Professional development

Professional development

The Department provides a comprehensive professional development program that is available to all VET practitioners in Western Australia. Our program aims to build the capability of practitioners and managers in the VET sector in private and public registered training organisations in Western Australia.

This program includes face to face sessions, online facilitated workshops, seminars and conferences, regional visits to training providers, as well as email and telephone support.



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Event calendar

You can look at our event calendar or explore the VET Practitioner Capability Framework wheel  to see what professional development workshops, programs and events are available.

You can also access the following resources to find out more about the VET Practitioner Capability Framework wheel.

For further information, please contact us by email to We are located at Prospect Place, West Perth.


Workshops and events

Our professional development program aims to build the capability of practitioners and managers in the VET sector in private and public registered training organisations in Western Australia.

Find an event in our event calendar and select the date to start the registration process.

You can also browse through resources from some of our past professional development events as detailed below.

Professional development program

Our comprehensive program provides professional development to build the capability of practitioners and managers in the VET sector in private and public registered training organisations through the following workshops and events.

You can find and register for scheduled workshops and events through the event calendar.

Vocational education and training environment workshops

VET environment workshops cover a range of topics that help practitioners understand the environment in which they work, and include information and practical sessions.

Workshops cover teaching and assessment, national and state reform, Standards for RTOs, quality systems and compliance.

Training technologies workshops

Technology permeates all areas of training and assessment in the VET sector. It is an enabler for engagement, communication and collaboration in both face to face, and online environments. VET practitioners need capability in using the technologies currently available and understanding those that are just around the corner. The Department’s training technologies support staff are available to help you make the most of the technology you have now, and assist you in planning for the future.

With a ‘pedagogy first’ methodology, training technologies support staff can deliver workshops face to face or online to assist in any of the following areas.

Teaching with technology


Workshops on case studies, methods, approaches and activities using current and emerging technologies.

Digital assessment

Information on issues of validity for remote assessment, evidence gathering, grading tools, and reporting.

Systems and compliance

Contextualised approach to helping with issues such as accessibility, intellectual property, and data retention.

Professional development is available on site at West Perth, via an online room, or at your organisation, at a time and date suited to your staff.

Implementing training technologies

Our professional development team can assist registered training organisations with direction and advice on:

  • learning systems and technology;
  • strategies for implementing e-learning;
  • streaming classes, workshops, meetings, and events;
  • planning for professional development in the use of technology; and
  • engaging and communicating with remote staff and students.

Advice and direction is also available on how to implement technologies to drive:

  • innovation;
  • teamwork and communication;
  • leadership; and
  • evidence-based research,
Training Providers Forum

The Training Providers Forum is the Department’s annual conference featuring keynote speakers and workshops providing current information about the sector as well as showcasing examples of innovation and good practice. Attended by private and public registered training providers, industry training councils, VET in Schools staff, and government employees, it is considered Western Australia’s leading forum on training and workforce development.

View information about Training Providers Forum 2018.

View the program and resources from previous Training Providers Forum events.

Summer Shorts

Summer Shorts is a fast-paced, one-day professional development program focusing on the topical issues faced by VET practitioners, lecturers and teachers. In 2017, the program will be delivered entirely online via webinar.


Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity – register now!

Hot Topics

Hot Topics sessions are held as a breakfast or morning tea meeting with a guest speaker addressing topics of current interest to the VET sector. Sessions are advertised through vetinfonews and can be booked through our event calendar.

For a full list of pre-recorded workshops and training sessions, please visit our YouTube channel.

For further information, please contact us on 08 6212 9713 or by email:

Copyright and intellectual property

The Department provides support and advice on intellectual property and copyright for TAFE colleges and registered training organisations that deliver publicly funded training.

Our professional development team offers workshops and training on how to manage IP issues and risks when using and creating training resources, recommended for lecturers, content writers or anyone dealing with IP. For session times and details see the event calendar or contact us to find out more. We can also provide TAFE colleges and RTOs with advice by phone or email.

For further information, please contact us on 08 6212 9789 or by email:

Frequently asked questions

(updated May 2019)

Can I show a commercial DVD in class?

Under section 28 of the Copyright Act 1968, teachers and trainers are allowed to screen a DVD in class for free and without permission from the copyright owner as long as the following criteria are met:

  • the screening is for the purposes of educational instruction;
  • the audience consists only of people who are giving or receiving instruction; and
  • the educational instruction is not for profit.

This provision also applies to virtual and distance education classes. Please note, however, that downloading or making copies of the DVD is not permitted; section 28 allows you only to play or stream the DVD. It is very important that the film or DVD is a legitimate copy and not an infringing copy.

