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Newsletter | 19 September 2016

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TAFE chairs and directors join in Canberra meetings with Assistant Minister Karen Andrews, Senate crossbenchers and MPs

TAFE institute directors and chairs took their advocacy message to Canberra last week with a series of meetings with ministers, shadow ministers and crossbenchers in their bid to reform the VET sector and revive the apprenticeship system.

TDA Chief Executive, Martin Riordan and the Chair of TAFE Chairs, Warren Tapp used the occasion to argue TAFE's case as the government progresses with its planned overhaul of VET FEE-HELP.

The meeting with the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, centred on key issues affecting the continued stress on apprenticeship numbers, and a commitment to $500 million annual funding as the deadline for the National Partnership Agreement on Skills expires next June.

Crossbench senators including Nick Xenophon, Jackie Lambie, and David Leyonhjelm discussed reforms needed to VET FEE HELP student loans.

The Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence Industry and Support, Mike Kelly, discussed how VET and TAFE may play a part in the government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, especially in defence support and for ex-military personnel who may choose a mid-career apprenticeship option.

Top, Martin Riordan, Minister Karen Andrews and Warren Tapp;
Below left, Martin Riordan and Warren Tapp with Senator Xenophn, and below right, with Mike Kelly.

ASQA cancels private training colleges

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has cancelled the registrations of three private VET providers and is in the midst of a review of a fourth cancellation.

The three training providers whose registrations were cancelled are Melbourne College of Professional Therapists, the International Institute of Leadership and Management, and Quality Education Training.

ASQA also cancelled the registration of Hands On Computer Training International Pty Ltd which trades as Australian Institute of Commerce and Technology. The Administrative Appeals Tribunal has made an order to stay ASQA’s decision pending a review.

New transport technology centre for SWSi

The NSW government has opened the new Wetherill Park Transport Technology Centre - TAFE NSW South Western Sydney Institute's (SWSi's) state of the art automotive training facility.

It includes nine new laboratories and over 4,000 square metres of workshop space, with course options including light vehicle and heavy vehicle mechanical technology, plant mechanics, automotive electrical technology and specialty automotive courses.

TAFE SWSi Manufacturing and Transport Faculty Director Terry Saunby said flexible learning is the key to improved educational outcomes for students training at the centre.

“As automotive technologies continue to rapidly change, the Transport Technology Centre has the capacity to adapt learning spaces quickly and efficiently to keep pace,” Mr Saunby said.

Refinements to agriculture, horticulture and land management training package

Skills Impact, the Skills Service Organisation for the grown and renewable resources sector has advised of a new release of the AHC Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package.

Minor updates have been made following feedback from industry about errors within units and qualifications. It follows consultation with the Department of Education and Training to find a fast simple resolution to fix some problems.

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The Australian International Education Conference turns 30 

Join 1200 delegates in Melbourne from 18-21 October to celebrate the 30th anniversary of AIEC and explore the theme of ‘connectivity – at the heart of international education’.

The international education sector has changed considerably since the inaugural AIEC conference in 1987 and this year’s program will highlight the changing landscape, the challenges, the opportunities and how to stay ahead in our increasingly connected world.

Key sessions for the VET sector:

Tuesday 18 October (pre-conference workshop)
A marriage that works: VET pathways into higher education
Presented by: Keith Cowlishaw, RMIT University; Michael Milgate, Le Cordon Bleu Australia; Ly Tran, Deakin University; and Timothy Gilbert, Melbourne Polytechnic
Wednesday 19 October
Opportunities in the aged care sector in China
Presented by: Jen Bahen, TAFE Directors Australia; Chuyang Liu, Austrade; and John Paolacci, ShineWing Australia

Reporting student experience in the VET sector – the national profile  
Presented by: Kevin Brett, i-graduate; Janelle Chapman, TAFE Queensland; Helen Zimmerman, Navitas Ltd
If you work in international education, and have responsibility for recruiting, caring for or educating international students, this is one conference you cannot afford to miss!

Diary Dates

LH Martin Institute
Innovation Eco-systems: Study Mission to Italy and the Netherlands
21 - 30 September 2016
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TDA 2016 Convention – Skills Resurgence
4 - 6 October, 2016
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Melbourne, Victoria
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Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Conference
4-7 October, 2016
Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart  
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2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition
6 - 8 October, 2016
Melbourne Showgrounds
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Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) Conference  
12-15 October, 2016
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
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Australasian Genomic Technologies Association (AGTA) Conference
9 - 12 October, 2016
Pullman Hotel Auckland, New Zealand
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ACER National Adult Training and Assessment Conference
13 - 14 October, 2016
William Angliss Institute, Melbourne
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Innovation: What's Next For Community Education?
Community Colleges Australia Annual Conference
18 - 20 October, 2016
Park Royal, Darling Harbour, Sydney
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Australian International Education Conference (AIEC)
18 - 21 October, 2016
Melbourne, Victoria
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E-Oz and Skills Oz Conference
Assuring quality in the National VET system – Change, Challenge and Opportunity
8 - 9 November, 2016
Marriott Resort & Spa, Surfers Paradise, Queensland
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Australian Training Awards
17 November, 2016
Darwin, Northern Territory
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2016 National Conference on VET Teaching and VET Teacher Education
Australian Council of Deans of Education Vocational Education Group 
8 - 9 December, 2016
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