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Newsletter: 30 November 2009

Senate Inquiry – recommendations into welfare of international students

The Senate Inquiry into the Welfare of International Students published its report on 25 November. The Committee’s sixteen recommendations cover most areas of concern including access to accurate information, employment entitlements, transport concessions and professionalism of agents.

Of particular interest are recommendations relating to: xml:namespace prefix = o />


Ø  expanding the role of the Commonwealth Ombusdman

Ø  a registration process which differentiates between providers in areas such as their level and quality of support services

Ø  a review of the National Code which should then specify minimum registration standards

Ø  clear and timely mechanisms developed by regulatory authorities and peak bodies to inform students of their rights in the event of a college closure


The report also included that the number of registered private providers with enrolments over 100 increased from 80 to 177 between 2004 and 2008.


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The changing face of TAFE in Western Australia – new brands for Institutes


Western Australian Training and Workforce Development Minister Peter Collier has announced a series of new brand names for TAFE Institutes in WA, as part of increased autonomy for TAFE Institutes. 


TDA congratulates  WA TAFE Directors for continuing to pursue improved governance, and we wish them well with the new branding campaign. 


The new branding has to date been announced for two Perth-based TAFE Institutes: Central TAFE (converting to Central Institute of Technology), and Swan TAFE (rebranded as Polytechnic West).


Ø Central Institute of Technology: On 23 October, the Minister for Training launched the re-branding from Central TAFE to Central Institute of Technology.  The new name and identity will officially take effect as of 1 January 2010, allowing for a period of transition and information to go out to students, industry partners, government, and community organisations.  


The launch coincided with the opening of Central’s underground training facility, the CUT Mine at the Northbridge campus, where a service tunnel has been converted into an underground mine with the help of industry.  The facility prepares students for working in a confined underground environment, before entering the industry. Click here to view the Institute’s website, to ''tour'' the mine click here.


Ø Polytechnic West; Minister Collier said the change will contribute greatly to raising the status of training and TAFE colleges, while providing the opportunity for the Institute to present itself as a centre of excellence.


With its new brand, Polytechnic West is driving an individual identity, and seeking opportunities to highlight its innovative and industry-led training solutions, with its own leadership in apprenticeship enrolments and segments of training. For more information on Polytechnic West, click here.


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Results of Deloitte impact and capability diagnostic – feedback from TDA09


Delegates from the TDA09 National Conference earlier in year may recall the presentation from Gerhard Vorster, the head of Deloitte’s Consulting practice.


This included an impact and capability diagnostic developed by Deloitte for the VET sector. An online survey version of the diagnostic was made available to TAFE Directors and in the weeks following the conference to respond.


The results of the survey are now available here. In viewing the results, it may be helpful to refer to the diagnostic for the list of attributes that were rated by respondents.


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More Australians undertaking study, but apprenticeships down according to ABS


According to new Australian Bureau of Statistics data, the number of school leavers not engaged in education or work increased 67% in 2009 compared to 2008.


Of those engaged in study, 38% were in higher education, 28% were at school and 21% at TAFE Institutes. Although the number of people engaged in study has increased, the number of apprentices and trainees has dropped by almost 26,000 in 2009.


For more information click here.


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New NCVER paper on the skills workforce challenges faced by Australia and India


The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has released a new paper that explores the common challenges of Australia and India in creating a skilled workforce for the 21st Century.


According to the paper, there is scope for further cooperation by governments to provide globally relevant, flexible, practical and well regulated training; however in the current environment, co-operation at the provider level is likely to be more successful.


The paper is a summary of the findings of Francesca Beddie, General Manager, Research, NCVER, who visited India in August 2009 at the invitation of the Australia–India Council. For more information click here.


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European tertiary study tour – LH Martin Institute 2010 opportunity


The LH Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management is inviting TAFE/VET industry leaders and policy makers to participate in a European study tour in February 2010.


The tour will include an opportunity to explore the European education system and visit cities including Brussels, Valencia, Glasgow and Paris. Click here to view the tour brochure.


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Giving novice VET researchers a boost


Ten NCVER Communities of Practice scholarships are available for novice researchers working in the VET sector. Successful applicants will receive $4,000 to help them participate in a community of practice where they will receive peer support as well as the assistance of a mentor to guide them through a research project.


If you have a problem in your workplace that research could help you solve then NCVER want to hear about it.

Applications close Wednesday, 17 February 2010. For more information, including how to apply and eligibility criteria click here or contact Bridget Wibrow on 08 8230 8450.


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Youth allowance Bill blocked


A Federal Government Bill relating to changes to the youth allowance scheme including the introduction of a student relocation scholarship has been blocked in the Senate. The continued uncertainty on the youth allowance amendments puts at risk arrangements for academic year 2010.


Senator Steve Fielding of Family First, voted down the bill saying that it disadvantaged rural students. For more information click here.


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Diary Dates



25-26 February 2010


Hilton on the Park, Melbourne


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8-9 April 2010


Holiday Inn, Surfers Paradise


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