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Newsletter | 17 March 2014

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VET reform taskforce on listening tour

The Federal Government’s skills and training workshops will continue around Australia ahead of a planned major reform of the sector.

The Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane described it as a ‘once in a generation opportunity to simplify a national system that Labor had left fractured, dysfunctional and overcomplicated’.

A series of workshops have already been held with industry, registered training organisations (RTOs), Industry Skills Councils and Australian Apprenticeships Centres.

These initial discussions presented a range of viewpoints which these new workshops will build on, and will feed into the work of the government’s VET Reform Taskforce.

The Taskforce can contacted via the website, by email: vettaskforce@industry.gov.au or by calling 133 873 from Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm.

Queensland to revamp international education

The Queensland government is calling for public input to help revitalise Queensland’s international education and training sector.

Acting Education, Training and Employment Minister Ian Walker said the newly formed International Education and Training Advisory Council would undertake public consultation.

The community input will help the council formulate its first report due by mid-2014.

Christopher Madden, former Pro Vice Chancellor (International) and current Strategic Advisor for the 2018

Commonwealth Games for Griffith University chairs the council.

See more.

Crackdown on low cost student accommodation

The Federal Government has signalled a crackdown on a scheme that has seen international students drawn to a housing scheme intended for low income residents.

The National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) was launched by the former Labor government as a measure to address low income housing shortages.

The Minister for Social Security, Kevin Andrews has promised more stringent processes to ensure tighter compliance with the guidelines.

The NRAS pays the owners of units $10,000 a year if they agree to charge rents at 20 per cent below market rates.

See an article in The Australian.

Education lifts productivity

Increasing education levels have contributed to improved productivity of the order 0.14% per annum between 1997 and 2009 according to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

Increasing education levels have also had a sizeable impact on the hours worked by the workforce. In fact between 2001 and 2009 this impact (of over 3% on hours worked) was larger than the improvement in labour quality.

This effect was almost entirely due to increases in the number of women with degrees and postgraduate qualifications.

See the NCVER paper.

International training provider of the year award

Registered training organisations (RTOs) providing vocational education and training (VET) to full-fee paying international students could be eligible to apply for the 2014 International Training Provider of the Year Award.

The Award is one of the 18 presented at the 2014 Australian Training Awards, the peak national awards for VET.

To enter, an organisation must be a RTO for which delivery of nationally recognised training is the core business, and delivers to full-fee paying international students in Australia.

Applications for the Award are made directly to the Australian Training Awards and close 30th May.

See the Australian Training Awards website.

Diary Dates

VET Development Centre – The VET BLOG
For relevant news and articles about the VET sector
DETAILS: Click here.

NCVER Research Forum
Realising our potential: widening participation through education and training

DATE: 3 April 2014
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council Awards for Excellence
DATE: 10 April 2014
LOCATION: The Langham Hotel, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

AVETRA 17th Annual Conference
Informing Changes in VET Policy and Practice: The Central Role of Research

DATE: 22-24 April 2014
LOCATION: Outrigger, Surfers Paradise, Queensland
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

VET Summit
Velg Training


29 April 2014 – Hilton Hotel in Brisbane

5 May 2014 - Hilton on the Park in Melbourne

12 May 2014 – Sheraton on the Park in Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

National Congress and Expo

DATE: 3-5 June 2014
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for information.

Office for Learning and Teaching
National Conference

DATE: 10-11 June 2014
LOCATION: Dockside Pavilion, Darling Harbour, Sydney.
DETAILS: See more.

'No Frills' - 23rd National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference
DATE: 9-11 July 2014
LOCATION: Holmesglen, Moorabbin Campus, Melbourne, Victoria
DETAILS: Coming soon.

Victorian TAFE Association
2014 State Conference

DATE: 17-18 July 2014
LOCATION: Holmesglen, Moorabbin Campus, Melbourne, Victoria
DETAILS: Coming soon.

TDA National Conference 2014
TAFE Directors Australia

DATE: 1-2 September 2014
LOCATION: Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, NSW
DETAILS: Coming soon.

National VET Conference
Velg Training

DATE: 11-12 September 2014
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Teaching & Learning Conference 2014
VET Development Centre

DATE: 4-5 September 2014
LOCATION: RACV Club Torquay, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Australian International Education Conference
Inventing the Future

DATE: 7-10 October 2014
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

2014 WorldSkills Australia National Competition
DATE: 18, 19 & 20 September 2014
LOCATION: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Group Training Australia
2014 National Conference

DATE: 12-14 November 2014
LOCATION: Grand Chancellor Hotel, Hobart
DETAILS: Coming soon.