Get ready to ignite your creativity and innovation at TAFECreates 2024, a dynamic two-day event for everyone passionate about the future of vocational education and training (VET).

Save the date: 8-9 August 2024

Location: RMIT, Melbourne

This exciting event will bring together educators, industry leaders, and innovators to explore the latest trends, share best practices, and collaborate on shaping the future of VET in Victoria.

Expect a stimulating program packed with:

  • Inspiring keynote speakers
  • Interactive workshops and sessions
  • Showcasing of cutting-edge technologies and resources
  • Networking opportunities with like-minded peers
  • A celebration of excellence in VET

Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information on registration, speakers, and the full program. We can’t wait to see you there!

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TAFECreates 2023 State Conference

The VTA’s annual conference is heading to Mildura 26-28 July. 

In partnership with SuniTAFE and with the generous support of TAFE Victoria and our sponsors, we’re pleased to present attendees with insights from the best speakers on VET, inclusion, applied research, AI and EdTech, future skills, and more.

This conference is perfect for senior professionals across vocational education and training sectors, industry and the businesses that support their success in Victoria and abroad.

Click here to see the program, meet the speakers and reserve your ticket.

2022 State Conference

2021 State Conference

2019 VTA State Conference

2018 VTA State Conference



2017 VTA State Conference


Keynote Address: VET in tertiary education across Europe – state of the art, discussions and challenges (1.79 MB)

Ute Hippach-Schneider, Senior Researcher, BIBB, Germany

Mark Fidge, CEO South West TAFE (4.11 MB)

Panel: TAFE at the heart of community prosperity

Future of Work

Jan Owen, CEO Foundation for Young Australians


2016 VTA State Conference

Conference program


Welcome Address

Welcome Address (256 KB)

Gill Callister
Department of Education and Training

Keynote Address

Start Up, Scale Up and Stay Up: the Canadian experience of Applied Research in Colleges (2.89 MB)

Dr Robert Luke
Vice President of Research and Innovation

George Brown College Toronto, Canada

NB – the book Dr Luke referenced during his presentation is The Entrepreneurial State debunking public vs. private sector myths by Mariana Mazzucato


Understanding young students heading your way (3.15 MB)

Peter Hutton
Principal, Templestowe College


Drivers for change in VET (1.70 MB)

Leonie Walsh
Former Lead Scientist, Victorian Government

Panel Fostering Innovation

How to create an environment where innovation happens

Innovate, Incubate, Accelerate (1.75 MB)

Vivian Vo
Program Manager, Melbourne Innovation Centre

A capacity for risk management not reckless speculation (97 KB)

Dr Marcus Powe
Entrepreneur in Residence, RMIT University

Keynote Address

VET staff and students as drivers and creators of innovative solutions for industry and our community (1.50 MB)

Dr Margaret Leonard
Research and Knowledge Transfer Ara Institute of Canterbury
Christchurch, New Zealand


Dealing with disruption in the VET sector (3.23 MB)  

David Platt

Co-author of Disrupted Strategy for Exponential Change

For more information and to take the Disruption Readiness Test, please go to and click on the DRT icon.

With thanks to our sponsors

Principal sponsor: Department of Education and Training

Silver sponsors: VicSuper, Lander & Rogers, LH Martin Institute

Bronze sponsors: VDC, Worner Consulting, PwC, TechnologyOne

2015 VTA State Conference


Dinner Speaker

Disruption & Transformation (100 KB)

Kim Williams AM,
former Chief Executive, News Corp Australia and FOXTEL.

Keynote Address

Back to the Future: Changing colleges, Changing lives (3.85 MB)

Dr David Collins CBE
Further Education Commissioner
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK Government


Chisholm case study (323 KB)

Maria Peters
CEO, Chisholm Institute


Strategies for Change – How to move the mountain (2.94 MB)

Dr David Collins CBE
Further Education Commissioner
Department for Business,
Innovation and Skills, UK Government

Lean principles in educational delivery (1.16 MB)

Ray Griffiths
Midweek Consulting

Note Ray Griffiths’ workshop was cancelled, but his presentation has been made available.  

Panel: The Student Experience

A student centric approach (348 KB)

Frances Coppolillo
Deputy CEO & Head of Programs
Melbourne Polytechnic

A case management apporach to student success (622 KB)

Tracey Forbes
Director Education
Sunraysia Institute of TAFE


Taking international TAFE to a whole new level (1.52 MB)

Hon. Phil Honeywood
International Education Association of Australia

TAFE Queensland  transformational change (53.10 MB)

Warren Tapp
TAFE Chairs’ Australia


Changing Provider Landscape

State of the Nation (2.75 MB)

Rod Camm
CEO, Australian Council for Private Education & Training


Principal: Department of Education and Training

Gold: VicSuper, Slade Group
Silver: TAFE Directors Australia, TechnologyOne
Bronze: Lander & Rogers, VDC, LH Martin Institute

2014 VTA State Conference


VicSuper, VDC, Slade Group, TDA, Lander & Rogers


Welcome Address

Welcome Address (262 KB)

