​​​​​​​​​​​​​Day 1: Monday 30 May 2016

7:30 - 8:30


8:30 - 9:00

Webinar availableWelcome to country

Barry McGuire

Webinar availableOfficial opening​

Dr Ruth Shean

9:00 - 10:00

Webinar availableCompetition, the Federation and Quality. Where to from here?

Discussion panel

The Hon. Cheryl Edwardes
Member of the ‘Reform of the Federation Expert Advisory Panel to the Prime Minister’ since 2014 and Chair of the 2015 ‘Training Sector Reform Project’
Mr Rod Camm
Mr Simon Walker
Executive Director, Policy, Planning and Innovation, Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD)
The Hon. Michael Lavarch AO
Commissioner, Risk Analysis and Investigation, Australian Skills Quality Authority
Dr Ruth Shean
Director General, Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD)
10:00 - 11:00
Concurrent session one

Webinar availableThe Apprenticeship Office and its activities

Philip Wyles

Apprenticeship Office Department of Training and Workforce Development

The Department of Training and Workforce Development's Apprenticeship Office was established in July 2015. Formerly ApprentiCentre, the name change corresponded with changes to apprenticeship support by the Commonwealth, which included the establishment of the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers.

Since being established the Apprenticeship Office has looked to create a regulatory environment that supports apprenticeships and traineeships while also improving the quality and integrity of the apprenticeship system.

This presentation will be repeated on Tuesday


Webinar availableMaintaining vocational competency and currency as a VET practitioner

Stephanie Trestrail

Training Accreditation Council Secretariat

Stephanie will provide an overview of the requirements of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 in regard to trainers and assessors and industry engagement. The session will also focus on connections across the Standards to inform compliance in these areas.


The Trainers' Cookbook: 12 recipes for learning engagement success

Jason Ash

MRWED Training and Assessment

Have you been overcooking the content and undercooking the experience? Are you looking for the right ingredients to build ongoing learner engagement in your training? This workshop may be the answer for you.

In this highly interactive session, you will be provided with a range of dynamic techniques that will make you the Masterchef of the training room. These techniques can be easily integrated into any learning environment and are targeted at helping the presenter to attract and maintain interest and increase participation. Techniques include activities for individuals and small groups, as well as the whole group. There will also be variations provided for those working in an online environment.


AVETMISS reporting. Why does it matter?

Katherine McGregor

National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)

The advent of total VET activity in 2014 and the introduction of the Unique Student Identifier (USI) in 2015 have put the spotlight on NCVER's National VET Provider Collection like never before. The national data standard (AVETMISS) is used to report data to this collection. RTOs receiving government funding in Western Australia report to the WA standard which is based on the national standard.

This presentation will provide an overview of the AVETMISS reporting process. The presentation concludes a summary of more recent developments and some ideas on the horizon.


Linguistic mindfulness and being a collector of language: a strategy for teaching and learning

Debra Lunt and Karen Barber

North Metropolitan TAFE

In this session, Debra will interview Karen Barber, the author of Linguistic Mindfulness, on a practice which not only assists students with developing their literacy skills, but encourages teachers to continue their own professional development in language and literacy.


Forget the disability – discover the ability

Emily Fraser

Newton Moore Education Support Centre

At the WA Training Awards in 2015, Newton Moore Education Support Centre (NMESC) was the winner of the WA School Pathways to VET category.

NMESC offers students with a disability an opportunity through VET studies to participate in a wide variety of options in its Community Work Centres. These work centres have been created specifically to cater for its students' needs while providing them with real workplace environments. Each work centre offers nationally accredited training, coupled with modified training and assessment materials.

Transition is a priority at NMESC, as it is with all schools, and all students have aspirations to lead fulfilling adult lives. The things that are important to students are to have choices about where they work and live, and opportunities to improve those situations. At NMESC, transition and work readiness are of utmost importance and heavily focused from year 10. Workplace learning and school programs are designed to promote work readiness, community participation and independent living skills. NMESC aims for all of its students to leave school with the ability to contribute meaningfully to the community through both paid and voluntary employment.

