DAY ONE | Thursday, 8 June 2017


9:00 | Opening and Welcome by Plenary Chair

Maxine McKew, Former Commonwealth Parliamentary Secretary, National Media Personality, Author, and Hon Fellow, Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne


9:10 | Growth Mindset - Culture and Strategy

  • Connect with our world authority on Growth Mindset, and access up-to-date research and practice
  • Discover how to implement Growth Mindset to build and support learning cultures
  • Understand how to deploy and develop effective growth strategies

Prof. Carol Dweck, Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology, Stanford University



9:45 | Panel Session: A Global Context for Education in meeting the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • Hear from NGO leaders about the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Learn from global and national thinkers about the opportunity to respond to a range of pressing issues facing our planet
  • Find out what educational leaders are doing to respond to these goals in their teaching and learning

Panellists Include:
Caroline McMillen, Vice-Chancellor, University of Newcastle
Dr Helen Szoke, Chief Executive, Oxfam Australia
Dermot O'Gorman, CEO, WWF Australia

Anne Johnston, Principal, Ravenswood School for Girls


10:05 | "Equalizing education for emerging markets"

  • The mass education problem of emerging markets
  • Educational constraints for countries like India
  • The growing educational needs of the masses
  • The equalizer of technology

Bradley Loiselle, President & CEO, BetterU

10:20 | Tea & Coffee Break and Exhibition Viewing


Opening remarks from VET/RTO Leaders Congress Chair

Pam Caven, Director Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, TAFE Directors Australia


11.00 | Professionalising the VET Professional

The concept of professionalising the VET Sector has been discussed and debated nationally for many years now. VET professionals tend not to have a singular, strong and effective national voice in helping to shape policy and practice. It has been argued that the absence of such an entity may in fact, be contributing to the perceived de-valuing of not only the workforce but also a VET qualification.

Jodi Schmidt, CEO, TAFE Queensland


11.40 | Creating a sense of value in vocational qualifications

  • Challenges ahead
  • Initiatives and the Code of Ethics for VET sectors
  • How VET can maintain community confidence in the value of VET qualifications

Rod Camm, CEO, ACPE


12.00 | Outlook for employability for VET/RTO graduates

  • Discussion to cover apprenticeships and vocational training
  • Matching vocational delivery to the growing job opportunities in industries

Dr Shelley Kinash, Associate Professor Higher Education Learning and Teaching, Bond University


12:20 | Lunch and Exhibition Viewing


1.50 | Gig economy: how does the VET sector adapt to the new way of working

  • Peer-to-peer, the gig economy, the collaborative economy
  • What are the implications for the future of work?
  • What are the skills in demand in the gig economy?

Nick Wailes, Professor, Associate Dean Digital & Innovation, UNSW


2.30 | The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) case study on innovation

THEi is a member institution of the Vocational Training Council (VTC), provides vocationally-oriented bachelor's degree programmes for HKDSE candidates

  • Scope of course and future
  • New Chai Wan campus development
  • Opportunities VET collaboration

Professor Christina Hong, President, THEi - the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong


2.50 | PANEL DISCUSSION: How best to reform the VET sector

The future of the VET sector and delivering success in a contestable future  

  • New VET Student Loans
  • VET policy and regulation
  • Financial sustainability and innovative funding
  • Next Steps for changes to the current VET system


Paul Rasmussen, National Training Manager, The Spectrum Organisation
Marc Ratcliffe, Chief Executive Officer, MRWED Training and Assessment
Andrew Williamson, Executive Director, Victorian TAFE Association


3:00 | Close of VET/RTO Leaders Congress day one


3:10 | Tea & Coffee Break and Exhibition Viewing


4:00 | Breakout Seminars

Choose your 3 favourite seminars. All seminars are 30mins and will run in 3 rotations with 10mins in between each rotation to allow you to move between seminar rooms.



