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OctoberVET is the annual season of VET Research showcasing events to share information and ideas about VET. OctoberVET events are designed and driven by local Convenors supported by AVETRA. OctoberVET complements AVETRA’s annual conference, and as the name suggests, it runs through October (with a few events usually spilling into November as well). Events are free, but note that some require registration.

OctoberVET events range in size and scope, depending on local needs and interests, and range from convivial, small-scale gatherings to larger formal events with speakers. Events can be brief (a couple of hours) or can span a whole day. In 2015, OctoberVET events ran in most Australian states. In 2016 we hope to see OctoberVET events run throughout Australia and in other countries, too.

The success of OctoberVET always depends on the good-will and inventiveness of a local Convener (or group of Conveners) who are connected with local VET networks and identities and can find a focus and a space for their event.

AVETRA offers a small seed-grant for all OctoberVET events (which can be used for catering for example), and a national coordinator is on hand to discuss your ideas, and to provide advice and support. AVETRA also advertises OctoberVET events nationally to help draw attention to local events.

It’s time to start thinking about how to bring your local VET community together to share ideas and inspiration. Get in touch with Steven Hodge ( or 0421224474) or Joe Pagnoccolo ( to discuss your ideas and find out how to get the OctoberVET ball rolling.


Click here to see previous OctoberVet Events.