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2023 NAFEA Conference

The WIL to Thrive: A Brave New World | 18-20 October

 

Call for Presenters

2023 NAFEA Conference

 

Guest Speaker - 2023 NAFEA Conference

Associate Professor Anne Hewitt, The University of Adelaide

 

Celebrating 20 years

Join us to celebrate 20 years of NAFEA

 

Keynote Speaker - 2023 NAFEA Conference

Professor Denise Jackson, Edith Cowen University

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NAFEA is the national peak body for higher education and VET staff involved in the logistics and administration of work-integrated learning across Australia. Each year, the NAFEA conference brings together a range of WIL stakeholders including NAFEA members, WIL administrators, WIL Researchers, placement providers and policy makers.

WHERE:
Crystalbrook Riley, Cairns

WHEN:
Wednesday 18 October – Friday, 20 October 2023

THEME:
The WIL to Thrive: A Brave New World

The conference will explore current and future opportunities and challenges associated with work-Integrated learning (WIL). The conference sessions will focus on a broad range of topics related to WIL in the context of the COVID pandemic, the National WIL Strategy, growing demands for WIL, the seemingly escalating risks, and increasing demands and pressures on WIL practitioners. The conference will provide a forum to discuss and share strategies, innovations and practices.

Presentations, break-out sessions and workshops are welcomed on the broader theme of the conference as well as related to:

  • Equity, Inclusion and Diversity
  • Indigenous Knowledges and Perspectives
  • Innovative WIL Practices
  • Quality Assurance
  • Risk Management, Student Safety and Student Resilience
  • Rural and Regional WIL
  • Sustainable and Agile WIL Practices
  • WIL Administration
  • WIL and Technology

Call for Presenters

Presentations and Break-out are welcomed on the broader theme of the conference.

Abstract submissions are welcomed from a wide range of contributors representing the range of WIL stakeholders including NAFEA members, placement providers and supervisors (teachers, health practitioners etc.), community organisations, government, WIL researchers, academics and practitioners. Members are encouraged to facilitate or present at the conference to share their practices, strategies, innovations and experiences with other members.

Paper presentations should relate to the theme or one of the sub-themes of the conference. Presentations will be 30 minutes in duration (including questions). Longer presentations will be considered at the discretion of the organising committee. Break-out sessions should be interactive and explore a particular topic. Break-out sessions will be one hour in duration.

Workshops also should be interactive and provide practical outcomes for participants. Workshop durations can be set by the presenter. Please indicate in your submission the length of your workshop along with an outline of the workshop.

Complete the Call for Presenters form to submit your abstract. Presenters can opt in to have an extended abstract published in WIL in Practice as part of the conference proceedings. For presenters wishing to submit a full paper for publication in WIL in Practice, your full paper is required to be uploaded to the journal portal by 2 February 2024.

Registration

All fees listed are in Australian dollars and payment options are listed below.

A confirmation of registration and a tax invoice will be issued to all delegates after registering.  Full payment must be made at registration.

The full conference package includes: 

  • Conference registration for all days;
  • Welcome drinks and tapas on Wednesday evening;
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on Thursday;
  • Morning tea and lunch on Friday;
  • Conference dinner, including drinks.

* See Cancellation Policy below

Note: If you have problems submitting the registration form, please try a different browser or, if using a mobile device, use a desktop or laptop computer.

Closes: 31 January 2023 Super Early Bird Full Package  1 Day only (per day) Online Only Conference Dinner only Welcome Drinks only
Members $545 $200 $50 $150 $90
Non-Members $625 $260 $80 $180 $120
Closes: 31 August 2023 Early Bird Full Package  1 Day only (per day) Online Only Conference Dinner only Welcome Drinks only
Members $600 $240 $60 $150 $90
Non-Members $680 $300 $100 $180 $120
Closes: 14 October 2023 Post Early Bird Full Package  1 Day only (per day) Online Only Conference Dinner only Welcome Drinks only
Members $660 $290 $75 $160 $100
Non-members $740 $350 $125 $195 $135

Keynote Speaker

Professor Denise Jackson, Edith Cowan University

Professor Denise Jackson is the Director of Work-Integrated Learning in the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University, Perth. Denise is focused on preparing students for future work and career through embedding meaningful industry and community engagement into the curriculum. Denise’s work has been recognised by several research and learning and teaching awards, including two national teaching awards and the James W Wilson Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research in the Field of Cooperative Education. Denise is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Elected President for the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN).

