VDC’s annual VET National Teaching & Learning Conference is back again and in-person. So, what can you look forward to this year?

The VET National Teaching & Learning Conference 2023 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 17 & 18 August promises to be the biggest and most dynamic VDC conference yet.

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.

Visit our website to learn more.

For group booking discounts and accommodation advice, you can go to the VET National Teaching & Learning Conference website, or contact

A quick rundown of the WorldSkills Australia National Championships:

Skills competitions are an opportunity for Australia’s trainees and apprentices to test their skills and knowledge in their chosen field against their peers. Held every two years, the National Championships are the biggest trades and skills competition in the country and will consist of more than 50 competitions.

What’s on during the Conference?

Over an action-packed 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.

Featuring Keynote Presentations, Expert Panels, Teaching & Learning Workshops, Applied Research Sessions, Guided Tours of the WorldSkills Australia National Championships, and a Networking Function – there’s something here for everyone.

This year’s the VET National Teaching & Learning 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. VDC’s 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!

Here’s a sneak preview of just some of the coveted keynote speakers and presenters locked in for 2023.

  • Chemène Sinson, Master of Ceremonies
  • Louise Mahler, Gravitas Expert & Keynote Speaker of the Year: Leadership body-language and voice
  • Jacqui Cooper, 5 time Olympian, 5 time World Champion
  • Aimee Stanton, The Lady Tradie, Plumber turned Tiny House Builder
  • Nasir Sobhani, The Streets Barber, hairdresser for the homeless
  • Susan James Relly, Professor in Vocational Education
  • Claire Field, Principal at Claire Field & Associates
  • Justin Brown, Principal Research Fellow at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).
  • Vanessa Trower, Award-winning Learning Professional Nexperk Learning
  • Kevin Ekendahl, CEO & Principal lead Auditor, Audit Express
  • Andrew Shea, CEO Chief Executive Officer, Builders Academy Australia/CWBTS
  • International Guests WorldSkills Australia Panel
  • WorldSkills Australia Student Ambassadors Panel

Register now, tickets are limited

Contact for information on group bookings or visit the Conference webpage

Venue & accommodation options


Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country
2 Clarendon Street
South Wharf, Victoria 3006

MECE is a Melbourne icon. Located in the vibrant South Wharf precinct, just a walk along the Yarra River to Southbank, the Arts precinct and the CBD. Getting to MCEC is easy. Stroll along the river from Melbourne’s city centre, catch a tram or train to the venue doorstep, or drive into one of several onsite secure car parks.

Onsite accommodation, with the five-star Pan Pacific Melbourne and Novotel (use Promo Code: MCEC) directly connected via private internal walkways. There’s also a huge range of accommodation just a short walk away.

The following accommodation venues have kindly created unique Promo codes for VDC’s conference delegates.

Mantra Southbank Promo Code: VET2023

Link: Mantra Southbank Melbourne

Address: 31 City Road, Southbank, Victoria

Quest Southbank Melbourne Promo Code: VDC2023

Link: Quest Apartments Southbank

Address: 12-16 Kavanagh Street, Southbank, Victoria

Quincy Hotel Melbourne Promo Code: TH15727247

Link: Quincy Hotel Melbourne

Address: 509 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria

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