TAFE Directors Australia

Supporting our member institutes since 1998

Newsletter 11 October 2010


Skills a top priority in Treasury’s ‘Red Book’

The Federal Treasury’s ‘Red Book’ has advised the Gillard Government to prioritise vocational skills during the new term of government.

The Red Book briefing highlighted vocational skills development as a key factor in productivity growth, and encouraged policies that would enable people to upgrade their skills in line with industry needs.

In an article in The Australian, TDA CEO, Martin Riordan welcomed the Red Book outcomes, saying “it confirms skills is the No 1 issue for Australia's productivity”.

Click here to view the article. Click here for the Red Book (page 33).

[Return to top]

Damning report from Victorian Auditor-General

The Victorian Auditor-General has released a report on the effectiveness of the Victorian Registration and Qualification Authority (VRQA) in regulating VET providers.

It examines whether VRQA registers and monitors these providers in line with the Education Training and Reform Act 2006, including the requirement that providers meet the national standards in the Australian Quality Training Framework 2007.

The conclusion of the Victorian Auditor-General’s Report is that VRQA cannot reliably assure that it has effectively regulated VET providers. The report calls for action to promptly address the problems, including implementing a quality assurance regime over the work performed by VRQA-contracted auditors.

The full report and an audit summary can be read here.

[Return to top]

Successful conclusion to China leadership program

The second joint TDA and China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) ‘Vocational Education Leadership Training (VELT)’ program reached a successful conclusion in Sydney last week with 25 vocational college principals and senior administrators delivering reports on their experiences and future plans.

Representatives from the Sydney Consulate of the People’s Republic of China, participating TAFE Institutes and local Chinese media heard from the delegation leader Mr Zhang Yajun, President of the Liaoning Provincial College of Communications, as he emphasised the importance of mutual understanding and shared goals in developing formal cooperation between institutes from both countries.           

The four-week program included attendance at the TDA National Conference and workshops at William Angliss Institute in Melbourne. The group then divided into five teams for two week placements at Holmesglen Institute, Box Hill Institute, TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute, Challenger Institute of Technology and Gold Coast Institute of TAFE.

TDA and CEAIE are now preparing for the final VELT program for this year which commences on Monday week.

[Return to top]

NCVER data outlines shift in state funding for VET

Operating revenues for vocational education and training increased 10.7% to $6.7 billion from 2008 and 2009 according to figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

Revenue from the Australian Government increased by $429.7 million (28.9%), with 75.6% of the increase coming from the Productivity Places Program. This represented almost 25% of the total funding for VET.

Revenue from the state and territory governments increased by $119.1 million, although the data showed a continued decline in several states in their proportional contribution to TAFE.

In a measure across five criteria of financial contributions to the public VET system, the NCVER data shows that at an overall level, the financial contribution from states and territories – when aggregated – has fallen from almost 56% in 2000, to just over 50% in 2009.

In NSW and Victoria, some decline in VET funding was recorded, while in WA, Queensland and South Australia, a rise in income to VET (TAFE) was shown.

For further information, click here

[Return to top]

UNE links with TAFE to target low socioeconomic students

The University of New England has announced new alliances with two universities and TAFE NSW to increase the number of students from low-socioeconomic status backgrounds.

Under the alliance, UNE will offer some of its courses through TAFE Institutes. For more information see an article in The Australian.

[Return to top]

Final Qualification Framework released

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Council has released its final version of the strengthened AQF. The AQF Council has developed its advice for the Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment (MCTEE) and anticipates that the strengthened AQF will be considered by MCTEE in November.

Click here to view the Framework. 

The strengthened AQF is designed to improve the relevance and outcomes of qualifications, improve student pathways, underpin improved and national regulatory and quality assurance arrangements, support national policy directions, and enable international comparability of Australian qualifications.

The AQF Council has commenced the development of implementation and transition arrangements in consultation with its key stakeholders.

[Return to top]

VET student mobility briefings and workshops

AEI recently developed an "Australian VET-sector Outbound Mobility Toolkit" designed to help Registered Training Organisations and dual-sector universities to increase the outbound mobility of VET-level students.

The toolkit has been developed by AIM Overseas under the guidance of a steering committee of industry experts and AEI.

As part of this project, a series of roundtables and free professional development workshops are being held in capital cities around Australia at the end of October and in November. Attached are invitations for practitioners (for the workshops) and senior managers (for the roundtables).

DEEWR will advise the date of availability so organisations can request a copy. The toolkit includes a large number of templates, tools and examples, useful for developing mobility programs.

[Return to top]

Opportunity to represent TDA on construction training package project

The Construction & Property Services Industry Skills Council(CPSISC) is commencing a project to consolidate and delete selected Certificates II and III qualifications from within the CPC08 Construction, Plumbing and Services Integrated Framework Training Package.

TDA has been invited to nominate a representative on the Project Steering Committee that will assist with the project.

The first meeting of the Committee is via teleconference at 11am (AEST) Thursday 14 October.  To represent TDA, please advise Bianca (TDA Member Services) by tomorrow, 12 October.

[Return to top]

TAFE NSW helps Telstra stay ahead of the pack

TAFE NSW has formed a partnership with Telstra to upskill more than 300 of Telstra’s technical workforce.

TAFE NSW will use the new IC10 Training Package qualifications to complete skills assessments. Any identified skills gaps will be addressed through either on-the-job training or through formal workshops.

The program has the potential to be extended to other areas of the Telstra workforce. For more information click here.

[Return to top]

New ‘Skills Queensland’ body announced 

The Queensland Government has endorsed the established of a new industry-led skills and workforce development body to be known as Skills Queensland.

It will provide recommendations to government on skills, workforce development and skilled migration.

Click here for more information.

[Return to top]

New name for South West Regional TAFE in WA

Western Australia’s South West Regional College of TAFE has announced its new identity, launched by Training and Workforce Development Minister, Peter Collier.

The Institute will now be known as the South West Institute of Technology – in line with branding changes to other TAFE Institutes in WA.

Click here to view the announcement.

[Return to top]

Diary Dates

Leadership, Innovation and Workplace Culture
DATE: 14-15 October 2010
LOCATION: Citigate Central, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

DATE: 17-22 October 2010
LOCATION: Peppers Moonah Links Resort, Victoria
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Education and Training for a more productive Australia

DATE: 29 October 2010
LOCATION: Ascot House, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information 

DATE: 29 October 2010
LOCATION: Port Macquarie, NSW
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Research Forum - Fostering enterprise: The innovational and skills nexus
DATE: 9 November 2010
LOCATION: Australian Technology Park, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Has institutional research come of age in Australiasia?
DATE: 10-12 November 2010
LOCATION: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Geelong
DETAILS: Click here for more information

DATE: 13-15 November 2010
LOCATION: Birmingham, UK
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Buidling sustainability through marketing
DATE: 10-11 November 2010
LOCATION: Rydges Hotel, Brisbane
DETAILS: Register for conference or enter awards online at www.atmaltd.org.au

2010 Australian Youth Mentoring Conference

DATE: 10-11 November 2010
LOCATION: Radisson Resort, Gold Coast
DETAILS: Click here for more information

World Innovation Summit for Education
DATE: 7-9 December 2010
LOCATION: Sheraton Resort, Doha, Qatar
DETAILS: Click here for more information 

[Return to top]

To subscribe or unsubscribe to the TDA Newsletter click here.