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Newsletter 19 September 2011

Government rules that regional students to benefit from changes to youth allowances, TAFE degree city students miss out

Youth allowance changes will be introduced into Parliament this week which will allow students from inner regional areas to access the same arrangements as students from outer regions, remote and very remote areas, with effect from 1 January 2012.

In addition, from January 2012, eligible dependent regional students who need to relocate to study will receive a Relocation Scholarship of $4,000 for the first year of study, $2,000 for the second and third years, and $1,000 for subsequent years.

The announcement is in response to the Review of Student Income Support Reforms report, which was tabled in Parliament last week.

There is no change to eligibility criteria for scholarships. They continue to be available to students in approved higher education courses at approved higher education providers, including dual-sector universities and TAFE Institutes approved to offer higher education courses.

The CEO of TDA, Martin Riordan, said the Kwong Lee Dow Report sends mixed signals to TAFE. He added: “We welcome regional students now being given rightful access to youth allowances. However, it beggars belief - and remains a gross inequity - that a Labor Government will quarantine youth allowance to many privileged university students, while ruling-out allowances to TAFE students enrolled in degrees which are currently only offered in city campuses. This is an issue TDA will take up with Government.”

Click here to view a media release from the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, Senator the Hon Chris Evans.

Click here to view the report from the Review, Chaired by Professor Kwong Lee Dow.

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Minister Garrett to deliver 2011 Mick Young Oration

The 2011 Mick Young Oration will be delivered by the Hon. Peter Garrett MP, Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, in Canberra on Wednesday 12 October.

TDA will jointly host this year’s Mick Young Oration with AUSTAFE, and Trustees of the Mick Young Scholarship Trust will be in attendance. The Address will be held in Parliament House Canberra, followed by a dinner at the National Press Club.

The TDA National Board will meet on Thursday 13 October, also in Parliament House.

Members and guests are invited to book here.

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Australia third globally for international student numbers

Australia hosts the third highest number of international tertiary students, behind the United States and Britain, according to a new OECD report, Education at a Glance 2011.

Australia increased its share of the international student market from approximately 5% in 2000 to 7% in 2009. The United States recorded 18% of the total international student market, and the United Kingdom holds 10% of the market.

Interestingly, there are 24 international students in Australia for every one national studying overseas. For both the US and UK, the ratio is 11 to 1.

Click here to view the full report.

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2011 Emerging Leaders Program

There was an outstanding response from TAFE Institute CEOs to TDA's invitation to nominate individuals for the Emerging Leaders Program at the 2011 Conference. Thirty-five emerging leaders participated in an introductory professional development program.  

The program began with a workshop on 4 September and continued with various activities over the course of the conference.

By the next newsletter, there will be individual reflections from emerging leaders on the TDA website. We encourage CEOs to provide opportunities for the emerging leaders to report back to their institutes. We will also keep you informed of further activities.

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Delegate feedback excellent for TDA Conference

The 2011 TDA Conference has received exceptional feedback, with 96% of delegates rating the conference as Good, Very Good or Excellent.

Some 91% of those delegates who completed the feedback survey said the conference delivered on its aims, and 95% said the discussions contributed to their understanding of the issues.

Several media reports have been written on topics and speakers from the 2011 TDA National Conference including:

  • The Australian: 'FIRSTNESS' is emerging as the critical market design issue for vocational training, with indications that Western Australia could adopt a modified version of Victoria's Training Guarantee. Read more here.
  • Campus Review: VET needs to go greener if Australia is to cut emissions - reforming Australia’s training sector is essential if the country is to meet carbon reduction targets by 2020. Read more here.
  • Campus Review: Industry wants people ‘who can do the job’ – no need for defensiveness in age of opportunity TAFEs told. Read more here.
  • Campus Review: New standards council will help deal with challenges ahead says Dawkins.  The success of the economy can be put down to changes made in education and training policy – and new standards council will take it even further, a conference has been told. Read more here.

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UK Foundation Degrees explained in new TDA paper

Following a recent trip to the United Kingdom to visit colleges delivering higher education courses, TDA’s Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Pam Caven, has written a paper outlining the variances between the UK and Australian systems.

In particular, the paper gives a detailed description of the UK’s Foundation Degrees –where both universities and colleges deliver industry-based degrees, targeted at building pathways to higher education.

Foundation Degrees are the highest growth area within higher education and further education sectors in the UK.   Currently, the further education sector in the UK supplies some 38% of higher education students, a vast contrast to Australia, where recent studies have shown poor linkages between VET Institutes and universities.

To read to full paper, click here.

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Successful ‘Critical Skills’ projects announced

The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, Senator the Hon Chris Evans MP, has announced the projects selected for the first round of the $200 million Critical Skills Investment Fund.

The first round will provide $28 million of funding to ease critical skills shortages through partnerships between government and industry. Click here for more information.

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National Skills Week to be launched by Minister Evans

The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, will officially launch National Skills Week at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday.

The inaugural National Skills Week from 1-8 October 2011 is a collaborative approach dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning, and enabling all Australians to gain a greater understanding of the opportunities, their potential and how they contribute to a successful, modern economy.

More information here.

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New identity for Kimberly TAFE

Kimberly TAFE will now be called Kimberly Training Institute, as part of a transformation towards greater independence.

The new name was unveiled by the Western Australia Training and Workforce Development Minister, the Hon Peter Collier MP, following similar moves by eight other TAFE Institutes across the state.

Click here for more information.

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Final State Training Awards in the bag

The Northern Territory, New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia have held their respective State Training Awards – the last few awards functions of all states.

State finalists will go on to compete in the Australian Training Awards, to be presented in Brisbane on 25 November.

Click here for the South Australian Award winners.

Click here to view the winners of the Northern Territory Awards.

Click here for the winners of the NSW Awards.

Click here for the Western Australia Awards.

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Australia’s best test their skills on world stage

The WorldSkills International Competition will get underway in less than two weeks, with the Australian ‘Skillaroos’ team preparing to compete on the world’s stage at the London Competition.

The official WorldSkills Australia Farewell Function will be held on 27 September, with the competition to begin on 5 October.

All the events, results and news will be shared through the WorldSkills Australia website, Facebook , Twitter and Flickr. Those interested are encouraged to post messages of support through these sites.

For the first time, WorldSkills Australia will be taking the Team Australia Skillaroos to the town of Villers-Bretonneux, France, where they will able stand on the ground where heroic Australian soldiers helped to save the small French town during the First World War.

For more information click here.

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Attrition from the trades under the spotlight

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research will hold a webinar on 2 November, focussing on the levels of attrition from the trades.

Dr Tom Karmel from NCVER will be joined on the webinar by Professor Gerald Burke, from Monash University, and Professor Kostas Mavromaras, from the National Institute of Labour Studies, Flinders University.

Click here for more information or to register.

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Diary Dates

2011 National Conference
DATE: 22 September, 2011
LOCATION: Brisbane
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

2011 Conference
DATE: 3 October, 2011
LOCATION: Royal Society of Arts, Covent Garden, London
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

2011 Conference
DATE: 11-14 October, 2011
LOCATION: Adelaide Convention Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AUSTAFE National Conference
2020 Vision
DATE: 12-14 October, 2011
LOCATION: Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Looking ahead - Group Training National Conference
DATE: 19-21 October, 2011
LOCATION: Grand Hyatt, 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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