The 26th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference 'No Frills' will be co-hosted with TasTAFE and held in beautiful Hobart from 5 to 7 July 2017.

'No Frills' is a well-known annual national conference where researchers and practitioners in the vocational education and training (VET) sector come together to present, discuss and share information about key issues confronting the sector. It also offers valuable professional development opportunities through a series of hands-on pre-conference workshops.

Each year we partner with a training provider so we can offer great value for money. Using their quality training facilities to stage the conference means we can keep registration costs down and provide a relaxed and casual conference atmosphere – perfect for networking.

This year's conference explores the theme Skilling for tomorrow, highlighting work across three streams:

  • Explore: gaining a better understanding of education, training and employment, the people involved and interactions between these systems
  • Translate: applying knowledge about education and training to improve practice, quality and outcomes
  • Evolve: addressing the opportunities and challenges ahead to transform the sector to better meet future skill needs.

Major support for the 'No Frills' conference is provided under the National VET Research Program by the Australian Government and state and territory governments, through the Department of Education and Training.


A full program will be released by the end of March.



Joining the Dots….REAL Pathways to Participation

John Hooper, Executive Officer, Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania
John is the Executive Officer for Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania, the peak body in Tasmania which supports its 35 Member Neighbourhood Houses. John has lived in Tasmania for 14 years and has spent the last 23 years working in community organisations focusing on community development after graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Queensland. John has seen first-hand how genuine place based community development can transform individuals lives, their families and communities.


Building work readiness in job-seekers – An employer perspective

Stacey Joseph, Member and Education Specialist, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Stacey has in excess of 20 years’ experience in the service industry across a broad range of front line, supervisory and management roles. For the past 10 years, Stacey has been an industry trainer, assessor and facilitator. Having a broad experience in project management, workforce development and the design and delivery of a range of leadership and management programs both accredited and non-accredited.

Who should attend?

Policy-makersRegistered training organisations
IndustrySchools and universities
Employer groupsCommonwealth, state & territory education and training authorities
Not-for-profit and community associationsPrivate consultants


Registration will open in late March with the release of a full program. If you would like to be notified when the program is released please email communications@ncver.edu.au or subscribe for NCVER News.

Registration type


Conference attendance (includes the Welcome reception)


Conference attendance (includes the Welcome reception) and Conference dinner


Conference attendance (includes the Welcome reception), Conference dinner and Pre-conference workshops


Pre-conference workshops only



Our sponsorship packages have been designed to provide your organisation with maximum exposure to conference delegates. Being a sponsor will provide your organisation with the opportunity to:

  • showcase products and services at a national level at one of the most popular conferences on the VET calendar
  • interact with a diverse range of stakeholders from across  government, education and training, industry, community and private sectors
  • align with NCVER, Australia’s leading provider of high-quality, independent research and statistics on vocational education and training.

To view the range of packages available No Frills 2017 Sponsorship Opportunities. If you wish to discuss sponsorship, please contact June Ingham.



Satchel Bag Sponsor


Tea Break Sponsor


Table Display Sponsor

Location & travel

Where is the conference being held?

TasTAFE - Drysdale Campus
59 Collins Street
Hobart, Tasmania

How do I get to Hobart?

Direct flights to Tasmania operate on a regular basis from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Flights are available through Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar or Tiger Airways. Our venue is approximately 17 minutes drive from Hobart Airport.

Where can I stay?

The Drysdale campus is located in the Hobart CBD in close proximity to numerous hotels. The following hotels are located within a 10 minute walk of our venue:

A taste of Hobart

If you’re thinking of staying for the weekend or bringing the family, here is a small taste of what Hobart has to offer:


June Ingham
Team Leader, Communications and Events, NCVER
08 8230 8491