For more information on screening films in or outside the classroom, see Performance and communication of works and audio visual material in TAFE classes at, for TAFE colleges and schools. Other organisations should read Education: Using AV material at

Can I play music or a film for a fundraising activity where a profit is made and people outside the TAFE college are attending?

No. You need to obtain permission from the copyright holder/s, or you could try to obtain a licence from APRA/AMCOS and PPCA for music or from Roadshow for a film. If you have not obtained a licence, you are not allowed to communicate, perform or reproduce music or video without copyright permission.

If you don't succeed in obtaining permission, you could try to find music freely available in the public domain or under a Creative Commons licence; for example, you could visit For more information on where to find CC-licensed music, see Where to find CC licensed music at

You can also use ‘CC Search’ to find Creative Commons licensed material: Some search engines allow searches for Creative Commons material by adding the words 'creative commons' to the search terms. The licence terms for Creative Commons material vary, so check them carefully before you use the licence. 

Am I infringing copyright if I use 10 per cent of a work to present TAFE course materials?

No. You are not infringing copyright if your use falls under the statutory licence in section 113P text and artistic works licence of Copyright Act 1968 and you work at a WA TAFE, school or organisation that subscribes to the licence. You should ensure that you include clear attributions and notices crediting any third party work used under this licence in course materials. For more information on copying limitations see Education Licence B: Statutory Text and Artistic Licence at For information on attributions, see the information sheet Attribution of Text and Artistic Works: TAFE on the Smartcopying website.

Please note that there are some restrictions if you are making the work available on a TAFE college learning management system. Student access to text and images should be password protected, and limited to only those students participating in the course.

I'd like to include some samples of students' work in the resource I'm developing and they've all agreed to it. Do I need to get their permission in writing?

Students generally own the copyright in any original material they create. If you want to use their work, you must obtain their permission in writing. If the student is under the age of 18, their parent/guardian should sign the agreement.

I have been told that I can use the '10 per cent rule' at my TAFE college as long as the content is 'not for profit'. Can you give me an exact definition of 'not for profit'?

You may only charge users to recoup the costs of production for a resource, ie 'cost recovery'. This includes activities directly related to the physical production of the materials (eg the cost of printing and/or shipping) and does not include a profit margin.

However, if you or your training organisation is making a profit or gaining some commercial advantage from a resource containing third-party material, then the  statutory licences and exceptions do not apply and you must request permission to use the third-party content from the copyright owner.

For the 10 per cent rule to apply (under section 113P of the Copyright Act 1968 – the text and artistic works licence), you must be using the content for 'educational instruction' only; for example, for the purpose of teaching, preparing to teach or creating resources for students to study. For more information, see Education Licence B: Statutory Text and Artistic Licence at

Will images on classroom posters still need to be attributed if taken from somewhere like Creative Commons? If so, what's the best way to do this without disrupting the aesthetics or content?

Yes, images will still need to be attributed if using Creative Commons material. The attribution can go at the bottom of the poster in small text – as long as it's legible. If more than one image has been used then the attribution may need to be closer to each image or a numbering system inserted, to indicate which image is being attributed.

The Creative Commons information pack on the Smartcopying website  includes information sheets showing you how to attribute Creative Commons images according to the licence type.  Select the PDF How to attribute Creative Commons licensed material.

Can students (as part of a class assignment) copy images to place on posters to be displayed around campus for a fundraiser?

There are special 'fair dealing' provisions in the Copyright Act 1968 that allow students to use a limited amount of copyright material for specific purposes without seeking the permission of the copyright owner. In order to rely on this, your use must be 'fair', consisting of a 'reasonable portion' and be for the purposes of:

  • research or study;
  • criticism or review;
  • parody or satire; or
  • reporting news.

Students should attribute the author of any third-party material they use.

If a student's poster containing third-party content under the fair dealing provision will be viewed by the general public and displayed for commercial purposes, such as a fundraiser, then the fair dealing exception may no longer apply. 

For TAFEs and schools, see Copyright exceptions at for more information; other organisations, see Fair dealing: What can I use without permission? at

I researched a number of different sources before I wrote my own teaching resource. Would this be counted as referencing or copying?

If your resource is written in your own words but based on research you have done using the information and ideas from the works of others, you should include a reference list acknowledging the works/authors you have used. A reference list helps secure the credibility of the author, informs the reader and is also useful for copyright reasons. It is an expectation in most professions and contexts that works used for research will be properly acknowledged.

Remember that themes and ideas are not copyright protected; however, the expression and exact way in which a theme and idea is presented in a work is protected by copyright.


Copyright and IP brochures for RTOs

The following brochures have been developed by the Department. They explain in detail key IP and copyright topics as they relate to TAFE colleges and training providers.

Page last updated March 01, 2017