In this issue

1. From the CEO

2. Membership

3. VALA Professional Development Term 4, 2017

4.  Dates for the 2018 diary

5.  Professional Development opportunities

6. From the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority:

7.  Resources

8. Research and reports

1. From the CEO

Helene RooksWith the end of the academic year fast approaching, workloads ramp up with final results, report writing and preparations to celebrate your students' achievements in full swing. It is important to reflect on the year and recognise your students' personal and academic growth to which you have been an instrumental part. In doing so, please consider nominating a student, educator (team) or external partner for the 2017 VCAA VCAL Awards. Nominations close Monday the 20th of November, more details further in this newsletter.

A reminder for the VCAA (in partnership with the Catholic Education Office and VALA) free professional development opportunities in Horsham, Mildura, Shepparton and Dandenong. During November and December. Follow the link further in this newsletter to secure your place.

And finally, it is not too late to register for the final VALA Masterclasses of the year!

Looking forward to seeing you at these events!

Warm regards,


2. Membership

VALA is a member based, not for profit association which heavily relies on our financial members.

Join or renew your membership for 2018 now and reap the benefits immediately!

VALA membership benefits include;

You can join as an individual, as a school or organisation, and memberships start from only $110 per annum.

Throughout 2018, VALA will continue to work hard to support its members and to promote applied learning practices where ever we can

With your support, we will;

Join or renew here

3. VALA Professional Development Term 4, 2017

MasterclassMasterclass Applied Learning

Monday 27 November 2017 – Jasper Hotel Melbourne

Cherie Osta & Geoff Bird

Masterclass Work Related Skills

Monday 27 November 2017 – Jasper Hotel Melbourne

Meg Wolk

Masterclass 2018 Planning

Tuesday 28 November 2017 – Jasper Hotel Melbourne

Cherie Osta & Geoff Bird

Masterclass Special Needs

Wednesday 29 November 2017 - Jasper Hotel Melbourne

Karen Starkiss

Open for registrations with generous discounts for VALA members! Don't miss out and secure your place now!

Masterclass details

4.  Dates for the 2018 diary

2018 VALA VCAL Induction Day

Friday 23 February 2018 – Jasper Hotel Melbourne

2018 VALA Annual conference Fostering connections – celebrating diversity

Friday 22 June 2018 – Jasper Hotel Melbourne

5.  Professional Development opportunities

VCAL Showcases 2017

The VCAA is collaborating with the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) and Victorian Applied Learning Association (VALA) to provide teachers with the opportunity to share best practice in VCAL delivery.

The VCAL Showcase gives teachers the opportunity to share an aspect of their own VCAL program and hear from other VCAL teachers about their VCAL initiatives. The program may vary at each of the four Showcases listed, but may include a keynote speaker and previous VCAL Achievement Award winners, as well as opportunities to find out about other VCAL best-practice initiatives. Please see specific programs for more details.

Thursday November 24: Horsham

Friday December 1: Mildura

Tuesday December 5: Dandenong

Wednesday December 6: Shepparton

Program on VCAA website

6. From the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority:

Notice to Schools 118/2017 − 8 November 2017

2018 Pilot of VCAL Numeracy Skills Units

The VCAA has recently completed a review of the VCAL Literacy and Numeracy Skills units for proposed implementation in 2019. There are substantial changes to the proposed VCAL Numeracy Skills units. These changes include the development of a new VCAL Numeracy Skills unit (Unit 2) at both the Intermediate and Senior level of the VCAL. Pending VCAA Board approval and VRQA accreditation, the VCAA intends to conduct a pilot of the VCAL Numeracy Skills units (Units 1 and 2) in 2018.

VCAL providers interested in offering the revised VCAL Numeracy Skills units as part of this pilot are required to complete an online Expression of Interest form which includes a set of criteria to establish the VCAL provider's readiness to participate in this pilot.

VCAL providers will be required to offer both VCAL Numeracy Skills Units 1 and 2 if they are delivering VCAL Numeracy Skills units at Intermediate and/or Senior level.

VCAL Numeracy Skills Unit 1 will contribute to the Numeracy Skills Strand requirement of the VCAL. Unit 2 will contribute to the VCAL certificate as a General Credit.

Providers interested in participating in the pilot will require approval and support from the Principal/Director.

Expressions of Interest close on Friday 24 November 2017.

A webinar information session will be held on Thursday 14 December 2017. The VCAA will also support pilot providers during this process in 2018.

Please complete the expression of interest form.

For further information please contact Adam Whitbread on 90321727 or email at

Critical Dates

Friday 24 November 2017 – Expressions of Interest close.

Thursday 14 December 2017 – Webinar information session.

VCAA Bulletin No. 33 | October 2017

Nominations for the 2017 VCAL Achievement Awards are still open

VCAL Achievement AwardsThe VCAL Achievement Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of young people who participate in the VCAL, as well as the contribution and achievement of VCAL teachers and partner organisations that have facilitated the development and delivery of innovative VCAL programs.

Guidelines and links to online nomination forms can be found on the VCAL Achievement Awards webpage.

Nominations must be submitted online by Monday 20 November 2017.

For further information, please contact Dr Cornelia DeBrincat, Program Manager, VCAL Unit on (03) 9032 1726 or

VCAA VET Statewide Workshops

The VCAA is conducting VET Statewide Workshops to deliver updates for schools and providers regarding reforms to the VET sector, VCE VET Program updates, trainer requirements, block credit recognition, Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) credit and future directions. This is an important professional development day for VET Coordinators, VET teachers and other staff who have some responsibility for VET.

The 2017 VET Statewide Workshops will be conducted in 14 metropolitan and regional locations during November.

Information regarding details, locations and registration details is available on the VET Professional Development webpage

7.  Resources

Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Gambling ads to be banned near schools

To reduce young people's exposure to gambling advertising the Minister for Gaming and Liquor Regulation Marlene Kairouz has announced new laws to ban betting ads within 150 metres of all Victorian schools along with public transport and roads. The changes follow public consultation undertaken in September 2016, which sought industry and community views on the proposals.

This is a positive step to tackle the normalisation of betting among younger audiences.  You can help too by encouraging students to view gambling ads with an analytical eye especially as we approach Spring racing carnival. The Potential Influences VCAL Literacy Skills unit highlights influences such as betting advertising that may positively skew students' understanding and encourage them to develop healthy and informed attitudes.

See the VCAL Literacy Unit

FYA New Work Order reports – VCAL Teacher toolkit update.

BGK LLenThe Foundation for Young Australians and the BGKLLEN have partnered to develop a VCAL Teacher toolkit that brings the findings of the New Work Order reports to the classroom.

The 5 modules, 25 lesson toolkit is mapped to VCAL learning outcomes and comes with lesson plans and curriculum mapping – everything a teacher needs to identify and build the skills needed by young people for the changing workforce of the future including Communication, Presentation, Confidence and Agency, Critical Thinking Creativity and Innovation, and more.

Foundation for Young AustraliansThe toolkit has been co-designed with teachers and students representing all education sectors and is currently in its final stages of design with FYA.

We are expecting the toolkit to be ready before the end of school year but please follow BGKLLEN or FYA's websites, VALA newsletters or social media for a final release date and instructions on how to download your free copy.

8. Research and reports

Foundation of Young Australians – New Work Order reports

The New Work Smarts - July 2017

The New Work Mindset - November 2016

The New Work Basics - April 2016

How Young People are Faring - November 2015

The New Work Order - August 2015

Download the reports