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Newsletter | 18 June 2012    
 

In this edition

  • National Skills Standards Council announces national VET review
     
  • Tasmanian government responds to VET recommendations
     
  • Independent report measured impact of Victorian TAFE budget cuts
     
  • 2012 TDA Conference program announced
     
  • NSW TAFEs warned of major job losses
     
  • Queensland Training Awards Regional finalists announced
     
  • Scholarships awarded for VET research
     
  • Pre-apprenticeships course finder
     
  • Debating the future of mid-level qualifications
     
  • Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council moves premises
 

Feature story

Get your nominations in for the IEAA awards
Nominations for the International Education Association of Australia awards will close on June 29.

The awards recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions to international education.

To find out more and place your nominations, click here.


National Skills Standards Council announces national VET review

The National Skills Standards Council (NSSC), under Chair Hon John Dawkins AO, has released a consultation paper on the standards for the regulation of Vocational Education and Training (VET).

The council is being tasked to review standards for the regulation of VET. The consultation paper will confirm the need for, and extent of, change in the national standards for the regulation of VET, enabling the NSSC to appropriately set the priority areas and its approach to the review of the standards.

The Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE) has asked that the NSSC, as a priority, undertake a broad ranging review of the standards for the regulation of VET, focusing on issues of quality.

The Council anticipated that the outcome of the project will be one national set of standards for the regulation of VET, appropriate for ensuring quality outcomes, which are clearly documented, capable of being consistently interpreted by RTOs and regulators, and effectively implemented through nationally consistent regulation. It is intended that the new standards are considered by the Council of Australian Governments’ Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment in mid-late 2013.

The date for submissions is 13 July and TDA is welcoming responses, to be submitted by Friday 6 July to pcaven@tda.edu.au


Tasmanian Government responds to VET recommendations

The Tasmanian government has released its response to the review conducted into the state’s public VET providers.

The report indicates which of the recommendations the government will be adopting, and the priority of each amendment.

The changes to the Tasmanian VET system, now TasTAFE, will commence July 1.

Click here to read the response.


Independent report measured impact of Victorian TAFE budget cuts

The Victorian government reportedly commissioned an independent report, which detailed the impacts of the recent funding cuts to the TAFE sector. 

TAFEs believe the cuts will cost $300 million and up to 2100 jobs – a claim Skills Minister, the Hon. Peter Hall, dismissed as ‘premature’.

An article in The Australian says the government engaged KPMG consultancy group, to model the financial impact of the budget on each TAFE. To read the full story, click here.

Gippsland’s Advance TAFE and Gipps TAFE are the latest to announce job cuts, each axing 32 jobs after losing $15 million of government funding between them. Read the full story in The Herald Sun.

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu defended the cuts, sparking a protest calling to “Save TAFE, sack Ted.” Read the full story in The Age.

Sydney Morning Herald columnist Adele Horin chimed in on the debate, saying the cuts threaten quality training across the VET sector. Click here to read her article.


2012 TDA Conference program announced

TDA has announced the program for the 2012, National Conference, East meets West. The conference will be held in Perth at the Hyatt Regency on 6 & 7 September.

There will be an official reception for delegates on the evening of Wednesday, 5 September, hosted by the Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Perth, Lisa-M. Scaffidi.

The next two days will welcome a stellar line up of domestic and international speakers, inspiring and provoking delegates with their reflections on a range of East meets West themes.

The 2012 National Conference starts from a global perspective with a focus on the spectacular growth of our Asian neighbours. Delegates will be challenged to explore issues of skills development that not only reflect the developing relationship between Australia and Asia, but also the changing relationships between our western and eastern states.

The conference will explore a range of topics, including the challenges facing VET providers, improving training and employment outcomes for Indigenous Australians, the question of whether Australia has a sustainable competitive advantage in skills development, how federal VET policy is impacting productivity, and best practice in TAFE governance and organisation.

A highlight of the conference will be the Gala Dinner with the guest speaker, Indian author, Chetan Bhagat, named by Time Magazine in “the 100 most influential people in the world”.

