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2023 NAFEA Conference

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


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Call for Presenters

2023 NAFEA Conference


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.


Wednesday 18 October – Friday, 20 October 2023

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 through the journal portal by 2 February 2024.


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

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

6:30pm – 11:30pm
Conference Dinner

Friday, 20 October 2023

9:00am – 3pm


NAFEA is currently negotiating with hotels to obtain discounted rates for delegates. Further information will be posted soon.

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.


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.

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