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Previous OctoberVET events



Previous OctoberVET events

OctoberVET is an opportunity for practitioners, researchers and other stakeholders to come together to learn about the latest VET research and bring issues to the attention of researchers.


October Vet 2017

Theme & Location Date & Times For more information contact


Webinar: Celebrating Applied Research and Innovation in TAFE

17 November

Arnaldo Barone



Training for Industry

Technology Park Central, Fed Uni SMB campus, Lydiard St, Ballarat.

9 November Enquiries:

South Australia

Tracking student destinations and outcomes

NCVER, 60 Light Square, Adelaide, Level 5 (Boardroom)

 20 November 9.30am - 12.30pm

Enquiries and registrations: 

Ph: 08 8230 8647

New South Wales

The Changing Role of Educators Across Sectors

Options to attend this event:


Or face to face:
Sydney School of Entrepreneurship,
Parquetry Hall, Building J,
651 – 731 Harris Street, Ultimo

26 October

Anne Bowden

Ph: 0419 42 5555

Western Australia

Focusing VET Research - What are the key issues that need illumination to make the system more effective?

Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley Campus, Mount Lawley WA 6050

3 November

Llandis Barratt-Pugh



What Industry Want: A discussion of future training needs

Webb Centre (Building 02) Level 6 Room 6.37, Griffith University, South Bank Campus

11 October

Deniese Cox


Integrating Applied Learning with Industry to Provide Real World Learning Experiences

TAFE Queensland South Bank Campus, 66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane Qld 4101

27 October

Robyn Cooper

Ph: 07 3514 3641


October Vet 2016

Theme & Location Date & Times For more information contact


Teaching, training and learning – VET’s true business

‘Old Chem Building’, Building C, SMB Campus, Federation University, Lydiard St, Ballarat

18 October  1.30 pm – 4.30pm (with lunch from 1.00pm)

Shelagh Krummel

Ph: 03 5327 6134


Celebrating Applied Research in TAFE

Holmesglen Conference Centre, Holmesglen Conference Centre, Cnr Warrigal and Batesford Roads, Chadstone

26 October 10.15 am (registration from 9.45)- 3.00 pm



What is education for work for?

Frank Tate Room, Level 9, 100 Leicester St, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

 27 October  4.15 pm-5.30 pm

Jessica Gerrard


VET, Trades and Apprenticeships – Voices from the Shop Floor

La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus

26 October 10.00am - 4.00 pm

Karen O’Reilly-Briggs

Ph: 0409 965 964

New South Wales

Uncovering new ideas in VET and HE teaching and learning

TAFE NSW, Sydney TAFE, Ultimo Campus

28 October 2.00 pm -5.00 pm



Western Australia

What’s happening in WA VET – Research and the future

North Metropolitan TAFE, Level 7 Conference room, 25 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge

28 October 2.00 pm – 4.00pm

Llandis Barratt-Pugh


The value of applied research to TAFE

TAFE Queensland Brisbane, Southbank Campus, Rooms 3312-3314

27 October 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Vikki Uhlmann


South Australia

Shedding Light on the Square – TAFESA-Griffith University Action Research Initiative

TAFESA Adelaide Campus, Light Square, Adelaide Campus Lecture Theatre

10 November  5.30 pm – 7.30pm

Dawn Firth


October Vet 2015

Theme & Location Date & Times For more information contact


AVETRA Breakfast – Recognising VET Contributions to Business and Industry

11 November 7.00 am – 9.30 am Guest speaker: Hugh Guthrie


New South Wales


VET and University: Professional Learning and Teaching Exchange Forums

29 October 9.30 am – 4.00 pm Registrations required as places are limited



Western Australia


Changing Learning and Organisations

23 October 12 noon – 4.00 pm Llandis Barratt-Pugh



A Quest for Research Capability

16 October 10.00am – 4.30pm Registration free



New South Wales


Practitioner Research Under Analysis

26 October 4.30 – 6.00pm Online event

Anne Bowden

0419 42 5555


South Australia


Using data to inform policy on education and training

 9 October 

9.15am – 12noon

Josie Misko


Western Australia


Striving for Excellence: ESL/LLN Skills Symposium

9-10 October  


Making great learning and teaching practice happen through Participatory Action Research

