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Newsletter: 20 April 2009

New Skills Australia paper - TDA member responses welcome

Skills Australia has released a position paper for consultation titled Foundations for the Future, which builds on its 2008 paper: 'Future Governance arrangements for the National Training System'.

The paper proposes a more streamlined and integrated governance model for the tertiary sector to better respond to Australia's skill needs in a rapidly changing global context.

Click here to access the paper.

This latest discussion paper takes into account industry responses arising from the 2008 paper, including TDA's response which incorporated contributions from a number of members.

TDA again invites members to contribute to the development of a TDA response by providing their comments to Pam Caven, Director Stakeholder Engagement. The TDA Board will consider TDA's response at its Board meeting on 7 May so please respond by 1 May 2009.

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Deputy Prime Minister to attend roundtable with TAFE Directors

The Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Julia Gillard MP, will attend a roundtable meeting with TAFE Directors to be held 11am to 12 noon, on 7 May at the Victoria University. All TAFE Director members and associates are invited to attend.

The roundtable will be held directly after the Annual General Meeting of TAFE Directors Australia, beginning 9.00am at Victoria University, Flinders Street (L12, Function Room 4), Melbourne. Both events will precede the Victorian TAFE Association Conference to be held on 8 May.

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Melbourne TDA luncheon invitation

TAFE Institute executives are invited to a TDA-sponsored luncheon in Melbourne, with guest Philip Clark AM, ahead of his keynote address to the 2009 Victorian TAFE Association Conference. Mr Clark is Chair of the recently announced Education Investment Fund Advisory Board.

The luncheon, will take place as part of the VTA Conference, on Friday 8 May 2008, at Victoria University, Melbourne.

Mr Clark's address will be a highlight for TAFE executives, as Institutes look to opportunities for TAFE Institute participation in the $11 billion Education Investment Fund. The VTA Conference is also recommended, as it will feature news about Victorian-led changes in contestable funding, along with details of VTA-commissioned research into TAFE branding. Click here to book.

Philip Clark, AM

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Government spending on education - figures released

Expenditure on education by all levels of government increased by $3.6 billion (or seven per cent) during the year 2007-2008, according to new statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Total expenditure on education by the Commonwealth Government reached $18.7 billion, with expenditure by the state and local governments totalling $39.6 billion.

Of the total expenditure on education:

  • $30.5 billion was spent on primary and secondary education
  • $20.5 billion on tertiary education (universities and TAFE)
  • Employee expenses of $30.1 billion accounted for 54 per cent of total educational expenses

For more information click here.

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BIG Skills presentations available

Speaker presentations from the DEEWR BIG Skills Conference are now available. Presentations include those by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, Chair of Skills Australia, Philip Bullock, Emeritus Professor Denise Bradley AC, Chair of the Review of Australian Higher Education, as well as numerous domestic and international education experts.

Click here to access the presentations.

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Deputy Prime Minister opens awards for outstanding employers

Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon. Julia Gillard MP, has opened nominations for the 2009 Minister's Awards for Excellence for the Employers of Australian Apprenticeships award category.

The awards are divided into three categories:

  • Minister's Award for Excellence for Employers of Australian Apprentices, for organisations who employ apprentices and trainees
  • Minister's Awards for Support Services Excellence, for staff of Australian Apprenticeships Centres
  • Minister's Award for Excellence for Commitment to Australian Apprenticeships, for individuals who have made a significant, long-term contribution to the training of Australian Apprentices.

For more information click here.

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Community college leader gets key US administration role

The White House has announced President Obama's nomination for Under Secretary of Education, Ms Martha Kanter. The position is third in line in the Education department and has, in the past, been responsible for post-secondary education. This is the first time the post may go to a Community College official.

Ms. Kanter has most recently been Chancellor of California's Foothill-De Anza Community College District, one of the most prominent community college districts in the nation.

Given her background, it is likely Ms. Kanter will play an important role in highlighting the value of community college education, particularly in an economic downturn.

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Call for papers and registration - NCVER Conference

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is calling for practitioners and researchers to share their research and knowledge at the 18th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference, 'No Frills', 8-10 July at the University of Ballarat.

The conference will focus on strategies, observations and proven practices that can influence policy for a better VET system in Australia.

The call for papers and workshop sessions closes 1 May 2009. For more information click here.

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New resource for finding Australian educators overseas

DEEWR has launched AusLIST, a new online service for students to access international institute and course information.

The AusLIST online directory currently has listed a total of 394 courses across 24 countries. This includes Australian education and training providers, the courses they deliver around the world and the locations outside of Australia where those courses are delivered.

AusLIST will enable prospective students, their families, overseas governments and other stakeholders to access information about courses offered offshore by Australian institutions.

Inclusion on AusLIST is voluntary, available as a free service and listing is for a period of two years. For more information click here.

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Workshop to teach intercultural communication with Indian students

The International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) is holding a half-day workshop in Melbourne on the 30 April to explore strategies for interacting and communicating with students from Indian backgrounds.

The workshop will seek to identify issues of concern across the higher education sector in relation to teaching and managing Indian students and explore strategies for managing and resolving these issues.

Registrations close 23 April. For details or to register click here.

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Diary Dates

State Conference 2009, 'Delivering Success in a Contestable Future'
DATE: 7-8 May 2009
LOCATION: Victoria University Convention Centre
DETAILS: For more information click here
18th NCVER Conference: 'No Frills'
DATE: 8-10 July 2009
LOCATION: University of Ballarat, Mt Helen Campus
DETAILS: For more information click here
Professional Development for Leaders in Tertiary Education
DATE: 13-15 May, Melbourne - Heads of Department
15-19 June, Canberra - Women in Leadership
26-30 July, Melbourne - Research Leadership Program
DETAILS: For more information click here
Australia India Business Conference
DATE: 20 May 2009
LOCATION: Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
DETAILS: For more information click here
Skills Recognition Conference
DATE: 25-26 May 2009
LOCATION: Australian Technology Park, Sydney
DETAILS: For more information click here
Mind the Gen Gap - Working together to meet workforce challenges
DATE: 2 June 2009
LOCATION: Dockside Convention Centre, Darling Harbour Sydney
DETAILS: For more information click here.
DATE: 18-19 July 2009
LOCATION: RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane
DETAILS: For more information click here.
A National Summit - Hosted by TDA
DATE: 3-4 September 2009
LOCATION: Holiday Inn, Gold Coast
DETAILS: More information will be available soon.
3rd National Conference for Enabling Education
DATE: 25-27 November 2009
LOCATION: Toowoomba Queensland
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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