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Newsletter | 10 April 2012    

In this edition

  • Request for support following Fiji devastation
  • COAG – this Friday
  • ITABs abandoned in Victoria
  • Community Services and Health ISC review of training
  • TAFE reaching new students in higher education
  • Government  and Woolworths partner for jobs plan
  • Nominations open for national Lifetime Achievement Award
  • ‘Green Economy – Green Skills’ symposium
  • Diary Dates

Feature story

TDA Conference – save the date

The 2012 TDA Conference will this year be held in Perth, from 6-7 September.

Keep an eye out for further information.


Request for support following Fiji devastation

The Fiji Islands have been ravaged by a string of tropical depressions and thunderstorms resulting in major flooding to the populated areas of the North and West of the country.

Thousands of people have become homeless and there is widespread loss of homes and possessions.

The Australia-Pacific Training College (APTC) has set-up an assistance fund and has asked TDA members to donate if possible. The money donated will go towards food, bottled water, essential clothing, shelter repairs, and support to schools by way of learning materials, books and other necessary goods and chattels.

Members who would like to assist can donate directly to the following bank account:

Bank ANZ Banking Group Limited
Bank Address: 378 Queens Road, Nadi, Fiji
Account Name: APTC School of Tourism and Hospitality
Account #: 9554799
Swift Code: ANZBFJFX
BSB: 010 890

Please note donors are to specify “APTC FLOOD ASSISTANCE” when donating.

For more information about the fund, contact Barry Peddle, CEO of APTC.

COAG – this Friday

The Federal Government’s training and skills reform proposals will be negotiated at the COAG meeting to be held in Canberra this Friday.

The COAG Reform Council has called on COAG to respond to its report into the COAG reform agenda and its findings before the meeting. Click here to view a media release.

TDA will advise members on the outcomes of the COAG meeting as soon as they become available.

ITABs abandoned in Victoria

The Victorian Government has announced a new model for industry engagement which sidesteps the current 16 Industry Training Advisory Boards (ITABs), and aims to create more direct links with business through established employer bodies and associations.

The changes, announced by the Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon Peter Hall MP, will occur over the next nine months.

Minister Hall said any industries that wish to retain their ITABs would need to fund them.

Click here to see the announcement.

Meanwhile, the Victorian Government has advanced funds to a regional Victorian TAFE Institute to assist in meeting its financial arrangements. Click here for an article in The Australian.

Community Services and Health ISC review of training

The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS&HISC) is commencing a major project to streamline and review the Community Services (CHC08) and Health Training Packages (HLT07), including qualifications, units and skill sets.

The review will be carried out in close consultation with industry through Industry Reference Groups

(IRGs). The IRGs will play a key role in providing industry advice on the Training Package for each sector.

As you can see from the attached letter the final date for submission of nominees is 17 April for the IRGs, except for the Children’s and Youth Services IRG which is on 11 April. Please see the letter of invitation to TDA; the Terms of Reference; and the IRG and Project Lead contact list.

An Expression of Interest including a brief rationale of why you should represent TDA should be submitted to pcaven@tda.edu.au at the earliest convenience.

TDA has been invited to nominate a representative for each of the following IRGs: Direct Client Care and Support; Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health; Ambulance; Nursing; Technicians and Health Support; Dental/Oral Health; Complementary and Alternative Health; Community Sector Development; Client Services; Children’s and Youth Services.

TAFE reaching new students in higher education

TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) has argued that the growth in the number of TAFE providers delivering higher education qualifications is potentially transformative for higher education, bringing a different group of students and stakeholders into this space and contributing to innovation through partnerships with enterprises and industry.

The comments are part of an address to CEDA by TDA Chief Executive, Martin Riordan, which can be viewed here.

Government and Woolworths partner for jobs plan

The Federal Government has established a jobs compact with Woolworths which will see 10,000 new jobs established this financial year.

The agreement will ensure Woolworths will have access to the Government’s full range of jobs, skills and training services.

Click here to view the announcement.

Nominations open for national Lifetime Achievement Award

The Australian Training Awards is calling for nominations for its Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented for the second time at the awards to be held later this year.

The award recognises individual who has made a significant contribution to VET over a sustained period of time.

These contributions may be a new innovation, new knowledge, or ways to improve professional practice. Importantly, the contributions should be above and beyond the everyday and have had a long lasting impact in the VET sector.

Nominations for the award also close on 31 May 2012. The Award will be presented at the 2012 Australian Training Awards on Friday, 16 November in Melbourne. For further information, entry requirements and award criteria visit www.australiantrainingawards.gov.au or call (02) 6240 6848. 

‘Green Economy – Green Skills’ symposium

The European Union Centre at RMIT is holding a one-day symposium to promote the sharing of experiences in the development of policy, programs and practice in Green Skills.

The event, to be held on 13 April in Melbourne, is supported by TDA and the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE).

Click here to view an event flyer.

Diary Dates

DATE: 12-13 April, 2012
LOCATION: Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for a registration brochure.

What you need to know about ASQA
DATE: 17 April
LOCATION: Sydney Citigate Central, 169-179 Thomas St Haymarket
DETAILS: More information available here.

AQTF/SNR for Internal Auditors
DATE: 18 April
LOCATION: Sydney Citigate Central, 169-179 Thomas St Haymarket
DETAILS: More information available here.

TAFE - Leading Skills Enrichment
DATE: 14-15 May, 2012
LOCATION: Burswood Entertainment Complex, Perth
DETAILS: More information available here.

TAFE - Leading Skills Enrichment
DATE: 17-18 May, 2012
LOCATION: Hilton on the Park, 196 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne 3002
DETAILS: More information available here.

Skills for NSW: high quality apprenticeships & traineeships
DATE: 31 May, 2012
LOCATION: SMC Conference Centre, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AUSTAFE 2012 Study Tour to the European Union Date
DATE: 6 June 2012
DETAILS: For more information contact Louise Godwin at louise.godwin@tafensw.edu.au

DATE: 8 June, 2012
LOCATION: Waterview Convention Centre at Bi Centennial Park Homebush
DETAILS: Click here for an invitation. Click here for a registration form.

2012 VET Summit
An event for RTO Managers
DATE: 9 July, 2012
LOCATION: Kedron Wavell Services Club
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Leadership Development Program for Facilities Management
DATE: 15 - 18 July, 2012
LOCATION: HC Coombs Centre, Kirribilli, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

DATE: 6 - 7 September 2012
LOCATION: Perth, Western Australia
DETAILS: More information will be available soon

AUSTAFE 2012 NATIONAL Conference
DATE: 3-5 October 2012
LOCATION: Alice Springs NT, Kirribilli, Sydney
DETAILS: More information contact Lyle Mellors at lyle.mellors@cdu.edu.au

DATE: 16 November 2012
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.