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Newsletter | 13 March 2012    

In this edition

  • Passage of new legislation for the ESOS Bills
  • AEI conference highlights, challenges and opportunities
  • NSW International education action plan
  • Registrations open for the Outbound Mobility Forum
  • Validation of VET practices framework
  • Service Skills Australia seeks TAFE assistance with graduate survey
  • International education to be featured at World Congress
  • Online education resource for staff keen to enter management
  • Outcomes from recent NSSC meeting
  • NAB Schools First Applications now open
  • Diary Dates

Feature story

$3 billion loss from falling international students

Weak international student numbers in 2011 resulted in a $3 billion decline in national revenue, according to new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.  

Education exports fell to $13.9 billion in 2011, from $17.2 billion in 2010. To read an article in The Australian click here.

Passage of new legislation for the ESOS Bills

The Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, has announced the passage of three Bills which will amend the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS), and give effect to the Government's second phase response to the Baird Review passed by Parliament on 1 March.

Following Royal Assent, the new provisions will commence on 1 July. A detailed Q & A can be read here.

These amendments directly respond to specific recommendations arising from the Baird Review and build on the first tranche of changes to the ESOS Act made in April last year to introduce tougher entry requirements, new enforcement powers and a consistent risk management approach to regulation.  The Overseas Students Ombudsman was also established to improve student complaints handling.

Read more here.

AEI conference highlights, challenges and opportunities

The Australian government’s offshore education counsellors gathered in Canberra last week for an annual debriefing and engagement with all education sectors.

While acknowledging the challenges Australia faces in maintaining a vibrant and sustainable international education industry, conference speakers also highlighted the many initiatives being undertaken by both government and providers to ensure the integrity of the system.

Attendees also had the opportunity to discuss current and future opportunities with individual counsellors, and TDA will provide members with a summary of these opportunities. TDA also notes the excellent range of resources available on the AEI website including data snapshots, country profiles and specific research relevant to international engagement.

Perhaps the final word goes to Iain Watt, now back at ANU after several years as the Minister Counsellor (Education) in Beijing. Referring to the tendency to promote study in Australia by highlighting stronger protection measures, he observed ‘you don’t try and sell a car by praising the virtues of the breakdown service’.

NSW International education action plan

The NSW Government is inviting public input into the development of a long-term International Education and Research Industry Action Plan.

The plan will focus on:

  • Increasing exports from the vocational education and training, university and secondary school sectors, including both public and private providers.
  • Developing and enhancing international education, research and industry precincts.
  • Focusing on digital and online delivery of education across NSW and internationally.
  • Attracting, enhancing and leveraging educational opportunities for NSW-based institutions internationally.

Click here for more information.

Registrations open for Outbound Mobility Forum

Registrations are now open for the International Education Association of Australia’s (IEAA’s) 2012 Outward Mobility Forum, themed, "Crisis Management in Student Mobility", to be held on 11 May in Brisbane.

This year's forum will focus on best practice in crisis management and offer participants an opportunity to develop a template for managing crises in outbound mobility at their institutions.

Registrations are now open on the IEAA website. Please note that registrations close on Friday 27 April. For more information and to register, click here.

Validation of VET practices framework

Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA) has released a revised draft of the Vocational Education and Training Capability Framework.

The framework distinguishes between the knowledge and abilities of VET practitioners using three categories which are practitioner, advanced practitioner, and lead practitioner.  The draft framework is available for validation on the IBSA Feedback Hub. Feedback can be provided up until COB Monday 26th March 2012. Click here for more information.

Service Skills Australia seeks TAFE assistance with Graduate Destinations Survey

What happens to your graduates? Service Skills Australia has commissioned the Centre for Research on Education Systems (CRES) at the University of Melbourne to undertake a Destinations Survey of VET/TAFE graduates. 

Specifically, the project is targeting students who have successfully completed qualifications in hospitality or retail.

One of the key aims of the survey is to develop a greater understanding of the work and study pathways people take after completing a VET qualification.  The results will demonstrate the relevance, and raise the profile of, VET qualifications in the service industries.

The data will also provide participating RTOs with important information about the outcomes of the training they deliver.  At the conclusion of the study, participating RTOs will be provided with a tailored report on the destinations of their retail and hospitality alumni. For more information click here.

To participate, please contact Mark Farthing (02 8243 1200) or mfarthing@serviceskills.com.au or Esther Doecke, University of Melbourne, (03 8344 8564) or doeckee@unimelb.edu.au.

International education to be featured at World Congress

The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) is gathering an exciting line-up of speakers and delegates from around the world for its 2012 World Congress to be held in Canada in late May.

Members are invited to join a TDA-led mission to the conference. For more information, or to register your interest, click here

Attending the World Congress will be:

  • The Deputy-Director-General for the Technical and Vocational Training Commission of Saudi Arabia, who will outline plans to engage the support of four or five other countries to improve and expand the Saudi Arabian college system.
  • A delegation of twenty or more Nigerian ministry, polytechnic, private sector and World Bank officials responsible for significant new investments in Skills Provision Reform in Nigeria.
  • The Director-General of the National Skills Development Corporation of India, who will speak on India’s plans to drastically expand skills provision to 500 million.
  • A delegation of institutions and national training agencies from the twelve Caribbean countries.
  • The Secretary-general of the China Education Association for International Exchanges (CEAIE), who will lead a delegation of thirty-five heads of leading Chinese institutes of technology.
  • Leaders of TVET institutions from 10 Pacific Island nations.

The preliminary program is available here.

Online education resource for staff keen to enter management

The LH Martin Institute and the Association for Tertiary Education Management have distributed information on a collaborative project which aims to advance the professionalisation of tertiary education management through the design and delivery of an online education resource for staff who are aspiring to positions of management and leadership.

Click here to view the project.

Outcomes from recent NSSC meeting

The National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) has circulated a communiqué from its recent meeting in Melbourne, at which six training packages were endorsed covering defence, retail, metal engineering, animal care, resources and financial services.

Click here to view the communiqué.

NAB Schools First Applications now open

Applications for the 2012 NAB Schools First Awards are now open, with $3 million available to 130 outstanding school-community partnerships.

The awards program provides financial recognition of success in establishing effective school-community partnerships, as well as financial support to build stronger school-community partnerships.

Applications close at 5.00pm (AEST) on Friday, 29 June 2012. For more information, click here.

The NAB Schools First team will be travelling to metropolitan and regional centres across Australia in March 2012 to conduct 20 Application Forums. The Forums aim to provide important information on the awards criteria and the application process, answer questions about the program and showcase previous award winners. Register now for the Forum nearest to you.

Diary Dates

What’s new on the Horizon, incorporating Project Management
DATE: 29-30 March, 2012
LOCATION: Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
DETAILS: Click here for more information

DATE: 12-13 April, 2012
LOCATION: Canberra
DETAILS: Click here to submit an extract.

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

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 available soon