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Newsletter | 22 July 2013

In this edition


TDA welcomes Jodi Schmidt, CEO of TAFE Queensland

Ms Jodi Schmidt (pictured) has been appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer of the newly created TAFE Queensland statutory body.

TAFE Queensland was created in legislation on 1 July as a parent body to drive the strategic direction for all TAFE delivery in Queensland.

In the role of CEO, Ms Schmidt will continue to lead the reform of TAFE in Queensland commenced in her former role of Deputy Director-General, Training and Employment in the Department of Education, Training and Employment.

Jodi has enjoyed senior executive roles at Southbank Institute of Technology, before Queensland Government appointments. TDA congratulates Jodi on her new role, and welcomes her taking part in the upcoming TDA 2013 National Conference in Brisbane, 2-3 Sept.

Read more.


Community services and health workforce expansion

Increasing demand for those employed in Australia’s rapidly expanding aged care workforce was a key discussion for a briefing between the Community Services and Health Industry Skill Council (CSHISC), and the National Board of TDA in Sydney on Friday.

CSHISC Chair, Rob Bonner, and CEO, Rod Cooke, briefed the TDA Board on modelling showing aged care requiring 800,000 extra workers over the next 20 years, and disability care needing 120,000 over the next 3-4 years.

New models of care were discussed, as well as approaches for TAFE to extend its current heavy involvement in delivering community and health qualifications.

CSHISC is currently involved in workshops across regional and metropolitan areas, assisting organisations with workforce development planning and other issues through National Workforce Development Fund applications.

See CSHISC for further information.

Left to right: Rob Bonner, Chair of CSHISC; Dianne Murray, Deputy Chair, TDA; Rod Cooke, CEO, CSHISC; Stephen Conway, Chair, TDA.


$1.3 million for Victorian TAFE food, tourism and hospitality training program

A group of Victorian TAFEs have entered a $1.3 million project that will that will give regional Victorians an opportunity in the state’s food, tourism and hospitality industry.  

The Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall provided a grant of almost $800,000 to support the partnership between William Angliss, SuniTAFE, GippsTAFE and South West TAFE.

From next year, aspiring chefs, restaurateurs, event managers and tour operators will be able to start training for William Angliss qualifications offered through regional TAFEs in Mildura, Warrnambool and the Latrobe Valley. 

The government funding is part of the $20 million Regional Partnership Facilitation Fund (RPFF). 

Read more.


Register now for TDA 2013 national conference

The 2013 TDA National Conference to be held in Brisbane, 2-3 September 2013 will bring together a stellar line up of Australian and international speakers across five nations to focus on the most pressing issues facing the technical and further education sector.

The conference sessions and workshops will be particularly relevant to CEOs, senior managers and international and business development managers of TAFE institutes, as well as people interested in VET research issues. Future leaders of TAFE institutes will find the conference an invaluable professional development experience.

International participants are confirmed from, India, England, Scotland, USA, Hong Kong and China, representing industry, government and VET, Further Education, Community College and University education sectors

Issues to be discussed include the contribution of vocational education to productivity, the Asian Century, new learning approaches, tertiary connectedness, and issues impacting Indigenous workers and learners.

For further details of the people, sessions and workshops see the latest conference program available here.

Also a range of preconference workshops will be held at Southbank Institute of TAFE on the first of September 2013 details available here.

Check special rates and registration details available here.


Share your views on Training Packages

TDA members have been invited to submit their views on Training Packages for a series of articles to be published in Training Packages @ Work, prepared by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

Contributions may focus on, but not limited to, any of the following topics:

  • Training packages news/updates
  • new vocational education and training initiatives/projects
  • new teaching and learning resources and products
  • new vocational education and training related research
  • Vocational education and training conferences and professional development events.

If you would like to contribute an article, please write a paragraph lead in, with a link to the article and provide your article to TrainingPackagesatWork@innovation.gov.au


Review of TESQA cost recovery

The Department of Finance and Deregulation is conducting a review of the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines (CRGs) which focus on the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

TDA members have been invited to provide comments on a draft of the CRGs and the Cost Recovery Implementation Statement.

Written comments can be emailed by August 9.

There is also a workshop in Canberra on 24 July and anyone wishing to attend should email the Department by today.

For more information, contact Ms Annette Cannell (02) 6215 3410 or email: costrecoveryreview@finance.gov.au


Literacy and numeracy crisis? What crisis?

A new study from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has challenged the widespread assertion that literacy and numeracy levels in parts of the workforce are sub-standard and impacting productivity.