11.00 - 11:30

Morning tea

11:30 - 12:30
Concurrent session two

Webinar availableFuture directions for VET – a private sector perspective

Rod Camm


There has never been a more exciting time to be delivering VET. The economy is transitioning, innovation is the mantra while budgets are under pressure and registered training organisations (both public and private) are being asked to do more with less. Where to from here? Clearly VET must at least match the pace of change in the industries it serves, and respond like never before. How well is the national VET system designed to ‘build the workforce to meet the economic and community needs of Western Australia’ into the future. What needs to change, where should we focus our effort, and what national and international experience can be brought to bear in a West Australian context. Rod Camm will share his views and offer a private sector perspective on current developments and future directions for VET.


Webinar availableSecret sauce for celebrating success as an online presenter

Damian Noud

MRWED Training and Assessment

In this online webinar session, Damian identifies the specific action steps that help a trainer prepare themselves for delivering webinars and becoming an online presenter.

When organisations decide to start delivering webinars and implement online training solutions they tend to get obsessed about the equipment and the software. In a face-to-face context this is analogous to worrying about the type of electronic whiteboard in preference to thinking about how to help the trainer prepare to deliver awesome content. Delivering a quality experience for online students depends less upon the technology and more about the skills and attitudes of the presenters.

During the session Damian will reveal the one word secret sauce that distinguishes successful online presenters. He will encourage the session participants to be brave and accept the challenge of becoming confident and skilled online presenters.


ASQA's risk approach to VET regulation – what providers can expect

Michael Lavarch and Lesley Warren

Australian Standards Quality Authority (ASQA)

ASQA's risk approach has been evolving to incorporate a broader range of data and intelligence to proactively identify provider and systemic risks in the vocational training sector.

This session will provide information on how ASQA identifies providers for potential regulatory scrutiny using the regulatory risk framework, how regulatory tools (e.g. audits and investigations) are selected, and how the regulatory risk framework helps ASQA to determine a proportionate response to identified provider issues. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback to ASQA about what they think are the current risks to quality VET.


VET delivered to secondary students – Teacher currency through industry engagement and partnerships

Catherine MacDougall

Cyril Jackson Senior Campus

Wendy Triplett

Woodvale Secondary College

Paula Szymenderski

Ursula Frayne Catholic College

VET delivered to secondary students is strengthened through the development of effective industry partnerships.

Passionate hospitality teachers from Cyril Jackson Senior Campus, Woodvale Secondary College and Ursula Frayne Catholic College identified the need to support the delivery of VET to secondary students through the establishment of programs and connections with industry. The schools' teacher currency workshops are developed around the delivery of hospitality qualifications and have become highly regarded within the industry itself for their innovative, community minded approaches. Knowledge of current food trends is paramount to industry currency and this approach provides teachers with an exciting and tantalising approach through some creative and worthwhile industry partnerships.


Instructional leadership in VET

Vivienne Scott

North Metropolitan TAFE

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams said this of leadership in the early 1800s. Is this how we see modern day instructional leaders?

Vivienne has been developing VET professionals for over 10 years and has experience in fostering existing and aspiring instructional leaders. This interactive workshop will explore the relevance of instructional leadership in the VET Sector. What can leaders do to help others enhance student outcomes and industry engagement, while encouraging innovation and modelling the values of the organisation?


Compliance is not a dirty word

Geoff Oliver

Velg Training

The Standards for Registered Training Organisations (2015) must be met by every RTO. But what do the Standards mean and how do they impact on the operations of a training organisation? Simply, organisations should have defined intentions (policies) and operating procedures, which staff follow to ensure that the output of the organisation consistently meets a particular standard. Collectively, these are the organisation's Quality System.

So what is a Quality System? This session will show how RTOs can meet standards and demonstrate compliance by developing a system that is user friendly. The organisation's Quality System should become a way of life and not a death sentence for the organisation. A successful Quality System will reconnect VET to RTO staff and their students.

12:30 - 1:30


1:30 - 2:30

Webinar availableStudent perspectives on VET – improving the student experience

Discussion panel

Fiona Kalaf
CEO, YouthFocus
Jarad Stone
2015 WA Apprentice of the Year and 2015 Australian Apprentice of the Year
Sandra​ Van D​er Gaag
2015 WA Trainee of the Year and 2015 Australian Apprentice (Trainee) of the Year
Taylor Wood
WA School Based Apprentice of the year 2014
Rod Camm
2:30 - 3:00

Afternoon tea

3:00 - 4:00
Concurrent session three

Webinar availableThe changing landscape – conquering distance through online training

Caroline Abbey and Steve West

South Regional TAFE

At a time of significant change to the geographic boundaries for training delivery in the VET sector, this workshop provides one model for conquering the challenges of training at distance.

