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These FREE student challenges have been produced by DATTA Vic . They aim to engage your students in speculative design – work which uses design (products, services and scenarios) to address challenges and opportunities of the future. They’re a great way to get your students using the design process and thinking about what preferred futures means to them.
Need help with safety in the workshop? Download our OH&S in the Technologies Classroom toolkit.
DATTA Vic partnered with RMIT and Monash University to create these Careers in Design & Engineering toolkits. Perfect for highlighting career pathways, promoting VCE subjects and exploring professional practice.



3 August, 9.30am - 4pm, Overnewton Anglican Community College

Join Jill Livett for a hands-on workshop designed to teach essential woodworking to beginners. This is a great opportunity to develop new skills and confidence.



8 August, 9.30am - 4pm, Yarra Ranges Tech School

Want to get started with robotics at your school? This is the workshop for you! Join Travis Burroughs for an in-depth exploration of Thymio and VEX V5 robotic platforms.

Are you an out-of-field educator teaching Design & Technologies or Systems Engineering? Is your school struggling to recruit qualified teachers? DATTA Vic runs a masterclass program to support educators from other learning areas to teach D&T.  These programs are for members only, and numbers are strictly limited. See links below for more information and to register:

Online Teaching Design Masterclass

Success with Systems Engineering Masterclass


Be part of a very special day where you get to share your skills and knowledge with teaching colleagues from throughout the state. It's fantastic professional learning for you, a great chance to demonstrate your leadership skills and best of all, you get to attend the rest of the conference for free!

We're inviting submission for workshops for primary, secondary and tertiary teachers of Design & Technologies, PD&T, Systems Engineering and STEM. We hope to upskill our members in a range of contexts, including engineering principles and systems, food & fibre production and materials and technologies specialisations (wood, metal, plastics, textiles, CAD, electronics, coding and robotics, etc)



Thinking Outside the Box - The Sustainable Seating Project

We're really excited to announce the publication of a new Design & Technologies resource that we created with Forest Learning - an organisation which aims to serve school teachers and educators, children, and the public with information on Australian forests and forest-based products, and provision and access to forestry teaching resources.

Thinking Ouside the Box - The Sustainable Seating Project is a Year 7/8 Unit of Work which investigates the properties and sustainability of cardboard . Using ForestVR 360o videos, students go on virtual excursions to an Australian pine plantation and paper mill to experience the cycle of growing sustainable wood fibre and how it is processed into paperboard. Following the design thinking process, students then investigate, design, produce and evaluate a sustainable seat made from upcycled cardboard.

The resource is free - you just have to create a login to download it. Click on the image above to access.

This is just one of many Design & Resources available from Forest Learning - make sure you browse their site to

discover them all.

DATTA Vic is committed to supporting the teaching of sustainability in all schools across Victoria.

We also strive to ensure that, in our daily operations, we do what we can to reduce our carbon footprint.

We are therefore a proud supporter of Fifteen Trees. 

Established in 2009, the company works with host of independent native nurseries and community groups (such as Landcare, school groups and environmental networks) across Australia to plant trees. To date, they have helped community groups plant over 350,000 trees in all states and territories of Australia.


Are you a school who wants to wants to engage more young people in Design & Technologies by ensuring your team has the most up-to-date skills and knowledge and the best support possible for your teachers?

Are you a tertiary design student who would love to work part time in an excited design-related field, with good pay, access to tools and machinery and the chance to help young people excel?

Then check out our Industrial Design Students as Technicians in Schools initiative!

Government school teachers - Undertake a fully funded postgraduate qualification in Design and Technologies with Deakin University at no cost to you or your school. Expressions of interest opened on 18 July 2023.


The Victorian government is making it free to study secondary school teaching from next year to boost the supply of teachers. Scholarships will be available to students who enrol in secondary school teaching degrees in 2024 & 2025.

What we do

We aim to:

  • Provide advice and support for teachers
  • Foster the study and teaching of Design & Technologies
  • Deliver professional learning workshops and conferences
  • Create teaching resources
  • Offer networking opportunities
  • Support pre-service teachers with placements and mentors
  • Develop partnership programs
  • Advocate with government, industry and the tertiary sector

Our Members Teach:

  • The Australian and Victorian Curricula
  •  F-10 Design & Technologies (including electronics, engineering systems, coding, robotics, food & fibre production, materials & technologies specialisations
  • Primary & Secondary
  • STEaM
  • VCE Product Design & Technologies
  • VCE Systems Engineering
  • VCAL & VET
  • Higher Education
  • Community organisations

5 Reasons for becoming a Member

  1. Free resources & free virtual teach meets running throughout the year
  2. Discounted teaching materials, professional learning and conferences
  3. Access to support and advice on teaching Design and Technologies
  4. Contact with many other involved teachers and the chance to network
  5. Be part of an organisation who advocates on behalf our our members and learning area to federal and state government and the wider education community

DATTA Vic Masterclasses for Out of Field Teachers

Is your school struggling to recruit?

Click HERE for our Teaching Design and Engineering Masterclasses

helping out-of-field educators teach Design & Technologies

Want to Become a Design & Technologies Teacher?

Are you a graduate, industry professional, overseas educator

or teacher with another specialism? Read our guide to

becoming a D&T teacher HERE.

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We support our members by:

  • Running annual conferences
  • Offering a rage of professional learning workshops
  • Delivering student sessions on VCE Product Design & Technologies and VCE Systems Engineering
  • Providing help and advice
  • Developing resources
  • Contributing to education initiatives which benefit Design & Technologies teachers

Developing partnerships with key stakeholders that will benefit teachers and students of Design & Technologies. These include;

  • Department of Education and Training (DET)
  • The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA)
  • Council of Professional Teachers Associations of Victoria (CPTAV)
  • DATTA Australia
  • Individual subject associations for the purposes of Professional Learning
  • Other professional bodies
  • Educational Institutions
  • Relevant Industry, Community and Government Organisations

DATTA Vic Mission

Design and Technologies is an area of the curriculum that applies the Design Process, and uses tools and materials (with new technological knowledge) to create products, services and environments.

DATTA Vic represents Design and Technologies Teachers (including Systems Engineering, STEM, Textiles, Electronics, Auto & Primary teachers) in education throughout Victoria.

DATTA Vic is a non-profit organisation that was formed in October 1987. Since our humble beginnings as a group of like-minded teachers of Technology we have grown to a membership of over 1300 educators.

The DATTA Vic committee consists of volunteer members and two part-time paid office staff.

We hold annual conferences and facilitate various Professional Learning workshops throughout the year.





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