The study examines production workers in the manufacturing sector and finds that “none of the workers and trainers interviewed perceived the need for improving the literacy and numeracy levels of their workplaces. “

“Managers also generally failed to see a direct link between improving workers’ literacy and numeracy and improved productivity in their companies. Workers were performing their job tasks proficiently, despite the workers (and trainers and managers) acknowledging that in a normative sense the workers may have lacked spoken English, literacy and numeracy ‘skills’.

“Thus, the situation in these companies was at odds with national policy messages, which see low literacy and numeracy skills linked to low productivity.”

Read more.


NMIT gets $24 million expansion

Northern Melbourne Institute of Technical and Further Education (NMIT) has opened a new $24 million facility at its Preston campus.

The Minister for Higher Education and Skills Hon. Peter Hall said that the three-storey world-class centre will be used to deliver a wide range of vocational and higher education programs, from business services and civil engineering to interior design and children’s services.

“I am particularly impressed with the environmental features of the new building – they are symbolic of the strong and sustainable outcomes the Victorian Coalition Government is delivering for vocational training in Victoria,” the Minister said.

Read more.


ASQA accounts for initial two years of operations

ASQA Commissioners recently held their quarterly meeting with TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) ACPET, ERTOA and Community Colleges.

At that meeting ASQA presented an overview of its regulatory activity and key issues for its first two years of operation.

As at 31 May, ASQA was responsible for the regulation of 4,304 of the 4,873 Registered Training Organisations nationally 82.8 % of the national provider market.

ASQA‘s performance data included:

  • 12,754 applications received from RTOs, and by 31 May 2013, 11,009 (86.3%) had been finalised.
  • ASQA now assesses approximately 80 per cent of new applications in less than two months.
  • Where serious non-compliance with the standards was identified - ASQA rejected 446 applications between 1 July 2011 and 31 May 2013.
  • Of these, 88 were rejections of applications to register as a new provider; 269 were rejections of applications to add new courses to a provider’s scope of registration; and a further 89 were rejections of applications to renew the registration of existing providers.
  • ASQA also made 62 decisions to cancel/suspend the registration of a provider and 127 decisions to issue a written notice of intention to cancel/suspend the registration of a provider. ASQA also imposed another type of administrative sanction on 25 occasions.
  • This means that ASQA has rejected the re-registration, cancelled/suspended the registration, or given written notice of intention to cancel/suspend the registration of a total of 157 individual RTOs (noting that an RTO can have more than one of these regulatory decisions made against it).

Diary Dates

Flipped learning design for VET
Queensland VET Development Centre

DATE: 16 July – 13 August
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Getting started in e-learning
Queensland VET Development Centre

DATE: 22 July-26 August
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

New perspectives on learning
Queensland VET Development Centre

DATE: 1 August-30 August
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Knowledge management – use it or lose it
Queensland VET Development Centre

DATE: 7 August, 21 August and 23 October
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

National Skills Week
DATE: 26 August – 1 September
LOCATION: Various around Australia
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

AAIR SIG Forum
Australasian Association for Institutional Research Special Interest Groups

DATE: 21-23 August
LOCATION: Fairmont Resort, Blue Mountains
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Open Higher Education Markets in the UK - Seminar
TDA & LH Martin Institute

DATE: 28 August
LOCATION: LH Martin Institute, 715 Swanston St, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

TedX: This Way Up
Northern Sydney Institute

DATE: 28 August
LOCATION: Cameraygal Building, the Northern Sydney Institute, St Leonards Campus
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

TDA Annual Conference 2013 TDA Annual Conference 2013 - "TAFE Redefined"
TAFE Directors Australia

DATE: 2-3 September 2013
LOCATION: Sofitel, Brisbane
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Teaching & Learning Conference
VET Development Centre

DATE: 5-6 September
LOCATION: RACV Healesville Country Club
DETAILS: Click here for further information. 

2013 National VET Conference
Velg Training

DATE: 19-20 September, 2013
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Australian Council for Adult Literacy Conference
DATE: 30 September - 2 October
LOCATION: University of Technology, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Australian International Education Conference
AEIC

DATE: 8-11 October
LOCATION: National Convention Centre, Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

2013 AUSTAFE National Conference
AUSTAFE

DATE: 9-11 October
LOCATION: Gold Coast Convention Centre, Queensland
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

2013 AAIR National Forum
Australasian Association for Institutional Research

DATE: 13-15 November
LOCATION: Perth, Western Australia
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

conVerge13 - E-learning Conference
eWorks

DATE: 21-22 November
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Australian Training Awards
Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

DATE: 22 November
LOCATION: Perth
DETAILS: Click here for further information.