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Newsletter: 7 September 2009


DPM promotes the quality of Australian education in India

The Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, spent the past week in India seeking to restore confidence in international education, and outline regulatory responses by the Australian Government.

Minister Gillard met with Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and the Minister for Human Resource Development, Mr Kapil Sibal. She also visited the Madras Christian College, the Madras Institute of Technology, and met with a number of students from Chennai who have studied in Australia.

To view further details regarding her trip to India, click here.

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TDA09 Conference - opportunity to participate in online survey

The TDA09 National Conference was held last Thursday and Friday on the Gold Coast. A full report on the conference including photos will be published shortly.

By popular demand, many delegates sought to respond to the presentation of Deloitte’s Gerhard Vorster at the Conference. This included an impact and capability diagnostic developed by Deloitte and an invitation to contribute ratings via an online survey. To take part in the survey, click here. It is planned that the results of the survey will be published in a future issue of the TDA Newsletter.

The TDA09 National Conference was voted by many delegates as one of the strongest for content and strategic input on key issues for the VET sector. An Occasional Paper will be published, and will include a full report for TDA members and stakeholders.

Dr Ronald Williams, Vice President, The College Board, Member of the American Association of Community Colleges

Deb Daly, Director Gold Coast Institute of TAFE, and Chair TDA

Gerhard Vorster, Managing Partner, Deloitte Consulting Australia

David Hetherington, Executive Director, Per Capita, Colin Walters, Group Manager, International Group, DEEWR, and Simone Wetzlar, General Executive Manager, People and Sustainability, Theiss Pty Ltd

Video message from the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP

Bill Burmester, Deputy Secretary, Tertiary Education, Youth and International, DEEWR

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Senate hearings - TDA gives evidence to international and regional education inquiries

TAFE Directors Australia last week appeared before two Senate inquiries. Transcripts of the evidence are likely to be available by next week. The two inquiries were:

  • The Senate Committee on the Welfare of International Students - giving evidence for TDA were Bruce Mackenzie (deputy chair, TDA), Virginia Simmons (board member, Victoria, and representative of the NQC), and Martin Riordan (CEO, TDA). The TDA evidence was reported in Wednesday’s The Age.
  •  The Senate Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs, in Tweed Heads, northern NSW. At this Committee, TDA’s chair Deb Daly was supported by representatives from rural and regional TAFE Institutes across Australia. The Senate Committee subsequently invited TDA to seek state and territory hearings when they proceed. TDA will circulate the proposed schedule for members.

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Loan scheme information sessions for interested providers

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations will hold information sessions about the VET FEE-HELP income contingent loan scheme during October.

The information sessions will be provided for Registered Training Organisations that are interested in learning more about the scheme and how to become an approved VET provider.

For details about the events click here.

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Invitation to AQF consultations

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Council will release a consultation paper on the changes proposed for the AQF towards the end of September, and will be holding stakeholder consultations workshops to discuss the changes.

The workshops will be held from 28 September to 16 October. TDA members are invited to participate in the workshops. For more information click here. To indicate your interest, please contact the TDA Secretariat, memberservices@tda.edu.au.

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Changes to the Victorian school leaving age

Victoria’s Minister for Education, the Hon Bronwyn Pike MP, has announced that from January 2010, the minimum school leaving age will be lifted from 16 to 17.

All Victorian students will be required to complete Year 10, and remain in some form of education, training or employment until the age of 17.

To view the announcement click here.

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New Training department for WA

The Western Australian Government has announced the creation of a new portfolio, the Department of Training and Workforce Development.

The new Department will focus on the delivery of education and training services to the WA community.

To view the media release click here.

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Call for papers – 13th Annual AVETRA Conference

The Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA) is calling for extracts for its 13th Annual Conference which will focus on: ‘VET Research: Leading and Responding in turbulent times’.

The Conference will be held at Surfers Paradise, Queensland, from 8-9 April 2010. Paper abstracts are due by 25 September. For more information click here.

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Diary Dates

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

DATE:

21 October, 2009

LOCATION:

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

DETAILS:

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

DATE:

21 October, 2009

LOCATION:

Crown Towers

DETAILS:

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ICTC SOCIETY
2009 Conference and Trade Exhibition

DATE:

27-30 October

LOCATION:

Geelong, Victoria

DETAILS:

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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:

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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:

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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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