5:40 | Networking drinks

7:00 | Gala Dinner

DAY TWO | Friday, 9 June 2017

9:00 | Opening remarks from the Chair
Chemene Sinson
, Educator, Instructional Designer & Olympian


9.10 | 21 Century Learning and Teaching Practice for Vocational Training

The practical presentation to cover the implementation of 21 Learning and teaching for VET and key insights
How increased accessibility and flexibility, supporting independent learner awareness of their understanding of subject matter, and an emphasis on authentic learning experiences are all hallmarks of emerging, people-based approaches to 21 century learning and teaching practice.

Ralph Springett, Education Technology Manager, Wellington Institute of Technology


9.50 | Panorama of learning - at the cutting edge

  • Recommendations - the 'trip advisor' style of learning. We like recommendations from people who like what we like
  • Curation - knowledge that is built in the cloud and sent in a user friendly format to learners
  • Co-creation of learning experiences with the learner involved in the design process
  • Cloud and machine learning - use the Amazon model to improve learning experiences

Denise Meyerson, Managing Director, MCI


10.10 | Gamification & Engagement in VETs in Schools: Case study Tec-NQ

The presentation will be a case study of Tec-NQ a RTO and senior Secondary School in Northern Queensland. The IT foundation of skills and knowledge includes 3D modelling and printing, an in demand skill which has been fast-tracked using gamified training. A current Y12s project includes Gamefy of all Tec-NQ workshops which can be accessed via website virtual tour where visitors can interact with tools and equipment such as welding some steel, cutting some timber with the circular saw, changing a wheel on a car etc.

Andrew Brown, Academic and I.T. Facilitator, Tec-N


10:30 | Tea & Coffee Break and Exhibition Viewing


11.10 | How online delivery can improve compliance and quality

Presentation to show how high quality online learning can be superior to workshop delivery in terms of leaning outcomes and compliance.

  • Workshops - for learning or just for fun?
  • Humans - non-standard inputs into the learning system. How to accommodate individual learning needs
  • VET Sector Compliance - Using technology to manage the dysfunction

Joanne Law, Director of Studies, Mediation Institute


11.50| Delivering mobile learning for Apprentices using exo-structures

This session will provide participants with a case study that will explain how Swinburne has designed an exo-structure to fully engage all stakeholders in the Apprentice model, streamlining information flow, and creating collaboration and opportunities for apprentices to reach their full potential.

Rita Chiu, Learning Innovations Team Manager,Swinburne University of Technology

12:10 | Tea & Coffee Break and Exhibition Viewing


1.30 | Better Brain, Better Learning: What does the science say?

There has been a recent surge in brain and behavioural research exploring memory and learning processes: but, does any of this work apply outside the laboratory? Learn which ideas can (and which cannot) be applied to every- day learning.

Jared Cooney Horvath, Co-president, The Science of Learning Group and The Education Neuroscience Initiative

2.10 | Promoting Digital Literacy in VETs

  • Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework (CSfW) in training packages
  • Digital literacy and e-skills: participation in the digital economy and reducing the digital divide

Dr. Anitza Geneve, Digital Learning -EIP Team, TAFE Queensland Brisbane

2:20 | Tea & Coffee Break and Exhibition Viewing



3.10 | Employee Wellness Programs: Managing work-related stress

Dr Caroline West, Lecturer, Wellness and Lifestyle Medicine



3.50| Quality of teaching in VETs

Dr Ruth Schubert, Associate Professor and Associate Director
LH Martin Institute
LH Martin Institute Leadership and Management, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education


4:10 | Close of the VET/RTO Leaders Congress


3:55 | Welcome back by Plenary Chair

Maxine McKew, Former Commonwealth Parliamentary Secretary, National Media Personality, Author, and Hon Fellow, Graduate School of Education University of Melbourne


4:00 | Embracing the New Work Order

  • Hear leading new research about the changing nature of the enterprise
  • Adapt and respond in the face of rapid technological and workplace change
  • Identify the entrepreneurial skills required by today's youth and workforce

Jan Owen AM Hon DLitt, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Young Australians


4.40 | Plenary Chair Closing Remarks
Maxine McKew, Former Commonwealth Parliamentary Secretary, National Media Personality, Author, and Hon Fellow, Graduate School of Education University of Melbourne