TAFE Directors Australia

Supporting our member institutes since 1998

Newsletter: 19 January 2009

Happy New Year - 2009 Year for Action!

TAFE Directors Australia would like to wish its members and stakeholders a successful 2009.

The global financial crisis has intensified the focus on training and especially the role of TAFE as a result of the need for industry and community engagement, new incentives to fast-track Federal infrastructure for TAFE, and environmental challenges.

Martin Riordan, CEO TDA, wishes all directors, associate directors, TAFE executives, staff and students the best in what will undoubtedly be a challenging and exciting 2009. TDA will keep members and associates informed of developments, and through Q1 2009 will launch an upgraded website and members' intranet - being proudly developed by the e-commerce/communications unit of one of our member Institutes, University of Ballarat.

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TAFE Institutes' $400M funding for infrastructure

TAFE Institutes have been invited to prepare infrastructure plans under new emergency Global Financial Crisis federal funding from 1 July.

The Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP made the announcement, prior to Christmas. To view details click here.

A further $100M of federal funds is to be added for special community VET infrastructure services.

Further details of the scheme will be circulated to TAFE Institutes at a special DEEWR briefing scheduled at the next TDA national board meeting, to be hosted by South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE, at its Bankstown campus on 12 February.

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TDA submission to school-to-work transition inquiry

TDA has started the New Year with a detailed submission to the House of Representatives Parliamentary Standing Committee Inquiry, 'Combining school and work: supporting successful youth transitions'. The Committee is chaired by former TAFE teacher, Federal Labor MP Sharon Bird, who announced the inquiry late last year.

TDA acknowledges the contributions from many of its member Institutes. See here for a copy of the TDA submission.

Next month, the House of Representatives Committee will host a roundtable on the issue, with TDA to be represented..

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Endeavour program closing dates fast approaching

Applications are closing soon for the Endeavour VET Outbound Mobility Program.

The program provides funding for between 10 and 15 projects up to a value of $35k that involve the outbound mobility of students undertaking courses leading to the award of a Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Vocational Graduate Certificate or Vocational Graduate Diploma.

Applications close 30 January. For further information click here, or email outboundmobility@deewr.gov.au.

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Request to TDA members - participation needed for AEI study

Australian Education International has requested assistance from TDA members on a research project to identify good practice examples of strategies that help international students socially integrate with other students and the wider community.

Please click here to read the request.

TDA will be a member of an AEI steering committee for the project and anticipates its members will benefit from showcasing examples of successful social integration.

Expressions of Interest are due 23 January. For further information please contact Rebecca Biazos on 0407 550 180 or Rebeccabiazos@bigpond.com.

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Latest trends in higher level VET qualifications

People with higher level VET qualifications - diplomas and advanced diplomas - fare, on average, better than those with other vocational qualifications or no post-school qualifications, but face stiff competition from degree holders and others who have obtained skills through experience.

This is the finding of the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) in a report that examines recent trends in the awarding of higher level VET qualifications.

To view the publication click here.

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TAFE Institutes encouraged to join Sustainable Campus Group

Monash University, in partnership with Maunsell Australia Pty Ltd, has launched the Sustainable Campus Group (SCG). The group aims to progress sustainability in the further and higher education and vocational education sectors.

The SCG provides a forum for tertiary institutions to benchmark their environmental performance and to share information on practical, cost effective measures to reduce operational environmental impacts.

TAFE Institutes are invited to become members of the SCG. The group is also offering a two-day SCG training program. To register for membership or the training program click here.

To visit the SCG website click here.

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National forums for implementing new Community Services Training Package

The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Forum is holding a series of forums to support the implementation of the new Community Services Training Package.

One-day forums will be held during February and March in Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane. The forums will feature key speakers from numerous sectors of the community services industry and will be valuable for training providers, employers, unions and peak bodies.

For more information on the events click here.

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Study into materials that support quality assessment in VET

Learning Australia has been appointed by the National Quality Council (NQC) to conduct a study of the features of quality assessment in VET. Part of this is to map out the materials that are available to support quality assessment in VET.

Institutes are encouraged to participate by filling out the attached form. More information about the study is available here.

Completed forms should be returned by email to robstowell@optusnet.com.au or by post to The Quality of Assessment Practices Project, C/- Learning Australia Pty Ltd, PO Box 364, Blackburn 3130 Victoria by close of business, 30 January.

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New Deputy Vice-Chancellor (TAFE) for Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology has announced the appointment of Ms Linda Brown as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (TAFE), commencing in February.

Ms Brown is the former Director of Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE in Brisbane, one of the largest Institutes in Brisbane. She has also had experience in the UK VET sector.

To view the announcement click here.

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TAFEs invited to national electrical industry trade shows

The Australian electrical industry's key trade show, Traders 500, will be held in capital cities around the country on selected dates between February and May.

The show will feature the latest products and services from the electrical industry and is open to TAFE's, specifiers, architects, builders and the broader electrical industry.

Key suppliers to the electrical industry will be conducting seminars daily. Visit www.connectionsoz.com.au for further details and registration information.

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Diary Dates

Learning Technologies Conference
DATE: 28-29 January 2009
DETAILS: For more information click here.

New CHC08 Training Package Implementation Forums
DATE: February - March
LOCATION: Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane
DETAILS: A series of one-day forums will be facilitated around the country to support the implementation of the new Community Services Training Package. For information on each forum, click here.

BIG Skills Conference
DATE: 2-5 March 2009
LOCATION: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour
DETAILS: For more information click here.

Inaugural Higher Education Conference 2009
DATE: 4-6 March 2009
LOCATION: Hotel Realm, Canberra
DETAILS: For more information click here.

National Career Conference
DATE: 15-17 April 2009
LOCATION: Grand Hyatt, Melbourne
DETAILS: For more information click here.

DATE: 18-19 July 2009
LOCATION: RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane
DETAILS: For more information click here.

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