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Newsletter 17 October 2011

National Trade Cadetship – Minister announces structural design

The Minister for School Education, the Hon Peter Garrett MP, said the National Trade Cadetship scheme will be launched in two parts, and will become a key part of school leavers’ careers.

Delivering the Mick Young Oration in Canberra, Minister Garrett said by 2015, Australia will need an additional 2.4 million people in the workforce with qualifications at Certificate III or higher.

He said NTC Cadetships were currently being developed, but revealed they will be created into two parts: Foundation Pathways and Pre-Apprentice Pathways.

Attending the 2011 Mick Young Oration was Professor Denise Bradley AO, Chair of the National Trade Cadetship Advisory Committee, and Peter Noonan, a member of the Committee, along with the TDA National Board, and senior AUSTAFE Conference delegates.

Minister Garrett said the National Trade Cadetship was not merely part of the Government’s response to this challenge, but also its commitment to create a world-class VET sector. He also acknowledged concerns from the TAFE sector about the impact of VET reforms.

“We know that TAFE already delivers for hundreds of thousands of Australians every year—people from all walks of life, with different goals and needs, in locations as diverse as you can imagine,’ he said. He added, “…The Government’s objective is for a world-class VET system where Australians are able to choose high quality, accessible and relevant training delivered by qualified teachers in institutions with modern supporting infrastructure.”

The Mick Young Oration and Dinner was jointly organised by TAFE Directors Australia, AUSTAFE and the Mick Young Scholarship Trust.

Minister Garrett said the Mick Young Scholarship Trust has helped thousands of Australians to receive a helping hand where and when it matters most.

“As an Ambassador for the Trust, I am extremely proud to be associated with this organisation and I am honoured to speak tonight. The long-term benefits of the Trust’s actions are extraordinary. Many hundreds of people are now leading active and productive lives in our community as a result of this support. They are contributing as employees, employers, business owners and teachers and in many other positive and beneficial ways.”

Click here to read the Minister’s speech.

Click here to view a speech by TDA CEO, Martin Riordan.

TDA would like to thank all those who participated and organised the event, particularly Ministers Garrett and Emerson.


Minister Garrett with TDA Chair, Stephen Conway

TDA CEO, Martin Riordan, Janine Young, Mary Young, and MYST Chair, Ray Wilson

Minister Emerson

Minister Garrett

Professor Denise Bradley with Peter Noonan



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International education aided by new ‘provider based risk’ – Minister Chris Evans

The Tertiary Education, Skills and Jobs Minister, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, has signalled a new risk classification for those Australian institutions which register to receive international students.

In a speech to the Australian International Education Conference last week, and in comments made during the conference, Senator Evans insisted the Government was taking significant steps to ensure quality provision for international students.

These steps include a commitment to a more ‘nuanced approach to assessing and responding to immigration risk in the Student Visa program’, aimed at recognising and rewarding high quality education providers.

Senator Evans also announced the formation of an International Education Advisory Council, an initiative which should complement the work of the recently announced Education Visa Consultative Committee. A former TDA Board member, Virginia Simmons AO, was named as part of the Committee. TDA congratulates Virginia Simmons on this appointment.

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ESOS Legislation tabling in Parliament highlights crisis continuing in private colleges

Legislative Bills to establish a single Tuition Protection Service for overseas students have been tabled in the Federal House of Representatives.

TDA believes the urgency of implementing such a Service has again been highlighted with the closure of another private provider in October.

Since September last year, at least eight colleges have closed forcing the relocation of international students or reimbursement of their pre-paid tuition fees.

These include:  MyEnglish, 10 September 2010; McGrath Institute of Business, 23 December 2010; Kelly College, 24 June 2011; Perth institute Western Australia, 24 June 2011; Sydney Hair Design College, 7 July 2011; Venus College, 5 August 2011; Hospitality Training Association Inc, 29 September 2011; Australian Institute of Technology and Education, 12 October 2011.

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TDA launches international higher education paper on tertiary reform

TDA and the LH Martin Institute have launched a joint Occasional Paper which brings together the observations and insights from international missions to the United States and to the United Kingdom during 2011.

The Paper was launched at the Mick Young Oration in Canberra by the Chair of TDA, Stephen Conway.

In April, the TDA-LH Martin Institute Tertiary Education Mission to American Community Colleges, reviewed the experience of 17 states which have legislated to allow community colleges to offer degrees.

In June, there was a joint visit to review Further Education (FE) colleges and reform in England and Scotland, by Pam Caven, Director Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, TDA, and Associate Professor Leesa Wheelahan, from the LH Martin Institute.

Participants from both missions have contributed to the Paper which yields insights into the complexity of these systems, and the issues that practitioners face in implementing higher education in further education.

The Paper also contains insights from the international speakers from the 2011 TDA National Conference.

Click here to view the Occasional Paper.

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Prime Minister drops in on electrotechnology training

Prime Minister Julia Gillard visited apprentices at The Skills Institute's (TSI) Electrotechnology training facility in Hobart to launch National Skills Week.

