Skills for a global future: working and learning together (27th National VET Research Conference "No Frills" & NZ VET Research Forum)

About the Conference

The 27th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference 'No Frills' will be co-hosted with New Zealand partners, the Industry Training Federation and Ako Aotearoa in Sydney on 15-17 August 2018. 

Call for presentations

We now invite abstracts for presentations and poster sessions for the 2018 conference, a trans-Tasman event combining the 27th National VET Research Conference ‘No Frills’ with the 2018 NZ VET Research Forum.


The theme for the 2018 conference is Skills for a global future: working and learning together.

Skills for a global future reflects the international nature of this conference and the pivotal role VET plays in preparing people for an increasingly globalised, interconnected and rapidly changing workforce.

Working and learning together reflects that this conference is a collaboration between NCVER, the Industry Training Federation and Ako Aotearoa, including our desire to share knowledge, ideas, insights and solutions with each other, and the need for all stakeholders to cooperate to ensure the success of VET in both countries.


NCVER is offering a range of scholarships to Australian presenters to assist with the costs of attending the conference.

Scholarships are valued at $800 and cover full conference registration (including pre-conference workshops, welcome reception and conference dinner) as well as $500 to support travel, accommodation and other related sundries.

Scholarships are available in three categories:

  • Early career researcher
  • Researcher
  • Practitioner

For information on how to apply for a scholarship

New Zealand presenters

Those travelling from New Zealand to attend the conference can apply for financial support from the Industry Training Federation/Ako Aotearoa. Preference will be given to those who have research abstracts accepted. Further information will be announced in January 2018

Abstract guidelines 

  • Only submissions made using the presentation and poster submission form will be considered.
  • The title must clearly reflect the content of the abstract.
  • The abstract should consist of a concise, self-contained description that clearly summarises the work (500 words maximum).
  • All presenters (both oral and poster) must register for the conference as a paying delegate.
  • Typically people will be accepted for only one oral and/or one poster presentation.‚Äč

Selection criteria

Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Alignment of theme
  • Clarity and quality of abstract
  • Appeal to the audience

The Program Steering Group may request that you make minor changes to your abstract (to enhance meaning, clarity or alignment with the conference theme) in order to be accepted.

You will receive a conditional abstract acceptance notification with brief comments from the Group and a due date for changes.

For further information please click here.

Oral presentations

  • Sessions run for 45 minutes, consisting of 30 minute presentation, 10 minutes for questions and five minutes for changeover.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint is used for presentations and slides must be provided electronically to the conference organisers no later than 6 August 2018.
  • Presentations will be scheduled on either Thursday 16 or Friday 17 August 2018

Poster presentations

  • Poster presentations are an ideal opportunity for presenters to gain confidence exhibiting their work, or to convey the initial outcomes and progress of research in progress.
  • Posters will be on display during the Welcome Reception on Wednesday 15 August 2018.
  • A dedicated session for poster presentations will be held on Thursday 16 August 2018. Presenters must be on hand for the duration of this session to discuss their work with delegates.
  • A prize for Best Poster presentation will be awarded at the end of the conference on Friday 17 August 2018.

Refereed papers

To mark the first 'international' 'No Frills' conference, in addition to standard presentations, we are also offering the opportunity to have your paper refereed as part of the program. Following submission of your abstract, successful applicants will be required to submit a paper for peer-review by two independent referees.

This may result in your paper being published.

Key dates

16 March 2018 Abstract submissions due
6 April 2018  Abstract acceptance notifications
16 April  2018 Program release and registration opens
4 May 2018 Submission of refereed papers for review
6 August 2018  Presentations due
15 August 2018  Conference begins 

Abstract submission queries

Georgia Basford-Foxx
08 8230 8451

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