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Newsletter: 14 September 2009


International Student Roundtable begins today

The Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, is hosting from today an International Student Roundtable in Canberra, to discuss student experiences and concerns.

A total of 31 international students were chosen out of 1,300 applicants to participate in the Roundtable. Outcomes will be included in a review of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act, and will be presented to the Ministerial Council on Tertiary Education and Employment at its meeting this month.

TDA will be represented at tonight’s Parliamentary Dinner for the Roundtable by its board member, Dr. Colin Adrian, CEO of Canberra Institute of Technology.

To view a list of the students click here.

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WorldSkills – Australia doubles success in competition

Congratulations to the 26 WorldSkills ‘Skillaroos’ who competed in the 40th International WorldSkills competition in Calgary, Canada.

The team successfully held their ranking of fifth in the world, winning two Gold, five Silver and five Bronze medals. This result is double the medal tally achieved at the previous competition in Japan.

For a full list of the results click here.

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Migration list under review – submissions welcome

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, have released a second issues paper on the review of the Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL).

Responses to the paper are invited by 18September. TDA invites member international executives to submit their comments to TDA by 16 September, to assist with a TDA submission. To view the first issues paper from the review click here.

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Peak bodies press for PPP changes – media report

The Weekend Australian newspaper has published a detailed review of the Federal skills initiative, the Productivity Places Program (PPP).

The article, ‘Kevin Rudd's $2bn skills plan in disarray’, contains criticism from a broad group of industry leaders, including TDA, who say the PPP was underfunded, resulting in only low-level skills development.

The VET leadership were reported as saying the PPP is missing its target of training high-level skills to meet Australia’s skills shortages. The article says that Australia's 58 public TAFE colleges, which are responsible for more than three-quarters of the market for students and courses in vocational training, received only 4 per cent of the program funding so far.

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TDA09 – Deloitte diagnostic survey

TDA09 delegates are urged to take the opportunity provided by presenter Gerhard Vorster to participate in an impact and capability diagnostic developed by Deloitte via an online survey. This is a great opportunity for Institutes to review their strategic and HR planning. 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, Skills for Australia’s Emergence from the Global Financial Crisis, presentations and photos are now available to view on the TDA website.

Feedback was very positive, with over 90% of respondents agreeing that the Conference met or exceeded their objectives.

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Employers share their views on the VET system

A new survey from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has found that Australian employers are generally satisfied with the VET system; however their most pressing recommendation is for government to better support apprentices and their employers.

The report, titled: Employers' views on improving the vocational education and training system, tracked employer views about training. Government support for employers of apprentices was nominated as the single most important issue. View the report here.

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New equity council gets underway

The newly established National VET Equity Advisory Council (NVEAC) recently held its first meeting. The Taskforce was set up to provide advice to the Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment (MCTEE) and to establish equity reform in the national training system.

A communiqué from the first meeting is available here. VET stakeholders can also subscribe to receive updates from NVEAC. TDA’s representative on the Taskforce is Elizabeth McGregor, Institute Director, North Coast Institute of TAFE NSW.

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AVETRA news

Conference – Call for Papers and workshop presentations

The Australian Vocational Education Research Association (AVETRA) is calling for abstracts for its 13th Annual Conference. The Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Surfers Paradise, 8 - 9 April 2010, and will seek to explore the ways in which VET research can lead or respond in turbulent times. Click here for more information.

It is also calling for presenters for a series of workshops to be held before the Conference. For workshop guidelines or to register your interest click here.

Research Development Teleconferences

AVETRA is running professional development teleconferences for new researchers during October and November. Each teleconference will focus on a different part of the research process. For more details click here.

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TAFE specific workshops at AIEC Conference

Members are advised that the upcoming Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) will include a range of TAFE and VET-specific sessions. The Conference will include a full day of pre-conference worships, on 13 October, covering 14 topics.

Two key VET workshops have been designed for TAFE institutes and VET sector providers including: ‘VET Business Intelligence: Using the Data’ (presented by Melissa Banks), and ‘Preparing a VET Institutional Strategy’ (Rebecca Biazos and Rob Parsonson). Click here to visit the conference website, or here to view specific VET session information.

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BHERT Workforce Australia Forum

The Business/Higher Education Round Table (BHERT) is holding the Workforce Australia Forum on 22 October at the Victoria University.

The Forum, titled ‘Workforce Australia: A Degree of Vision in the Global Financial Crisis’, will offer business, industry and tertiary education stakeholders the opportunity to discuss the future development and requirements of Australia’s workforce. 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:

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.

ICTC SOCIETY
2009 Conference and Trade Exhibition

DATE:

27-30 October

LOCATION:

Geelong, Victoria

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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