To view the draft program, click here.

For more information about the conference, click here.


NSW TAFEs warned of major job losses

NSW opposition MPs say TAFE colleges will incur a disproportionate share of up to 10,000 public sector job cuts, as the state government winds down training over the next year.

Shadow education minister, the Hon. Carmel Tebbutt, said it is the first time that VET funding has gone backwards in dollar terms.

Greens MP John Kaye said the cuts would cost more than 600 TAFE jobs, or more than 4 per cent of the full time-equivalent workforce.

To read the full story, click here.


Queensland Training Awards Regional finalists announced

The top apprentices, trainees, vocational students and VET teachers across Queensland have been announced as regional finalists the 2012 Queensland Training Awards.

The 162 regional finalists were chosen from over 580 nominations state-wide. Regional winners will go on to compete for the Queensland state title announced in Brisbane on Friday 14 September 2012, where the state’s top training providers will also be recognised.

A full list of regional finalists and presentation ceremonies are available on the Queensland Training Awards website.


Scholarships awarded for VET research

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has awarded eight scholarships to researchers across the country to support and develop Australian vocational education research.

In addition, seven scholarships were awarded to VET practitioners to participate in the 2012 NCVER Research Community of Practice program.

For more information, click here.


Pre-apprentice course finder

The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service is developing a pre-apprenticeships course finder on its website.

Course providers will be able to upload information which is then searchable by location and industry, as well as by provider.   

If you’re a staff member with the Australian Apprenticeships networks, click here for information.

For more information, click here.

If you’re a member of the Australian Apprenticeships networks, click here.


Debating the future of mid-level qualifications

Melbourne’s RMIT University and the LH Martin Institute are calling for submissions to their conference on 5 and 6 level qualifications.

The conference will debate the future of mid-level qualifications in Australia, considering the role they play in preparation for work and in widening access to higher-level qualifications.

Abstracts must be submitted by Monday 30 July 2012. It should outline your proposal for a presentation and should be no longer than 350 words.

The conference will be held at RMIT University in Melbourne, from 25 to 26 October.

For more information, click here, or contact Dr Nick Fredman on 03 8344 3153 or nfredman@unimelb.edu.au.


Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council moves premises

Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS&HISC) is moving premises to a new location in the Sydney CBD.

From Monday, 9 July, CS&HISC’s new street address will be Level 13, 1 Castlereagh Street, Sydney.

Visit www.cshisc.com.au for full contact details or contact admin@cshisc.com.au


Diary Dates

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.

AUSTRALIA INDIA SKILLS CONFERENCE
DATE: 10-11 July,2012
LOCATION: The Central Institute, Perth
DETAILS: For more information, visit the conference website

NCVER
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’

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

TEFMA
Leadership Development Program for Facilities Management
DATE: 15 - 18 July, 2012
LOCATION: HC Coombs Centre, Kirribilli, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

ATEM
Cross Sectoral Partnerships Symposium
DATE: 9 August 2012
LOCATION: Sydney – venue TBA
DETAILS: Click here for more information

NATIONAL SKILLS WEEK
DATE: 27 August – 2 September
LOCATION: Various
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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

SKILLS AUSTRALIA AND INDUSTRY SKILLS COUNCIL JOINT CONFERENCE
DATE: 3-4 October
LOCATION: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Details will be available at http://www.skillsaustralia.gov.au

AUSTAFE 2012 NATIONAL Conference
TAFE on TARGET
DATE: 3-5 October 2012
LOCATION: Alice Springs NT, Kirribilli, Sydney
DETAILS: More information contact Lyle Mellors at lyle.mellors@cdu.edu.au

THE VETnetwork AUSTRALIA BIENNIAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE
DATE: 17-19 October 2012
LOCATION: National Convention Centre, Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2012 AAIR ANNUAL FORUM
DATE: 12 – 14 November 2012
LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Terrigal, NSW
DETAILS:  Click here for more information

AUSTRALIAN TRAINING AWARDS
DATE: 16 November 2012
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.