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Inaugural AVETRA VET Practitioner Research Conference 2018

VDC, 379 Collins Street Melbourne

Thu 26 Apr 2018

Call for research presentations and workshops deadline extended to 9 February!

AVETRA, the VET Development Centre and the Victorian TAFE Association are pleased to announce an exciting, new VET Practitioner Research Conference to be held in April 2018.

The Inaugural VET Practitioner Research Conference, to be held at the VET Development Centre in Melbourne, is a unique opportunity for VET teachers, trainers and other professionals to present and learn about new research in VET.

Among the exciting speakers the Victorian TAFE Association has secured to present at the conference is José Luis Fernandez Maure, Head of International at TKNIKA (Institute of Innovation and Applied Research for Vocational Education and Training) in the Basque Country and leader of the Applied Research and Innovation Affinity Group of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP).

Practitioner research is practical, applied and impactful at the local level.  It drives innovation in VET curriculum, delivery and assessment and directly contributes to innovation in industry and community settings.

Conference organisers are now calling for Expressions of Interest (EoI) under three categories:

  1. Research capability development workshops (1 or 2 hours). Click here to download template 
  2. Research project ‘snapshots’ (10 minutes per snapshot) Click here to download template 
  3. Research project presentations (30 minutes per presentation) Click here to download template 

EoIs may be submitted by individuals or groups.  To be eligible, you must complete and use the appropriate sections of the EoI submission template for the appropriate category (attached). 

EoIs will be peer-reviewed, with outcomes released 19 February 2018. Successful applicants will be given until 15 March 2018 to make any changes requested. The draft conference program will be released by Friday, 30 March.

A new deadline of Friday, 9 February has been set for submitting an expression of interest for a research or workshop presentation. Access the EoI forms at the AVETRA website, or request a form through the conference email:

To register for the conference, click on the following link: you are an AVETRA member enter the discount code on the registration form:  AVETRAmember2018, to obtain the reduced rate of $25.  The code is case sensitive.

Please direct any questions about the conference, including how to pay and register, to Linda Simon and Steven Hodge at:



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