16 October 

1pm – 5pm




Unearthing the Digital Landscape: Innovating Pedagogic Practice in VET

31 October 




October Vet 2014

Theme & Location Date & Times For more information contact

Building Capability in a changing VET sector

Randwick TAFE ($25)

15 OctoberFrom 5.30pm

Linda Simon


RSVP to Paypal or Direct deposit to St George Bank Account Name: Annette M Bonnici BSB: 112 879 Account No.: 123 635 647

New developments in research in VET

Federation University, Ballarat, SMB Campus

17 October


Erica Smith 

What VET Researchers Learn

Central Institute of Technology, 30 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge, Perth, WA.

17 October

12.30 lunch – 1.30 start to 4.00

Sue Thompson or Llandis Barratt-Pugh

Refocusing program accountability: Lifelong and life-wide perspective on literacy and numeracy development

University of Technology, Sydney, 235 Jones St, Ultimo

23 October


Keiko Yasukawa


Trades, Apprentices & VET

La Trobe University Bundoora VIC

24 October


Karen O’Reilly-Briggs

Starting the Research Conversation:

Central Queensland University, Rockhampton North Campus, Harvard Theatre (Building 32)

28 OctoberFrom 12.30pm

Susan Kinnear


Participatory Action Research:a practice changing practice
TAFE Queensland, Southbank Campus, C Block Auditorium
Videoconference hosted at the Office of TAFE Queensland, Level 9 133 Mary St, Brisbane and linked to the following sites:

  • TAFE Queensland North: Mt Isa, Cairns & Townsville campus
  • TAFE Queensland Skills Tech: Acacia Ridge campus
  • TAFE Queensland East Coast: Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Bundaberg
  • TAFE Queensland Gold Coast: Ashmore, Southport campus
  • TAFE Queensland South West: Bundamba & Toowoomba campus
  • TAFE Queensland Brisbane, Mt Gravatt, Bracken Ridge, Caboolture, Southbank, Logan 
29 October
12:00 noon for a 12:15 start; session concludes at 1.15pm

Kathryn Rodney
07 3514 3642

Samantha Lafaiali’i
07 3514 3641 



Bringing Research to Practice: Engaging Adolescents with Literacy and Numeracy

TAFE Campbell Street Campus, Level 4, Room A4-5

30 October


Jill Downing 


The state of play 2014: VET, apprenticeships and context

Wine and Grape Industry Centre, Charles Sturt Univerersity, Wagga

31 October


Annette Green

Better training for a better workforce: Research for VET Innovation

Griffith University Graduate Centre, South Bank, Brisbane

6 November


Steven Hodge


OctoberVET 2013

Theme & Location Date & Times

The Variety of VET: Research into policy and practice for schools, training providers and workplaces

University of Ballarat, Old Chemistry Building C, SMB Campus, Ballarat

18 October

Research & Evaluation in Vocational Education: The role of evidence/Engaging & Supporting Distance-based Learners in the Workplace

National Wine & Grape Industry Training Centre, CSU Wagga Wagga Campus, Wagga Wagga, NSW

18 October

What is happening in WA VET research

Edith Cowan University, Mt Lawley Campus, Mt Lawley, WA 

25 October


Engaging adolescents in Education: A gathering of minds and experiences

TasTAFE, Campbell St, Hobart

31 October

Building research capacity and culture in VET

TAFE NSW Sydney Institute – St George TAFE College, Sydney

31 October

Reflective practice in VET – why bother? How does it enhance business?

