Sport, Fitness & Business Combined!

Binnacle Training’s annual VET in Schools Conference (ViSC) is a ONE DAY PD event provided FREE to all Binnacle partner schools. All Binnacle Program Areas (Business, Sport & Fitness) will be addressed in a one day super conference with separate streams for Business and Sport & Fitness.

ViSC provides Binnacle Program Deliverers with leading industry and VET PD, as well as key Binnacle updates on its programs. With industry keynote speakers, industry based workshops and relevant case studies, ViSC provides teachers with the ability to learn new techniques and ideas to apply to their teaching.

See below for details of our guest speakers.

Sport, Fitness & Business
Fri 23 rd Nov TAFE Queensland Brisbane - South Bank Campus Schedule Register
Sport, Fitness & Business
Tue 27 th Nov TBC TBA Registrations open soon
Sport, Fitness & Business
Thur 29 th Nov TBC TBA Registrations open soon



Tamara is a 41-year-old globally recognized entrepreneur, mum of 2 young girls and former Moranbah State High student (a proud Binnacle partner school!). Tamara started her first business (a marketing agency servicing national and international clients) at the age of 19 years old after graduating from university with a Bachelor of Visual Arts.

Tamara turned investor 5 years ago. Her ‘sweat equity’ model saw swift success, leading to her winning a range of awards including a Gold winner in the Fast Growing Company of the Year category in the 2016 Stevie® Awards for Women in Business FivePointFour Holdings Pty Ltd. Tamara has since delved into the world of investment with her current focus being on her wellness range ‘Loehrblend’, designed to grow Indie, Cruelty-free, Ethical companies with a focus on America.

Tamara’s Keynote: Balance is BS. How to have a Work. Life. Blend.



Tara Diversi will be keeping the day running smoothly and allowing us all to have a bit of fun while taking in the learnings of our expert and inspirational speakers. Tara Diversi is most passionate about living a full and varied life. By trade she’s a dietitian and became an accidental entrepreneur when she couldn’t get a job in her field. Now, she is the Queensland Entrepreneurship Facilitator with the Federal Department of Jobs and Small Business where she helps people set up successful and sustainable businesses. She is the author of 4 books, co-author of a text, and a resident expert at Women’s Health magazine. Tara contributes to teaching at JCU and Bond University, sits on the DAA board of directors and is a professional speaker, MC and facilitator. In her spare time she swims and runs, and helps other people succeed with their crazy goals such as swimming the English Channel. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or Twitter



“Working with children is always challenging, and the media regularly reminds us of this. The impact that a passionate teacher can have on the lives of Australia’s youth can’t be underestimated. Teachers have the opportunity to spark an interest in the sciences, technology, engineering & maths, and provide a base for Australia to grow into the educated and well-informed nation that we all want it to be.”

Session Title: Street Science – An EPIC Entrepreneurial Adventure

Steven Liddell is a passionate science educator that has a remarkable ability to communicate science to people of all ages. As a high school science and maths teacher, Steve developed a student-centred learning approach now taught through “Street Science” that engages and inspires kids to foster a love of learning.  

Steve develops high-energy live science shows that have headlined Australia’s largest science festivals including Sydney Science Festival, National Science Week events and Science Alive! He has also presented at World Science Festival in New York, sharing the stage with some of the worlds’ best science communicators. Street Science impacts well over 120,000 people each year and encourages all students to study science through the senior years and onto university. 



Mark Knowles is an accomplished sportsman and world-class athlete. He retired this year after the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games where he was the Opening Ceremony Flag bearer. Knowles now works at the Queensland Academy of Sport as a Personal Development Advisor and runs a hockey coaching business with Kookaburras legend Jamie Dwyer.

Knowles debuted for Australia in January 2004 and is one of only six Kookaburras to reach 300 caps. He is currently on 312 caps having scored 29 goals, bringing numerous highlights along the journey.

  • Australian Men's Hockey team the 'Kookaburras' 2003-2018
  • Captain of Kookaburras 2013-2018, co-captain of Kookaburras 2009-2013.
  • 324 International Games for Australia
  • World Hockey Player of the Year 2014
  • Commonwealth Games 2018 Opening Ceremony Flag bearer 
  • 4x Olympic games. 2004 Gold, 2008 & 2012 Bronze
  • 4x Commonwealth Games Gold medals 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018
  • 3x World Cups. Silver 2006, Gold 2010 & 2014