TAFE Directors Australia

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Newsletter 2 August 2010



New international student research – “just 13% seeking permanent residency”

TDA has released new research outlining the intentions international students training in TAFE Institutes, with results showing that only 13% seeking permanent residency.

The survey, commissioned by TDA, interviewed more than 5,500 international students, across 36 of Australia’s 58 TAFE Institutes.

According to the survey, the overwhelming majority of international students studied at TAFE in Australia because of ‘reputation for quality courses’, and ‘completion of skilled qualifications’.

Just 30% viewed options on immigration as important, but only 13% confirmed their major goal was permanent residency.

To view a media release on the survey click here. To view a background document click here.

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TDA National Conference - special invitation to international business managers

TDA invites international business leaders from TAFE institutes to engage with speakers with expertise in the international student market at the National Conference in Melbourne, 13-14 September.

China is a key market for the industry. It is Australia’s single biggest source of foreign students, accounting for over a quarter of the market, however this a volatile market with changes in both China and Australia. TDA is delighted that conference delegates will be addressed by a high-ranking China official, Liu Jiantong , Deputy-Director of the Department of Vocational and Adult Education, Ministry of Education, Peoples Republic of China.

The Government’s agenda is to decouple migration and education. Dr Mark Cully, Chief Economist, Department of Immigration and Citizenship,will be a keynote speaker discussing the implications of changes to the Skilled Occupation List – a controversial policy change that has had an enormous impact on the VET sector.

Also addressing delegates will be Professor Lesleyanne Hawthorne, Associate Dean International, University of Melbournewho has a large body of work on international education, and will discuss Australia’s current performance and future competitiveness. 

This year’s TDA National Conference will also include an international stream that will address the sustainability of the international student market for Australian providers.

To view the conference program, or to register click here.

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Conference opportunities – call to members

TDA thanks its members for a strong response to the call for emerging leaders for the 2010 National Conference, in last week’s newsletter. There are very limited places left, so please forward any further nominations to Pam Caven by COB Wednesday, 4 August.

Also, TDA is offering members the opportunity to display their TAFE Institute banners in the main auditorium during the conference. Please take a moment to register your interest here.

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Universities Australia releases its Election Statement

Universities Australia has released its 2010 Election Statement outlining three key focuses: students; research; and sustainable resourcing and manageable regulation.

Click here to view the statement. It calls for measures including a boost to funding for research projects, an extra $500 million for improved infrastructure, and “the development of a single national tertiary regulator based on clear, consistent and credible standards”.  

TDA released its own Election Manifesto last week. Click here to view the document.

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TDA’s response to Strengthening the AQF: A Framework for Australia’s qualifications.

Following a series of national presentations throughout July, the Australian Qualifications Framework Council (AQFC) has invited responses to its latest consultation paper,Strengthening the AQF: A Framework for Australia’s qualifications by 4 August.

The TDA Secretariat has drafted a response and welcomes comment from members. The tight timeline (the last presentation was in Melbourne on 29 July) means that there is a need for a quick turnaround. Responses should be forwarded to Pam Caven by COB Tuesday 3 August.

To access TDA’s draft response click here.  

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Have your say on student data standards  

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is inviting users of vocational education and training (VET) data to have their say as part of a review of the statistical standard for the National VET Provider Collection.

Managed by the NCVER, the Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standard (AVETMISS), sets out the guidelines under which data on students and courses are collected from training providers around Australia.

The review seeks to ensure the Standard remains relevant and continues to meet the needs of governments and the VET sector. Written submissions must be received by 6 August. The discussion paper, Review of the AVETMIS Standard for VET providers, and a feedback template are available here.  

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Call for papers – AUSTAFE Conference

AUSTAFE has invited interested parties to submit papers and presentations for its 2010 Conference, to be held in Sydney, 14-15 October.

The theme of the Conference is ‘Leadership, Innovation and Workplace Culture’. The closing date for submissions is 27 August. For more information about the Conference and the call for papers click here.

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Businesses concerned about skills levels

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has released details of a pre-election survey of 1,100 businesses on workplace issues.

Some 82% of businesses had either “major or moderate concerns” with the recruitment of employees with appropriate skills, while 70% were concerned about employees having “good” levels of numeracy and literacy.

Employers also confirmed that issues around literacy and numeracy reduce the productive capacity of some employees to perform workplace tasks.

To view a media release about the survey click here.

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Opportunity to reward excellence in marketing

TAFE marketers are invited to share their success stories by entering the Australian Marketing Excellence Awards. Click here to see a letter to TAFE Institutes.

The awards, held by the Australian TAFE Marketing Association, are anopportunity for marketing teams from TAFEs around Australia to showcase their achievements, from effective marketing campaigns and events, to newsletters and course guides.

Award winners will be announced on 11 November at the Australian Training Marketing Conference Dinner in Brisbane, Queensland. The two-day conference is based on building sustainability through marketing.

Award entries and discounted early conference registrations close on 31 August 2 July, with online registrations closing on 1 November. Details of the awards and conference registration are available here.

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Social equity conference

The 2nd Annual Student Equity in Higher Education National Conference will be held 11-12 October at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

TDA members may be interested in attending the Conference titled Aspiration, Mobility and Voice. To find out more click here.  

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Diary Dates

Investing in VET = Succeeding in VET
DATE: 5-6 August 2010
LOCATION: Sydney Convention Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Using Skills Productively
DATE: 6-7 September 2010
LOCATION: Hilton Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2010 National Conference: TAFE in the Year of the Tiger
DATE: 13-14 September 2010
LOCATION: Crown Promenade, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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

Leadership, Innovationa and Workplace Culture
DATE: 14-15 October 2010
LOCATION: Citigate Central, Sydney
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

Has institutional research come of age in Australiasia?
DATE: November 2010
LOCATION: Birmingham, UK
DETAILS: www.wfcp.org

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

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