TAFE Directors Australia

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Newsletter 17 May 2010





Federal Budget delivers for TAFE institutes

The Federal Budget delivered a number of strong measures that benefit TAFE institutes. In particular the introduction of performance funding was a great win for TDA and TAFE Institutes.

TDA applauds the $130 million of funding allocated to the top 100 registered training organisations (RTOs), including the 59 TAFE institutes  to drive specific performance benchmarks, raise the quality of teaching, lift student achievements and expand access to training, particularly for disadvantaged Australians in skills shortage areas.

TDA is delighted that the Government has acted on advice provided by TDA in its Budget Submission to the Federal Treasurer in January. TDA’s first recommendation was:

‘TDA proposes that the Commonwealth Budget provide for a matching allocation of $206m for performance funding for TAFE institutes, to apply over a four year period and that these funds be directed towards tertiary education initiatives and at improving tertiary participation.’(View the submission here)

Other Budget measures welcomed by TDA include, an extension of the Apprentice Kickstart program, training place guarantees for all people under 25, money towards apprenticeship modernisation, the establishment of a MySkills website, increased language and literacy support, and more training places in skill shortage industries.

View a full summary of the 2010/2011 Federal Budget training initiatives here. To view the official Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Budget page click here.

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Government announces new Skilled Occupation List

The new Skilled Occupations List (SOL) has been released by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Click here to view the list.  

The new list of 181 occupations will come into effect from July this year and will be reviewed on an annual basis. States and territories will still have the opportunity to list additional occupations based on their specific skill needs.

Members will note some significant changes to the previous Migration Occupations in Demand List, with not one occupation in the tourism and hospitality sector being included in the new list.

Next week TDA will release an analysis of the new list including its impact on specific industry sectors and the TAFE provision of education for international students.    


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TDA AGM – Sydney 2010

Reminder -- The TDA Annual General Meeting will be held next Friday, 28 May at TAFE Ultimo, Sydney, from 2.00pm.

Ahead of the AGM, TDA invites members to join Board members for a light lunch, which will include a special address by Peter Noonan, VET consultant and member of the Bradley Review of Higher Education Panel. Peter will also launch the latest TDA Occasional Paper focused on the tertiary education environment in Australia.  

The luncheon begins from 12.30pm. For catering, members are asked to RSVP and notify Susan Sarkis (ssarkis@tda.edu.au) of their attendance. Thank you.


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Significant week for international education

Key events will be held this week which will help shape Australian policies and directions for international education.

Today, Austrade is hosting a workshop on marketing and promoting international education with representatives from state and federal government, peak bodies and providers all focusing on the key messages and strategies needed to enhance Australia’s international profile.

On Wednesday, the Department of Immigration and Citizen (DIAC) will host a government and industry stakeholder consultation meeting with peak bodies. Along with senior officials from DEEWR, the meeting will address wide range of issues including student visa regulations and assessment levels, the general skilled migration program, implementation of ESOS amendments, the international student strategy and the future roles of AEI and Austrade.

A detailed summary of these consultations will be included in next week's newsletter.


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International award opportunity

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), led by Qatar Foundation, has invited applications for the WISE Awards 2010 which reward outstanding achievements in education worldwide.

This year’s awards will be based on the theme Transforming Education: Investment, Innovation and Inclusion. Six prizes will be awarded, each worth $20,000, for the individuals or teams that have demonstrated educational impact and innovation.

Go to www.wise-qatar.org to apply. Applications are open from 15 May to 15 July.


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Austrade Mission to Cambodia

Members interested in registering for Austrade’s mission to Cambodia are urged to do so before it closes on 28 May.

The mission will be run from 15-17 June  and will be an opportunity to introduce Australian and New Zealand vocational training providers and business consultancies to Cambodian companies, employers, multinational corporations and investors who are seeking to develop technical skills for their workers to meet the growing economy in Cambodia.

For more information click here.


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Congratulations to WorldSkills competitors

More than 500 apprentices and trainees competed in the National WorldSkills Competition held in Brisbane from 7-9 May.

TDA congratulates all the competitors, and those who were successful in achieving a medal. The competition is an opportunity for apprentices and trainees to demonstrate their skills on a national platform, and showcases the depth of talent within vocational education and training.

To view a list of the winners click here.


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Nominations invited – Telstra Business Women’s Awards 2010

TAFE management may wish to take part with nominations for this year’s Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

This is the 16th year of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards – nominations close 21 June. State and territory winners will be named between 14 September and 12 October. The national award winners will be announced 11 November.  

TAFE Institutes enjoy an outstanding record of appointments of women to senior TAFE management positions, and TDA commends the process of further nominations for this year’s awards.

Go to www.telstrabusinesswomensawards.com for more information.


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IEAA seminar on international education research

IEAA will be holding a research seminar in Melbourne 10-11 June aimed at assisting existing and new researchers to network within the international education sector and with other stakeholders.

The seminar will contribute to the development of a priority research agenda to underpin Australia's international education efforts. Click here for more information.


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Warning from English Australia - The canary is coughing, is anyone listening?

Sue Blundell from English Australia has highlighted, in a recent media release, the declining enrolments in the ELICOS sector as a warning sign for all providers of international education.

To view the media release click here.


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New chief researcher for NCVER

Congratulations to Dr John Rice, who has been appointed Chief Researcher at the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

John will join NCVER after four years at the University of Adelaide. He has previously held academic appointments at a number of Australian universities, including the Queensland University of Technology, the University of Canberra and UniSA.

For further information, please see the attached media release.


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National Career Development Week begins

The 2010 National Career Development Week commences today and will include approximately 600 events across Australia.

This is the fourth year of the campaign which will run until 23 May. All registered events can be found on the NCDW website.


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NCVER breakfast presentation

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is hosting a breakfast presentation titled ‘Research on Toast’, delivered by Hugh Guthrie (NCVER) and Berwyn Clayton (Victoria University).

The breakfast will be held 23 June. Presenters will discuss what Is required to build the VET workforce into the future.

For more information click here. Early bird registration closes Friday 4 June.


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Diary Dates

19th National 'No Frills' Research Conference
DATE: 7-9 July 2010
LOCATION: Central Institute of Technology, East Perth Campus, Perth
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2010 National Conference: TAFE in the Year of the Tiger
DATE: 13-14 September 2010
LOCATION: Crown Promenade, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Work Integrated Learning (WIL): Responding to Challenges
DATE: 30 September - 1 October 2010
LOCATION: Curtin University of Technology, Perth
DETAILS: Click here for more information


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