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Newsletter: 8 September 2008


TAFE MEETS Parliament - Skills Innovation 2020 launch

TDA 10th Anniversary Dinner and Mick Young Oration

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon. Julia Gillard MPThis is the final week to book to see the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Julia Gillard MP deliver the 2008 Mick Young Oration at the TDA 10th Anniversary Dinner, 6pm 16 September at Old Parliament House Canberra.

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

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

UPDATE:

TAFE Meets Parliament: Skills Innovation 2020 forum - 16-17 September

Due to popular demand, registrations for the 'TAFE Directors and Senior Management' stream of the program are now closed. Registrations for the 'International program' remain open.

For speaker profiles, sponsor opportunities, to view the program or to register for the 'International Program' of the forum click here.

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INVITATION TO CEOs FROM CHAIR OF SKILLS AUSTRALIA

TAFE Directors are invited to attend a special briefing on governance, to be hosted by Skills Australia, Monday 15 September, in Canberra.

Chair of Skills Australia, Philip Bullock, seeks views on governance arrangements across the national training system.

Skills Australia has prepared a discussion paper, which will be circulated to TAFE CEOs (along with other stakeholders) for comment towards the end of next week.

The purpose of the consultation is to obtain TAFE leadership views on matters relating to the establishment of effective governance relationships for Skills Australia within the national training system, and also to consider opportunities to reshape or strengthen broader governance arrangements to ensure the system's smooth operation and a co-ordinated national response to Australia's skills challenges.

The findings arising from the stakeholder consultation process will be used by the Skills Australia Board to provide recommendations to the Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations in the lead up to determinations by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on new models of co-operation with industry and between Australian governments for the national training system's development.

Location: Tom Roberts room, Mantra Hotel, 84 Northbourne Ave, Canberra
Date: Monday 15 September, 3:30 - 5:00pm
Contact: Sue Beitz DEEWR (02) 6240 5784 or sue.beitz@skillsaustralia.gov.au

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MINISTER O'CONNOR TO LAUNCH FEE-HELP SCHEME AT TDA FORUM

Minister for Employment Participation, the Hon Brendan O'Connor MP, will launch TDA's National TAFE Tuition Assurance Scheme (TAS) at the TAFE Meets Parliament: Skills Innovation 2020 forum, Tuesday 16 September at Parliament House Canberra.

The TDA Tuition Assurance Scheme allows full-fee paying students to use the FEE-HELP student loan scheme to borrow funds for tuition fee payments and to repay the debt at a later time when students are in employment and have the material capacity to make repayments.

TAFE Institutes are reminded that the VET FEE-HELP deadline for 2009 enrolments requires registration to DEEWR well before 19 October.

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MINISTER'S AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

Deputy Prime Minister and Minster for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon. Julia Gillard MP, has announced the winners of the Minister's Awards for Excellence for Employers of Australian Apprentices in Canberra.

For a list of winners click here.

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US REPORT ON STUDYING ABROAD

For those members interested in mobility and exchange, a recommended read is the report released earlier this year on College Bound Students' Interest in Study Abroad 2008.

Following on from TDA's successful program in the US and Canada in May 2008, a number of individual colleges are seeking information from our members on current offerings for internships and study abroad programs.

For those members with programs currently in place and with an interest in attracting college students from the US to your campus please send through program and institutional details to Rebecca Biazos rebeccabiazos@bigpond.com or for more information call 0407 550 180.

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NEW PROJECTS TO INCREASE SKILLED LABOUR IN REGIONAL AREAS

The Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon Julia Gillard, has announced 15 new projects aimed at addressing the skills shortages in regional areas.

Industries targeted by the projects include water conservation, transport, tourism, mining and allied health. Challenger TAFE will be involved in one of the projects aimed at training for the management of irrigation.

To see the announcement click here.

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SITE CHOSEN FOR TOWNSVILLE TRADES TRAINING CENTRE

The Queensland Government has announced the site of a $37.5 million trades training centre in Townsville to be built as a part of SkillsTech Australia, which leads trade training for TAFE in Queensland.

To view a media release from Queensland Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Rod Welford, 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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