The Prime Minister was in Tasmania for a flying visit, but made time to catch up with electrical apprentices at the Campbell St campus, including last year's Australian Apprentice of the Year, Jason Bryan. Also joining them were TSI Customer Relationships Manager, Tony McKinlay, and CEO, Malcolm White.

Approximately 35 first, second and third-year apprentices were on-site during the visit, and the Prime Minister observed training including power generation and simulated telecommunications boards.


Photo: Prime Minister Julia Gillard visits TSI’s Electrotechnology training facility in Hobart with CRM Tony McKinlay (left), CEO Malcolm White (right) and 2010 Australian Apprentice of the Year winner Jason Bryan.


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Have your say on Victorian fee and funding model

The Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon Peter Hall MLC, has appointed Professor Gerald Burke and Dr Peter Veenker to conduct public feedback sessions on the first stage of the review of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) fee and funding model.

The Victorian Essential Services Commission has completed its report, Vet Fee and Funding Review, and makes 43 recommendations on how to further the reforms of the Victorian vocational education and training system.

The review was established to examine the extent to which current VET fee and funding arrangements contribute to producing the skills needed by the Victorian economy.

To register to attend one of the six feedback sessions around Victoria, click here.

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NSW Bill to give TAFE NSW employment control

NSW Minister for Education, the Hon Adrian Piccoli MP, has introduced a Bill to Parliament which will see TAFE staff become direct employees of TAFE NSW.

The changes will see TAFE NSW able to employ future staff, and will also see all current staff transferred to TAFE NSW under the Public Sector Employment and Management Act 2002. It also included the maintenance of existing conditions of employment.

Click here for more information.

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William Angliss Institute opens in Singapore

The William Angliss Institute Tourism Continuing Education and Training (CET) Centre in Singapore has opened, with support from Singapore’s Workforce Development Agency (WDA).

The 11,000 square feet facility was launched with officials from Austrade and the Australian High Commission in Singapore, and representatives from the WDA including Teo Sio Hoon (Director, Tourism WDA), Louis Chui (Assistant Director, WDA) and Angie Tan (Manager, Tourism Division).

Guests were welcomed to the new campus by William Angliss Institute CEO, Nicholas Hunt, and invited on tours of the new facility which comprises seven classrooms fitted with the latest Smart Board technology, a PC lab, housekeeping suite, front office suite, library, student lounge and pantry as well as administration and meeting rooms. An address by Board President Dr Michele Allan concluded formalities for the launch.

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DEEWR leader honoured

Secretary of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), Lisa Paul AO, has been awarded the Federal Government Leader of the Year at an awards ceremony in Canberra.

Ms Paul was one of two public servants to be honoured for their leadership qualities at the Chartered Accountants Leadership in Government Awards.

Click here to see the announcement.

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ASQA update – Congratulations to Chief Commissioner and Commissioner’s appointments

The Australian Skills Quality Authority’s (ASQA’s) management team, including Chris Robinson as Chief Commissioner, and Dr Dianne Orr as Commissioner (Compliance), has now been formally appointed for a period of five years, according to the most recent ASQA Update Newsletter.

The Update also says ASQA’s online registration system is up and running, and hard copy registrations will no longer be accepted.

ASQA has also provided information to help clarify the role and operating standards of the new National Skills Standards Council.  

TDA congratulates Chris Robinson, and Dr. DI Orr, on their appointments, and welcomes the ongoing dialogue now established between ASQA and TDA.

Click here to view the ASQA Update. 

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Calls to sponsor Vietnamese WorldSkills participants

Expressions of interest are being sought from Australian VET providers (both TAFE and private providers) to co-fund the travel, accommodation and tuition costs to host two Vietnamese students for a short study and professional development tour of up to two weeks in Australia.

The EOI form can be found here.

The ‘Australian Future Unlimited VET Excellence Award’ will be offered to a maximum of two  Vietnamese finalists who successfully competed at  the 2011 World Skills Competition in London, and who either won medals or achieved a high-level result.

Austrade will work with The General Department of Vocational Training (GDVT), the main arm of Vietnam’s Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) to identify suitable recipients for such an award.

Further details of the program can be found here.

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Diary Dates

ePortfolios Australia Conference 2011
DATE: 17-18 October, 2011
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Making a Difference... 2011: Breaking Through the Barriers
DATE: 19-20 October, 2011
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
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Looking ahead - Group Training National Conference
DATE: 19-21 October, 2011
LOCATION: Grand Hyatt, Melbourne
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Annual Conference
DATE: 28 October, 2011
LOCATION: Ascot House, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

DATE: 9-10 November, 2011
LOCATION: William Angliss Conference Centre, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Australasian Association for Institutional Research Forum “Let the sunshine in”
DATE: 9-11 November, 2011
LOCATION: Sea World Resort, Gold Coast
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Grounds for Learning Workshop
DATE: 14-16 November, 2011
LOCATION: Monash University, Clayton Campus, VICTORIA
DETAILS: Click here for more information

‘For innovation’
DATE: 18 November, 2011
LOCATION: The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie
DETAILS: Click here for more information

DATE: 25 November, 2011
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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