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Celebrating 30 years of ‘No Frills’ online with our biggest program ever. The conference will feature a comprehensive range of live and pre-recorded content, including exciting keynote speakers, a focus session and over 40 presentations.

Keynote announcement coming shortly!

All session times are Australian Central Standard Time (ACST).

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DAY 1
OFFICIAL OPENING
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10:30WELCOME ADDRESS
 MINISTERIAL ADDRESS: ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON
 KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON
11:3015 MINUTE BREAK
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
THEMES ACCESS & EQUITY INDUSTRY DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY
11:45

Disadvantage, disability and VET in Australia: where next?

John Buchanan, University of Sydney Business School

Workforce readiness: increasing sovereign capability through a skilled workforce

Sharon Robertson, IBSA Group

Blending course content and design addressing the new normal teaching and learning carapace in the TVET industry

Michael Belgica, Siam Business Administration Technological College

12:15

Community education providers in the age of COVID-19: uncertainty, innovation and rapid change

Don Perlgut & Evelyn Goodwin, Community Colleges Australia

Skills utilisation in industry: case studies from advanced manufacturing and childcare

Kristen Osborne, NCVER

Digitally supported practice-based learning when authentic learning becomes unavailable

Selena Chan, Ara Institute of Canterbury

12:4530 MINUTE LUNCH BREAK
FOCUS SESSION
13:15

Past, present, future: using VOCEDplus to access VET policy, research and statistics

Leanne Harrison & Tracy Gamlin, NCVER


VOCEDplus is NCVER's free international research database for tertiary education, encompassing VET, higher education, adult and community education, informal learning, and VET in Schools.

This session will focus on three key aspects where VOCEDplus can help inform future policy formation, research and practice:

(1) Policy – come along for a virtual tour of the newly expanded Policy Initiatives section of the VET Knowledge Bank;

(2) Research – VOCEDplus currently contains more than 88,000 records and some excellent curated resources including the Pod Network; and

(3) Statistics – find past and current statistics from NCVER and around the world. VOCEDplus transparent

14:0015 MINUTE BREAK
FEATURED SPEAKERS
14:15

Can we deliver future-focused education and training with, and in, industry?

Megan Lilly, Australian Industry Group

14:45

The futures of work: what education can and can't do

John Buchanan, University of Sydney Business School

15:15

Live Q&A Talk Show featuring Megan Lilly and John Buchanan

Facilitated by broadcast journalist Steve Davis

Proudly sponsored by

VDC logo

15:4515 MINUTE BREAK
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
THEMES ACCESS & EQUITY INDUSTRY POLICY
16:00

Respect and equality in TAFE

Caitlyn Hoggan, Our Watch

Longitudinal Study of Student Outcomes for Aged Care and Cookery: final report

Melinda Brown, SkillsIQ

Thirty years of qualifications for VET teachers and trainers: can the past inform a better future?

Erica Smith, Federation University

16:30DAY 1 CONCLUDES

* Speakers and presentations are subject to change

All session times are Australian Central Standard Time (ACST).

time zone

DAY 2
KEYNOTE SESSION
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10:30KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON
11:1515 MINUTE BREAK
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
THEMES YOUNG PEOPLE INDUSTRY SKILLS
11:30

VET's role in youth unemployment recovery

Joanne Waugh, NCVER

Developing a robust methodology for industry consultation during a crisis

Janet Hanlan, TAFE NSW

Teach them to fish and you have fed them for life: information and digital literacy capabilities as an employability skill

Helena Zobec, Australian Catholic University

12:00

Unveiling the reasoning behind students' choice of VET

Hywel Ellis, University of Newcastle

Technicians: lynchpin of the research and innovation economy

Alan Dent, Auckland University of Technology

Hitting the bullseye: future skills requirements

Renee Hindmarsh, South Australian Skills Commission

12:30

VET as a re-engagement pathway for early school leavers

Patrick Lim, NCVER

A flexible and innovative way to meet skills needs in agriculture: the Agriculture Extension Work Placement Program

Diana Saunders, Queensland Farmers' Federation

An entrepreneurial, innovative and VET applied research-based economic recovery

Allison Miller, Digital Capability

13:0030 MINUTE LUNCH BREAK
FEATURED SPEAKERS
13:30

Understanding employers training choices: implications for the accredited VET system

Kaye Bowman & Victor Callan, Callan Consulting Group

14:00

The ties that bind: a vision for skilling Australia

Michael Hartman, Skills Impact

14:30

Live Q&A Talk Show featuring Kaye Bowman and Michael Hartman

Facilitated by broadcast journalist Steve Davis

Proudly sponsored byiSpring logo new

15:0015 MINUTE BREAK
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
THEMES PATHWAYS POLICY TEACHING & LEARNING
15:15

Activating breakthroughs: online career development programs for transdisciplinary career transitions

Faye Miller, Human Constellation

Critical realist questions about 'quality' in the Australian VET sector: the road less travelled

