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Newsletter | 20 August 2012    
 

In this edition

  • NSW Government urges overhaul of accreditation between TAFE and University and extension of CSPs
     
  • Senate committee recommends widening CSPs and attention to engineering completion rates
     
  • Important information for international student visa holders
     
  • VET providers invited to attend workshops to develop industry pathways
     
  • NCVER appoints new General Manager of Research
     
  • Unique Student Identifier External Reference Group
     
  • Assist research team to locate barriers for women in international business
     
  • Student visa statistics confirm continuing decline in visas granted in VET
     
  • National careers peak body responds to National Career Development Strategy
     
  • TDC’s upcoming programs
     
  • WAVE celebrates its Silver Anniversary
     
  • Diary Dates
 

Feature story

Launch of National Skills Week
Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, officially launched National Skills Week 2012.

The launch took place at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), Monday, 13 August, but National Skills Week will run from 27 August to 2 September.

Click here for more information.


NSW Government urges overhaul of accreditation between TAFE and University and extension of CSPs

A review of higher education has recommended making the accreditation system for students to transfer from TAFE to University less complicated, and said Commonwealth funding for TAFE and vocational training degrees should be extended beyond universities.

The Tertiary Pathways Review was chaired by the Parliamentary Secretary for Tertiary Education and Skills, the Hon Gabrielle Upton.

NSW Minister for Education, the Hon Adrian Piccoli, welcomed the report, declaring the year-long review was a clear roadmap to a better-connected, more efficient and effective tertiary sector.

“When implemented, the Report’s recommendations will improve tertiary education opportunities for many New South Wales students, especially those from rural and regional NSW and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

Click here to read the Ministers’ media release.

Click here to read the report.


Senate committee recommends widening CSPs and attention to engineering completion rates

The Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations has recommended that the government considers extending funding for Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) to all higher education students in Engineering Technology.

The committee’s inquiry into the shortage of engineering and related employment skills made a number of recommendations aimed at correcting the shortages.

The study recommends the federal government further investigate attrition rates in VET engineering courses, and work with states and territories to improve completion rates.

Click here to read the full list of recommendations.


Important information for international student visa holders

International students wanting to extend their stay in Australia should commence their visa applications before their current visas expire.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship reminds students of the changes made to its skilled migration program in 2010, including the withdrawal of the Migration Occupation in Demand List (MODL) and the introduction of a new Skilled Occupation List (SOL).

The transitional arrangements are in place until 31 December. However, students should allow enough to time for their visa applications to be processed.

Students affected by these changes will need to consider their options soon for when their current visa comes to an end. This may include returning home or applying for another appropriate Australian visa.

Click here for more information.


VET providers invited to attend workshops to develop industry pathways

The University of Southern Queensland has joined with the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DSIIRTE) to bring a series of pathway development workshops to the nation’s capital cities.

The 3D Articulation workshops involve education providers from the vocational and higher education sectors, along with industry and government, working together to develop education and training solutions in line with Australia’s industry and economic needs.

Further information about the project can be found here.

Click here for a 3D Articulation flyer.


NCVER appoints new General Manager of Research

Ms Sue Fergusson has been appointed to the role of General Manager Research at the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

Ms Fergusson has a background in policy development, research, data analysis and public finance, and is moving on from her role as Executive Director, VET Policy, for the Queensland Department of Education and Training.

TDA congratulates Sue Fergusson on this senior appointment to NCVER.

Click here to read the full story.


Unique Student Identifier Reference Group

The first meeting of the Unique Student Identifier (USI) Reference Group was held on 11 July.

The USI Reference Group is providing peak bodies with an opportunity to discuss key aspects of the USI, including legislation and governance, technical solutions, data management and communications.

It was reported that an exposure draft of a USI bill and the related requirements on RTOs would be presented to the Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE) in November, before being considered by Parliament. It is envisaged that the legislation will require that students have a USI prior to the issuing of any qualifications.

TDA members can contact Janice Zwierzynski on (02) 9266 8713, or by email janice.zwierzynski@det.nsw.edu.au, if they wish to discuss any issues relating to the development and implementation of the USI for possible consideration by the Reference Group. It is proposed that the second meeting of the USI External Reference Group would be held in early October 2012.


Assist research team to locate barriers for women in international business

Women in Global Business (WIGB) and University of Melbourne are looking to discover what drives businesswomen to engage in the international market.

