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Newsletter | 19 June 2017

In this edition


Plan to extend diplomas to universities puts TAFE at risk

The federal government's proposal to extend Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) funding to some diploma and advanced diplomas at universities risks drawing students and resources away from TAFE.

In its submission to the  Senate Education and Employment Committee, TDA says the plan to expand sub-bachelor programs at universities is distortionary and should not proceed.

"Past experiences suggest that such a move would see a rapid expansion of higher education delivery at the diploma and advanced diploma level, which would displace existing public investment within the VET sector, and ultimately call into question the viability of TAFE," the submission says.

"Such expansion would accelerate the shift of students, who normally would have attended TAFEs, to universities, which appears to have been the case with demand-driven CSP for bachelor enrolments in universities."

TDA says the proposal also threatens TAFE's enrolment base and its capacity to deliver adult literacy, numeracy and work readiness programs across large parts of the country.

"As a result, TAFEs are likely be forced to close access programs and potentially campuses to rationalise costs," it says.

See the TDA submission, 'An even playing field for tertiary education in Australia.'.

TEQSA cancels Australian School of Management

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) announced on Friday that it has cancelled the registration of the Australian School of Management (ASM), a higher education provider in the Careers Australia group.

ASM was placed in voluntary administration, along with Careers Australia in late May.

TEQSA said that prior to the voluntary administration, it had initiated a compliance assessment on ASM’s operations, finding it had failed to meet a number of requirements of the ‘Threshold Standards’.

TEQSA chief executive Anthony McClaran said  there were serious concerns about the provider’s operations prior to its collapse and the agency had imposed conditions on its registration, preventing the enrolment or commencement of new students.

TDA operates Carers Australia's Tuition Assurance Scheme. Students affected should contact the TDA call centre on (07) 3307 4789.

Queensland budget delivers $10 million regional skills program

The Queensland budget has delivered $10 million over two years for a new regional skills program with an entitlement to TAFE training.

The Minister for Skills and Training Yvette D’Ath said the Regional Skills Adjustment Strategy would aim at ensuring the same opportunities for people across every part of the state.

“This strategy will help mature aged workers develop new skills, as we identify the jobs of the future, and will include vouchers for training at TAFE," Ms D’Ath said.

“What’s more, in order to identify and match the emerging and available jobs in each region to the training available, $9 million over four years will be spent through Jobs Queensland to work in local areas and develop plans specific to the region," she said.

Young South Australian of the year to speak at TDA convention

The 2017 Young Australian of the Year for South Australia, Paul Vasileff, will be a speaker at the TDA Convention in Adelaide in September.

A graduate of the Europeo Istitut di Design in Milan, Paul launched his label Paolo Sebastian in Adelaide and has become an international success with his stunning gowns appearing on red carpets across the globe.

He has proven that local brands can survive and flourish, and is determined to keep his brand Australian. All his work is done locally in South Australia and flown around the world to stockists from New York to Kuwait.

At 26, he is tenacious and has a drive to succeed.

Visit the website to register for the convention or to view other confirmed speakers.

Register for the 2017 TDA Convention before the end of the financial year

The 2017 TDA Convention will be held at the Adelaide Hilton on 7 and 8 September with a Welcome Reception at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday 6 September.

Register now if you would like to pay your registration fees this financial year. You can pay online with MasterCard or Visa or you can select to pay by EFT and you will receive a tax invoice immediately.

Earlybird registration closes on July 14.

Click here to visit the convention website or click here to download the latest PDF A4 flyer.

History of VET in the Northern Territory has wide lessons

Former TDA board member and Charles Darwin University Fellow, Dr Don Zoellner has recently had his book on the history of VET in the Northern Territory published.

The book, Vocational Education and Training: The Northern Territory’s history of public philanthropy, represents the first consolidated history of vocational education and training in the Territory.

It not only presents a chronological account of events, people and institutions, it also offers an explanation of how the system actually works, with implications well beyond the Territory.

The mix of historical accounting and operational analysis comes from a unique perspective. It suggests that the best way to understand the behaviour of the government ministers who have responsibility for vocational training is to compare their decisions and actions with those of wealthy philanthropists.

E-versions of the book can be downloaded free of charge or hard copies purchased at the ANU Press website.

Only days to apply for Green Gown sustainability awards

There is just three days until the deadline for stage one applications for the 2017 Green Gown Awards Australasia,

The awards, which champion sustainability, are open to all Australasian tertiary education institutions including universities, TAFEs, institutes of technology and polytechnics, and registered training organisations.

The winners of Community, Continuous Improvement and Student Engagement categories are automatically entered into the International Green Gown Awards. The Australasian winners will go head to head with the winners from countries including UK, Ireland and Canada in the International Green Gown Award.

Submission to the awards is now a two stage process with the first stage closing Wednesday 21 June.

Winners will be announces at a gala dinner on 2 November.

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5 - 7 July 2017
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20 – 21 July 2017
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Queensland Training Awards
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