VET calendar

Updated 17 November 2016

ACPET Professional Development Calendar

1 August 2016 - 30 November 2016 - Multiple events

Convenor: Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET)

ACPET’s latest professional development program offers numerous online webinars. There is something for everyone from CEOs and executives through to academic, teaching and administrative staff, covering topics such as:

  • Recruitment
  • Creating assessments – a beginner’s guide
  • Techniques for clustering units for delivery and assessment
  • Empowering trainers when teaching students with learning challenges.

ACPET 2016 National Conference

25 August 2016 - 26 August 2016 - Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart

Convenor: Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET)

ACPET’s national conference, representing almost 1200 members in Higher Education, Vocational Education, English language and foundation courses, is the largest gathering of private and not-for-profit educators and trainers in Australia. The National Conference provides a unique opportunity for networking and professional development.

The theme for the National Conference this year is Connecting Knowledge, Skills and Futures through Innovation. This event also includes the Asia Pacific International Education Forum (APIEF) on 24 August. . 03 6234 7844 .

Try-a-Skill Days

29 August 2016 - 31 August 2016 - Marcellin Technical College, Christie Downs, SA

Convenor: Marcellin Technical College

As part of National Skills Week (29 August – 4 September), which recognises, celebrates and informs students and the wider public of the diversity, benefits and career pathways associated with Vocational Education and Training, Marcellin Technical College will host Try-a-Skill Days for students in Year 9 – 11.

Try-a-Skill is a free one-day introductory program to different skills in traditional trades. Young people will have an opportunity to engage with skills in Automotive, Construction, Electrotechnology and Engineering (including CNC Machining). Try-a-Skill will include hands-on activities in each trade trying different skills, demonstrations, Trade Olympics (fun physical activities with a trade focus), and more.

For more information and to register

TAFE Directors Australia Convention 2016

5 October 2016 - 6 October 2016 - Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Melbourne

Convenor: TAFE Directors Australia

The 2016 TDA Convention 'Skills Resurgence' is a must attend event for all chief executives and their senior managers involved in vocational education and training, along with industry partners, government officials and international delegates. The convention aims to bring together over 400 attendees from Australia and around the world for three days of networking and learning – all with the goal of increasing and accelerating skilling opportunities for Australians. 

Convention delegates will gain up-to-date knowledge on policy, best practice and the latest resources and innovation from keynote speakers, discussions, engaging workshops, and invaluable networking opportunities. . 02 8880 7608 .

2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition

6 October 2016 - 8 October 2016 - Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne

Convenor: WorldSkills Australia

Supported by the Victorian Government, the WorldSkills Australia National Competition will be held at Melbourne Showgrounds. Close to 500 young apprentices, trainees and students from all corners of Australia will compete for the coveted title of ‘National Champion’ in over 50 skill categories, including Vehicle Painting, Bricklaying, Hairdressing, Programming, Cookery and Welding.

2016 CCA Annual Conference

18 October 2016 - 20 October 2016 - Park Royal Darling Harbour, Sydney

Convenor: Community Colleges Australia

The CCA Annual Conference is a premier event for Australian community-based education providers and the community education sector. Participants will will engage with some of Australia’s best strategic minds in discussing innovation and the future of community education, and receive insights into the latest issues and policy changes affecting Australian vocational education and training.

For more information and to register for this event

Australian International Education Conference: Connectivity - at the heart of international education

18 October 2016 - 21 October 2016 - Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Victoria

Convenor: IDP Education

The 30th anniversary of the Australian International Education Conference (AIEC),  theme is ‘connectivity - at the heart of international education’. The conference will explore the concept of connectivity, its disruptions and opportunities, across three broad contexts: technology, people and partnerships, and the program will feature world leading experts, unique social events and an exhibition, all hosted in and around the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. . 03 9417 1350 .

Longitudinal Data Conference 2016

25 October 2016 - 27 October 2016 - National Convention Centre, Canberra

Convenor: Australian Government Department of Social Services

The National Centre for Longitudinal Data (NCLD) is presenting for the first time the Longitudinal Data Conference 2016. The conference will showcase how survey and administrative longitudinal data provide a powerful evidence-base for the development and assessment of national policy. .

