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Newsletter | 22 February 2016

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ASQA refuses FOI request to name those behind banned private colleges 

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has refused a freedom of information (FOI) request to release a list of 120 people linked to failed private training colleges.

The FOI request from Guardian Australia sought the names of individuals who have had limitations placed on their activities following the cancellation of a registered training organisation (RTO).

The existence of the list was referred to by ASQA Chief Commissioner Chris Robinson at a Senate hearing last October.

In its response to the FOI request, ASQA said that "the volume of notifications involved combined with the work involved in processing those notifications would substantially and unreasonably divert the resources of ASQA from its other operations."

Innovation and Applied Research Roundtable, Wednesday, 2 March, Canberra Institute of Technology

TAFE Directors Australia and LH Martin Institute are jointly hosting the Innovation and Applied Research Roundtable in Canberra on 2 March, 2016.

It is designed to stimulate discussions about TAFE’s contribution to Australia’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. Speakers from Canada, New Zealand and the UK will share the applied research and innovation models in colleges, institutes and polytechnics in their countries.

See flyer for more information.

It will be followed by dinner at the Lobby Restaurant. The guest speaker will be Swedish academic, technologist, and author, Göran Roos, a member of the Economic Development Board of South Australia, and Adjunct Professor at the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre, University of Adelaide.

Please register here by Wednesday, 25 February 2016 (limited space is available).

Roundtable venue: Canberra Institute of Technology
K Block, 37 Constitution Ave, Reid, ACT

Dinner venue: Lobby Restaurant
King George Terrace, Parkes, ACT

Fee: Roundtable only $380 (inc GST)

Roundtable and dinner $450 (inc GST)

International Presenters:

  • UK - Dr John Lea, Director HEFCE/AoC College HE
  • Canada - Dr Alex Zahavich, Vice President SAIT Polytechnic and Director, ARIS
  • New Zealand - Ms Kay Giles, Chief Executive, CPIT & Aoraki Polytechnic
  • New Zealand – Mr Chris Collins - Chief Executive, Eastern Institute Technology 

In you have any questions please contact:

Melinda Waters at TDA   mwaters@tda.edu.au  (02) 9217 4951

Ruth Schubert at LH Martin  ruth.schubert@unimelb.edu.au  (03) 9035 6042

Board positions open for Victoria's TAFEs 

The Victorian government is seeking expressions of interest from people who wish to be considered for board positions on TAFE Institutes.

The current board positions expire on 30 June 2016 and the Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert will establish an advisory panel to identify the incoming ministerial appointed directors, to commence their terms on 1 July.

Skills are sought across a number of areas including management, finance, law, community engagement, human resources, VET, and higher education.

See here for more information or to apply.

2016 Australian Training Awards - direct entry now open

The Australian Training Awards are the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

Applicants may have the opportunity to reach the national stage in November 2016 and gain Australia-wide recognition for the work they do. Australian Training Awards direct entry categories include: 

For individuals: 

For businesses:

 For registered training organisations:

Applications close on Friday 31 May 2016.

For more information, visit www.australiantraininagwards.gov.au or email australiantrainingawards@education.gov.au.

The 2016 Australian Training Awards will be held in Darwin on Thursday 17 November 2016. 

WorldSkills Australia appoints interim CEO

WorldSkills Australia has appointed Brigitte Collins as interim CEO, pending a recruitment process.

It follows the resignation of Mark Callaghan, after 10 years in the post.

WorldSkills Australia Chair Brian Wexham said Ms Collins has trained, coached and judged at the regional, national and international level and is regarded as one of WorldSkills Australia’s and WorldSkills International’s most highly regarded leaders.

TDA extends its appreciation and best wishes to Mark Callaghan for his contribution to the achievement of WorldSkills Australia.

Register to join Australia Week in China 2016

The Minister for Trade and Investment, Steven Ciobo, will lead a large Australian delegation to Australia Week in China 11-15 April 2016.

Austrade has developed an international education program that will commence in Shenyang and conclude in Shanghai. It will highlight education trends in China, the Chinese government’s development priorities and in-market opportunities for Australian education and training providers.

Delegates will take part in discussions focussed on human capital development opportunities and priorities for industry, borderless education trends including developments in the online and  digital landscape.

The program will also include business networking opportunities and site visits to education precincts.Education institutions may also elect to join an industry focussed stream to take advantage of the networking opportunities and industry development overviews.

See here for further information and registration.

Diary Dates

Innovation and Applied Research Roundtable
TAFE Directors Australia and LH Martin Institute
2 March, 2016
Canberra Institute of Technology, Canberra
More information

2016 Virtual VET Summits
Velg Training
8 – 9 March, 2016: RTO Managers
15 – 16 March, 2016: Trainers & Assessors
Online Live Stream
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Group Training National Conference
‘Skilling for Growth’
7 – 8 April, 2016
More information

AVETRA 19th Annual Conference 
20 – 22 April 2016
More information

WAVE National Conference
Women: Education, Empowerment, Equality. A New Agenda?
20 April 2016
Northern Sydney Institute, TAFE NSW
More information

EduTECH 2016
30 - 31 May, 2016
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2016 Skills Conference
Group Training Association of NSW & ACT
15 June, 2016
More information

25th National VET Research Conference ‘No Frills’
4 – 6 July 2016
Rockhampton, Queensland
More information

Victorian TAFE Association State Conference
18 - 19 August, 2016
More information coming soon.

NSW TAFE Managers Association
19 August, 2016
Taronga Zoo, Sydney
More information coming soon.

VET Development Centre Teaching & Learning Conference
1 - 2 September, 2016
RACV Torquay Resort, Victoria
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National VET Conference 
Velg Training
14 – 16 September, 2016
Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
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TDA Convention
4 - 6 October, 2016
More information coming soon

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Conference
4-7 October, 2016
Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart  
More information

2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition
6 - 8 October, 2016
Melbourne Showgrounds
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Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) Conference  
12-15 October, 2016
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
More information
Australasian Genomic Technologies Association (AGTA) Conference
9-12 October, 2016
Pullman Hotel Auckland, New Zealand
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Australian Training Awards
17 November, 2016
Darwin, Northern Territory
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