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Newsletter | 13 August 2012    
 

In this edition

  • Minister Evans responds to ABC TV 7.30 Report allegations on Victorian private college scams
     
  • Australian Industry group criticises Victorian VET reforms
     
  • Public sector audit recommends devolution to local TAFE institutes
     
  • Government seeking Chair for TasTAFE
     
  • Opportunity for international business managers
     
  • NSW Premier leads education mission to China
     
  • Launch of the International Green Skills Network
     
  • Review of Disability Standards for Education finds more work needs to be done
     
  • Invitation to develop Study in Australia website
     
  • Hunter TAFE partnership to support shipping industry
     
  • Diary Dates
 

Feature story

TDA Blog post

TDA chief Executive, Martin Riordan, has responded to recent reports on ABC TV’s 7:30 Report, regarding private colleges and training courses.

Click here to read the TDA’s latest blog.


Minister Evans responds to ABC TV 7.30 Report allegations on Victorian private college scams

ABC TV 7.30 Report devoted three nights of programs to record individual claims of massive profiteering and scams degrading training qualifications last week.

Federal Tertiary Education Minister, Senator the Hon. Chris Evans, responded by expressing alarm at the Victorian Government Budget cutbacks totalling $300 million, impacting commitments made by the Baillieu Government when signing the COAG Agreement on Skills in Canberra in April.

Minister Evans said the Commonwealth may be prepared to put “a record amount of dollars” into the Victorian TAFE system if necessary in order to correct the damage caused by the cuts and campus closures to TAFE funding.  He said clearly TAFE cuts had a significant impact on TAFE’s capacity to support students, particularly students with disabilities, mature-aged students and regional-based students.

Minister Evans affirmed that he had ordered the newly established ASQA regulation agency along with the recently announced Dawkins review of regulation by the National Skills Standards Council to strictly monitor performance of private training.

Click here for more information.


Australian Industry group criticises Victorian VET reforms

Ai Group has weighed into the debate over Victoria’s cuts to TAFE funding, saying they focus too much on individual demand and not enough on industry skills shortages.

“There needs to be a balance, a structural balance, between the individual demand-driven model and a model that recognises the needs of industry,” Ai Group Chief Executive, Innes Willox, told John Mitchell, in an exclusive interview with Campus Review.

“TAFEs aren’t perfect, but there is ample evidence that when TAFE delivers programs well, it delivers them really well, in terms of what students are taught and how they learn it, and then how they’re able to apply it.”

Click here to read the full story.


NSW Treasury audit recommends devolution to local TAFE institutes, new model under Entitlement

The NSW Government Treasury audit has recommended the devolution of authority to TAFE Institutes, capacity to meet private training competition, and flexible employment arrangements.

The NSW Commission of Audit into government expenditure makes a number of recommendations:

  • TAFE Institute budgets be extended beyond one year, to four years, and retained earnings be carried forward
  • Commercial “fee for service” courses be increased and Institutes be given the authority to pursue opportunities in a responsible manner
  • The cost of corporate and shared services be identified and borne by the party using that service
  • The TAFE sector adopt and prepare a long term strategy to achieve improved productivity, more face to face hours for TAFE teachers and more flexible employment arrangements.

To read the full report, click here.


Government seeking Chair for TasTAFE

The Tasmanian Minister for Education and Skills, Hon. Nick McKim, said the government is making progress on proposed VET reforms, and is seeking an interim Chair of the Board of TasTAFE.

TasTAFE will be an agency, headed by a CEO and a board, and accountable to the Minister for Education and Skills. This follows the release  recently of the Virginia Simmons report commissioned by the Tasmanian Government, to review skills and the role of TAFE.

Click here for more information.


Opportunity for international business managers

The 2012 TDA Conference, East meets West includes over 55 national and international speakers from Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Sessions include:

  • Skills for a global workforce
  • Opportunities and challenges for business and educational institutions in Indonesia
  • China’s TVET vision and priorities
  • International partnerships & networks
  • The implications of Australia’s visa processing for International students

International business managers should take the opportunity to come to Perth to hear and meet speakers. TDA is also finalising the attendance of delegations from India and Indonesia, details of members of these delegations will come later.

 


NSW Premier leads education mission to China

NSW Premier, the Hon. Barry O’Farrell, led a trade and education mission to China last week, where he launched the TAFE NSW bachelor degree program. Premier O’Farrell launched the bachelor program while visiting Guangzhou.

Guangzhou is the third-largest city in China and shares a sister-city relationship with Sydney.

The NSW Premier took the opportunity during the visit to reaffirm the importance of New South Wales' relationship with the People's Republic of China, and officially launch TAFE NSW Higher Education Bachelor Degrees.

Click here for the announcement.