Southbank Institute of Technology Auditorium

31 October

Exploring the relationships between the ACE and VET sectors

WEA of SA, Angus St, Adelaide

22 November


OctoberVET 2012

Theme/Presenter & Location

Date & Times

For more information contact

VET: the workforce of the future

Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE, Maloolooba Campus, C Building

12 October 8.30am-4.15pm

Tracey Singh

Increasing educational participation and outcomes for people who are geographically and/or socially disadvantaged

Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus, Red Building 1, Level 3, Room 01-02

12 October 2.30-4.30pm

Alicia Boyle

New Options for Professional Development & Skill Building

Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga Campus, CSU Wine & Grape Industry Training Centre

12 October 10am-3pm

Susanne Francisco

The Value of VET

University of Ballarat, SMB Campus, Old Chemistry Lecture Theatre

19 October 12noon-5.00pm

Steven Hodge

Canberra OctoberVET 2012

Canberra Institute of Technology, Bruce Campus, Lecture Theatre (Room K107) Sustainability Centre – K Block

23 October 1.30-5.00pm

Anita Wesney

Australia’s Productivity Challenge: Why productivity matters, and when it doesn’t.

University of Tasmania

23 October5.30pm-7.30pm

Jill Downing

Industry and VET – the Ultimate Partnership

Griffith University & Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE, MSIT Mt Gravatt Campus, B Block, Level 1PresentationPresentation 2Presentation 3Presentation 4

26 October8.45am-3.30pm

Kathy Piccardi

VET Research in Western Australia

Central Institute of Technology

26 October

Sue Thompson

Joining the dots: Exploring independent validation of assessment and quality

University of South Australia

26 October 3.00-5.00pm

Michele Simons

Sinan Gemici

Remodelling VET: Scholarship and Competition

TAFENSW Sydney Institute, Ultimo, Building A, Rooms 107-8

1 November 4.30 – 7.00pm

Linda Simon

Developing Skills for Sustainability through VET

La Trobe University ‘Developing skills for sustainability’ Bundoora campus of LaTrobe University in Room HuEd Room 103.Guest speakers Mark callaghan CEO of WorldSkills Australia, Dr fabian Sack who is a consultant from Sydney.

13 November 10am to 3pm

Mike Brown

Quality Teaching and Learning in a New Era 

RMIT Swanston Academic Building (SAB), RMIT University; 427–433 Swanston Street Melbourne

14 November 1.00pm to 5.30pm

Helen Smith

David McLean

The Secondary-Tertiary Interface  

Manaku Institute of Technology. Venue: Brentwood Hotel, 16 Kemp St, Kilbirnie, Wellington

 20 November

Colleen Young

The Secondary-Tertiary Interface

Waiariki Institute of Technology, Mokoia Campus (Rotorua Campus), Mokoia Drive, Rotorua

 22 November

Colleen Young


OctoberVET 2011

Theme, location and convenor(s) Date

Views On VET: New Realities, New Perspectives

Sunshine Coast TAFEMooloolaba Campus, 34 Lady Musgrave Drive Mountain Creek

Convenor: Tracy Singh


How to use NCVER to inform policy and practice

Skills InstituteDrysdale Campus (South), 59 Collins Street Hobart 7000

Convenor: Rod Mason


Skills for Prosperity: The challenges ahead

Charles Sturt UniversityWine & Food Centre, Wagga Wagga Campus

Convenor: Wendy De Luca


Work – A Common Ground

Canberra Institute of Technology Sustainability Centre, K Block, Bruce Campus (Hayden Drive Bruce)

Convenor: Anita Wesney


Skills for whose prosperity? Critical agendas for research in workplace learning

University of Technology, Sydney

Convenor: Keiko Yasukawa


Current VET Research in WA: A Review by VET Researchers

West Coast TAFE, Joondalup

Convenors: Priscilla Shorne & Llandis Barratt-Pugh


VET Research Methodologies and International Students and VET

Charles Darwin UniversityMain Lecture Theatre, Building Blue, 5.1.01

Convenor: Alicia Boyle


VET and Social Inclusion

University of Ballarat

Convenor: Erica Smith


The VET Profession: Beyond 2011

Deakin University, Geelong AND Deakin at Your Doorstep Learning Centres at Sunraysia TAFE – Swan Hill Campus, GO TAFE- Wangaratta Campus,  Chisholm TAFE – Mornington Peninsula and Dandenong campuses, East Gippsland TAFE – Bairnsdale campus and South West TAFE – Portland Campus



