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Newsletter 24 January 2011


Chilean scholarship program sees first group begin their studies

The first cohort of Chilean students have commenced their studies with TAFE Institutes in Australia under a new scholarship program.

This is an important milestone for the program, which is funded by the Chilean Government as part of their BECAS Chile program, and managed in Australia by TDA.

More than 140 students are expected to study in one of fourteen TAFE Institutes across Australia over the next two years. TDA will update readers with news and stories from the students as the program continues.

For more details on the program, see a media release here. The official BECAS Chile website also provides a comprehensive overview of the program in Spanish.

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Skills shortages hindering post-flood reconstruction

Skills shortages are threatening the recovery plan in flood-ravished areas of the country, according to the head of the clean-up effort, Major-General Mick Slater.

He said large mining and energy projects in Queensland will make it more difficult to find the number of workers needed for the reconstruction, according to the Australian Financial Review.

View the article here (page 1, page 2).

As the flooding continues, TDA offers is support to those Victorian communities now affected, and hopes that all TAFE staff and students stay safe.

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TDA members urged to have their say on important Training Package

TDA members are urged to give feedback on the review of the Diploma of Training Assessment (TAA 50104), an important qualification for TAFE staff.

Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA) is reviewing the Training Package following the recent review of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

The Training Package will be a critical tool for TAFE Institutes wanting to develop the qualifications of their staff. IBSA wants to hear from TAFE members, and their staff responsible for teacher training, about what they think should be critical elements of the program.

TDA will be submitting a formal response and members are strongly urged to participate. Details of the proposed structure and units of the Training Package are available here, and members are asked to respond to Pam Caven (TDA) by 7 February.

Louise Palmer, General Manager People and Organisational Development at Kangan Batman Institute of TAFE, is TDA’s representative on the National Project Reference Group (NPRG). Louise can be contacted at lapalmer@bigpond.com.

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Victorian tertiary applications drop

Victorian applications to study tertiary courses at TAFE stand at more than 11,000, a drop of 10% from last year according to the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre figures.

Overall, the number of students who received tertiary offers was 75,000 – up 2.5% from last year. The number of socio-economically disadvantaged students who received offers increased 8%.

To view an article from The Age, click here. To view the results from specific TAFE Institutes, click here.

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New appointments to TAFE leadership positions in Tasmania and Northern Territory

TDA congratulates Paul Murphy on his recent appointment as General Manager of Tasmanian Polytechnic. In addition to his new role, Paul joins the TDA Board as the representative for TAFE in Tasmania.

TDA also congratulates John Hassedwho has been appointed on secondment from the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training as Pro Vice Chancellor, Vocational Education and Training, at Charles Darwin University.

John has represented Queensland and the Northern Territory on the National Senior Officials Committee for VET for almost a decade. He is also Chair of the National Training Statistics Committee and a Director on the Board of the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research. John will also represent the Northern Territory on TDA’s Board of Directors.

Updated profiles for both Paul and John will soon be on the TDA website in the ‘About Us’ section.

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Shanghai Expo report now available

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has released the final report on Australia’s involvement with the Shanghai 2010 World Expo.  

More than eight million people visited the Australian Pavilion, and the overall evaluation from all stakeholders was very positive.

A summary of the ‘Education and Training’ program is on page 29, with specific mention of TDA’s highly successful symposium in partnership with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, and China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE). The full report can be read here.  

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Advance notice of TDA/LH Martin Institute mission to the USA

TDA and the LH Martin Institute are arranging a joint mission to the USA, with a focus on Community Colleges.

An Expressions of Interest form for the mission will be sent out to members later this week and will include a program overview and itinerary.

The mission will commence on 9 April in New Orleans to coincide with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) 91st Convention, and will then move to Florida and conclude on 16 April.

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Higher Education conference early bird offer closing soon

Early bird registration is closing soon for the 2011 Universities Australia Higher Education Conference, to be held 2-4 March at the Hotel Realm, Canberra.

The keynote address will be delivered by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, Senator the Hon. Chris Evans. To view the program click here. Early bird registration closes 28 January.

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Uncompetitive visa requirements hurting the universities sector

The Australian market for international university students is at risk of being hijacked by other countries including the United States, Britain, and Canada because of more expensive and complex visa requirements, according to a new report.

The report by the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy finds that visas can be up to $200 more expensive in Australia, and that students have to prove they have funds for the entire course, rather than for just one year, as in other countries.

To view an article in the Sydney Morning Herald click here. To view the report click here.

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Space management workshop

The Tertiary Education Facilities Management Association (TEFMA) is holding its national Space Management Workshop in Fremantle, from 27 – 29 March.

The purpose of this workshop is to gather and share collective wisdom on the issue of space management. Participants will be encouraged to participate in facilitated discussions, which will then be used to improve the TEFMA Space Planning Guidelines.   

Key elements of the workshop will include strategies used in managing space, systems used for managing space, common language and definitions in space management, and the skills required to manage space.

Registrations are now open. For more information please visit the website or contact Brigitte Cunningham 03 6234 7844 orbrigitte@leishman-associates.com.au.

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Diary Dates

TAFE Governance and Regulations Forum
DATE: 28 February – 1 March, 2011
LOCATION: Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne 
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Gaining the Edge – Outcomes, Equity and Innovation
DATE: 3-4 May, 2011
LOCATION: Hilton on the Park, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2011 Queensland VET Symposium
DATE: 12-13 May, 2011
LOCATION: Hilton, Brisbane
DETAILS: Click here for more information

No Frills
DATE: 13-15 July, 2011
LOCATION: North Coast TAFE, Coffs Harbour
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Nominations closing date
DATE: 25 March, 2011
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Interconnected Tertiary Education - Stronger pathways across Higher Education & VET for increased participation
DATE: 30-31 March, 2011|
LOCATION: Mercure, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

The 9th Annual Higher Education Summit
DATE: 27-29 April, 2011
LOCATION:Sofitel, Brisbane  
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Research in VET: Janus – Reflecting Back, Projecting Forward
DATE: 28-29 April, 2011
LOCATION: Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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: 17 August, 2011
LOCATION:Four Season’s Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2011 Conference
DATE: 11-14 October, 2011
LOCATION: Adelaide Convention Centre
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

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