Based in Esperance, Caroline Abbey and Steve West have been delivering numerous graphics arts and digital media technology qualifications online across Western Australia for eight years with very good outcomes for students. In this workshop Steve and Caroline share the secrets of their success in creating and running virtual classes across diverse geographic areas.


Webinar availableAward rewards

Joanne Payne

Central Regional TAFE

Central Regional TAFE won the WA Large Training Provider of the Year Award in 2015. The win was fitting recognition of the organisation's many achievements and gave a significant boost to its industry and community profile. It also provided Durack with valuable exposure to the country's best practice when it progressed as a finalist to the Australian Training Awards. The application and judging process resulted in many benefits, including engaging and energising staff, the need to reflect on performance, and the opportunity to self-evaluate.

This workshop presents some of the programs and initiatives that made Durack an award winning training organisation and highlights some of the unexpected benefits of becoming involved in the WA Training Awards.


Mental Health First Aid Training for Adults (MHFA)

Jayde Smith


YouthFocus is an independent West Australian not-for-profit organisation working to stop youth suicide. Each year, about 2 000 young people aged 12 to 25 will visit one of their eight offices or 46 school locations state wide to get help. The organisation's Workplace Training and Education Programs cater for the needs of both employers and employees, young and old. YouthFocus provides training across all workplaces in particular those that employ young people. They work with both young people and management to increase mental health awareness in the workplace.

MHFA is a nationally recognised program delivered across Australia and internationally. Mental health first aid is the initial help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves. The course teaches adults how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.


VET delivered to secondary students – Industry engagement and partnership stories

Robert Liebeck

Kiara College

Donna McDonald

Hamilton Senior High School

VET delivered to secondary students is strengthened through the development of effective industry partnerships. VET changes have impacted greatly on the need to engage with industry stakeholders, ensuring access to current industry relevant skill development.

In this session you will hear from schools that have developed strong relationships and connections with industry partners and how these approaches to their VET delivery provide students with opportunities for industry experience, career exploration and successful completion of VET qualifications.


Teaching with an interactive whiteboard

Jodie Crane and Liubov Khrenova

North Metropolitan TAFE

The interactive whiteboard has become a common technology in the classroom but still many teachers and facilitators are not quite sure how to use it effectively. Jodie and Liubov will show you some of the activities they use with the interactive whiteboard and how they engage the whole class in the lesson. They will also share some tips and tricks and point out some useful features as well as some traps to avoid.


Competency based training and assessment: it's not rocket science, or is it?

Geoff Oliver

Velg Training

As a consultant to many Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) who deliver from a range of training packages, and as a film maker directing many corporate documentaries on a range of subjects, from the Cancer Council to the farming of Rattan in the Borneo jungles, Geoff has seen many occupations in action. Even with the advent of the newly formatted training packages, people still have problems meeting the basic fundamentals of competency based training and assessment.

Why? There are many reasons, one being that trainers and assessors develop and deliver resources that meet what they think an auditor would like to see. This workshop will provide insights into the key mistakes made when developing resources and provide solutions to develop training programs that are relevant to industry while still meeting the training package requirements. Is it rocket science? You will have to attend this session to find out.


Networking drinks

Day 2: Tuesday 31 May 2016

7:30 - 8:30


8:30 - 9:30

Webinar availableWelcome to day two

Dr Ruth Shean

Webinar availableMinister's address

Hon. Liza Harvey MLA

Webinar availablePlenary presentation

Funding model review
Kevin Coombes
Training Resource Allocation
Department of Training and Workforce Development

9:30 - 10:30

Webinar availableNew arrangements for training product development for Australian industry. The Australian Industry and Skills Committee, Industry Reference Committees and Skills Service Organisations explained.

Discussion panel

Suzi Hewlett
Industry Skills and Quality at Australian Government Department of Education and Training
Kay Gerard
Chief Executive Officer, Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council
Michelle Hoad
Managing Director, North Metropolitan TAFE​
Nigel Haywood
General Manager, Education and Workskills, National Energy Resources Australia
Simon Walker
Executive Director, Policy, Planning and Innovation, Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD)
10:30 - 11:00

Morning tea

11:00 - 12:00
Concurrent session four

Webinar availableHarnessing YouTube to transform adult numeracy classrooms

Beth Marr


Collaborative Numeracy: working together to build numeracy skills in adults is an intensive professional development program for language, literacy, numeracy and vocational teachers from WA who want to expand their numeracy teaching skills. It particularly focuses on strengthening the capacity and confidence of literacy and language teachers to include numeracy in their courses.

