In this issue

1. From the CEO

2. VALA Annual conference 'Partnerships in action – applied learning at its best'

3. Dates for the diary

4. VALA Membership

5. Professional Development opportunities

6. Reforms to strengthen VET for government school students

7. Has gambling gate-crashed our teens?

1. From the CEO

Helene Rooks

There are so many great things happening in the applied learning space at the moment!

Over the last few weeks we hosted another round of successful Masterclasses. The energy and passion of our presenters is clearly contagious as over the course of the day you can feel the participants enthusiasm and love of VCAL rise. Attending a Masterclass is a great opportunity to strengthen your program through sharing ideas, resources and networking. We will be scheduling more of these for term 3 and 4, so keep your eye on the newsletter

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Southern Metropolitan VCAL Cluster group meeting hosted by Westall SC VCAL and Hospitality students. It was great to see the equality of VCE and VCAL at the school which was achieved by a determined team of teachers, led by VCAL coordinator Jared Bandera and supported by the school leadership team. I will be going back to gather tips and pitfalls to share with you all!

We are receiving a lot of requests for QA exemplars and we would love to have a bank of these in the resource section. Do you have any you would like to share? Please email them to Your colleagues will be eternally grateful!

Don’t forget to register for our Annual Conference!

Warm regards,


2017 VALA Conference2. VALA Annual conference 'Partnerships in action – applied learning at its best'

Registration now open!

This year we're exploring partnerships that aim to enhance applied learning programs.

Partnerships and collaborations, large and small, internal and external, the once that worked and those that did not work so well.

Covering areas such as industry connections, retention, well-being and active citizenship, VALA is proud to offer 34 different workshops and presentations, delivered by dynamic and engaging presenters.

Register now to secure your selection of workshops (some of them will fill up very fast!) Looking forward to seeing you there!

When: Friday, June 23, 2017

Where: Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne


3. Dates for the diary

VALA Annual conference Friday June 23rd, 2017

Safari by the Sea Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd of November 2017

4. Membership

Membership payments are now due! If your (or your organisation’s) membership has not been paid, you will be locked out of the resource section, lose access to Playmeo’s extensive database of excellent icebreakers and group games, and you will no longer be eligible for generous discounts to our expanding PD offerings! Not yet a member? Join Victoria’s peak applied learning association and start enjoying these member benefits. Individual memberships are tax-deductible!

Join or renew

Password change

Shortly financial members will be sent a new password to access the VALA Resources.

5. Professional Development opportunities

Victorian Electoral CommissionFree PD with Victorian Electoral Commission

The Victorian Electoral Commission is running free PartnerUp PD workshops for teachers of applied learning and VCAL in East Gippsland and South Gippsland

In this workshop, teachers will enjoy hands-on activities, hear and share community partnership ideas, and use the VEC’s free active citizenship teaching resources (Partner Up and Passport to Democracy). Catering and CRT costs are provided for attendees.

Mon 22nd May (Leongatha) 10.00am – 14.30pm

Tues 23rd May (Sale). 10.00am – 14.30pm

Register by 18th May: Ph: (03) 8620 1195

VET Development Centre Annual Conference


The theme of the 2017 Conference is Connect with Technology, Collaborate with Industry, Capture Student Imagination.

As technology is constantly evolving the need to connect with technology, mastering its uses and utilising it to support educational design becomes more important in the training platform. Our interactions require collaboration with industry partners in order to remain current, address their needs and provide quality training.

We will explore how educators manage to capture student’s imagination, keeping them engaged and encourage voracity for learning.

The Conference will feature interactive workshops and motivating keynote presenters from leading thinkers, Kieran Murrihy and Jordana Borensztajn.

The 2017 VDC Teaching and Learning Conference will highlight how VET Practitioners can achieve high quality delivery, innovative teaching practices and improve student outcomes.

When: Thursday 7 and Friday 8 September 2017

Where: RACV Torquay Resort – Torquay


Charles FadelThe New Success: What skills do our kids need to succeed in the 21st Century?

Don't miss this opportunity to hear Charles Fadel, global education thought leader, when he addresses these big questions at the second Australian Learning Lecture, The New Success. Charles Fadel is best known as the pioneer of the idea of 21st Century Skills. He is the Founder of the Center for Curriculum Redesign and Chairs the Education Committee advising the OECD.

Jennifer Westacott, Chair of the Business Council of Australia, will introduce the Lecture and discuss why the New Success matters for the economic and social wellbeing of Australia.


Charles Fadel, global education thought leader and Founder, Center for Curriculum Redesign

Jennifer Westacott, Chair, Business Council of Australia

When: 6.30pm – 7.30pm, Thursday 11 May 2017

Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre



Nominate now For The 2017 Victorian Learn Local Awards

Nominations for the 2017 Victorian Learn Local Awards are now open – celebrating the contribution that more than 300 Learn Local organisations make to training across Victoria.

Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney launched this year’s instalment of the awards on April 20, encouraging inspirational pre-accredited learners and outstanding practitioners from across Victoria to apply.

The awards are held annually by the Adult, Community and Further Education Board, and are an ideal chance to pay tribute to the Learn Local sector and the success of learners and the providers who support them.

This year, two acknowledgment categories, the Learn Local Legend and Learn Local Volunteer Champion, will be awarded to eight recipients each. That’s in addition to the five traditional awards, including

In total, there is $66,000 to be won across the categories.


Nominations close Friday June 9.

6. Reforms to strengthen VET for government school students

From the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Following a review of VET in schools, a number of reforms will aim to change the way these programs are provided to government school students.

These reforms aim to:

On behalf of the Department, advisory firm Grant Thornton Australia will conduct a feasibility study to:

Principals, VET Coordinators and any other interested staff are encouraged to complete the online survey at Grant Thornton Australia – VET feasibility study

7. Love The GameHas gambling gate-crashed our teens?

Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

To mark National Youth Week 2017, the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation released a discussion paper on young people and gambling: Gen Bet: Has gambling gatecrashed our teens?

Children born in this millennium are digital natives for whom social media is practically lifeblood. Eight in ten adolescents have a smart phone and six in ten use their phone to go online. This has allowed the gambling environment – which has changed radically during their childhood – to infiltrate their world.

The paper draws on a range of Australian and international research about young people and gambling conducted in recent years.

The findings include that:

To address this growing normalisation of gambling, the foundation’s School Education Program is here to help your students develop healthy and informed attitudes towards gambling. In addition to information and resources for teachers and parents, this prevention program provides a free face-to-face session and units of work to encourage students to think critically about messages they see and hear that promote gambling.