TAFE Directors Australia

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Newsletter: 6 July 2009


TDA outlines measures to support international students

TAFE Directors Australia has issued a Board Communiqué urging Federal, State and Territory leaders to agree to tightened licensing and quality of VET providers, to support last week’s Darwin COAG International Student Strategy announcement. Read the Prime Minister’s media release here.

In its response to recent international student issues, and the COAG announcement, TDA proposed a six-point plan – each are aimed at strengthening the quality of the experience of international students while in Australia. The plan includes:

  1. A national register of quality education providers
  2. An overhaul of visa processing
  3. An extension of the Education Investment Fund to improve student housing
  4. An extension of travel concessions to include international students
  5. More productive partnerships between law enforcement and immigration authorities, and education providers
  6. The addition of education providers to taskforces and agencies

View the TDA Communiqué detailing the plan here.

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Also on COAG ... retrenched workers initiative

Following the COAG meeting, the Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP, announced a new Compact with Retrenched Workers that will offer 124,000 retrenched workers the opportunity to participate in vocational education and training while searching for a job.

Retrenched workers aged over 25 will be entitled to a government-subsidised training place from July 1.

To view the COAG Communiqué click here.

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Perth Board meeting – AQFC Pathways, EIF Briefing, and Communiqué key issues

The Board of TAFE Directors Australia met at Swan TAFE, in Perth last week, and hosted the WA Minister for Training, the Hon. Peter Collier MP, at a hospitality students’ dinner. Also attending was Robert Player, Deputy Director-General, DETWA, and himself a former TAFE director. To view more photos of the event click here.

Perth Board Meeting

Left to Right: Robert Player (Deputy Director General, DETWA), Michelle Hoad (General Manger, Swan TAFE), Hon Peter Collier (Minister for Training), Deb Daly (Chair TDA), Wayne Collyer (Managing Director, Swan TAFE), Sue Slavin (Managing Director, West Coast TAFE) and Martin Riordan (CEO TDA)

The TDA Board meeting included three key developments for TAFE Institutes:

  • Invited a consultation session with consultants managing the AQFC Review of Pathways project.
  • Hosted a briefing with Philip Clark AM, Chair of the Education Investment Fund Advisory Board, ahead of the next two rounds of EIF Funding, due to be released in late July.
  • Released a Communiqué on international students (see above), ahead of the Australian delegation to India this week. International executives of DET International and RMIT kindly offered to represent TDA on the eight-city, 10-day India International Mission, headed by Colin Walters, CEO of AEI/DEEWR.

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Delegation heads to India to promote Australian education

Australian government, state and education officials will visit India this week to promote Australia as a high quality study destination for Indian students.

The delegation will include police officials, and for TDA, executives from DET International and RMIT will be part of the 10-member Mission.

The trip follows a visit from Indian journalists to Australia as part of an effort to address the poor publicity surrounding international students in Australia.

Read more here.

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Seminar – changing aspects of the Victorian VET system

The LH Martin Institute is holding a single day seminar titled: ‘The changing VET system: Implications for Victorian TAFE’, 29 July in Melbourne.

The Seminar is designed to assist leaders, managers, teachers and administrative staff, and enhance their understanding of the VET landscape. It will also introduce issues and debates that are directly impacting on TAFE operations and planning.

For more information click here or contact Anna Steer on 03 8344 3157 or asteer@unimelb.edu.au. To view other LH Martin Institute programs visit: www.mihelm.unimelb.edu.au.

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$900 million VET FEE-HELP loans roll-out in Victoria

From 1 July, VET FEE-HELP, the income contingent loan scheme that supports students studying diploma, advanced diploma, vocational graduate certificate and vocational graduate diploma qualifications, has been extended to subsidised diploma and advanced diploma students in Victoria.

Nationally,VET FEE-HELPis expected to assistmore than200,000 equivalent full-time students during the next four years through loans totalling more than $900m.

As at 3 July, 27 TAFE institutes are eligible to offer VET FEE-HELP assistance. Information on VET FEE-HELP including a list of approved VET providers can be found at www.deewr.gov.au/vetfeehelp.

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New trade agreement with New Zealand and Pacific Islands

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is calling for public submissions and comments on a prospective trade and economic agreement between Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island countries.

The agreement is known as PACER Plus and is aimed at strengthening Pacific Island countries’ ability to trade.


Interested parties are invited to lodge submissions by 31 July. For further details, including guidance on preparing submissions, click here or call 02 6261 1248.

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India, China lead international student numbers in Australian VET

VET was the fastest growing sector in overseas student enrolments and commencements according the new Australian Education International data which compared year-to-date May 2009 data with the same period in 2008.

The VET sector grew almost 41% in enrolments and approximately 34% in commencements. India and China remain the two largest markets in the sector. To view the results click here.

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Increased language requirements for migrants

Tradespeople applying to live and work in Australia permanently are now required to have higher English language skills to receive entry to Australia. The changes began July 1.

Those applying for General Skilled Migration will have to pass tougher tests to demonstrate competent English.

For more information click here.

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Diary Dates

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATION RESEARCH (NCVER)
18th NCVER Conference: ‘No Frills’

DATE:

8-10 July 2009

LOCATION:

University of Ballarat, Mt Helen Campus

DETAILS:

For more information click here.

TERTIARY STUDIES EXPO
TSXPO

DATE:

18-19 July 2009

LOCATION:

RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane

DETAILS:

For more information, click here

LH MARTIN INSTITUTE
Professional Development for Leaders in Tertiary Education

DATE:

26-30 July, Melbourne - Research Leadership Program

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:

Click here for more information.

COMMUNITY SERVICES & HEALTH ISC
Making a Difference...2009 – Excellence, Inspiration, Action

DATE:

21 October, 2009

LOCATION:

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

DETAILS:

Click here for more information.

COMMUNITY SERVICES & HEALTH ISC
National Accolades for Excellence Gala Presentation Dinner

DATE:

21 October, 2009

LOCATION:

Crown Towers

DETAILS:

Click here for more information.

COMMUNITY SERVICES AND HEALTH INDUSTRY SKILLS COUNCIL
Mind the Gen Gap – Working together to meet workforce challenges

DATE:

5 November, 2009

LOCATION:

Dockside Convention Centre, Darling Harbour Sydney

DETAILS:

For more information, click here

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATION RESEARCH (NCVER)
Young people: finding their way in a new era

DATE:

10 November 2009

LOCATION:

Melbourne Park Function Centre, Melbourne

DETAILS:

For more information, click here

AUSTRALIAN TRAINING MARKETING CONFERENCE 2009
Connect, engage, captivate - hosted by Australian Training Marketing

DATE:

11- 13 November 2009

LOCATION:

Ultimo TAFE, Sydney

DETAILS:

www.atmaltd.com.au

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND
3rd National Conference for Enabling Education

DATE:

25-27 November 2009

LOCATION:

Toowoomba Queensland

DETAILS:

Click here for more information

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