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Corona Virus Impacts AVETRA Annual Conference

Today I received the following advice, through Kevin Heys (thank you so much Kevin).  Like so many parts of our lives this virus effects our every day living. My best wishes to all for ongoing health throughout these challenging times. This might be a great time to follow the RSS Feed from VOCED (on the side banner of this website) to follow up some recent interesting research.


Dear Colleague,

I recently wrote to you about the need to postpone the 2020 AVETRA Conference that was due to be held on 23/24 April in Melbourne as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The AVETRA Executive has held several meetings to work out the best way forward for both the conference itself and the Annual General Meeting that was being held during the conference.

For the conference

In view of the uncertainty surrounding the progress of the pandemic rather than cancel the conference or fix a firm new date now, the executive voted to wait until 10 August to make an announcement of a new date.  We would like to be able to run the conference in October or November 2020.

We hope that people who have paid for existing conference registration and sponsorships may be willing for AVETRA to retain these until a decision on the rescheduled date is made. However, if this does not suit individual participants or sponsors could you please contact to discuss repayment options.

For the Annual General Meeting

We intend to proceed with a “virtual AGM” using a video conference system.  This will take place on the same date and time as originally planned, that is 4:45 pm on 23 April 2020.

We will let members know of the connection details when we send out the AGM papers in the coming days.

Only current financial members can attend the AGM so only they will be getting further AGM information.

In general

These are extraordinary times that few of us have experienced before. We hope not to experience them again. We thank you for your patience and look forward to resuming normal service and life as soon as practical.

For any queries please contact the Secretariat on:

Regards and stay safe


Robin Shreeve | AVETRA President


Lots going on with AVETRA

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A new logo and lots more!!!

Are you working on something interesting at present?  I am sure others would love to learn about it.  Have you thought about highlighting this to your research colleagues?

AVETRA has put out a call for content (including short news items, advertisements of coming conferences or workshops, reports of recent events  – accompanied by relevant photographs) to include in the December 2019 edition of A-News.

Please also promote this call for content to your colleagues. If you or your colleagues would like to make a contribution of content to the magazine, then please contact Josie Misko via email or phone 08 8230 8647.

Content should be in to Josie by Dec 15,  2019.

Ready to meet with and learn from your domestic and international colleagues?  Here are the details of the AVETRA 2020 Conference.

AVETRA’s 23rd Annual Conference

Thursday & Friday 23rd – 24th April 2020

Citadines Conference Centre
131-135 Bourke St, Melbourne

20/20 vision for VET: Research at the centre of future policy and practice

For more details and to register go to:


I’m sure everyone associated with this Hub knows about the important NCVER organisation.  The work done by NCVER is outstanding in providing data and insight into what is going on in the Vocational Education and Training sector, as well as broader sociological and economic trends.  They too are preparing for the 2020 season.

#NoFrills2020: Call for presentations open!

NCVER is excited to announce that the call for submissions to present at the 29th National VET Research Conference ‘No Frills’ is now open!

They are seeking presentations that explore the theme Workforce ready: challenges and opportunities for VET and further our understanding of the issues it raises.

Submissions are invited from all parts of the VET sector, including industry, government, practitioners, peak bodies, and researchers.

Submissions are open until Monday, 17 February 2020. Learn more about presentation guidelines and how to submit.

 Save the date
‘No Frills’ 2020 will be co-hosted with TAFE WA – North Metropolitan TAFE in Perth from 8-10 July 2020, so lock those dates in now.

For more information, visit the News & Events section on our Portal.

They are also busy bringing us up-to-date data and analysis in many forms:  podcasts, webinars, publications and infographics

NEW EPISODE: Qualification design for the future of VET

Our brand new podcast episode features special guest Professor Peter Noonan talking with host Steve Davis and NCVER MD Simon Walker about the findings of the recent AQF review.

Hear more about micro-credentials, general capabilities, the Pathways Policy, proposed new qualification types and classification of VET qualifications.

Visit our Portal to listen to the episode and subscribe via your preferred platform.

New to Vocational Voices? Check out Season 2 for episodes on Industry 4.0, apprentices and trainees, and more.

Season 1 is also available and includes a full back catalogue of our past podcast episodes.

OUT NOW: NCVER latest releases

See below for the most recent reports:

Want to know more? Visit the Research & Statistics page for all of our recently published reports.

You can also subscribe to receive a notification on the day of each release


Women and Leadership Australia Are Offering Scholarships

Hi all

I am sure there are women in the VET field who could benefit from this opportunity.  

Funding has just been released to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s education sector.

The initiative is providing women with grants of between $3,000 and $7,000 to enable participation in one of three programs that cover such things as Presence and Presentation Skills, Leading Innovation and Change, and Emotional Intelligence and Conflict.

The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for education sector women.

Expressions of Interest
Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to 13th September:


Good luck if you plan to apply!!!!

Two Important Things That Could Help You

In the last post here I indicated that things were heating up for the year.  Well, here’s two more activities that need to make it on to your calendar.

Details of the AVETRA 2019 Conference have been announced and calls for abstracts have gone out.  So put 17-18 June in your calendar with a  big red circle (well, may be with a high priority in a digital calendar) for an informative and inspirational gathering in Sydney.  See more details at the link below.

The second important event:  NCVER has opened an important survey in an attempt to get feedback from all kinds of stakeholders who use the VOCEDplus platform.  Whether you are an existing user of this wonderful platform, or if you think you could be, I urge you to complete the survey so what they provide is even better still.  It’s a really useful service, and with your input will be even better.  Click here to access the survey.

See you in Sydney in June and/or in Adelaide in July.

AVETRA Conference 2019


VET Applied Research Framework


Just preparing my abstract for No Frills

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The year is certainly in full swing again.  The AVETRA Educator Hub has been a bit quiet over the summer – and what a summer it has been!!! I’ll leave the commentary on scientific explanations of our weather to much more informed sources than me.

Like record-breaking features of this past summer, let’s hope that there will be record-breaking features of this year’s No Frills Conference conducted by NCVER.  It’s always a great highlight of my research calendar.  I hope it’s on yours too.

I am just taking this afternoon to make sure I can meet the deadline for submission of abstracts:  Monday 18 February.  That leaves a couple of weeks, even if you hadn’t thought yet about making a presentation, or even preparing a poster.  Perhaps this little reminder will be the motivator you need if you are currently considering or completing some research.

I am very interested in The Student Journey as it relates to  many of us older hands, and newcomers to the industry undertaking the TAE40116 qualification.  As you have probably observed there is an absolute flurry of activity in the qualification with the changes to the Standards for RTOs (2015) Clauses 1.14 (b) and 1.15 (b).  So I thought it would be interesting to review the characteristics of  organisations skilling for life the practitioners in our own industry – VET.  It seems  to me the experiences of this group might impact very significantly on the industry overall in the next five to ten years.  I will provide an overview of enrolments and completions across the years 2014 – 2017, using NCVER stats.    Hopefully you will find this area of investigation interesting too, and I would be really excited to get any comments from you below.

Anyway, enough about my efforts for the exciting No Frills event.  It would be great if you would like to comment below on any research you are considering or have recently completed which you think fits the No Frills theme.  I am sure all of our members, those based in Australia and our international members, would be really interested.  So go on … make a comment below and share with others.  It’s always worthwhile.  See you in Adelaide from 10 – 12 July for some informative, inspiring and I’m sure social experiences!