TAFE Directors Australia

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Newsletter: 1st June 2009

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DPM announces international student roundtable

The Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, has invited international student representatives to participate in a roundtable to discuss issues affecting their study and safety in Australia.

Nominations will soon be called for participants across all sectors and states who can represent the views of international students on issues including accommodation, welfare and safety

The findings will be taken to the Ministerial Council on Tertiary Education meeting to be held later in the year.

To view Ms Gillard’s speech click here.

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Reponses sought for AQF Council consultation paper

TDA members have received a copy of theAustralian Qualifications Council’s Consultation Paper Strengthening the AQF.

The proposal includes measures to enhance the objectives of the framework and create a more contemporary AQF architecture

The Australian Qualifications Council has requested a response to its proposal by 12 June 2009. TDA members are invited to send comments on the AQFC paper to Pam Caven at pamcaven@bigpond.com by Friday 5 June.

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Children’s services and aged care top government’s training places

More than 40,000 participants have completed training under the Productivity Places Program, according to new figures released by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Since April 2008, some 110,000 participants have enrolled in the program. Of these participants, more than 86,000 have commenced training and more than 40,000 have completed their training. Children’s services and aged care were the occupations with the most enrolments.

To view release from the Deputy Prime minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, click here.

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Calling for member input on migration and disability

The Federal Government has announced the terms of reference for an inquiry relating to the health requirement in the Migration Act. The terms of reference of this report can be accessed here.

The inquiry specifically relates to those seeking permanent residency in Australia, however it has come to TDA's attention that international students with disabilities are seeking fully funded access to services that have not been accounted for in international student support services.

Members who have any cases of international students with disabilities, issues of granting visas and funding support services please contact Rebecca Biazos.

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Chile Australia technical scholarship

TAFE Directors Australia is pleased to report that plans are on track for the launch of the 2010 Chile technical scholarships program.

Some 27 member institutes are now confirmed as part of the program and have submitted their program offerings to BECAs Chile. The industry is now assessing these options and will confirm the allocation of up 400 places in a range of courses to commence 2010.

TDAs Director International Engagement, Ms Rebecca Biazos, was the guest of the Chilean Ambassador to Australia at an event last Friday. The event was attended by key partners in Australia Latin America relations with the purpose of wishing Australia’s Ambassador Designate, Virginia Greville well in her new posting.

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Swine flu information website

The h3N1 Influenza 09 (Human Swine Influenza) is beginning to gain pace with more than 300 reported cases in Australia.

Numerous schools have been temporarily shut due to the virus. The government has included information for individuals, schools and businesses on its Heath Emergency Website. For more information about the virus visit the website here.

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VET researcher of the Year Award – call for nominations

Nominations for the 2009 Vocational Education and Training (VET) Researcher of the Year Award will close Friday, 12 June 2009.

The award aims to promote the value of high quality research as the foundation for improving policy and practice in the VET sector.

To nominate a VET Researcher click here.

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Diary Dates

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
Professional Development for Leaders in Tertiary Education

15-19 June, Canberra – Women in Leadership

26–30 July, Melbourne - Research Leadership Program

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.
DATE: 18-19 July 2009
LOCATION: RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane
DETAILS: For more information, click here
2009 AUSTAFE Conference
Network knowledge future: the only edge you need
DATE: 2-4 September 2009
LOCATION: Peppers Pier Resort, Hervey Bay Queensland
DETAILS: Click here for more information
TDA09 – The 2009 conference and strategic review for TDA members and associates Hosted by TDA
DATE: 3-4 September 2009
LOCATION: Holiday Inn, Gold Coast
DETAILS: More information will be available soon.
Connect, engage, captivate - hosted by Australian Training Marketing
DATE: 11- 13 November 2009
LOCATION: Ultimo TAFE, Sydney
DETAILS: www.atmaltd.com.au
3rd National Conference for Enabling Education
DATE: 25-27 November 2009
LOCATION: Toowoomba Queensland
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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