The partnership will investigate what motivates and shapes such international engagement, what barriers women may encounter, and what mechanisms are utilised to achieve success.

The project aims to establish what barriers women face to internationalise their businesses. With your input we can develop better programs to support women in global business.

TAFE members are invited to assist their research by completing this survey.


Student visa statistics confirm continuing decline in visas granted in VET

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has released the latest visa statistics for both the June quarter and for the full 2011-12 financial year.

Of particular concern are the offshore grant rates for the sector which average 66.75% for 2011-12; more than 20% lower than for any other sector.

For the June quarter, total VET visa grants declined by 24.6% compared with the same period last year.

Offshore lodgements are slightly higher than the previous financial year: 23,324 lodged with 15,560 granted.

Overall the sector experienced a slight increase of 2,538 students for 2011-12. There appear to be major shifts in some offshore markets with VET offshore grants for China down 45.7% from 2010-11. Strong increases in offshore grants were recorded for the Philippines, India, Japan, PNG and Taiwan.

Click here for the Student Visa Program Quarterly Report 30 June 2012.

Click here for the Student Visa Program Trends 2005-06 to 2011-12


National careers peak body responds to National Career Development Strategy

The Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) has responded to the National Career Development Strategy Green Paper.

The Council’s submission in response to the Green Paper makes the point that a national strategy should focus on the development and implementation of a national careers service with four key areas of focus: 

  • A single brand (Careers Australia) for career development services
  • Access for all
  • High quality, personalised and impartial career services
  • Labour market and course information

Click here to read the response.


TDC’s upcoming programs

Workforce development provider, TDC, invites TAFE members to its upcoming events.

The first is an online program, aimed at developing the skills and knowledge to deliver skills for sustainability in their programs.

The program is part of the implementation of the national Green Skills Agreement and will be delivered in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology and Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE.

TDC will also present International VET Perspectives forums for leaders and managers.

Click here for more information.


WAVE celebrates its Silver Anniversary

Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE) is inviting TAFE members to celebrate its 25th birthday at their national conference.

WAVE is a national NGO representing the interests of women and girls in adult and vocational education, and their employment outcomes.

The conference will be held on 14 September at Conferences on Clarendon in South Melbourne, with a Silver Anniversary dinner in the evening.

To register now for an Early Bird price, and to find out more about the conference, go to www.wave.org.au.


Diary Dates

NATIONAL SKILLS WEEK
DATE: 27 August – 2 September
LOCATION: Various
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE OF EDUCATORS DEBATES
DATE: 28 August (Sydney), 29 August (Melbourne), 4 September (Brisbane)
LOCATION: Various
DETAILS: Click for Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane

2012 NSW TRAINING AWARDS
DATE: 28 August 2012
LOCATION: Parkside Auditorium, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: For more information visit www.trainingawards.nsw.gov.au or call 1800 306 999, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/Training Awards

TDA NATIONAL CONFERENCE
DATE: 6 - 7 September 2012
LOCATION: Perth, Western Australia
DETAILS: Click here for more information

TDC TEACHING & LEARNING CONFERENCE
DATE: 6 - 7 September 2012
LOCATION: Victoria
DETAILS: Click here for more information

TDC – INTERNATIONAL VET PERSPECTIVES
DATE: 10 September
LOCATION: Citigate Central Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2012
DATE: 2-5 October
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: www.aiec.idb.com

SKILLS AUSTRALIA AND INDUSTRY SKILLS COUNCIL JOINT CONFERENCE
DATE: 3-4 October
LOCATION: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Details will be available at http://www.skillsaustralia.gov.au

AUSTAFE 2012 NATIONAL Conference
TAFE on TARGET
DATE: 3-5 October 2012
LOCATION: Alice Springs NT, Kirribilli, Sydney
DETAILS: More information contact Lyle Mellors at lyle.mellors@cdu.edu.au

THE VETnetwork AUSTRALIA BIENNIAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE
DATE: 17-19 October 2012
LOCATION: National Convention Centre, Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AQF 5 AND 6 CONFERENCE
DATE: 25-26 October, 2012
LOCATION: RMIT University, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2012 AAIR ANNUAL FORUM
DATE: 12 – 14 November 2012
LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Terrigal, NSW
DETAILS:  Click here for more information

AUSTRALIAN TRAINING AWARDS
DATE: 16 November 2012
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.


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