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Newsletter 20 June 2011


High-tech resources industry learning centre opens in WA

The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, the Hon Senator Chris Evans, has launched a new $3.2 million Mining and Renewable Energy Training Centre at the East-Perth campus of the Central Institute of Technology in Western Australia.

The new facility will support mining industry training, focusing on exploration, mineral processing and gold assaying.

Minister Evans said the centre will provide “a modern teaching and learning environment for the state’s oldest technical training institute and graduates can look forward to strong job opportunities in Australia’s vibrant mining industry.”

Click here to view the media release.


Minister Evans with students from the Central Institute of Technology, WA


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Accounting program provides new pathways to university

TAFE NSW – North Coast Institute has launched a new program to help accounting students gain higher education qualifications.

The NSW Minister for Education, the Hon Adrian Piccoli MP, helped launch the new initiative at the Port Macquarie campus.

The program is the first of its kind, and will enable accounting students to study an Associate Degree of Accounting at NSW TAFE for two years, before progressing to the third year of a bachelor degree.

Minister Piccoli said: “This program offers real choice for people who may not have previously considered going to university or getting a post school qualification.”

Click here to view a press release about the launch.


The Strategic Alliance for the Tertiary Pathway to Accounting (left to right):

Professor Philomena Leung, Professor of Accounting and Finance, Macquarie University

Ms Evelyn Woodberry, Pro Vice-Chancellor Students and Social Inclusion, University of New England

Ms Patricia Neden, Chief Executive Officer, Innovation and Business Skills Australia

Professor Ian Goulter, Vice Chancellor, Charles Sturt University

Mr Anthony Gleeson, Executive General Manager, Member Knowledge, CPA Australia Ltd

Professor Grant Jones, Head of the School of Business, Australian Catholic University

The Hon Adrian Piccoli MP, NSW Minister for Education.

Photo courtesy of TAFE NSW-North Coast Institute


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TEQSA – discussion paper released on standards

The imminent Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has released a discussion paper on standards in teaching and learning.

The paper looks at definitions, and the state of knowledge internationally and nationally of setting and monitoring standards in teaching and learning. The paper concludes with a proposal for an Australian approach.

Click here for more information. Feedback on the paper is due 22 July.

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Queensland Budget – boost for work and training

The Queensland State Budget will allocate more than $104 million to the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative – aimed at helping people who face significant barriers to work.

Participants will receive training in areas including construction, horticulture, retail, hospitality, administration, community services and aged care.

Many of the projects undertaken by participants will be related to flood and cyclone recovery.

Click here for more information.

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New edition of China VET journal

The first 2011 edition of the Vocational and Technical Education in China Journal has been published.

The focus of this recent issue is the implementation of rural vocational education which is an important policy area for China.

Click here to view the publication.

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First round of skills funding delivered in August

Successful proposals for the first round of the Critical Skills Investment Fund (CSIF) will be funded from August this year, as announced by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, the Hon Senator Chris Evans.

The CSIF will provide $558 million of funding over four years to support training and workforce development in areas of skills needs. Following a period of expressions of interest, 108 organisations have been asked to submit full proposals.

Applications are due this week. For more information, click here.

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Policy in the Pub – this afternoon in Sydney

TVET will be holding a ‘Policy in the Pub’ event on the topic of language, literacy and numeracy today at 4:30pm in Sydney.

Guest speakers will include Robert Paton, Chief Executive Officer, Manufacturing Skills Australia, Lindsay McGarity, Director, Social Inclusion and Vocational Access Skills Unit, TAFE NSW Training and Education Support, and Jana Scomazzon, LLN expert and Director, Language and Training Group.

Click here for more information. Please advise by 2pm if you wish to attend.

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Diary Dates

Higher Education on the Edge
DATE: 4-7 July, 2011
LOCATION: Radisson Resort, Gold Coast
DETAILS: Click here for more information

20th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference (No Frills)
DATE: 13-15 July, 2011
LOCATION: North Coast TAFE, Coffs Harbour
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Inaugural Regional Higher Education Forum
DATE: 2-3 August, 2011
LOCATION: Coffs Harbour
DETAILS: More information soon

2011 National VET Conference
DATE: 4-5 August, 2011
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2011 National Conference
DATE: 10 August, 2011
LOCATION: Four Season’s Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2011 National Conference
DATE: 5-6 September, 2011
LOCATION: Sheraton on the Park Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: More information here

2011 Conference
DATE: 11-14 October, 2011
LOCATION: Adelaide Convention Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AUSTAFE National Conference
2020 Vision
DATE: 12-14 October, 2011
LOCATION: Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for more information

ePortfolios Australia Conference 2011
DATE: 17-18 October, 2011
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Looking ahead - Group Training National Conference
DATE: 19-21 October, 2011
LOCATION: Grand Hyatt, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Australasian Association for Institutional Research Forum “Let the sunshine in”
DATE: 9-11 November, 2011
LOCATION: Sea World Resort, Gold Coast
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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