TAFE Directors Australia

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Newsletter 19 April 2010


A fifth of Australia's students attend TAFE

Some 21% of Australian's enrolled in study attend a TAFE Institute according to new Australian Bureau of Statistics data.

As of May 2009, there were 2.7 million people aged 15-64 years in some form of education.

Between May 2008 and 2009, the number of apprentices reduced by more than 20,000. Interestingly, in the same period, the number of people aged 15-24 years who unsuccessfully applied to commence an apprenticeship increased 81%.

For more on the new report click here.

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Government reaches Kickstart goal

The Federal Government's Kickstart program surpassed its goal of 21,000 apprentice commencements over the summer recruitment period.

The Minister for Employment Participation, the Hon Senator Mark Arbib, has announced that there were more than 22,000 apprentices employed under the incentives program. He made the announcement at the Group Training Australia National Conference 'Skill2Work' in Adelaide.

The Minister said, although the apprentice commencement incentives have closed, the pre-training segment of the program is continuing.

To view the Minister's address click here. To view a media release click here.

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TDA responds to national international student reviews

As part of the ongoing consultation process on changes to the regulation of education services for overseas students and the finalisation of a national international student strategy, TDA has been invited to respond to a number of reports.

TDA's response to proposed changes to the ESOS Act relating primarily to the regulation of agents can be viewed here. COAG is due to consider an international student strategy this month and TDA's response to the regulatory impact of proposed strategies can be viewed here.

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Seeking feedback on higher education registration standards

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations is seeking feedback to a draft paper on the Provider Registration Standards for higher education providers.

The standards will be of interest to those TAFE Institutes that provide degree courses. View the draft report here.

Please send any feedback on the paper to Pam Caven before 30 April to ensure your views are included in TDA’s response.

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Update from the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics

The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics has just released its latest newsletter which can be viewed here.

TDA has also agreed to assist in promoting their World Congress in November, and members who are interested in either attending or presenting a paper are encouraged to complete an Expression of Interest form and send to the TDA secretariat.

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The world's international students treated as outsiders

Overseas students are treated as outsiders in all English speaking countries according to a report by the Research Council of Australia.

The report says that the students are not given comprehensive human rights as they are often thought of as consumers.

To view a report from The Australian click here.

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Engaging with the community on international education

Following further discussions on the role of Austrade in promoting international education, Austrade have agreed to draw up a list of experienced leaders in international education who can be promoted as presenters for conferences and workshops beyond the education sector.

Members who are interested in being part of this initiative should contact Peter Holden at the TDA Secretariat peter.holden@tda.edu.au.

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Seeking participants for teaching study

TDA members have been invited to participate in a research project about the quality of vocational education and training teaching.

The project is funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and managed by the Australian College of Educators.

It is focused on VET teacher qualifications and continuing professional development, the impact teaching has on the quality of the VET student experience and student outcomes, and how this can be evaluated.

For more information click here.

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A glimpse into the lives of Indian students

A interesting view into the lives of Indian students living in Victoria was published in The Age on the weekend.

The article looks into the living arrangements and family backgrounds of those students studying in Australia, many who would like to achieve permanent residency.

View the article here.

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New national research newsletter

Australasian Association for Institutional Research has released its most recent member newsletter.

The newsletter includes a comprehensive events list which may be of interest to TDA members.

View the newsletter here.

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Seminars to explain changes to youth allowance

Centrelink is holding seminars for education providers to explain the first stage of the changes to youth allowance.

While the changes are mostly targeted at university students, there are also impacts for some TAFE Institutes and their students.

For more information about the seminars click here.

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Opportunity to review business OHS qualifications

Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA) is undertaking a review of the occupational health and safety (OHS) qualifications and units within the Business Services Training Package (BSB07).

The review will identify whether the OHS qualifications sufficiently address industry's requirements while also supporting regulatory arrangements at a national level, including current national developments associated with the harmonising of OHS regulatory requirements.

Consultations will take place nationally during late April through to mid May. If you would like to be involved with the consultation process, please contact Jayne Crook. More information, including a discussion paper and questionnaire is available on the IBSA website.

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New captioning service for the hearing impaired

Media company Ai-Media has launched an Education Access Division that will enable deaf and hearing impaired students to participate fully in mainstream classrooms in learning Institutions including TAFE.

The services will entail a captioning service that will enable students to follow the teacher's lesson.

For more information click here.

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Diary Dates

Victorian TAFE in the Tertiary Landscape
DATE: 6-7 May 2010
LOCATION: Novotel Forest Resort, Creswick
DETAILS: Click here for more information

19th National 'No Frills Research Conference
DATE: 7-9 July 2010
LOCATION: Central Institute of Technology, East Perth Campus, Perth
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2010 National Conference
DATE: 13-14 September 2010
DETAILS: Details will be available soon

Work Integrated Learning (WIL): Responding to Challenges
DATE: 30 September - 1 October 2010
LOCATION: Curtin University of Technology, Perth
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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