Pre-conference workshops


Professional development workshops will run concurrently on Wednesday 10 July. Delegates will have the opportunity to attend a maximum of two workshops of their choice. The workshops start at 1.30pm and can be purchased as an additional extra for $80.00 (please note, the cost of the workshops is $80.00 whether you select to attend one or two workshops). The fee includes a light snack break during the workshops but not lunch.

Bookings for the workshops are limited.

13:30WORKSHOP 1 (Room 259-260) WORKSHOP 2 (Room 311)
 Data insights on VET students and their outcomes:
learn how to extract and build your own data
 Youth transitions in Australia: opportunities for research using the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY)

Are you interested in unpacking the NCVER data on vocational education and training (VET) students, their training, and their outcomes but don’t know where to start? Then come join the interactive and hands-on workshop presented by NCVER staff who are immersed in the data on a daily basis.

Annually NCVER collects data on over 4 million students through the National VET data collections and sends survey invitations to almost a million of these students to understand their outcomes and satisfaction. This information is packaged into various products within the Total VET students and courses and VET student outcomes publication suites.

This interactive workshop will focus on the Total VET students and courses and VET student outcomes data products and will include:

  • an introduction to the national VET data collections and surveys
  • a demonstration on how to access, interrogate and use the NCVER’s statistical and data products
  • a guide to understanding survey data, including how to interpret the margins of error presented in selected data products
  • an opportunity to learn how to extract and build the data you need.

By the end of the workshop, you will be able to select the best tool to use, access, interrogate and build your own data tables on VET students and their outcomes and understand and use these data to guide your own work.

Olivia Gu and Ian White, NCVER


For close to 30 years the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) has provided researchers, policy makers and education practitioners with a valuable resource for capturing the pathways of young people as they make their way from school to post-school education and training and into the workforce. Since 1995, more than 60,000 young people have participated in LSAY, providing a vast evidence base for exploring youth transitions over the decades.

LSAY covers topics relating to education, employment, living arrangements and wellbeing. The surveys also include information that isn’t captured by administrative data sources, for example attitudes to school, barriers to study and work, life satisfaction and soft skills.

This workshop will introduce participants to LSAY and the many resources available to help use and understand the data. Particular focus will be given to data tools that provide quick access to survey results, and resources to help users find the information they need. These tools will be demonstrated ‘hands on’ and provide participants with opportunities to work through examples, explore the data and ask questions.

The workshop will be run by members of the LSAY team from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research and will include a combination of presentations, demonstrations and exercises.

Ronnie Semo and Cameron Forrest, NCVER

15:30WORKSHOP 3 (Room 311)  WORKSHOP 4 (Room 259-260)
 VOCEDplus: same great content, great new look Classifying the Australian VET sector: a new approach, and
Jobs and Skills Atlas: interactive labour market and skills platform

Join us for this hands-on workshop to see what looks different, learn about new ways to search, and refine your searches to find what you need, plus how to save your searches so you can easily reuse them later!

With more than 98,000 publications in the database and a range of curated content, VOCEDplus is your gateway to a wealth of information, policy, research, and statistics.

If you have never heard of VOCEDplus, this is a must-do workshop. And if you have used VOCEDplus, this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about what it has to offer.

Tracy Gamlin, NCVER


In this workshop, we will:

  • Present the methodology used to develop the new Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Typology for the Australian VET system. We'll take you through the categories, partitions and segments of the RTO Typology, and explain its potential uses in analysing the VET landscape, delivery footprint and outcomes for student cohorts.

  • Demonstrate the new ‘Jobs and Skills Atlas’ which combines labour market and training data in a single tool, with the ability to dive into regional areas and compare data across regions, states and nationally.

Fan Xiang, Sally Soei and Ritesh Mandaliya, Jobs and Skills Australia