Call for papers – Australasian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA): 23rd Annual Conference 23rd – 24th April 2020

AVETRA2020 call for papers

23rd – 24th April 2020, Citadines Conference Centre, Melbourne (131-135 Bourke St) 20/20 vision for VET: Research at the centre of future policy and practice

The venue is in central Melbourne near restaurant and theatre districts, and close to some of Melbourne’s magnificent parks. There are many nearby hotels, and a discount is available for accommodation at Citadines.

Call for Papers If you would like to present a paper on your recent research, please submit a 250-300 word abstract by December 5th 2019, to Instructions are provided via the link above.

Abstracts should relate to one or more of the conference streams: VET policy perspectives; VET practice perspectives; Careers and transitions; Contexts for VET; Voices of stakeholders; Big data stories; Open theme. (More detail via the link above)

Keynote speakers:

Professor Stephanie Allais, Research Chair of Skills Development, University of the Witwatersrand and Special Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education and Training: TVET in developing countries: Constraints and possibilities

Professor Rod McDonald, Principal, Ithaca Group, former Special Advisor to Australian National Training Authority; author of seminal report on VET research: No Small Change: Research at the centre of policy and practice – is it too much to expect?

Professor Ann-Marie Bathmaker, Professor of Vocational and Higher Education, University of Birmingham: Leadership dilemmas & incompatible goals? Pursuing access, social inclusion, social mobility & employability in public further education

Registration will open by late November. Registration costs will be:

• Full price (non-members): $495 for full conference including early-evening social event on the first day; $265 for Day 1 (including social event); $240 for Day 2.

• AVETRA member price: $395 for full conference including early-evening social event on the first day; $215 for Day 1 (including social event); $190 for Day 2.

More conference details will be progressively posted on the AVETRA website and through our social media channels @AVETRA1 #AVETRAConf2020 For conference and sponsorship enquiries please email:

Joining AVETRA now provides membership till the end of 2020. To join, email: