Call for abstracts

Presentation topics

The conference theme, VET partnerships powering a dynamic workforce, focuses on how collaboration between VET and industry can empower people and build a future-ready workforce. It emphasises the importance of partnerships in shaping a resilient workforce in a constantly changing world.

The theme is inspired by our Australian and state and territory governments' commitment to ensure the national VET sector delivers high-quality, responsive, and accessible education and training to address skill needs and enhance productivity.

We invite presentations that align with this commitment, specifically those that focus on empowering Australians to obtain the skills and competencies required for secure and well-paid employment.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

Skilling workers in priority areas
Health, childcare and aged care, information technology, engineering, construction, manufacturing, and food and hospitality are all among the sectors currently experiencing skilled labour shortages.
In what ways can the VET sector help address these shortages? What do employers/industry want?

Mastering technology to skill for the future
New technologies are constantly emerging and reshaping the way work is undertaken.
How can the VET sector ensure that Australia’s workforce is equipped with the digital skills needed in the future workplace?

Accelerating pathways through VET
Workplace learning, micro-credentials, transferrable skills and skillsets can support the upskilling of Australia’s workforce.
What are the best practices in VET to enable pathways to employment and further education?

Enhancing the status of VET
Attracting and retaining students to VET is vital for a strong and enduring workforce.
In what ways can we attract students to VET and retain them?

Meeting student expectations
What students and employees are seeking in the workforce is changing. Better communication and collaboration between stakeholders could help address these needs.
What do learners want? How do we expand student options and job choices? How can we encourage lifelong learning?

Supporting inclusivity and disadvantaged learners
People reporting disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and First Nations people, people from low socioeconomic circumstances, people who speak a language other than English at home, people living in remote and rural areas, and unemployed people have historically been disadvantaged in accessing and benefitting from education in Australia.
In what ways can the VET sector contribute to greater education inclusivity and help equip disadvantaged learners in the immediate and longer term?

Upskilling and reskilling trainers and assessors
VET practitioners are responsible for ensuring learners receive high quality, industry relevant and engaging training.
In what ways can Australia ensure that it has enough trainers and assessors, while supporting and strengthening them to deliver the future skill needs of the broader workforce?

Adapting in the face of change
In recent years, unexpected events such as COVID-19 and technologies such as artificial intelligence have forced us to rethink education and the workforce, and how we adapt in times of change.
In what ways can we bolster a dynamic workforce? How can RTOs, employers and governments support more flexibility and adaptability in VET?

Submissions are open until Friday 8 March 2024 and are invited from all parts of the VET sector, including industry, government, practitioners, peak bodies and researchers.

We seek informative, relevant and thought-provoking presentations that:

  • showcase quality research with a sound evidence base
  • focus on findings and recommendations
  • engage the audience.

Presentations can highlight research that is either in progress or complete. We strongly encourage both early career and established researchers (including those who are new to VET), as well as employers, industry, providers, and practitioners to present.

  • Sessions run for a maximum of 45 minutes so please adhere to the following time allocation, consisting of a 30 minute presentation, 10 minutes for discussion and 5 minutes for changeover.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint is generally used for presentations and slides must be provided electronically to the conference organisers by no later than 26 June 2024.
  • Please ensure you have no more than 10 slides to present.
  • Presentations will be scheduled on either Thursday 11 or Friday 12 July 2024.

Abstract guidelines

  • Only submissions made using the online form will be considered. No presentations outside of this online process will be accepted.
  • The title must be brief (ideally no more than 12 words) and clearly reflect the content of the presentation.
  • Abstracts must be no more than 2,500 characters (approximately 300 words) and should consist of a concise, self-contained description that clearly summarises the research.
  • Abstracts on work in progress as well as completed research are welcome.
  • All presenters must register for the conference as a full paying delegate. Information on registration package fees will be available early in 2024.

Selection criteria

Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Alignment to theme.
  • Clarity and quality of abstract.
  • Audience appeal and ‘practical’ takeaways.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application after Monday 25 March 2024.

The Program Steering Group may request minor changes to your abstract (to enhance meaning, clarity or alignment with the conference theme) before accepting. If changes are required, you will receive a conditional acceptance notification with brief comments from the Group and a due date for changes.

How to submit

  • Create your abstract content.
  • Ensure it meets the limit of 2,500 characters (approx. 300 words).
  • Ensure your abstract fully aligns with the selection criteria.
  • Consider what your audience wants to hear about most and ensure the title and topic are representative of your presentation.
  • Copy and paste as plain text into your Abstract Warehouse application and submit by the due date.
  • To submit an abstract, please create a login here.
  • Only abstracts that have been finalised by Friday 8 March 2024 will be considered for the program. It is the author's responsibility to ensure their abstract has been finalised.

Key dates

Abstract submissions due Friday 8 March 2024
Abstract outcomes notifications Monday 25 March 2024
Program release and registration opens Wednesday 3 April 2024
Presentations due Wednesday 26 June 2024
Conference begins Wednesday 10 July 2024