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Newsletter: 3 December 2007


DEPUTY PM JULIA GILLARD TO LEAD THE EDUCATION REVOLUTION 

Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP, has announced his new Cabinet and Ministry with education and training to be led by the Deputy PM, the Hon Julia Gillard MP. 

TAFE Directors Australia congratulates and looks forward to working with Ms. Gillard, who becomes Minister of the mega-portfolio for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. 

Also working in the portfolio will be the Hon Brendan O'Connor MP, Minister for Employment Participation, the Hon Kate Ellis MP, Minister for Youth, the Hon Maxine McKew MP, Parliament Secretary for Early Childhood Education and Childcare, and Senator the Hon Ursula Stevens, Parliament Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector. 

The Prime Minister commented: "I can think of no better way to underline the importance which I attach to education as a core part of our future agenda than by having the Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, as Minister for Education."

…"What we will do, therefore, within that portfolio is bring together the core elements of Labor's productivity and participation agenda for the future from early childhood education through childcare, through schools, through trades training, through wider vocational education, through to our universities, as well as the participation agenda itself."

The TDA Board met in Brisbane last week, and is seeking an early meeting with Minister Gillard to discuss TAFE Institute priorities.

To view the new Cabinet and Ministry click here. 

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TDA AND INDUSTRY SKILL COUNCILS ANNOUNCE 'SHARED PRIORITIES' FOR SKILLING AUSTRALIA

Australia's 10 Industry Skills Councils (ISCs) and TAFE Directors Australia have established a shared position on key issues for Skilling Australia, in a joint statement released this week in Canberra. 

The 'shared priorities' follow a leadership meeting between TDA Directors and ISC CEOs in Hobart, and seek to guide Skilling Australia policy for the incoming government, and state and territory legislators. They include: 

  • The establishment of a public funding model to enable real workforce development;
  • Building practitioner skills and professional development; and
  • Bringing training system synergies, identifying red tape, and removing Federal and State "inconsistencies".

To view the joint announcement click here

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NSW GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES PLANS ON TAFE 

The NSW Government has launched a Discussion Paper to restructure the NSW TAFE system titled: 'TAFE NSW Doing Business in the 21st Century'. 

The paper has received some media attention, which describes State Government proposals to create a more entrepreneurial and flexible system to cope with an extra 22,000 students a year up to 2016. 

Click here to view today's article from the Sydney Morning Herald about the plans. 

ALSO IN NSW …. TAFE UPGRADES …. 

NSW Minister for Education and Training, John Della Bosca, has announced a funding boost to TAFE of $23 million. The funding will allow for new building refurbishments and equipment upgrades. 

Some 31 TAFE Institutes across NSW will benefit from the announcement. 

To view the announcement click here. 

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NCVER RELEASES 2006 VET FINANCIAL INFORMATION 

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has released: 'Australian vocational education and training statistics: Financial information 2006', a report on the financial operations of the public VET system. 

Operating revenues for the VET system in 2006 were $5324.7 million, an increase of 5.9% from 2005. Revenue from both the Federal and State governments also increased from 2005. 

The report can be view on the NCVER website. 

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LATEST INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ENROLMENT DATA 

Australian Education International (AEI) has released the international student enrolment data for October. 

The strong growth shown throughout the year has continued with increases in enrolments (45.2%) and commencements (50.3%). Students from India contributed to over half of the growth in the VET field. 

Click here to view the latest statistics.

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DIARY DATES

SERVICE SKILLS AUSTRALIA 
Update, Educate, Motivate 2008 Conference
DATE: 28-29 February 2008
LOCATION: Sydney
DETAILS: Earlybird registration ends 21 December 2007. Click here to find out more.

 'Update, Motivate, Educate 2008 will provide a forum for industry and the vocational education and training sector to discuss these issues, and generate new ideas to help employers and training providers respond effectively to these challenges.' 

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