The Hon. Nick Wakeling MLA,
Minister for Higher Education and Skills

Woman Trade Apprentices

Strategies for Attracting Women Trade Apprentices (5 MB)

Fiona Lawrie
Owner / Founder Fanelle Apprentice and Tradeswoman Network

Workshop 1 Governance Reputational Risk

Reputational Risk (463 KB)

Tim Janes,
Fulcrum Risk Services

Summary of Key Points (7 KB)

Sponsored by Governance Institute of Australia

Workshop 2 Partnerships and Pathways

Are qualifications supply chains an answer to disruptive change? (156 KB)

Prof. Anne Jones
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Students),
Victoria University

Summary of key points (18 KB)

Workshop 3 International Development

The Current State of Play (849 KB)

Julian Hill
Executive Director International Education
and Rebecca Hall
Director International Education, DSDBI

Summary of Key Points (7 KB)

2013 VTA State Conference

In place of the VTA State Conference in 2013, the VTA held a Victorian TAFE Governance & Regulation Forum.


VicSuper, Slade Partners, VDC, TDA, Lander & Rogers, Echo 360

Forum Presentations

 pdfCompliance and Regulatory Issues of Importance to TAFE Boards (408 KB)

Chris Robinson
Chief Commissioner & CEO

 pdfVECCI 2013 Summit Outcomes and Policies for 2014 (888 KB)

Andrew Rimington
Senior Manager Employment
Education & Training

 pdfKey Elements of Good Public Sector Governance in Victoria (1.26 MB)

Tony Nippard
Executive Director – Knowledge
Management & Governance

 pdfThe Role of the Board Secretary in Corporate Governance (264 KB)

Russell Barnier
Solicitor and Governance Consultant

The Role of the Director of Public Sector Entities

Paul Geyer
State Manager Victoria, AICD

 pdfRegulation and Quality, TEQSA Requirements and Expectations (718 KB)

Professor Anne Jones
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & Students)
Victoria University

 pdfThe VRQA – The Current Scene, What’s Different? (946 KB)

Tim Smith

Role of the National Skills Standards Council

Phil Clarke
General Manager
Office of the NSSC

2012 VTA State Conference

TAFE Leading Skills Enrichment

Conference presentations

Welcome Address

Refocusing VET in Victoria (456 KB)

Kym Peake
Deputy Secretary
Higher Education and Skills Group
Department of Education & Early Childhood Development

Keynote Speaker

TAFE Victoria, Economic Outlook (669 KB)

Chris Richardson
Deloitte Access Economics


Skills Reform and Tertiary Interface

Skills Reform in South Australia (77 KB)

Elaine Bensted
Chief Executive

Skills Reform and Tertiary Interface (390 KB)

Dr Leesa Wheelahan
Associate Professor
LH Martin Institute, University of Melbourne

Skills Reform in Queensland (250 KB)

Deb Daly
Deputy Director-General
Training and Tertiary Education Queensland


Operating in a Commercial Environment

Operating in a Commercial Environment (783 KB)

David Willersdorf
Board Chair
Chisholm Institute & Group General Manager / Director / Company Secretary
Grenda Corporation Pty Ltd

A Lean Journey at Kangan Institute (1.24 MB)

Michael Brown
Board Chair
Kangan Institute
Wagon & Fleet Manager
Pacific National


Competition / Gaining Competitive Edge

Competition / Gaining Competitive Edge (902 KB)

James Kelly
Managing Director
Lifestyle Communities Ltd

2011 VTA State Conference

Gaining the Edge Outcomes Equity & Innovation

VTA State Conference 2011 Program (2.94 MB)


Transcripts produced by ai media

Welcome Address
(1.59 MB)
Transcript (65 KB)

Kym Peake
Deputy Secretary
Skills Victoria

Keynote: Education for Innovation – and for an Innovation Culture (3.11 MB)
Transcript (50 KB)

Professor Mary O’Kane
Mary O’Kane & Associates

Keynote: Board Innovation & Outcomes in a Commercial & Competitive Environment
(68 KB)
Transcript (383 KB)

Deanne Weir
Group Director – Corporate Development


Brokering Pathways to Employment: Newly Arrived Refugees and Migrants (3.37 MB)

Catherine Scarth
General Manager Community and Policy,

Luke Treadwell
Employment Pathways Manager

Sally Hearn
VET Pathways Manager

Margot Hennessy
Coordinator AMES Youth Programs

Sharing Stories Across Hemispheres (1009 KB)

Fiona Knowles
Manager Development and Learning (School for Sustainable Futures)
Swinburne University of Technology

ACE Sector in Australia (2.12 MB)

Sally Thompson
Adult Learning Australia

Working in Partnerships to Innovate (10.98 MB)

Maria Peters
Chisholm Institute

Malcolm Macpherson
Director – Centre for Sustainable Technology
Chisholm Institute

Carl van Loon

Industry Perspectives Panel

Silcar and Tertiary Education in the Latrobe Valley (in partnership with Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE) (182 KB)

Aaron Young
HR Manager Power & Industry Division