a theme of The Power of TAFE), the 2020 convention will take us to the West Coast and be held in Perth at The Westin Perth from Wednesday 12 to Friday 14 August 2020.

Networking and learning opportunities will continue to be a key focus of the convention program.

The WorldSkills Australia National Championships are being held at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre from 13 – 15 August 2020 and both organisations see this as an ideal opportunity for synergies between the two events. . 02 61533458 . More information

Worldskills Australia

13 August 2020 - 15 August 2020 - Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre

Convener: Worldskills Australia

Witness champions, explore pathways

Get ready to witness greatness, discover potential, and explore skills excellence at Australia’s largest trades and skills competition. Held every two years, the 2020 National Championships will give regional winners from across the nation an opportunity to put their talent to the test. Over 500 competitors will showcase and benchmark their skills on a national stage as they compete for gold and a chance to represent Australia at the International Competition in 2021.

Over three action-packed days, you’ll have access to an exciting array of interactive events, workshops and activities. Witness over 50 exhilarating skills and trade competitions, get immersed in cutting edge VR and tech at the new STEMhub, or Try’aSkill out for yourself at one of our demo areas. Plus, this year we’re co-locating with SkillsWest Careers Expo, so there will be even more opportunities to connect with education institutes and employers for career advice and insights. . 03 9249 1000 . More Information

An Orchestra of Ideas: VET Event

24 August 2020 - 24 August 2020 - International Convention Centre Sydney

Convener: National Skills Week

National Skills Week is held 24th August to 30th August 2020, and our National Event this year is a 1 day conference - Orchestra of Ideas - which will be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney on Monday 24th August. It will be a showcase of innovative and exceptional VET training and programs.

Bringing together leaders and innovators in VET and Skills Training to share their knowledge, ignite passion and to build on successful ideas and opportunities that will enable Australia to thrive, meet the skills needs of industry and advance Australia’s competitiveness and global opportunity. The program is designed for Vocational and Skills Educators, Career Advisors, Transition Officers, Senior Pathways, and Tertiary Practitioners who are drivers of change, looking for proven innovative ideas to address the challenges of engaging people in VET.

Each Idea session will be approximately 20 minutes duration. There will be Key Note addresses from Federal and State Government Representatives as well as a Virtual Exhibition of Ideas through our Digital Tool Box of Ideas, plus more! . 0438 808 848 . More information

2020 National VET Conference

17 September 2020 - 18 September 2020 - Gold Coast, Queensland


Convener: Velg Training

Vision for the future

VET will play a pivotal role in skilling Australia’s future workforce, and the #2020NVC is designed to assist VET Practitioners in proactively focussing on the future.

The event will provide attendees with the opportunity to engage in both plenary and elective sessions. Delegates will be exposed to informative presenters and a wide variety of topics, opportunities to meet with product and service providers and to network with peers from across Australia. . 07 3866 0888 . More Information

World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics 2020 World Congress

14 October 2020 - 16 October 2020 - Donostia – San Sebastian, Spain

Convener: World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics

VET Excellence -  For all

The 2020 WFCP Congress will highlight the trends in professional and technical education and training (PTET) from across the world, and the Leadership Institute Workshop and Young Leaders Retreat will be featured in the Congress program again.

The international gathering attracts large numbers of experts and professionals in the field of professional and technical education and training from all continents.

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2020 VET CEO Conference

16 October 2020 - 16 October 2020 - Gold Coast, Queensland

Convener: Velg Training

Take Charge in 2020

This conference will offer you fantastic opportunities to Take Charge: Be inspired by thought leaders and explore approaches that could help shape the direction of your RTO. The event will encourage, motivate and validate your current practices and deliver content that is thought-provoking and relevant to your future. It will help you develop a shared vision and strengthen your network.

The program will be tailored specifically to address the needs of not only CEOs but senior leaders and key decision makers of an RTO, to explore critical components of future-proofing your business. . 07 3866 0888 . More Information

VET Training and Assessment Summit 2020

21 October 2020 - 23 October 2020 - Rydges World Square, Sydney, NSW

Convener: InSources Performance Solutions Provider

This event is the only conference in Australia that focuses on the foundational elements that every trainer and VET professional should comprehend: Instructional Design - Training Delivery - Competency-Assessment - Learning technologies . 1300 208 774 . More Information

ITEC20 Conference

22 October 2020 - 23 October 2020 - Pullman Melbourne

Convener: Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia

Redefining quality in tertiary education and training is what the ITEC20 Conference is all about and you’re invited to join colleagues from across the sector to be part of this discussion.

Organised by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) and held in Melbourne from 21-23 October 2020, the ITEC20 Conference will focus on defining and delivering quality outcomes for independent tertiary providers, their students and employers. . 1300 421 017 . More Information

VDC 2020 Teaching & Learning Conference

19 November 2020 - 20 November 2020 - RACV Torquay Resort, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Convener: VET Development Centre (VDC)

VDC has provided an annual teaching and learning conference for the past 14 years. The aim has been to focus on national and state strategic issues fundamental to excellent vocational education and training practice.

The 2020 Conference program will consist of highly interactive concurrent workshops as well as high-profile keynote presentations on the theme of VET teaching and learning strategies for engaging with industry and learners. . 1300 917 150 . More Information

Australian Training Awards

20 November 2020 - - Melbourne, Victoria

Convener: Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Commencing in 1994, the Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

The Awards are held annually in November in a different state or territory. The 2020 Australian Training Awards will be held in Melbourne on Friday 20 November 2020. Information