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Newsletter | 24 July 2017

In this edition


Sage college collapse shines light on student protection

Students of the former Sage Institute of Fitness have gone public about confusing advice in the wake of the college's collapse in March.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that, under the Tuition Assurance Scheme managed by ACPET, not all students have been able to find suitable alternative training, and many are seeking refunds and crediting of their student loans. .

Student, Robyn Dunphy says she is unhappy that after two months she has had no information in regard to having her loan credited and is receiving conflicting information from tax and education officials.

"The ATO has said they will continue to seek repayment until they are told otherwise by the department. We have been given no time frames, and when you speak to the ATO they tell you to speak with the department, and the department tells you to speak to the ATO," Ms Dunphy said.

See the SMH article

TDA convention to explore the challenge of digital disruption

One of the concurrent sessions at the TDA convention in Adelaide in September will focus on the issue of the digital economy and the need to skill the current and next generation of the workforce to deal with this transformation.

CEDA recently reported that almost five million jobs face a high probability of being replaced in the next decade due to digital disruption.

The session will be facilitated by Brad Davies, Managing Director of Vector Consulting.

Presenters are Seiyi Goh, Director of Group Talent Management & Development at Singapore Telecommunications; and Annella Heytens, Vice President and Head of Human Resources for Cisco Asia Pacific, Japan, Greater China and Singapore.

For more information and to register, click here.

'Heroes of traditional trades' photographic competition

A national photographic competition is being held to uncover the 'heroes of traditional trades’.

Entrants are required to photograph tradespeople or craftspeople involved in the conservation of a place of heritage significance.

The competition is organised by Australia ICOMOS, the peak cultural heritage conservation body, National Skills Week, SkillsOne Television, the National Trust of South Australia and the ISS Institute. It aims to celebrate trades and crafts that are often in danger of disappearing.

Photographs could feature a building trade, a landscape practice or a traditional activity associated with the social values of a place - anything from roofing to flooring, paddock fencing, dry stone walling, hedge-laying, or trades from traditional mining or the making of soft furnishings.

Entries close August 8.

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Left, a short-listed entry from the 2015 competition, Dry Stone-Walling, by Kristin Munday, and, right, the winning entry, Atlas Wrought Artworks, by Wendy McCaffley

TAFE Queensland scholarships to promote STEM

Applications have opened for scholarships that will enable Queenslanders to study at TAFE before going on to study STEM subjects at university.

The Advance Queensland scholarship program will provide a total of $350,000 for 70 scholarships over two years.

“The program is designed to encourage students to complete both a TAFE Queensland qualification and university study in STEM related careers including nursing, engineering, science and technology," the Minister for Small Business Leeanne Enoch said.

It will provide financial support of $5000 in the first year and a potential top-up of $5000 if the student goes on to university.

TAFE Queensland Chief Executive Officer Jodi Schmidt said the scholarships will deepen TAFE Queensland’s existing successful scholarship program which to date has awarded more than 130 scholarships.

Applications for semester one 2018 close 31 August.

For more information visit advance.qld.gov.au/researchers or

TDA 2017 Convention market place – Delegate choice

This TDA convention market place will run for 90 minutes on Thursday 7 September, 3.45pm – 5.15pm.

The market place will comprise a selection of 20+ topics each of 25 minutes’ duration. Each delegate will be asked to choose three market place sessions. After each 25-minute session delegates will move on to a new issue.

Presenter/delegates will lead the small group discussion on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Who decides what networked TAFEs know?
  • Project 100-transforming teaching practice
  • Indigenous workers making a difference in remote communities
  • Networked across sectors and across institutions
  • 3D simulation digital learning
  • Well being and resilience skills in VET

For the full list of presenters and descriptions of convention market place sessions click here

Melbourne forum to examine the role of women in quality education

Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE) and Adult Learning Australia (ALA) are co-hosting a forum in Melbourne on 10 August that will discuss issues to support women and girls in pursuing their educational goals.

It will focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the targets these set around quality education and gender equality.

Details: Thursday 10 August 2017, 10.00 am-3.30 pm
Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre
251 Faraday Street, Carlton, Melbourne.

This is the chance to learn more about the SDGs and have a say in how they should be implemented in the VET sector.

See the flyer

Also, the day before the event, there will be a public forum and a chance to hear Alice Albright from Global Partnership for Education (GPE). 

At the recent G20 meeting, GPE chair Julia Gillard spoke about the decline in financing of education at a time when some 61 million girls continue to miss out on primary and lower-secondary schooling.

The forum, 'The Financing Gap and the Challenges of achieving the goals for Women and Girls' Education', will be held on 9 August from 5.00 - 6:30 pm at the Council Chambers, Building 20, RMIT University, Melbourne.

Further details will be available soon.

Diary Dates

Queensland Training Awards
Department of Education and Training, Queensland
July 2017
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Youth Engagement Summit
25 July 2017
Ovolo Woolloomooloo, Sydney
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Community Colleges Australia Annual Conference 2017
25 - 27 July 2017
Citadines on Bourke, Melbourne, Victoria
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Making the Sustainable Development Goals Real in Adult Education
Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE) & Adult Learning Australia (ALA)
10 August 2017
Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton, Melbourne.
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Towards Carbon Neutrality Workshop
14 - 15 August 2017
City Convention Centre, Victoria University, Victoria
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TDA Convention 2017 - Networked TAFE
7 - 8 September 2017 (Welcome Reception 6 September at Adelaide Oval)
Adelaide Hilton, South Australia
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2017 VDC Teaching & Learning Conference
7 - 8 September 2017
RACV Torquay Resort, Victoria
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National Skills Week 2017
28 August – 3 September 2017
Nation wide
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National VET Conference
13 - 15 September 2017
International Convention Centre, Sydney
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Australian International Education Conference (AIEC)
10 - 13 October 2017
Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania
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AUSTAFE National Conference
Turning Together for Success
11 - 13 October 2017
TAFE Queensland, Brisbane
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Chinese Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE)
Annual Conference
19 - 22 October 2017
Beijing, China
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International Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Conference
THINK BIG for Global Goals
1 - 3 November 2017
RMIT University, Victoria
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National Apprentice Employment Network
National Conference
1 - 3 November 2017
Radisson Blu Hotel, Sydney
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Australian Training Awards
23 November 2017
National Convention Centre, Canberra
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