Premier O’Farrell led the trade and education mission to Guangzhou, Beijing, Chengdu and Jinan in China. David Riordan, Institute Director of TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute, attended for TAFE NSW.

Launch of an International Green Skills Network  

Plans are advanced toward TDA establishing an International Green Skills Network. The Network will encourage international cooperation, collaboration and innovation in the area of skills for sustainability. The Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) has seed funded the network.

The American Association of Community Colleges and the US Department of Energy has also actively participated in the instigation of the network and cooperation between the two countries.

The network builds on the policy requirements established under the Green Skills Agreement and will further support many Commonwealth and state initiatives to encourage the development of green skills between training and industry.

The launch of the network is scheduled to take place at the TDA Conference in Perth on the 6-7 September.

For more information and to join the Network please contact Linda Condon, Director International Green Skills Network on lcondon@tda.edu.au or 0410 569 364.


Review of Disability Standards for Education finds more work needs to be done  

The final report on the Review of the Disability Standards for Education has found that although the Standards provide a good framework for enabling students to access and participate in education, more work needs to be done to ensure the Standards are implemented effectively.

The report is based on an analysis of 200 submissions, and meetings with around 150 stakeholders representing 80 organisations, including TDA, who made a submission in 2011.

The report makes 14 recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the Standards.

Both the report and the government response are now available from the DEEWR website.


Invitation to develop Study in Australia website  

Austrade is holding a series of workshops to discuss the redevelopment of Study in Australia website.

Austrade invites TAFE representatives with strong website experience, whether it be in usability, content generation, design or management.

If you are interested in attending, please register your interest at education.brand@austrade.gov.au,   with your name, position, organisation name, contact details and a short summary of relevant experience.

Workshop timetable:

Canberra

Tuesday 14 August

Sector: 10-11.30am

Govt: 12.30-2pm

Perth

Friday 17 August

Sector/Govt: 10-11.30am

Students: 12.30-2pm

Sydney

Monday 20 August

Students: 12.30-2pm

Sector: 3-4.30pm

Sydney

Tuesday 21 August

Govt: 10-11.30am

Melbourne

Thursday  23 August

Students: 12.30-2pm

Melbourne

Friday 24 August

Sector: 10-11.30am

Govt: 3-4.30pm

Adelaide

Tuesday 28 August

Sector/Govt: 10-11.30

Students: 12.30-2pm

Brisbane

Wednesday 29  August

Sector: 10-11.30

Student: 12.30-2pm

Govt: 3-4.30pm

 


Educational Testing Service workshops

Educational Testing Service (ETS) TOEFL is hosting workshops in September.

The Adelaide and Melbourne-based workshops will focus on how to better help students understand academic texts. The Sydney workshop invites English-language professionals in Australia to be item writers for the TOEFL test.

All workshops are free to attend but registration is required for catering purposes.  For an application form for any of the three sessions, please email Katie Cook, kcook@etsglobal.org.  Registrations close on Monday 10 September 2012

Click here for more information.


Hunter TAFE partnership to support shipping industry

Hunter TAFE has joined forces with two major interstate maritime training providers to raise the profile of seafarer training and deliver far-reaching benefits for students, the shipping industry, and the Australian government.

Hunter TAFE, Australian Maritime College (Tasmania) and Challenger Institute of Technology (WA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further strengthen and develop maritime education, training and research.

Hunter TAFE Institute Director, Phil Cox, said the aim of the Memorandum is to generate new synergies between the institutions and combine efforts to raise the profile of seafarer training.

Click here for more information.


Diary Dates

NATIONAL SKILLS WEEK
DATE: 27 August – 2 September
LOCATION: Various
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2012 NSW TRAINING AWARDS
DATE: 28 August 2012
LOCATION: Parkside Auditorium, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: For more information visit www.trainingawards.nsw.gov.au or call 1800 306 999, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/Training Awards

TDA NATIONAL CONFERENCE
DATE: 6 - 7 September 2012
LOCATION: Perth, Western Australia
DETAILS: Click here for more information

TDC TEACHING & LEARNING CONFERENCE
DATE: 6 - 7 September 2012
LOCATION: Victoria
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2012
DATE: 2-5 October
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: www.aiec.idb.com

SKILLS AUSTRALIA AND INDUSTRY SKILLS COUNCIL JOINT CONFERENCE
DATE: 3-4 October
LOCATION: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Details will be available at http://www.skillsaustralia.gov.au

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

THE VETnetwork AUSTRALIA BIENNIAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE
DATE: 17-19 October 2012
LOCATION: National Convention Centre, Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2012 AAIR ANNUAL FORUM
DATE: 12 – 14 November 2012
LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Terrigal, NSW
DETAILS:  Click here for more information

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


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