NCVER 28th National VET Research Conference – NO Frills

About the conference

NCVER is delighted to co-host the 28th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’ with TAFE SA in Adelaide on 10-12 July 2019.

‘No Frills’ is a well-known annual national conference where researchers, practitioners, providers and industry representatives come together and share knowledge, ideas, insights and solutions surrounding Australia’s VET sector.

The conference also provides valuable professional development opportunities through a program of hands-on pre-conference workshops incorporating activities on data and research analytics, and research practice.

The 2019 conference program will focus on The student journey: skilling for life.

Who should attend

  • Educators
  • Researchers
  • Policy-makers
  • Registered training organisations
  • Schools and universities
  • Research organisations
  • Commonwealth, state and territory education and training authorities
  • Industry bodies
  • Employer groups
  • Not-for-profit and community associations
  • Private consultants

Call for presentations

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


The theme for the 2019 conference 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.

Why present?

  • Contribute research to the future of Australian VET policy.
  • Promote your research at a major national research conference to research, industry, provider and government representatives, which may open further opportunities for you.
  • Network with national and international VET professionals and learn from each other.

All presenters (both oral and poster) must register for the conference as a full paying delegate. Further information on registration fees will be available early in 2019.

How to submit an abstract

To have your work considered for the program, you must submit an abstract online by the date listed below.

Visit the Abstract Warehouse website for more information and to begin the online submission process.

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


Registration will open in March 2019 to coincide with the release of the conference program. A range of packages will be available up to the value of $500.


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:

Scholarship type Criteria
Early career researcher Available to any person who has a research degree (or degree with a strong research component) within the last six years and who is currently working in a research-related role
Researcher Available to anyone working in a VET-related research role
Practitioner Available to those involved in the delivery of vocational education and training, preferably directly

How to apply for a scholarship

1. Submit an abstract via the online abstract submission process and tick the box indicating your intention to apply for a scholarship.

2. Complete and submit the online scholarship application form by COB Monday 18 February 2019.

Terms and conditions

Successful applicants must:

  • provide original receipts or invoice for expenditure incurred for travel to and from the conference and accommodation in Adelaide to a maximum of $700 for reimbursement
  • attend the conference from 10-12 July 2019
  • consent to their personal information such as name, title, abstract and photo being made available for promotional use by NCVER.


Co-hosted with TAFE SA, the conference will be held at the TAFE SA Adelaide campus, located at 120 Currie Street, Adelaide in the CBD.


There are a number of accommodation options available for a range of budgets close or nearby to the venue.

The Adelaide Rockford is the closest to the TAFE SA, and the Oaks Embassyserviced apartments, Peppers on Waymouth and Stamford Plaza are just a few others which are a short walk to the venue so you are sure to find accommodation that suits your budget.

About Adelaide

Adelaide is a gateway to some of Australia’s best wine country and is dotted with historic buildings, lush parklands and sprawling botanic gardens. Some of the world’s most renowned wine regions – The Barossa, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills – are food and wine meccas, offering some of the most exclusive, unique and boutique drinking and dining experiences in the world.

The city centre is a vibrant, safe and sophisticated square mile that shows off a picturesque colonial heritage. Adelaide has one of the fastest airport to city transfers anywhere in the world (just 10 minutes) with regular direct international and domestic flights. Adelaide ranks as the most affordable capital in Australia as well as being undoubtedly the most walkable, making it easy for delegates staying in the city to walk with ease to and from the venue.

General information

Conference contact (including abstract queries)

June Ingham
National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Level 5, 60 Light Square, Adelaide SA 5000
08 8230 8491

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