TDA’s annual conventions reflect major themes affecting the TAFE and VET sectors, as well as the host venue.
2020: TDA Convention
It is with regret that TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) has cancelled its 2020 convention, due to be held in Perth from 12 to 14 August this year.
TDA will continue to support TAFEs throughout the coronavirus event and its aftermath. TDA will work with governments, corporate partners and industry on finding the best ways to address the unprecedented challenges that the sector is facing.
We also keep the safety and welfare of our TAFE staff and students, both domestic and those who chose Australia as their education destination, at the forefront of our actions.
We look forward to continuing to work with our partners in Australia and overseas on improving the vocational education sector and we will provide further updates when planning commences for the TDA Convention in 2021.
2019: The Power of TAFE
2018: WFCP World Congress - Preparing for the Skills Future, Now
Melbourne, 8-10 October 2018
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
Adelaide, 7-8 September 2017
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
Melbourne, 4-6 October 2016
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.
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