Opportunities and challenges for WIL in Australia

In a climate of economic uncertainty, talent shortages and evolving labour market demands, there is an increasing focus on WIL to develop workers that are prepared for complex and fluid environments. Despite the widely recognised benefits of expanding different types of WIL across qualifications, several challenges continue to influence the tertiary sector’s ability to design, deliver and evaluate WIL that is high quality, impactful and available to all students. This presentation discusses some of these ongoing challenges, with a particular focus on equity and inclusion given differences in the participation, experiences and outcomes in WIL among diverse student populations. It will also consider ways the tertiary sector could address these challenges and advance WIL to better meet current and future stakeholder needs.

Guest Speaker

Associate Professor Anne Hewitt, The University of Adelaide

Anne Hewitt is an Associate Professor at The University of Adelaide Law School and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Her research focuses on equitable access to high quality work and education, incorporating the rights of non-traditional workers such as student interns, the regulation of higher education, and the design and implementation of work integrated learning pedagogies in Australia and abroad. She is currently undertaking a comparative investigation of the role of universities in regulating work experience of tertiary students in Finland, France and Australia, and regulatory responses to improve equitable engagement with compulsory work experience.

Pictire of Associate Professor Anne Hewitt

Identifying and overcoming obstacles to equitable engagement with WIL

Securing and completing work-integrated learning (WIL) can involve practical challenges for students. They may be obliged to pay for expenses including accommodation, equipment, and travel, as well as incurring opportunity costs such as salary lost when paid work is sacrificed to enable them to complete WIL. These costs, in addition to discrimination that students may experience in securing and completing WIL placements, contribute to inequitable participation by those from formal equity groups. Many hosts, educational organisations and charitable groups seek to respond to these obstacles and facilitate equitable engagement with WIL. This presentation will consider obstacles preventing equitable engagement with WIL, and strategies which can be employed to minimise and overcome them. In particular, it will consider how WIL design can maximise equitable engagement, and how non-remunerative monetary support (bursaries, scholarships, stipends, and honorariums) can be designed and implemented to facilitate diverse access to WIL.

Program Overview

*Times are subject to change

Further details of the program will be posted on the NAFEA website and Facebook  page as soon as the program is finalised.

Wednesday, 18 October 2023

6pm – 8pm
Welcome Drinks

Thursday, 19 October 2023

8:30am – 5:00pm
Conference

6:30pm – 11:30pm
Conference Dinner

Friday, 20 October 2023

9:00am – 3pm
Conference

Accommodation

Guests can book directly through the hotel website to get the best available rate on the day. Please note that accommodation will be subject to availability. Guests can join THECROWD to receive 10% off the advertised rate.

Payment Options

Payment can be made by credit card, direct transfer or PayPal.

Payment Enquiries?

Contact NAFEA Treasurer:

* NAFEA Conference Cancellation Policy

Payment for cancellations or no-shows must be made in accordance with the following schedule.

  • More than 14 days: no charge
  • Less than 14 days: 100% of the total amount

Cancellation must be in writing to the NAFEA Treasurer.

Supporting Associations

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Sponsors

Sponsorship packages are available and can be tailored to your needs. If you are interested in sponsoring or supporting the 2023 NAFEA conference, please contact us.

Photography and Video

Photographs and video may be taken during the conference. By registering for the conference, delegates understand and agree that their image may be included in future printed materials, on the conference and social media websites.

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