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Registration closes 31 August 2019

Velg Training is calling for presenters for the 2019 National VET Conference:

  • Call for presenters opens on 4 October 2018
  • Submissions due by 31 January 2019 via completion of this application form

The National VET Conference provides the opportunity for VET practitioners across the sector to obtain the most current and relevant information, essential in understanding and responding to key developments in Vocational Education and Training (VET).

The theme for the 2019 conference is ‘Innovate | Activate | Educate’ and all submissions will be reviewed for their relevance to the conference theme as well as alignment to Velg Training’s mission statement: to Educate, Inspire and Empower the VET sector.

The 2018 National VET Conference attracted just over 1200 attendees, making it the largest annual gathering of VET managers and practitioners from across Australia.

Location: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Master Classes: 11 September 2019
Conference: 12 – 13 September 2019

Attendees of the conference will be divided into two distinct client groups – Management and Practitioners.

Management Practitioners
  • CEOs, TAFE Directors, Principals
  • RTO Owners
  • RTO/VET Training Managers
  • Policy Managers
  • eLearning Managers
  • Trainers/Teachers and Assessors
  • VET Consultants
  • Instructional Designers
  • Pre-service VET teachers
  • eLearning Specialists
  • RTO Administrators

Furthermore, presentations should ideally align with one of the following 7 main categories:

1 Tech in VET – many RTOs are moving towards cloud based and paperless processes. This impacts greatly on the management practices within the RTO including communication, storage and record keeping. This stream focuses on how technology impacts on management practices within an RTO (this stream is not related to the impact of technology on learning, teaching or assessment).
2 VET Shapers – leading inspirational VET experts that challenge thinking by providing new ways of learning or sharing innovative management practices in the VET sector.

Target Audience

  • Beginner - Sessions targeted at a professional who has had some experience in the industry or generic knowledge in a particular area of the VET sector. These sessions are practical with key take away tips and tricks. These sessions would also be suitable for more experienced professionals who wish to undertake a 'refresher' in the subject matter.
  • Intermediate - Relevant for professionals who have been in the industry for a number of years and/or are familiar with and understand the skill/knowledge covered in the session. There is an assumed level of basic knowledge to these sessions.
  • Advanced - Information covered in these sessions are at a higher technical level, targeted at industry professionals who are familiar with the VET sector, understand and are familiar with the relevant Standards and are looking at enhancing/increasing their knowledge in the particular area.
    N.B. Please note that Advanced sessions will be highly regarded.

Presenter Requirements

It is mandatory that any presenter who has not presented at one of our events (conference, summit, workshop or webinar) in the past two years submit a 3-5 minute audio visual file of their presentation skills as part of the review and selection process. This does not need to be based on your topic that you are submitting, this is purely to evaluate your communication and presentation skills to a large audience.

Feedback from our National Conference Attendees 2018 indicate that they look forward to and expect, high-level presentation skills that are engaging (not “death by PowerPoint” and not “monotone”).  Please remember this when considering your application.

Attendees of our NVC sessions value highly the ability to walk away with innovative ideas, approaches or practical examples of how the information they have just learned can be applied in their day to day environment.

As a presenter, you will:

  • further develop a reputation as a leader in your industry and an expert in your field
  • obtain recognition and visibility through our extensive marketing campaign
  • have your biography and photo published on the online conference program
  • receive one free conference registration
  • enjoy a complimentary hotel room the night before your presentation (if required)
  • have your printing provided for you by Velg Training, provided that it is in black and white; does not exceed a maximum of 5 double-sided pages and; is submitted and approved by the due date
  • IT / presenter resources provided will include:
    • Lectern, Data Projector with Screen, Lectern Microphone, Q&A Microphone, Lapel Microphone, PowerPoint Clicker, Speaker System, Internet/WiFi access
    • Any other IT requirements or presenter resources will need to be arranged directly with the Venue, at the presenter’s cost. 
    • All other travel and accommodation expenses are at the presenter’s own cost.

Submissions due 31 January 2019

If you would like to submit a presentation for consideration, please complete the fields on the form below. Please save this form with your name in the filename and email to

All presentation submissions will be reviewed by the National VET Conference Committee, which will notify applicants by 1 March 2019. At this time, you will be asked to confirm the final details of your session overview.

If you have any questions about the National VET Conference or the presentation submission process, please contact Leonie Davis, via email, or by telephone (07) 3866 0888.

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by the National Conference Committee and evaluated with the following criteria foremost:

  • Connection/applicability to the Conference themes/categories
  • Originality and quality of the proposed session
  • Relevance to audiences
  • Presence of multiple perspectives
  • Diversity of presenters
  • Realistic allocation of time, including for discussion
  • Substantive issues discussed during the session
  • Sessions cannot promote marketed products, programs, providers or services in any way

The National VET Conference Committee will have to choose among many proposals, some of which may be similar, and will seek balance among topics and areas of importance to the delegates. Proposals of equal merit cannot in all instances be selected when the result would be an imbalance in the conference’s overall coverage of topics, audiences and regions.

Timeline and key dates

4 October 2018Call for presenters released
31 January 2019Submissions close
25 June 2019If required, accommodation details confirmed by Velg Training
11 September 2019Master Classes
12-13 September 2019National VET Conference

*Presenters must be prepared to accept recommendations from the National VET Conference Committee regarding any revisions that are deemed to be appropriate for the final presentation.

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