The VET National Teaching & Learning Conference 2023 to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre promises to be the biggest in-person VDC conference. Over 2 days there will be an abundance of professional learning opportunities with a focus on VET practitioners, as well as a stream of sessions featuring VET applied research for other VET Sector professionals.

For the first time, VDC’s VET National Teaching & Learning Conference will be held in conjunction with the WorldSkills Australia National Championships. VDC has partnered with WorldSkills Australia to provide VDC conference delegates with access to international WorldSkills guests and participate in bespoke guided tours of the championships at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.


VDC is honoured to have secured five coveted Keynote Speakers, we will feature our speakers in the upcoming editions of VDC-News. Visit our website to learn more.

Announcing Keynote Speakers.

  • Dr Louise Mahler, Gravitas Expert & Keynote Speaker of the Year: Leadership body-language and voice – From Amateur to Professional: Let’s push from competence to excellence.
  • Jacqui Cooper, 5-time Olympian, 5-time World Champion – Championing Your Attitude
  • Aimee Stanton, The Lady Tradie, Plumber turned Tiny House Builder – Dare To Be Different
  • Nasir Sobhani, The Streets Barber, Hairdresser for the Homeless – Living A Life of Purpose
  • Dr Susan James Relly, Professor in Vocational Education – Good People in a Complex System

Together with stimulating and engaging Keynote speakers, another important part of the conference is its concurrent ‘Professional Learning Workshops’ and ‘Applied Research Sessions’. These sessions, together with inspiring presentations, panel discussions and informative case studies, will reflect the fundamental aim of the Conference, to empower teachers and trainers from public, private and community providers to improve the education and employment outcomes for VET students.

    • Chemène Sinson, Master of Ceremonies
    • Vanessa Trower, Award-winning Learning Professional Nexperk Learning
    • Vicki Marchant, Project Manager, Education Design Patterns, TAFE NSW
    • Kevin Ekendahl, CEO & Principal lead Auditor, Audit Express
    • Claire Field, Principal of Claire Field and Associates
    • Andrew Shea, CEO Chief Executive Officer, Builders Academy Australia/CWBTS
    • Dr Joy de Leo OAM, Manager, Research & Data Analytics, NCVER
    • Dr Tabatha Griffin, Team Leader, Research & Data Analytics, NCVER
    • Dr Justin Brown, Principal Research Fellow, ACER
    • International Guests WorldSkills Australia Panel
    • WorldSkills Australia Student Ambassadors Panel
    • Additional Speakers and Panel Members

This year’s conference theme “From Competence to Excellence” is all about understanding why it’s essential for learners to be aware of what the highest level of performance looks like in their chosen field and how to take the next steps. The VET National Teaching & Learning Conference is designed for educators to be embodied and empowered to reflect on their own practices and encourage learners to make their journey from Competence to Excellence!

It is the perfect opportunity to reflect, learn and expand on your role as an educator and network with colleagues from across Australia. Delegates will be able to hear from high-profile keynote speakers, engage in a range of presentations and panel discussions, and attend concurrent interactive workshops, research sessions, or the National Championships; the choice is yours.

Register now, tickets are limited

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