Deborah Johnson, Southern Cross University

Recruiting and retaining VET practitioners: an exploration

Mark Tyler & Darryl Dymock, Griffith University

15:45

Delivering agile, adaptable and resilient 4IR/5IR ready VET and HE project management graduates

Lee Buckley, Torrens University Australia

How the language of the past informs the future - the case of 'reform'

Chris Corbel, University of Melbourne

Beyond 'language learning as hours attended': the linking of VET language programs for refugee migrants to real work opportunities

Teresa Hsieh, University of Queensland

16:15DAY 2 CONCLUDES

All session times are Australian Central Standard Time (ACST).

time zone

DAY 3
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
THEMES INTERNATIONAL VET QUALIFICATIONS TEACHING & LEARNING
10:30

Productivity growth of modern apprentices in Scotland

Malcolm Greig, Alma Sobrevilla & Zoe Mackay, Skills Development Scotland

Estimating the stock of qualifications in Australia

Michelle Hall, NCVER

Apprenticeship as a mode of occupational learning

Stephen Billet, Griffith University

11:00

COVID-19's impact on teaching and learning on Moldovan VET schools

Oleg Stiopca, State Agrarian University of Moldova & Robert Cobb, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Micro-credentials in VET: the importance of ‘subject bundle’ enrolments

John Stanwick, NCVER

What factors enable trades people academic achievement in higher education?

Mark Jordan, Holmesglen Institute

11:3015 MINUTE BREAK
FEATURED SPEAKERS
11:45

Thirty years on: re-imagining competence in a post-COVID world

Martha Kinsman, Australian National University

12:15

Learning from earlier experiences: investigating work-life learning and transitions

Stephen Billett, Griffith University

12:45

Live Q&A Talk Show featuring Martha Kinsman and Stephen Billett

Facilitated by broadcast journalist Steve Davis

13:1530 MINUTE LUNCH BREAK
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
THEMES WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE
13:45

Workforce forecasting in the New Zealand construction and infrastructure industry

Mark Williams, BCITO

Knowing Australian VET: evidence-based practice or practice-based evidence?

Don Zoellner, Charles Darwin University

14:15

Leaving no worker behind: how Australia's VET system can enable our country to be a world leader in digital transformation

Paul Walsh, Australian Industry Standards

Turning failure into success: transforming VET Nursing students into winners with excellence in targeted clinical remediation

Lindsay Bava, Holmesglen Institute

KEYNOTE SESSION
14:45KEYNOTE SPEAKER: ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON
 CLOSING REMARKS
15:30DAY 3 CONCLUDES
  
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Keynotes

Keynote announcement coming shortly!


Wednesday 7 July

All session times are Australian Central Standard Time (ACST).

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DAY 1
OFFICIAL OPENING
Proudly sponsored by  
Transparent Candlefox logo
10:30WELCOME ADDRESS
 MINISTERIAL ADDRESS: ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON
 KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON
11:3015 MINUTE BREAK
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
THEMES ACCESS & EQUITY INDUSTRY DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY
11:45

Disadvantage, disability and VET in Australia: where next?

John Buchanan, University of Sydney Business School

Workforce readiness: increasing sovereign capability through a skilled workforce

Sharon Robertson, IBSA Group

Blending course content and design addressing the new normal teaching and learning carapace in the TVET industry

Michael Belgica, Siam Business Administration Technological College

12:15

Community education providers in the age of COVID-19: uncertainty, innovation and rapid change

Don Perlgut & Evelyn Goodwin, Community Colleges Australia

Skills utilisation in industry: case studies from advanced manufacturing and childcare

Kristen Osborne, NCVER

Digitally supported practice-based learning when authentic learning becomes unavailable

Selena Chan, Ara Institute of Canterbury

12:4530 MINUTE LUNCH BREAK
FOCUS SESSION
13:15

Past, present, future: using VOCEDplus to access VET policy, research and statistics

Leanne Harrison & Tracy Gamlin, NCVER


VOCEDplus is NCVER's free international research database for tertiary education, encompassing VET, higher education, adult and community education, informal learning, and VET in Schools.

This session will focus on three key aspects where VOCEDplus can help inform future policy formation, research and practice:

(1) Policy – come along for a virtual tour of the newly expanded Policy Initiatives section of the VET Knowledge Bank;

(2) Research – VOCEDplus currently contains more than 88,000 records and some excellent curated resources including the Pod Network; and

(3) Statistics – find past and current statistics from NCVER and around the world. VOCEDplus transparent

14:0015 MINUTE BREAK
FEATURED SPEAKERS
14:15

Can we deliver future-focused education and training with, and in, industry?

Megan Lilly, Australian Industry Group

14:45

The futures of work: what education can and can't do

John Buchanan, University of Sydney Business School

15:15

Live Q&A Talk Show featuring Megan Lilly and John Buchanan

Facilitated by broadcast journalist Steve Davis

Proudly sponsored by

VDC logo

15:4515 MINUTE BREAK
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
THEMES ACCESS & EQUITY INDUSTRY POLICY
16:00

Respect and equality in TAFE

Caitlyn Hoggan, Our Watch

Longitudinal Study of Student Outcomes for Aged Care and Cookery: final report

Melinda Brown, SkillsIQ

Thirty years of qualifications for VET teachers and trainers: can the past inform a better future?

Erica Smith, Federation University

16:30DAY 1 CONCLUDES

* Speakers and presentations are subject to change


Thursday 8 July

All session times are Australian Central Standard Time (ACST).

time zone

DAY 2
KEYNOTE SESSION
Proudly sponsored by
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10:30KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON
11:1515 MINUTE BREAK
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
THEMES YOUNG PEOPLE INDUSTRY SKILLS
11:30

VET's role in youth unemployment recovery

Joanne Waugh, NCVER

Developing a robust methodology for industry consultation during a crisis

Janet Hanlan, TAFE NSW

Teach them to fish and you have fed them for life: information and digital literacy capabilities as an employability skill

Helena Zobec, Australian Catholic University

12:00

Unveiling the reasoning behind students' choice of VET

Hywel Ellis, University of Newcastle

Technicians: lynchpin of the research and innovation economy

Alan Dent, Auckland University of Technology

Hitting the bullseye: future skills requirements

Renee Hindmarsh, South Australian Skills Commission

12:30

VET as a re-engagement pathway for early school leavers

Patrick Lim, NCVER

A flexible and innovative way to meet skills needs in agriculture: the Agriculture Extension Work Placement Program

Diana Saunders, Queensland Farmers' Federation

An entrepreneurial, innovative and VET applied research-based economic recovery

Allison Miller, Digital Capability

13:0030 MINUTE LUNCH BREAK
FEATURED SPEAKERS
13:30

Understanding employers training choices: implications for the accredited VET system

Kaye Bowman & Victor Callan, Callan Consulting Group

14:00

The ties that bind: a vision for skilling Australia

Michael Hartman, Skills Impact

14:30

Live Q&A Talk Show featuring Kaye Bowman and Michael Hartman

Facilitated by broadcast journalist Steve Davis

Proudly sponsored byiSpring logo new

15:0015 MINUTE BREAK
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
THEMES PATHWAYS POLICY TEACHING & LEARNING
15:15

Activating breakthroughs: online career development programs for transdisciplinary career transitions

Faye Miller, Human Constellation

Critical realist questions about 'quality' in the Australian VET sector: the road less travelled

Deborah Johnson, Southern Cross University

Recruiting and retaining VET practitioners: an exploration

Mark Tyler & Darryl Dymock, Griffith University

15:45

Delivering agile, adaptable and resilient 4IR/5IR ready VET and HE project management graduates

Lee Buckley, Torrens University Australia

How the language of the past informs the future - the case of 'reform'

Chris Corbel, University of Melbourne

Beyond 'language learning as hours attended': the linking of VET language programs for refugee migrants to real work opportunities

Teresa Hsieh, University of Queensland

16:15DAY 2 CONCLUDES


Friday 9 July

All session times are Australian Central Standard Time (ACST).

time zone

DAY 3
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
THEMES INTERNATIONAL VET QUALIFICATIONS TEACHING & LEARNING
10:30

Productivity growth of modern apprentices in Scotland

Malcolm Greig, Alma Sobrevilla & Zoe Mackay, Skills Development Scotland

Estimating the stock of qualifications in Australia

Michelle Hall, NCVER

Apprenticeship as a mode of occupational learning

Stephen Billet, Griffith University

11:00

COVID-19's impact on teaching and learning on Moldovan VET schools

Oleg Stiopca, State Agrarian University of Moldova & Robert Cobb, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Micro-credentials in VET: the importance of ‘subject bundle’ enrolments

John Stanwick, NCVER

What factors enable trades people academic achievement in higher education?

Mark Jordan, Holmesglen Institute

11:3015 MINUTE BREAK
FEATURED SPEAKERS
11:45

Thirty years on: re-imagining competence in a post-COVID world

Martha Kinsman, Australian National University

12:15

Learning from earlier experiences: investigating work-life learning and transitions

Stephen Billett, Griffith University

12:45

Live Q&A Talk Show featuring Martha Kinsman and Stephen Billett

Facilitated by broadcast journalist Steve Davis

13:1530 MINUTE LUNCH BREAK
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
THEMES WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE
13:45

Workforce forecasting in the New Zealand construction and infrastructure industry

Mark Williams, BCITO

Knowing Australian VET: evidence-based practice or practice-based evidence?

Don Zoellner, Charles Darwin University

14:15

Leaving no worker behind: how Australia's VET system can enable our country to be a world leader in digital transformation

Paul Walsh, Australian Industry Standards

Turning failure into success: transforming VET Nursing students into winners with excellence in targeted clinical remediation

Lindsay Bava, Holmesglen Institute

KEYNOTE SESSION
14:45KEYNOTE SPEAKER: ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON
 CLOSING REMARKS
15:30DAY 3 CONCLUDES