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Inaugural AVETRA VET Practitioner Research Conference 2018, 26-27 April, Melbourne, Victoria


Dear VET practitioner/professional,

The call for Expressions of Interest in presenting research or a workshop at the Inaugural AVETRA VET Practitioner Research Conference has been extended to Monday, 26 February!

This 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.

Expressions of Interest (EoI) are invited under three categories:

1.       Research capability development workshops (1 or 2 hours) (no longer open)

2.       Research project ‘snapshots’ (10 minutes per snapshot)

3.       Research project presentations (30 minutes per presentation)

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). You must also be a VET practitioner or other VET professional working within the VET sector.

Submit your EoI to:

EoIs will be peer-reviewed, with outcomes released by 5 March 2018. Successful applicants will be given until 26 March 2018 to make any changes requested. The draft conference program will be released by Thursday, 5 April. The cost of the conference has been kept to a minimum with the support of the VET Development Centre and the Victorian TAFE Association.

The cost of attendance will be:

·         Existing AVETRA members: $25

·         Non-AVETRA members: $225

 (Please note, joining AVETRA is easy! Just go to and click the ‘Join Now’ button. You’ll save on attending this conference and enjoy the benefits of AVETRA membership.)

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

Good luck!



The following AVETRA Awards were presented at the 2017 AVETRA Conference, 18-20 April 2017:


1. 2017 Berwyn Clayton Award for an important contribution to research and the education and development of VET educators and other professionals:


Claire Rasmussen
Federation University


2. 2017 AVETRA Best Paper of the Conference Award:


Geethani Nair (TAFE NSW) & Mutuota Kigotho (University of New England)
“Disturbing effects of VET reforms on TAFE teaching units”