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Newsletter | 23 May 2016

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NSW releases statement of expectations under 'Smart and Skilled' - signal of higher standards for RTOs

The NSW government has released the Statement of Expectations for the 450 training providers supported under the Smart and Skilled program.

It sets out the obligations on training providers to deliver quality training, practice strong ethics and be responsive and accountable if they are to continue to receive government support, the Minister for Skills, John Barilaro said.

Under the agreement the Department of Industry can request information from NSW Fair Trading to determine the ongoing suitability of training providers.The standards set out obligations across quality, ethics, accountability and responsiveness.

Quality standards include continuous improvement in training assessment, professional development for teachers, and meeting requirements under the federal regulator, ASQA.

NSW will oversee provider contracts including transparency around student fees. In the area of accountability, there will be an emphasis on data reporting and membership of an industry association. Courses will need to be relevant to industry and to matched by the qualifications and skills of trainers and assessors. Flexibility, including staged payments for courses, will also be required.    

Australia's top 'fridgies' battle out WorldSkills Australia competition

TAFE students from Queensland and NSW have clinched the top prizes at the 2016 WorldSkills Australia National Refrigeration Competition in Melbourne.

The winners in the three-day refrigeration competition were:

  • Gold medallist - Nathan McHugh, Brisbane Region, TAFE Queensland SkillsTech
  • Silver medallist - Hayden McColl, South West QLD Region, TAFE Queensland SkillsTech
  • Bronze medallist - Matthew Cleave, Sydney West Region, TAFE NSW South Western Sydney Institute

The top 10 refrigeration apprentices (pictured below with the judges) had just 18 hours to demonstrate their skills and knowledge by completing four tasks - installing a refrigeration system, commissioning an air conditioning system, refrigeration fault finding and electrical fault finding. Watch the competition video.

The competitors were vying for a chance to represent Australia as a Skillaroo at the 44th WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi next year.

Amazing achievement by four West Papua students

Four West Papua students who articulated from TAFE NSW to university through North Coast TAFE received top honours at excellence awards at Lismore last week.

After completing six months of English for Academic Purposes at Southern Cross University (SCU), the students enrolled in Certificate IV in Hospitality at Wollongbar TAFE, as a pathway into SCU degrees in business and tourism, which they commenced in February.

Three of the students, Reynaldy Wabia, Cornelia Karubaba and Yosina Bary shared Hospitality Student of the Year, while Agustinus Bame was named International Student of the Year at the Wollongbar TAFE Awards of Excellence.

The student arrangement was coordinated by corporate advisory and consulting firm AFG Venture Group in 2014. Another group will commence this year.

A proud North Coast TAFE teacher, Andrew Habner, who was with the group from their first day on campus, is pictured with the students below.  


Nominations open to Green Gown Awards for sustainability

The annual Green Gown Awards for sustainability are now open to all Australasian tertiary education institutions, including universities, TAFE, polytechnic and RTOs, as well as third party organisations and multi partner teams.

Global recognition of the awards continues to grow. New in 2016  is the GUPES Green Gown Awards, which see winners from six UNEP regions (Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America and West Asia) joining the international platform.

They will go head to head with the existing schemes in: Australasia; UK & Ireland and French-Speaking Europe and Canada for the coveted International Awards in three categories.

A short video explains the awards.They are free to enter and the deadline is 13 July 2016.

Chair Academy leadership program in Brisbane, August 2016

TAFE Queensland East Coast and TAFE Queensland Brisbane are hosting the Chair Academy in August.

The Chair Academy is dedicated to exemplary leadership development and has offered world-class, competency-based, leadership development programs for college and university leaders since 1992.

The annual International Leadership Conference attracts leaders from around the world to experience distinguished keynote speakers and presentations.

See here for more information or to book.

Opportunity to apply for a Fulbright VET scholarship

This Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Vocational Education and Training was established in 2005 and is for employees within the sector or training leaders in business and industry.

The scholarship is sponsored by the Department of Education and Training, and involves undertaking an educational program concerning VET policy or practice, such as a short course and/or research. 

Examples of those who may apply include employees, including teachers, managers, and administrators, of private and public training organisations, people who are leading VET in business, and staff within universities that teach in the training/skills sector of a university.

Preference will be given to those who have a record of achievement and are poised for advancement to senior levels.

See more.

Have your say about NCVER’s data products

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is looking at ways to improve its data products and would value your feedback.

NCVER would like to know what data products you use, how they can improve them and any ideas for products that would better meet your needs. Your responses will help NCVER make decisions about its future data products.

You can have your say at the NCVER data products online survey  It closes closes Wednesday 25 May.

Diary Dates

EduTECH 2016
30 - 31 May, 2016

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2016 Skills Conference
Group Training Association of NSW & ACT
15 June, 2016
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25th National VET Research Conference ‘No Frills’
4 – 6 July 2016
Rockhampton, Queensland

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2016 Executive Leadership Symposium: Building a Resilient TAFE
ACU Executive Education and the LH Martin Institute

4 – 6 July 2016
Sheraton Mirage, Gold Coast
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VETnetwork Australia
Biennial National Conference
27- 28 July, 2016
Gold Coast
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Victorian TAFE Association State Conference
18 - 19 August, 2016
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NSW TAFE Managers Association
19 August, 2016
Taronga Zoo, Sydney
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National Skills Week 2016
29 August – 4 September, 2016
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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 2016 Convention – Skills Resurgence
4 - 6 October, 2016
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Melbourne, Victoria
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Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Conference
4-7 October, 2016
Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart  
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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
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Australasian Genomic Technologies Association (AGTA) Conference
9-12 October, 2016
Pullman Hotel Auckland, New Zealand
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ACER National Adult Training and Assessment Conference
13-14 October, 2016
William Angliss Institute, Melbourne
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Australian Training Awards
17 November, 2016
Darwin, Northern Territory
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