This workshop will briefly illustrate some of the collaborative teaching strategies and ideas behind the program; show how video excerpts from its interactive workshops have been used to create a new video based professional development kit; and discuss its potential uses to expand the pool of confident adult numeracy teachers.


Webinar availableStandards for RTOs (2015) explained

Morena Stanley

Training Accreditation Council Secretariat

In this session Morena will discuss the areas of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015 that are generating the most discussion, including amount​ of training, validation and marketing.


The Apprenticeship Office and its activities

Philip Wyles

Apprenticeship Office Department of Training and Workforce Development

The Department of Training and Workforce Development's Apprenticeship Office was established in July 2015. Formerly ApprentiCentre, the name change corresponded with changes to apprenticeship support by the Commonwealth, which included the establishment of the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers.

Since being established the Apprenticeship Office has looked to create a regulatory environment that supports apprenticeships and traineeships while also improving the quality and integrity of the apprenticeship system.

National VET Reform

Dr Ross Kelly

Policy, Planning and Research Department of Training and Workforce Development

The COAG Industry and Skills Council has made a commitment to ensure that industry has the skilled workforce to boost productivity and increase international competitiveness. State and territory Ministers agreed in 2014 on objectives for reform of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. There have been some significant developments since 2014. In this session, Dr Ross Kelly will provide an overview of these changes and the latest developments in the National VET Reform agenda.


Developing a social media marketing strategy for your RTO: Confessions of a "Twitterbird"

Dimity Redcliffe

Velg Training

Research tells us that 9 out of 10 Australians believe that companies should have a social media presence. Most of us now use social media so why not make it work for your organisation? Social media builds brand awareness, drives conversation and creates relevance. It's a powerful way for an RTO to communicate with customers or learners.

In this session, Dimity Redcliffe will discuss how to engage with your target group via social media, relevant to any channel: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. You will also be given the resources you need to develop a comprehensive engagement strategy in your own workplace.

This session will teach you how to use appropriate analytics in order to measure the effectiveness of your marketing efforts and return on investment (ROI), particularly to ensure your message is communicated consistently, and you will be able to tap into the experiences of a self-confessed 'Twitterbird'. Social media fosters new connections, increases exposure and creates a buzz about your RTO. What are you waiting for?

A focus on industry: training package development

Suzi Hewlett

Australian Government Department of Education and Training

The new model for developing and maintaining training packages places industry at the centre of the process, with Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) having oversight of the new arrangements, Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) ensuring that training packages meet the needs of employers, and Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) supporting IRCs to develop the training packages that industry needs.

This session follows on from the 'New arrangements for training package development' discussion panel and looks in more detail at the new structure and how it will work.

12:00 - 1:00


1:00 - 2:00
Concurrent session five

Webinar availableRisk and reward!

Claire Werner

The Mevyn Group

In the VET sector we seem to drown in paper and data, most of which ends up on a shelf or in a cupboard ready for audit, and as we know, it is not unusual for audits to result in non-compliance. So something is not working as it should.

This workshop explores two key concepts, evaluation and risk analysis. A risk based approach is used by the regulators in the VET sector and you can use it to, not just to identify potential problems. Good risk analysis also identifies opportunity for your business. Use this approach in combination with effective data collection and evaluation and you have a recipe that can enable you to focus on what can really make a difference to your business and your students' outcomes.


Webinar availableTapping into virtual learning

Dimity Redcliffe

Velg Training

In 2016, there are many time, distance and logistical demands on businesses and RTOs. Webinars can be used effectively to communicate with students, colleagues and peers. This session will share valuable strategies to engage online learners as well as discuss, practically, how to run and manage online webinar training.

The presenter, Dimity Redcliffe, and her organisation, Velg Training, run approximately 60 webinars per year and over the past three years have trained 12,000+ practitioners during online webinars. Dimity and her team have built a successful online professional development program through the use of webinars and this session will share some tips and tricks to get the most out of online webinar platforms.


Pre-apprenticeship training in Building and Construction: are we meeting industry's needs?

