TAFE Directors Australia

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Newsletter 31 May 2010




TDA AGM – New Board and Executive for TAFE Directors Australia

The new Board of TAFE Directors Australia has been confirmed, following state and territory nominations. Bruce Mackenzie, CEO of Holmesglen (VIC) was elected Chair, along with two Deputy Chairs, Dianne Murray, Director TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute, and Stephen Conway, Managing Director of TAFE SA Adelaide South.

Stephen Conway was also elected Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee.

TAFE directors elected from each state and territory were:

State / Territory

Directors elected


Adrian Marron (Canberra Institute of Technology)


Kaylene Harth (Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE)


Dianne Murray (TAFE NSW - Illawarra Institute)


Kevin Harris (TAFE NSW - Northern Sydney Institute) - additional Board nomination

NT Dr Barry McKnight (Charles Darwin University)


Stephen Conway (TAFE SA - Adelaide South)


Belinda McLennan (Tasmanian Polytechnic)


Bruce Mackenzie (Holmesglen)


Additional nomination as per Articles



Sue Slavin (West Coast Institute of Training)


Wayne Collyer (Polytechnic West) - additional Board nomination

The National Secretariat congratulates the Board on its election, with a three year term in place for directors.


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TDA launches report into UK best practice

A benchmark study led by a Mission by TDA into the UK College system has found that the apprenticeship and training system has been substantially under-funded.

It also finds that the level of regulation surrounding the UK College system has remained bureaucratic, without the nationally prescribed system of training packages available in Australia.

The findings are part of TDA’s first Occasional Paper for 2010 and are based on a study by members of a TDA delegation to England and Scotland in November 2009. The group was led by the former Deputy Chair of the TDA Board, and Managing Director of Polytechnic West in Perth, Wayne Collyer.

The UK Mission comprised a broad provider and industry group, with a purpose to gain a better understanding of the challenges facing UK colleges, and to examine best practice in the system.

The benchmark study was launched ahead of TDA’s AGM in Sydney by leading industry consultant and Bradley Review member, Peter Noonan.

To read the Occasional Paper click here.


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Language Literacy Numeracy providers announced

Congratulations to those TAFE Institutes that successfully secured funding to deliver the Federal Government’s Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program. To view a list of successful Institutes click here.

The program delivers up to 800 hours of basic skills training to jobseekers.  It received a funding boost in the Federal Budget and will continue over the next four years.

However, the tender results were somewhat disappointingacross parts of the TAFE Institute network, with DEEWR’s funding decisions going against providers including parts of TAFE NSW. The NSW Minister for Education and Training, the Hon. Verity Firth MP, reportedly commented that TAFE remained the best place for such quality training delivery.

TAFE executives have sought clarification from DEEWR on reports that the tender results were predominantly on price.

To view a media release click here.


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Deadline approaches for agent listings

The deadline is approaching for providers to publish a list of international student agents under changes to the Education for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act.

By 3 June, all providers are required to comply with the requirement to publish on their website a list of the agents they use, and in any other manner prescribed in the regulations.

To assist providers in complying with this requirement, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations has provided a list of questions and answers.Click here to access the information.  


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English language test gaining acceptance

A recent press release from TDA’s corporate affiliate member, English Testing Services (ETS) indicates a growing acceptance and recognition of the Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL) assessment as an indicator of English language proficiency.

Discussions continue with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship on the inclusion of the TOEFL test as part of the visa application process. The full text of the press release can be read here.


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National student survey begins

More than 100,000 VET students across Australia will be contacted in the coming weeks to take part in a training survey by the National Centre for Vocation Education Research (NCVER).

The Student Outcomes Survey will give students who have completed a vocational education module or qualification in 2009, the chance to share their views on the training system.

Students that take part will have the chance to win a share of $11,000. For further details click here.


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TAFE staff cuts in Queensland

Some 200 Queensland TAFE staff have been offered voluntary redundancies, however the Queensland Government has said the cuts will not be accompanied by any college closures.

The redundancies will be offered in teaching and administration areas where demand had fallen or there was no further requirement for the job.

To view an article from the Sydney Morning Herald click here.


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June Policy in the Pub event

TVET Australia is hosting another Policy in the Pub debate in Melbourne, 7 June on The Quality of VET Teachers: Australia’s Future in their Hands.

Speakers will include Leesa Wheelahan (Associate Professor, LH Martin Institute, University of Melbourne), Pat Forward (Federal TAFE Secretary, Australian Education Union), and Robert Bluer (Industry Manager, Education, Innovation & Business Skills Australia).

The event will be held at Honey Bar, South Melbourne from 4pm. Click here for more information.


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International research seminar

The International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) invites TAFE Institutes to participate in its International Education Research Seminar to be held in Melbourne 10-11 June.

The theme of the seminar is ‘The Challenge of Sustainability – Planning for the Future of International Education to 2020, What the Research Shows’.

For more information click here. To view the program click here.


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Financial Review Higher Education Conference  

The Financial Review Higher Education Conference 2010 will be held on 8-9 June at the Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney.

The conference will address the 2010-11 Federal Budget outcomes and how they compare to the initiatives delineated in the previous year's Budget.

Higher education leaders will illustrate their goals for influencing government’s policy and structural directions, and outline their strategies for universities’ funding and finance models.

To register for this conference or for further information, call 1800 032 577or visit www.afr.com/events.


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Diary Dates

Higher Education Conference
DATE: 8-9 June 2010
LOCATION: Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

International Education Researchers Seminar
DATE: 10-11 June 2010
LOCATION: The Westin Hotel, Melbourne
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: 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


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