VET Policy, Compliance and Funding Summit

22 November 2016 - 23 November 2016 - Novotel Sydney Parramatta

Convenor: Insources

The VET Policy, Compliance, and Funding Summit 2016 will provide participants with a unique learning experience through informative and thought provoking presentations, panel discussions, workshops, group work activities, and networking.

Understanding the VET Regulatory framework, and managing compliance can be challenging. Keeping up-to-date with changes in Standards and funding contracts conditions represent a great risk for RTO's operations.

Delegates will be exposed to presentations and workshops delivered by recognised experts in Compliance with the VET Quality Framework, Training Packages, CRICOS, Funding contractual agreeements, copyright Act, Consumer Law, and other regulations relevant to the RTO's operations.

For more information and to register

Research, Policy & Teaching Practice: building connections

8 December 2016 - 9 December 2016 - Sydney TAFE (Ultimo campus) & University of Technology Sydney (Broadway campus)

Convenor: Australian Council of Deans of Education Vocational Education Group (ACDEVEG) in partnership with the School of Education, University of Technology Sydney and Sydney TAFE.

This is the second ACDEVEG annual conference. The forum is for VET practitioners, teacher educators, researchers and policy makers to share knowledge and work collaboratively to strengthen teaching and learning experiences and outcomes in the VET sector. . Visit the conference website

Workforce Optimisation 2017 conference

27 February 2017 - 28 February 2017 - Sydney

Convenor: Marcus Evans conferences

Building robust agile and liquid workforce to ensure companies remain ever competitive in preparation for the workforce revolution.

Trends in digital platforms and intelligent automation are transforming the way we do business. Ongoing disruption is placing some of Australia’s most iconic business brands under threat. This conference will be about tailoring workforce to be more agile to be able to rapidly adapt and change – this is especially important to prepare for the incoming digital workforce age. . +603 2723 6721 . View the conference website.

HERDSA 2017 Conference

27 June 2017 - 30 June 2017 - International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney

Convenor: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia

The theme for the 40th annual HERDSA conference is Curriculum Transformation. Approximately 800 delegates will attend the 3 day event (with pre-conference workshops on 27 June).

Effective curriculum transformation is seen to optimise the curriculum as a framework for student learning and experience rather than as simply an organising framework for disciplinary knowledge. It puts quality at the centre of this process and ensures support for staff in curriculum development and innovative teaching practice. The planning committee has endeavoured to capture the different drivers and challenges for curriculum transformation under four sub-themes: Curriculum Transformation Drivers, Facilitating Curriculum Transformation, Putting it into Practice, and Students in Curriculum Transformation. .

26th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference 'No Frills'

5 July 2017 - 7 July 2017 - TasTAFE Drysdale Campus, Hobart CBD

Convenor: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)

'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.

The 2017 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.

Further information is available or contact 0882308617.

2017 AATE/ALEA National Conference

6 July 2017 - 9 July 2017 - Wrest Point, Sandy Bay, Tasmania

Convenor: Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE) and Australian Literacy Educators' Association (ALEA)

The theme for the 2017 conference is Cutting Edge: margin to mainstream.

‘Cutting Edge’ will explore student engagement, creativity, critical and divergent thinking, innovation and collaboration as they relate to high quality English and literacy learning experiences. . 03 6263 2207 . Visit conference website.


10 August 2017 - 10 August 2017 - Gold Coast, Queensland

The Futuregen17 Conference is hosted by representatives from the education, youth and employment sector in order to meet the needs of organisations and individuals who are engaging with and supporting young people to achieve their education and employment goals. FUTUREgen Conferences are designed to allow for maximum participation with a focus on outcomes, professional development, application of theory and celebrating best practice.

The 2017 conference theme is Collaborating for Impact & Innovation. . 1300 557 426 .

ACPET National Conference

24 August 2017 - 25 August 2017 - Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Convenor: Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET)

Save the date! More information to come shortly . 03 6234 7844 .