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Newsletter | 14 May 2012    

In this edition

  • VIC  TAFE budget cuts – Update
  • NSW welcomes TAFE enterprise agreements
  • WA Minister to open TDA National Conference
  • Australian Training Awards – nominations closing soon
  • TEQSA seeking information to conclude higher education trends

Feature story

National VET Act to begin

The National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment Act 2011 has now been proclaimed.  The Act will commence on Thursday.  

The amendments follow extensive consultation with stakeholders during 2011. 

To read the Act, click here.


Victorian TAFE budget cuts - Update

The impact of the recent Victorian Budget has intensified, with details revealing that TAFE funding cuts may reach some $300 million and impact 1,200 jobs across the TAFE sector.

The consequences of the Budget cuts have been detailed, warning of serious impacts to rural and regional TAFE institutes.

Metropolitan and dual-sector TAFEs are also expecting reductions in staff and courses.

Victorian Education Minister, the Hon. Peter Hall, and senior Skills Victoria executives are planning a tour of the state’s TAFE Institutes.

To see an ABC report on public reaction to the TAFE budget cuts, click here.

See an article in The Age with suggestions from Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, Senator Chris Evans, that Victoria might lose $435 million in Federal funding if the TAFE cuts threaten national skills reform.

NSW welcomes TAFE enterprise agreements

TAFE staff have voted in favour of accepting the first TAFE NSW enterprise agreements.

In late 2011, the NSW Parliament passed legislation allowing the TAFE Commission to once again become the employer of its own staff.

Last week, TAFE NSW educational staff voted to accept the TAFE enterprise agreements, with 93% supporting the proposal.

“This agreement maintains current working conditions and provides a 2.5% pay increase – in line with the NSW Government’s wages policy – which has been backdated to early January,” NSW Minister for Education Hon. Adrian Piccoli stated in his media release.

To read the Minister’s media release, click here.

WA Minister to open TDA National Conference

TDA is delighted that Western Australia’s Minister for Training and Workforce Development, Indigenous Affairs, and Energy, the Hon. Peter Collier, has accepted its invitation to welcome delegates to the conference.

The TDA conference, East Meets West, will be held in Perth on 6-7 September.
It will explore issues of skills development between Australia and Asia, and also the changing relationship between our western and eastern states.

With Western Australia at the epicentre of Australia’s resources boom, the Minister’s portfolio focus is pivotal to the broader national skills and training agenda.

During the conference, VET leaders, CEOs, business managers, senior executives, industry partners, peak bodies, enterprises, and universities will join to discuss some of the most critical issues facing the VET sector.

To register now or for more information visit the TDA conference website.

For a full list of confirmed speakers, click here.

For information regarding sponsorship and exhibition opportunities for the 2012 National conference, we encourage you to read our Sponsor Invitation.

Confirmed 2012 Sponsors include: West Coast Institute of Training, Group Training Australia, Echo 360, MEGT and Victorian TAFE Association

Australian Training Awards – nominations closing soon

Nominations close 31 May for the 2012 Australian Training Awards, which recognise excellence across the VET sector.

The National Focus categories of the awards recognise the contributions made by individuals, schools, businesses and organisations.  The National Focus categories are:

  • Australian Apprenticeships -  Employer Award
  • School Pathways to VET Award
  • Community Pathways to VET Award     
  • Skills for Sustainability – Educational Institution Award
  • Leadership in Quality Award

A Lifetime Achievement Award will recognise an individual who has an established history of distinguished service and has made a lasting contribution to VET practice.

The International Training Provider of the Year Award will recognise an RTO that demonstrates outstanding achievement in all aspects of the delivery of vocational education and training to full-fee paying international students.

For further information, entry requirements and award criteria visit www.australiantrainingawards.gov.au or call (02) 6240 6848. 

TEQSA seeking information to conclude higher education trends

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is seeking information from higher education providers that will assist them to determine trends in the sector.

TEQSA is proposing a three-month reporting window until the end of August 2012, in which they are seeking the following:

• Student data covering the main Higher Education Information Management System (HEIMS) elements relating to enrolment, load, progression and completions.

• Staff data covering the main HEIMS elements relating to contract type, full-time equivalent (FTE) value, work type, level and, for academic staff, their highest qualifications.

• Financial data including registered entity audited statements for the last three financial years and a forecast for the next two years.

To read the full 2012 Provider Information Request, click here.

TEQSA would be happy to help members of TDA respond to the consultation paper.  It can offer a face-to-face Q&A session or engage in a telephone conference.

For more information, call 1300 739 585.

Diary Dates

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.

CISA – Council of International Students Australia
International Student Conference
DATE: 9-11 July, 2012
LOCATION: Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane
DETAILS: For more information see the draft program.

21st National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’
DATE: 11-13 July 2012
LOCATION: Adelaide
DETAILS: Come celebrate, collaborate and connect at ‘No Frills’

Intelligence Squared Australia (IQ2) – Live Debate
DATE: 11 July 2012
LOCATION: Adelaide Town Hall
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: 27 August – 2 September
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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

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.