Stephanie Hiraishi and Elaine McGrath

Construction Training Fund

In 2009 a project was initiated between the Building and Construction Industry Training Fund and industry stakeholders who saw the need to review the VET in Schools model. A new pre-apprenticeship training course: the 52443WA Certificate II in Building and Construction, was developed. The principal objectives were to simplify the model in order to make it easier for schools and students to understand, retain flexibility for industry and allow for a stream of qualifications to fully articulate into an apprenticeship.

In 2013, the Construction Training Fund made a commitment to provide additional funding to the new model for the first four years to ensure take up of the course.

This presentation shares the findings of a recent evaluation of the course. This is drawn from a survey and in depth interviews which sought feedback from employers, peak industry bodies, training providers, apprentices and pre-apprenticeship students.


Career Centre

Les Emery and Wendy White

Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD); DTWD Career Centre

The Career Centre empowers Western Australians of all ages to make informed career and training choices through the provision of impartial training information and career guidance.

In this session, staff from the Career Centre will provide an outline of the services they provide and showcase the online resources and tools available through their website.


Email and workflow mastery

Jani Murphy

Jani Murphy and Associates

Email is a vital part of our business culture, an integral part of the processes we use to run our businesses. Email is the 'go to' business communication tool. But research has found that this reliance on email is creating problems with users feeling overwhelmed by volume and struggling to keep track of follow‐up actions. This presentation will show how to overcome the four email vices and master the use of email as a strategic business communication and productivity tool.

2:00 - 2:30

Afternoon tea

2:30 - 3:30
Concurrent session six

Webinar availableAssessment in the VET Sector – new publication launch

Claire Werner

The Mevyn Group

The purpose of the Assessment in the VET Sector publication is to provide practitioners and other stakeholders in the vocational education and training (VET) sector in Western Australia with information on the processes and practices involved in an assessment system.

It was written and published by the Department of Training and Workforce Development in 2015. It merges seven previous publications and covers assessment topics including designing assessment tools, clustering, RPL and reasonable adjustment.

Each participant will receive a copy of the new publication and an in-depth exploration and explanation of the contents with the author, Claire Werner


Webinar availableManufacturing and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

Kay Gerard and Diane Smith

Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council

Manufactured products are getting 'smarter', more connected, intelligent and responsive. Kitchen backsplashes are becoming 'smart glass', cabinets are becoming automatic, and lighting, 'smart lighting'. Manufacturing is embracing and integrating technology into product designs. New machinery and new business models are helping to generate significant improvements in productivity and capability.

What does that mean from a skills point of view? What does it mean for STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths)? Most importantly, how does the VET system ensure that the skills it delivers to new and existing workers meet the needs of a growing and innovative manufacturing sector, now commonly referred to as advanced manufacturing?

In this workshop, the Food, Fibre and Timber Industries Training Council presents research it is undertaking to better inform the content and delivery of training in the furnishings industry to ensure its relevance for the future.


Crown's Pathway to 2015 Employer of the Year

Shane Thomas

Crown Resorts

Crown College is one of the most successful enterprise based RTOs in Australia, last year being awarded WA Employer of the Year in the WA Training Awards, followed by Employer of the Year in the 2015 National Training Awards. In this information packed presentation, Shane Thomas, Crown's Group Manager Learning and Development, will outline the 20 year journey Crown College has undertaken in order to achieve such a high level of success. The presentation will focus on the challenges, strategies, and decisions of the Learning and Development team as they designed, developed, administered and delivered VET programs to employees in an industry that has a highly regulated operating environment, increasingly competitive markets, and a traditionally high staff turnover. Shane will also talk about what Crown College learnt during the journey and what they might do differently if they had their time over again. Crown's commitment to quality, consistency, and outcomes is evident not only in their many accolades, but also the individual success stories of over 7 300 employees who have graduated from Crown College with a VET qualification.


Copyright 101

Naomi Stallard

Sector Capability Department of Training and Workforce Development

This copyright session unpacks the simple steps you can take to teach, create and use training material free of copyright worries. With a focus on digital content, this session is recommended for any educators concerned about being copyright compliant.


Presentation design mastery

Jani Murphy

Jani Murphy and Associates

As business becomes more competitive, the need to communicate ideas effectively has become more important than ever. This presentation provides an overview of nine of the best techniques that brain science has to offer to help presenters establish a connection with the audience, design slides that are visually engaging, direct and hold the audience's attention and deliver presentations that are easy to follow, digest and recall.


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