Past TDA Events

TDA’s conventions reflect major themes affecting the TAFE and VET sectors, as well as the host venue.

2022: Courage, Change and Challenge - The Future of TAFE

2019: The Power of TAFE

2018: WFCP World Congress - Preparing for the Skills Future, Now 

TAFE Directors Australia, alongside our member institutes and with the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP), hosted the 2018 World Congress for the WFCP. The 2018 Congress brought together thought leaders, institution directors, practitioners and researchers to explore the theme of: Preparing for the Skills Future, Now 

2017: Networked TAFE

The 2017 TDA Convention was held at the Adelaide Hilton on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 September with the Welcome Reception at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday 6 September.

The overarching theme was ‘Networked TAFE’, reflecting TAFE Institutes connections with a network of individuals, communities, enterprises, industries and governments, both in Australia and overseas.

Speakers and delegates explored topics including, Working in the 21st century; Learning experiences and outcomes; Matters of leadership; Energy roadmaps; and What we can learn from other countries?

2016: Skills Resurgence

Skills Resurgence attracted more than 450 delegates and explored a wide range of emerging and innovative policies and ideas in vocational skills development.

Guests from Australia and abroad experienced an extraordinary range of discussions from some 100 presenters and facilitators.

2015: Inspire

Hobart, 9-11 September 2015

The 380 delegates at the 2015 conference were inspired by a stellar lineup of conference speakers whose presentations included topics related to industry engagement, a market approach to vocational education and training, quality and accountability, diversity of higher education providers, internationalising vocational education qualifications; emerging technologies, and Australia’s partnerships with countries abroad.

A highlight for the year was the Sino-Australian VET Forum, involving a delegation of 30 Chinese vocational education and training officials from Eastern China.

Papers from the conference: Occasional Paper One 2015