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Newsletter: 1 September 2008


SKILLS 2020 INNOVATION FORUM AND MICK YOUNG ORATION

TAFE Directors Australia celebrates the 10th anniversary of TDA with a special 2-day forum 16-17 September 2008 and Parliamentary Dinner. The 'TAFE meets Parliament: Skills 2020 Innovation' forum program will include both a domestic and international agenda. Check the TDA website from 2 September for speaker bios.

Domestic agenda
  • Meeting Australia's skills needs and engagement of TAFE
  • Productivity and Competitiveness of TAFE
  • The case for social inclusion in the context of economic prosperity: UK perspective
  • The Higher Education Endowment Fund and the Education Investment Fund
  • Post secondary education - What should it look like?
  • Contestability, Competition and Reality - The Debate: Threat or Opportunities for TAFE?
International agenda
  • TAFE International - 10 years of growth and success - where to next?
  • Global Trends & Benchmarking
  • Mobility in the Vet Sector
  • Student Support and Integration
  • Government Policy
  • Transnational Education And Offshore Partnerships
  • Aid and Development

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the forum, click here for more information.

TDA has again initiated the staging of the Mick Young Oration for 2008. We seek your support to make this a successful financial fund-raiser to support two Scholarship holders from the Mick Young Scholarship Trust to travel overseas, for study and a work placement in 2009.

The event will be hosted by TDA as part of their 10th anniversary, in the historic Old Parliament House, Canberra. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minster for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, has kindly agreed to deliver this 2008 Oration.

Organisations are encouraged to book for the dinner. Make your mark by supporting two Mick Young Scholarship recipients from TAFE to participate in international study and a work placement in 2009.

To register for the forum click here.

To make an individual or table booking for the Mick Young Oration click here.

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DEADLINE REMINDER FOR 2009 VET FEE HELP

TAFE Institutes should note that successful registration with DEEWR by mid-September will be required for offering VET FEE HELP to students for academic year 2009.

DEEWR itself is required to process applications. The final day for the Department to lodge Institute applications on the table of Parliament will be 14 October 2008.

The following is a reminder from DEEWR on the process:

"For RTOs to be able to offer VET FEE-HELP assistance at the beginning of 2009, then the last day an application can be registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments (FRLI) - this occurs after they have been assessed as meeting all the HESA requirements - is the 14 October. This date is also dependent on the Parliamentary calendar staying the same until the end of the year. If this is the case, then this means that they would receive their VET provider approval on the 5th December 2008 -- which is the day after the last sitting day of Parliament for this year."

TDA Institutes can access their required certificate for Tuition Assurance by going online at www.tda.edu.au.

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VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT $316 MILLION TRAINING OVERHAUL

Victorian Premier the Hon. John Brumby MP, has announced a $316 million extension to its training budget, but also announced increases to course fees for higher level qualifications.

Key aspects of the Victorian plan include government-subsidised training, an additional 172,000 training places and the hiring of an additional 900 teachers.

TAFE Directors should note that our newly opened TDA Tuition Assurance Scheme will be critical to the take-up for Institutes of student loans.

View the Victorian government media release here.

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EYE-OPENING MEETING FOR REFRAMING THE FUTURE GROUP

The Reframing the Future funded network, consisting of one staff member from each of 10 TAFE institutes and 10 Enterprise Registered Training Organisations, met in Melbourne last week.

This was the third meeting of the network and exposed the participants to many of the similarities and differences between enterprise RTOs and TAFE institutes. Members visited three different training organisations.

For a summary of the visits click here.

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CALL FOR TDA REPRESENTATIVE - CENTRELINK STUDENT CONSULTATIVE GROUP

TAFE Institutes are invited to nominate an executive to act for TDA on a new Centrelink consultative committee on students and engagement issues.

The Centrelink National Student Services Partnership Group includes peak VET and higher education sector representatives. Travel expenses to one-day Canberra meetings are included.

Please contact Penny Lawrance, TDA Member Services Manager, with nominations memberservices@tda.edu.au. NOTE: The next meeting of the Centrelink committee in Canberra, is Thursday 9 October 2008, and nominees would be expected to attend.

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AUSAID REQUEST FOR TENDER - EDUCATION RESOURCE FACILITY

A tender for an Education Resource Facility (ERF) is being offered through AusAID.

The successful applicant will be required to provide rapid and reliable access to international best practice in the education sector. The key services delivered by the contractor will include advisory, research, analytical, learning and development services as well as a help desk.

It is anticipated that the ERF will commence in November 2008 for a three year period. The closing date for submission of proposals is 2:00pm (Canberra time) Friday 12 September 2008.

For more information click here.

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GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS UPGRADE FOR GORDON INSTITIUTE OF TAFE

Victorian Skills and Workforce Participation Minister, the Hon. Jacinta Allan MP, has announced a $500k grant to fund the planning and design phase of a redevelopment for The Gordon Institute of TAFE, Geelong, Victoria.

To view the media release click here.

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2008 VICTORIAN TRAINING AWARDS

The 2008 Victorian Training Awards - where the Victorian training community comes together to celebrate excellence across the sector - were held 21 August, Melbourne Docklands.

The award was sponsored by the Victorian TAFE Development Centre, and recognises a registered training organisation that demonstrates outstanding achievement in all aspects of the delivery of VET.