OctoberVET 2010

Location Date Topics & Presenters
Charles Sturt University
Wine and Cheese Conference Room
Wagga Wagga Campus NSW
Friday 8 October Keynote Speaker: Professor Stephen Crump, supported by researchers of TAFE NSW Riverina Institute of TAFE
Hunter TAFE
Front Room Gallery
Hunter Street
Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 14 October Topic: “Looking Forward: Broadening our Horizons”
West Coast Institute of Training
Perth, WA
Wednesday 20 October  
Hawthorn Campus
(TD121 lecture theatre)
Swinburne University
Melbourne, VIC
Monday 20 October Keynote Speaker: Dr Mike Brown, LaTrobe UniversityTopic: “The role of VET in these changing times”
If you would like to present a paper, please contact Joe Pagnoccolo as soon as possible.
University of Ballarat
SMB Campus
Lydiard Street
Ballarat, VIC
Thursday 21 October Topic: “News from the frontline of VET research: Teaching, engagement and apprenticeships”.Guest Speakers: Associate Professor Leesa Wheelahan, Dr Annette Foley and Professor Erica Smith.
Kangan Institute
Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) Docklands
Batman’s Hill Drive
Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 21 October This event is the October meeting of Victorian TAFE International; AVETRA members are invited to attend  and meet Managers and Directors of  international education in TAFE.Speakers: Daryl Hill, Export strategies and business facilitation.
Rebecca Biazos, DEEWR project investigating outbound mobility projects in Australian VET
University of Technology
Building 10, 235 Jones Street
Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 27 October Topic: ‘You wouldn’t expect a plumbing teacher to teach reading!’: exploring learner support practices in VET
Canberra Institute of Technology
CIT Lecture Theatre, Block A, Room 022, Bruce Campus
Hayden Drive
Bruce, ACT
Thursday 28th October Topic: “Exploring Contemporary VET Issues”Keynote speakers: Sue Webb, Stephen Black and Keiko Yasukawa.
Edith Cowan University
Mt Lawley Campus
Perth, WA
Friday 5 November Topic: ‘Researching VET: Dilemmas and Tactics’Presenter: Jane Figgis
Charles Darwin University
Casuarina Campus
Blue Building
Darwin, NT
Friday 12th of November Topic: ‘ICTs and their applications in and for VET, and Indigenous Engagement and VET’

OctoberVET 2009




Topics & Presenters

Wagga Wagga 

Wine & Food Industry Training Centre, McKeowen Drive, Charles Sturt University.

Friday 16 October

Workplace Learning in VETr


Hunter TAFE Arts and media Building Gallery Hunter Street Newcastle City.

Wednesday 28 October

Making Connections: Young People, VET and Hope 


UniSA, Bradley Forum, City West Campus

Wednesday 28 October

Memoirs of a VET sector: Examining the past to move into the future 


Old Chemistry Building C, SMB Campus, Lydiard St, Ballarat

Friday 30 October

Research into practice: What’s new in VET and adult and community education


CQUniversity, Blg 34, Theatre 1.19

Thursday 5 November

VET Research – Improving Practices through Transition

Perth WA ECU Mt Lawley Campus

Friday 27 Nov

Challenges of VET Research 

Canberra Canberra Institute of Technology

Friday October 30

OctoberVET ACT 2009Students of Advanced Diploma of Adult Vocational Education and other ACT VET researchers.

SydneyRandwick College, Corner Darley Road & King Street, Randwick 2031

Friday 6 November 2009

VET Research– Building capacity and showcasing recent research with a focus on the changing nature of workplaces and workforce requirements.Program Information 


OctoberVET 2008

Location Date Details


Canberra Institute of Technology

ALARA Australian Conference 2008,11-12 September(2 day event) The Whole Person: Sustainable futures in living, learning and working


‘The Muse’, Sydney Inst. of TAFECnr Mary Ann & Harris Streets, Ultimo

Tuesday 30 September

Young adults and VET Research: Connections, Capacity & Collaborations



Friday 10 October Research in action: Building VET research capacity

Wagga Wagga

Riverina Institute of TAFE Primary Industries Centre

Friday 24 October

What is happening in VET & impact on research

Guest speaker: Francesca Beddie, with local users of VET research.


