RMIT University Melbourne
RMIT University Melbourne
Melbourne
Melbourne
Victorian TAFE Association

2024 State Conference Melbourne

TAFECreates 2024

TAFECreates is the annual state conference for Victoria’s vocational education and training sector, and the hallmark event in the Victorian TAFE Association (VTA) calendar.

This annual event brings together leadership teams from across Victoria’s TAFE institutes and dual sector universities, government, technology providers, thought leaders, consultants and innovators.

Conference delegates will hear from compelling speakers, workshop new ideas, see firsthand TAFE-industry partnerships and network.

TAFECreates24 is proudly hosted by RMIT.

Victorian TAFE AssociationRMIT University – Host Institute
TAFECreates runs over 2 days from August 8-9 2024

Conference Program

Day 1
Thursday, August 8, 2024
TAFECreates 2024 commences with registration and a networking breakfast on the morning of Thursday 8 August. A full day of keynote speakers, presentations and workshops is followed by the official conference dinner.
Location: RMIT Melbourne – Storey Hall.
TIME
SESSION
Day 2
Friday, August 9, 2024
On Friday 9 August, delegates enjoy a full day of keynote speakers, presentations and workshops.
Location: RMIT Melbourne – Capitol Theatre.
TIME
SESSION
Day 1 - Registration and networking breakfast
7:45 am
9:00 am

Registration and networking breakfast – Storey Hall, RMIT

Day 1 - Conference opening
9:00 am
9:20 am

Conference opening

Day 1 - Keynote 1
9:20 am
10:00 am

Keynote: Victorian TAFE delivering for students, industry and communities – the Hon Gayle Tierney, Minister for Skills and TAFE (invited)

Day 1 - Morning tea
10:00 am

Morning tea

Day 1 - Video message
10:25 am

Video message: A message from the Hon Brendan O’Connor, Minister for Skills and Training

Day 1 - Keynote 2
10:30 am
11:35 am

Keynote (panel): Social, economic and political trends that TAFE leaders need to know

Day 1 - Stream 1
11:40 am
12:30 pm

Stream 1: The Universities Accord: Coming together or further differentiated? The future of the tertiary education sector

Day 1 - Stream 2
11:40 am
12:30 pm

Stream 2: Creating skilled Victorians: The industry and TAFE shared responsibility

Day 1 – Lunch
12:30 pm
1:35 pm

Lunch

Day 1 - Keynote 3
1:35 pm
2:35 pm

Keynote (panel): Collaboration leadership: Insights for the TAFE network

Day 1 – Afternoon tea
3:30 pm
4:00 pm

Afternoon tea – Building 78 Student Lounge, RMIT

Day 1 - Site tours conclude
4:30 pm

Site tours conclude

Day 1 - Conference dinner
6:00 pm

Conference dinner – Welcome drinks

Day 1 - Dinner concludes
10:00 pm

Conference dinner concludes

Day 2 - Breakfast
8:30 am
9:00 am

Breakfast – The Capitol Theatre, RMIT

Day 2 - Welcome
9:00 am
9:15 am

Welcome

Day 2 - Keynote 4
9:15 am
10:15 am

Keynote: Navigating change with Gus Balbontin

Day 2 – Morning tea
10:15 am
10:45 am

Morning tea

Day 2 – Keynote 5
10:45 am
11:45 pm

Keynote (panel): The TAFE experience from a student perspective

Day 2 – Stream 3
11:45 am
12:30 pm

Stream 3: Leading the next tech revolution at TAFE

Day 2 – Stream 4
11:45 am
12:30 pm

Stream 4: TAFE centres of excellence, productivity and prosperity: Designing a Victorian model

Day 2 – Lunch
12:30 pm
1:30 pm

Lunch

Day 2 – Keynote 6
1:30 pm
2:30 pm

Keynote (panel): Leveraging the Victorian TAFE network to benefit students, industry and communities

Day 2 – Keynote 7
2:30 pm
3:00 pm

Keynote: Response from Government

Day 2 - Closing speech
3:00 pm
3:15 pm

Closing speech

Day 2 - Conference wrap up
3:15 pm

Conference wrap up

Day 2 - Conference close
3:30 pm

Conference close

Conference Partners

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About RMIT

RMIT is a dual-sector university with a proud history of vocational education.

Founded more than 130 years ago as a ‘Working Men’s College’, RMIT’s original motto ‘a skilled hand, a cultivated mind’ still resonates today, with the university growing into a leading global vocational and higher education institution.

RMIT’s College of Vocational Education delivers programs across RMIT’s three Melbourne campuses — City, Brunswick and Bundoora. It has robust ties to industry through engagement and deep collaboration, providing rich discipline knowledge and a learning and teaching delivery model that aligns to future student and industry needs.

The College is made up of five industry clusters: Creative Industries, Future Technologies, Business and Enterprise, Built Environment and Sustainability, Social Care and Health. It offers close to 150 programs, with 1,000 staff including professional staff and teachers, and almost 20,000 students in vocational programs and associate degrees.

The College ensures that its programs align with current State and Federal policy and research to provide quality education and employment outcomes for its students that make a real impact on its communities.

About the VTA

The voice of Victorian TAFEs and dual sector universities

The VTA is a not-for-profit that informs, supports and represents the interests of the Victorian TAFE sector. The VTA proudly champions the interests of public vocational education providers with a focus on sustainability, quality, and outcomes for industry, community and learners.