Congratulations to the winner of the Victorian Large Training Provider of the Year Award, Wodonga Institute of TAFE - a TDA Member. Wodonga Institute of TAFE is one of Victoria's fastest growing TAFE providers. It offers a range of specialist training programs and has built a strong reputation for targeted workforce development, higher level qualifications, and assisting regional employers cope with years of severe drought.

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NEW WAYS OF WORKING IN VET FORUM 5

Reframing the Future is facilitating an interactive, national two day forum: 'New ways of working in VET Forum 5', 17 and 18 November 2008 in Melbourne. The forum will encourage fresh thinking about innovation, agility and responsiveness in the VET system as well as showcasing 2008 projects.

For more information click here.

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APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR AUSLIST

Deputy Prime Minister and Minster for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon Julia Gillard MP has announced the release of AusLIST - the online directory of Australian providers and the courses they deliver outside Australia.

For more information about AusLIST click here.

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AGRI-FOODS NATIONAL CONFERENCE - 25-26 SEPT 2008

The Agri-Foods ISC reminds TAFE Institutes that registrations are essential, for their upcoming National Conference. CEO Arthur Blewitt has engaged senior Australian VET leadership in a strategic programme, including Skills Australia Chair, Phillip Bullock.

The International Agri-Foods Winner will also be announced. For registrations, click here.

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COMMUNITY SERVICES AND HEALTH ISC SYMPOSIUM

The Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council (CS&H ISC) will hold the Symposium: Creating Centres for Excellence in Training Delivery in Remote and Rural Australia event 18-19 November 2008.

The symposium will bring together a range of influential stakeholders from industry and VET and aims to discuss issues around building and sustaining skills development in rural and remote areas.

For more information or to register click here.

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DIARY DATES

TAFE MEETS PARLIAMENT: SKILLS INNOVATION 2020
TDA Leadership Forum
DATE: 6 September, Parliament House
17 September, Canberra Institute of Technology
DETAILS: For more information, click here.


AGRI-FOOD INDUSTRY SKILLS COUNCIL
Agri-food National Conference
DATE: 25-26 September 2008
LOCATION: Rydges Melbourne, 186 Exhibition St, Melbourne
DETAILS: For more information, click here.


AUSTRALIAN COLLABORATIVE EDUCATION NETWORK
2008 WACE Asia Pacific Conference
DATE: 30 September - 3 October 2008
LOCATION: Manly, Sydney
DETAILS: For more information, click here.


AUSTAFE
2008 AUSTAFE Conference: Forging Dynamic Futures
DATE: 1-3 October 2008
LOCATION: Regency TAFE, Adelaide
DETAILS: For more information, click here.


VETNETWORK
VETNetwork National Conference
DATE: 1-3 October 2008
LOCATION: Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour
DETAILS: For more information, click here.


AUSTRALIAN TAFE MARKETING ASSOCIATION
Adapt-Forecast-Lead Conference 2008
DATE: 8-10 October 2008
LOCATION: William Angliss Institute Conference Centre, Melbourne
DETAILS: For more information and Early Bird registration, click here.


COMMUNITY SERVICES AND HEALTH INDUSTRY SKILLS COUNCIL
Making a Difference Conference 2008
DATE: 15-16 October 2008
LOCATION: Hilton Hotel, Adelaide
DETAILS: For more information and Early Bird registration, click here.


GROUP TRAINING AUSTRALIA
2008 Group Training National Conference
DATE: 15-17 October 2008
LOCATION: Cairns, QLD
DETAILS: Early Bird Registrations close July 18. For more information, click here.


DEPARTMENT OF FURTHER EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
5th Biennial Australian Learning Communities Network Conference
DATE: 25-28 October 2008
LOCATION: Hyatt Regency, Adelaide
DETAILS: For more information, email Sharon Smith.


MANUFACTURING SKILLS AUSTRALIA
Manufacturing - Skilling for the Future
DATE: 29 October 2008
LOCATION: Dockside (Balcony 1), Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour, Sydney
DETAILS: For more information, click here.


ADULT LEARNING AUSTRALIA
48TH Annual National Conference
DATE: 30 October - 1 November 2008
LOCATION: The Esplanade Hotel
DETAILS: For more information, click here.


LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES 2008
DATE: 5-7 November 2008
LOCATION: Sunshine Coast Mooloolaba TAFE, QLD
DETAILS: The conference will investigate new and emerging earning technologies and their use, and address these issues under the theme of Learning Connections. Learning Technologies 2008 is about learning, creating and making connections in knowledge construction.
For more information or to register, click here.


REFRAMING THE FUTURE
Engaging VET Practitioners
DATE: 17-18 November 2008
LOCATION: Crown Promenade, Melbourne
DETAILS: For more information, click here.


COMMUNITY SERVICES & HEALTH INDUSTRY COUNCIL
Supporting the Health Profession - The next wave of workers
DATE: 26 November 2008
LOCATION: The Sebel, Albert Park, Melbourne
DETAILS: For more information, click here.


THE ASSOCIATION FOR ACTIVE EDUCATIONAL RESEARCHERS (AARE)
AARE 2008 International Education Conference
DATE: 30 November - 4 December 2008
LOCATION: Brisbane
DETAILS: For more information, click here.


PRINCIPLE MEDIA LTD
Learning Technologies Conference
DATE: 28-29 January 2009
LOCATION: London, UK
DETAILS: For more information click here.


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