Faculty of Education and Arts

RAVE: Researching Adult and Vocational Education

RAVE is a group of experienced researchers in adult and vocational education in the Faculty of Education and Arts.


Access detailed information and contact details for the researchers below:

Adjunct professors

Developing researchers

Affiliated researchers

Student members undertaking research degrees

View the list of current students undertaking Higher Degrees by Research with RAVE researchers.


At RAVE we research:

  • learning by adults (including young adults) in informal and community settings
  • learning by adults in community learning organisations
  • formal vocational education and training, in institutions such as TAFE colleges and private providers, and also in workplaces
  • VET policy and practice

If you have any queries about RAVE and its activities, please email rave.research@federation.edu.au

Research ethos

We are committed to highly ethical research, respectful of people, organisations and communities. Our interviews and surveys are done in urban, rural and remote communities, and in workplaces and training providers, on site, in familiar places and spaces with considerable preparation and great care.

RAVE newsletter


Each October and November, RAVE hosts an 'OctoberVET' event open to all members of the community, and is of particular interest to VET professionals, teachers and trainers, school careers staff and teachers, Group Training Organisations, people working with young people and industry HR/Learning and Development Managers. The event is part of national OctoberVET, an activity of the Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA), see www.avetra.org.au

OctoberVET 2016

For the ninth year running, RAVE (Researching Adult and Vocational Education) has hosted an ‘OctoberVET’ event. This year the Ballarat event took place at the SMB Campus in Lydiard St, central Ballarat on Tuesday 18th October. The theme was ‘Teaching, training and learning: VET’s true business.’

The keynote speakers reported on two major projects in this area, ‘Investigating quality teaching in the Victorian VET sector’(Project leader: Ruth Schubert, funded by the Victorian government), and ‘What makes a good VET teacher/trainer, and how do you get there?’ (Project leader: Erica Smith, funded by the Australian Research Council). There were four other presentations about VET teaching/training and learning, three of which had an international flavour.

The program (docx, 62Kb) and presentations from OctoberVET 2016 at Ballarat can be accessed here:

OctoberVET 2015 (INAP conference)

On September 1st and 2nd FedUni's Mt Helen Campus hosted the 6th International Network on Innovative Apprenticeship (INAP) conference for the first time in Australia.

INAP was hosted by co-chair of INAP, Erica Smith, and included keynote speeches from Dr Raymond Patel (MERSETA); Dr Paul Comyn (International Labor Organisation) and Professor Stephen Billett (Griffith Uni), and was opened by Minister Simon Birmingham. Minister Birmingham was at the time Assistant Minister for Education and Training and is now the Minister for Education and Training.

The conference was sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training, and attracted presentations from world leading apprenticeship researchers, with 35 papers presented, from 12 countries. There was also a panel of Worldskills finalists and Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors.

Conference papers can be seen at www.inap.uni-bremen and the formal book of the conference papers can be purchased from Australian Scholarly Publishing - www.scholarly.info/book/438

OctoberVET 2014

The program (docx, 66Kb) and presentations from OctoberVET 2014 at Ballarat can be accessed here:

OctoberVET 2013

The program (docx, 61Kb) and presentations from OctoberVET 2013 at Ballarat can be accessed here: