28th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’

About the conference

NCVER will cohost the 28th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference 'No Frills' with TAFE SA in Adelaide on 10-12 July 2019. This well-known conference offers researchers, practitioners, providers and industry representatives the opportunity to come together and share knowledge, ideas, insights and solutions surrounding Australia’s VET sector.

Call for presentations

We invite abstracts for presentations and poster sessions for the 2019 conference.


This year’s theme is The student journey: skilling for life.

As explored at past ‘No Frills’ conferences, the world of work is changing, driven by rapid technological evolution in an increasingly global society. It’s almost certain that the skills we develop today won’t be enough to operate or compete effectively in the workplaces of tomorrow.

Will it be enough for our future workers to earn a single qualification or learn only a few different skills? Where do employability skills fit into the mix?

While every student’s journey is different, more and more research and discussion points to how workers must become lifelong learners to enable them to grow and evolve with their jobs. VET plays a critical role in making this happen.


We are seeking presentations that explore this theme and further our understanding of the issues it raises among youth and older workers now and into the future. Presentations on similar topics will be scheduled in streams to promote ongoing discussion among presenters and attendees around those themes.

We seek informative, relevant and thought-provoking presentations that:

  • showcase quality research with a sound evidence base
  • focus on findings and recommendations
  • engage the audience.

Presentations can highlight research that is either in progress or complete. We strongly encourage both early career and established researchers (including those who are new to VET), as well as employers, industry, providers, and practitioners to present.

Abstract guidelines 

  • Only submissions made using the online form will be considered. No presentations outside of this online process will be accepted.
  • The title must clearly reflect the content of the presentation and/or poster presentation.
  • Abstracts must be no more than 2,000 characters (approximately 300 words) and should consist of a concise, self-contained description that clearly summarises the research.
  • Abstracts on work in progress as well as completed research are welcome.
All presenters (both oral and poster) must register for the conference as a full paying delegate. Further information on registration package fees will be available early in 2019.

Selection criteria

Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Alignment to theme.
  • Clarity and quality of abstract.
  • Audience appeal and ‘practical’ takeaways.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Friday 8 March 2019.

The Program Steering Group may request minor changes to your abstract (to enhance meaning, clarity or alignment with the conference theme) before accepting. If changes are required, you will receive a conditional acceptance notification with brief comments from the Group and a due date for changes.

Please note, your abstract will be listed in the 2019 'No Frills' conference program booklet.

Oral presentations

  • Sessions run for 45 minutes, ideally consisting of a 30-minute presentation, 10 minutes for questions and 5 minutes for changeover.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint is generally used for presentations and slides must be provided electronically to the conference organisers by no later than 1 July 2019.
  • Presentations will be scheduled on either Thursday 11 or Friday 12 July 2019.

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. They are also ideal for PhD work.

Posters offer the opportunity to engage with other conference attendees interested in the same topic as yourself.

A dedicated session for poster presentations will be held during the conference. 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 12 July 2019.


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

Scholarships are valued at $1,200. This covers full conference registration at $500 (which includes pre-conference workshops, welcome reception and conference dinner) and $700 to support travel, accommodation and other related sundries.

Scholarships are available in three categories:

  1. Early career researcher
  2. Researcher
  3. Practitioner

For information on how to apply for a scholarship.

Now what?

  1. Create your abstract content
  2. Ensure it meets the limit of 2,000 characters (approx. 300 words)
  3. Ensure your abstract fully aligns with the selection criteria
  4. Consider what your audience wants to hear about most and ensure the title and topic are representative of your presentation
  5. Copy and paste as plain text into your Abstract Warehouse application and submit by the due date

Key dates

 Monday 18 February 2019

 Abstract submissions due

 Friday 8 March 2019 

 Abstract acceptance notifications

 Monday 18 March 2019

 Program release and registration opens

 Monday 1 July 2019

 Presentations due

 Wednesday 10 July 2019 

 Conference begins

Abstract submission queries

June Ingham
08 8230 8491

To submit an abstract, please create a login below. Only abstracts that have been finalised by Monday 18 February 2019 will be considered for the program. It is the authors responsibility to ensure their abstract has been finalised.

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