2014 Annual Workshop

28-30 July (with optional LLN course on 31 July)

This year’s annual workshop will be held in Tumut NSW. There have been many developments in the timber industry and education sector since our Sunshine Coast workshop in July 2013, so we’ll be making the most of the crisp, clear-thinking Snowy Mountains air to examine the implications for timber trainers.

The lead organiser is Adam Farquharson, head of forestry at the Forest Industry Training Centre, a division of the TAFE NSW Riverina Institute. Adam is based at the Tumut campus, and has been able to organise tours to some of the major production sites and forest areas in the region.

These include the Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Blowering Nursery, Carabost forest, Hyne and Sons Tumbarumba sawmill and Visy Pulp and Paper. There will also be a presentation of TAFE’s ‘connected classroom’, showcasing various on-line and remote delivery techniques.

Venue and highlights

The conference venue will be the Tumut RSL Club. We will be discussing the major changes currently unfolding in the VET sector and the continuing challenges facing the timber industry. There will be a range of presentations and workshop sessions led by industry experts, government representatives and skills council staff.

The opening address will be delivered by Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture.

Conference highlights include:

  • Presentations and discussions on the dramatic changes currently taking place in the VET system
  • Training Package updates, and structure of the new ‘streamlined’ competency units
  • Panel discussion on how ‘industry’ consults with Industry Skills Councils
  • Finding new opportunities for trainers working in thin markets
  • Designing lesson plans
  • Implementing and validating assessment processes.
TAELLN411 course for trainers

For participants who wish to stay on for the fourth day, there will be a one-day group session in the new unit of competency: TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills. Participants who attend this session and complete the follow-up assignments in the workplace will be given a statement of attainment by Workspace Training.

Workshop participants will be able to complete this unit for the special price of $120, which includes lunch.

Other features

In addition to the guest presentations, workshops and site tours, there will be the usual events that make each year’s conference a happy and rewarding experience. These include the evening auction on Day 1, the Stihl presentation from Rob Baker on Day 2 and the general get-togethers and social chit-chats in between times each day.


Because there is no accommodation available at the Tumut RSL club, we have organised special rates at two nearby motels:

  • Ashton Townhouse Motel & Suites, 124 Wynyard Street – $95 for a single standard room.
  • Best Western Motel Farrington, 71-73 Capper Street – $115 for a single standard room.

Both of these motels are a short walk from the venue. See below for links to their websites.

Note that you will need to book your own accommodation. Please let the motel staff know you are attending the ATTA workshop in town. If you prefer, you may wish to stay at a local guest house or B&B – there is a variety of options in Tumut.

Costs and further details

The workshop registration fee is $495 for ATTA members and $675 for non-members. Note that the ATTA membership fee is $75, and non-members are welcome to join up prior to registering. The fee will cover the main three-day conference and includes lunches and dinners from Monday to Wednesday (28-30 July). Participants who attend the LLN course on Thursday can pay the additional $120 charge as part of their registration fee.

All attendees of the main conference will receive a certificate of attendance. This will list the topics covered over the three days and provide excellent evidence of continuing professional development and industry consultation. Those who undertake the LLN course will receive a statement of attainment in TAELLN411 once they have successfully completed the workplace assignments and returned them to Workspace Training.