Casuarina Campus, CDU & via videoconference to other sites.

Monday 20 October Effective learning partnerships through VET


TAFE Open Learning
1 Cordelia St, South Brisbane, QLD 4101
3rd Floor Lunchroom

Thursday 30 October Workshop – Managing Consultants Effectively (maximum of 20 participants)OctoberVET Afternoon Presentations


CQ University Mackay
Boundary Road –
Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music Foyer

Thursday 30 October Negotiating a research agenda for learning & earning


*School of Mines,
University of Ballarat

Thursday 20 October

Refocusing on learning & teaching

*Keynote speakers: Terri
Seddon, Peter Smith, Peter Waterhouse

(Event 2)*Victoria University:Conference Centre, EJ Whitten Building, Sunshine.
Friday 21 November

Refocusing on learning & teaching

*Keynote speakers:
Terri Seddon,
Peter Smith,
Peter Waterhouse

Perth To be confirmed Building research capacity

The Ballarat and Melbourne (Event 2) events were identical – they were repeated on successive days to
maximise access for potential participants


OctoberVET 2007

Location Date Details

Wagga Wagga

26th October

Researching Good Practice in Workplace Delivery of Qualifications


2nd November

Details soon


2nd November VET Research in WA: what’s happening?


   Details soon
Darwin    Details soon


OctoberVET 2006

Location Date Details


Tropics Restaurant Cairns Campus, Tropical North Institute of TAFE

10th October

VET research: Snapshots from local researchers. Topics include: School students choosing a trade, exploring cancellations amongst Indigenous and first year apprenticeships, TAFE/University relationships and a history of the Education and Training Reforms for the future.

Confirmed speakers include: Nola Alloway (JCU), Barry McKnight, Bobby Harreveld ( CQU), Warren Pears (DET) Leanne Dalley-trim and Angela Hill (JCU ) .

All enquires to
Cairns Registration Form


Casuarina Campus, Charles Darwin University

16th October

Social Partnerships in Learning

Topics include: Industry and community partnerships, E learning with indigenous business, The future for VET in meeting NT challenges. Confirmed speakers
Ian Falk Ruth Wallace Cathie Curry on Flexible Learning Framework Tanyah Nasir on GTNT Joanne Ruscoe on employability issues. Panel discussion: Changes to AQTF – Pam Morgan, Adrian Stevens and Govt representatives, VET in Schools report – Lyle Mellors.

All enquires to Ruth Wallace
Darwin Registration Form


Powerhouse Museum- 500 Harris Street Ultimo

20th October VET Research – Who’s driving; where are we going; who’s paying; who’s got the map; when will we get there; are we there yet?. Topics include European OECD perspectives on VET and review of Tertiary Education; National view of TAFE Futures and Markets; Vet organizations and capacity building; Aboriginal Education and Employment Issues.

Confirmed speakers include Richard Sweet, Peter Kell, Jane Figgis, Lynette Riley Mundine, Damon Anderson, Clive Chappell.

All enquires to Kevin Heys  

OctoberVET 2005

The 2005 OctoberVET seminars took place in 7 locations. They were universally well received.

Townsville: 21 October

Sydney: 25 October


Berwyn Clayton: ‘What Do They See? Early Insights from Supporting VET Providers in Building Capability for the Future’


OctoberVET 2004

A number of OctoberVET seminars were held in 2004.

Sydney: 22 October, UTS


Research Project 1 — Clive Chappell & Geoff Hawke: ‘OVAL Research’

Research Project 2 — Erica Smith: New Workplace Savvy School Students — Part-time Work, Apprenticeships, Word Experiences & Placements