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Newsletter 25 July 2011

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The Whitlams’ Tim Freedman to perform at TDA National Conference

TDA is pleased to announce that renowned singer-song writer, Tim Freedman, will be performing at the opening event for the TDA Conference, to be held the evening of 4 September, at the Sheraton on the Park.

Tim will perform a piano and vocal set if his best known songs, including those from his group, The Whitlams.

Tim has been working on his first solo album titled “Australian Idle”, to be released in November. He is a vocal advocate of the TAFE system having been a long-time board member of the Mick Young Scholarship Trust which supports disadvantaged students with scholarships.

Don’t miss your place at the TDA National Conference. Book here.


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Many VET students not recognised for prior study by universities

Many VET students miss out on receiving credit for their studies when enrolling in university, with up to 153,000 VET undergraduates not receiving recognition for prior VET study according to new data.

Acting Director General, DET NSW, Pam Christie, also highlighted the difficulties faced by students in articulating from VET and TAFE studies into universities.

Ms Christie said only a trickle of VET students are accepted into higher education, with "endless mapping of curriculum to try and get articulation right".

"TAFE NSW has over 500 articulation agreements with universities for individual courses," Ms Christie said. "The waste of time and effort of all that work, compared [with] the actual flow of students granted entry on the basis of that credit - it's not working."

The Australian last week quoted data showing just 10,000 of the total 316,000 undergraduates commencing study in 2009 received recognition for VET qualifications. Click here to view the article from The Australian.

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UK college leader gives international perspective on challenges for VET

One of the UK’s most senior college experts has outlined the challenges facing the UK education system in an informative lecture organised by TDA and the TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute, in Sydney last week.

Julian Gravatt, Assistant Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, UK, addressed 24 senior managers from TAFE NSW, the NSW Department of Education and Communities, TDA, Skills Australia, the Council of Private Higher Education, the Office of the NSW Minister for Education, and TAFE SA.

Mr Gravatt identified the similarities and differences between the UK Further Education colleges and Australian TAFE Institutes. He also outlined the opportunities and challenges arising from the recent UK education funding changes and the release of the UK White Paper, “Higher Education, Students at the Heart of the System”.

TDA acknowledges Skills Australia, who supported the visit to Australia of Mr Gravatt.

For those unable to attend, the powerpoint presentation from the lecture can be accessed here. A podcast of the lecture will be available on the TDA website 'Events'  section soon.

Also on the TDA website is a recent presentation by Pam Caven, titled, "TDA perspective of higher education and further education in Australia", delivered to the Association of Colleges (AoC), in the UK, 16 June.

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Tertiary regulator update – ‘who regulates what’ for international education

The latest update from the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has just been released, and includes interim arrangements for regulating the international education sectors. Click here to view the latest TEQSA update.

The challenge for all providers is to determine exactly who will regulate what.

For Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) purposes, higher education providers and the higher education arm of dual sectors, will continue to be regulated by their state and territory regulatory bodies until the end of January next year.  From that point on, TEQSA will regulate these providers.

However, any provider delivering ELICOS (English language) and foundation programs, including the higher education sector, but not schools, will come under the Australian Skills and Quality Authority’s (ASQA) jurisdiction.

Providers delivering courses for overseas students across multiple sectors (ELICOS, foundation programs, higher education and VET) will require a Ministerial determination as to whether TEQSA or ASQA regulates their activities. This determination will become redundant as of January next year, when TEQSA assumes full responsibility for higher education providers delivering ELICOS and foundation programs.

Meanwhile, ASQA now regulates RTOs in NSW, ACT, the Northern Territory and some RTOs in Victoria and Western Australia.

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The power of international education in Australia’s public diplomacy

A new paper by Dr Caitlin Byrne and VET international researcher, Rebecca Hall, provides a strong argument for greater recognition of Australia’s international education as an integral component of public diplomacy.

The paper raises concerns over the fractured nature of current initiatives, both at government and non-government levels, and calls for more active leadership, evaluation and dialogue within the sector and the broader community.

It also articulates the concept of ‘soft power’ where the influence and attractiveness of a country is acquired when others are drawn to its culture and ideas.  

Click here to view the paper.

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Don’t miss nominations for ‘National Focus’ awards

A reminder that nominations are open for the ‘National Focus’ categories of the Australian Training Awards.

The National Focus awards acknowledge contributions of individuals, schools, businesses and organisations which have had a significant impact on the VET sector. Click here for more information

In 2011, categories include:

  • Australian Apprenticeships  -  Employer Award
  • Leadership in Quality Award
  • Community Pathways to VET Award
  • School Pathways to VET Award
  • Skills for Sustainability - Educational Institution Award

Finalists of the 2011 National Focus categories will be recognised at the Australian Training Awards in Brisbane on 25 November.

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Registrations open for TAFE Development Centre Conference

The TAFE Development Centre will hold its 2011 Conference, 1-2 September in Melbourne, which will this year focus on the important issue of social inclusion.

Local and international speakers will discuss options, strategies and new practices to ensure that education and support is provided to learners currently excluded from, or marginally attached to, work and learning.

Keynote speakers include Dr Barbara Bryan, President of Broward Community College in Florida, Jonathon Welch AM, founder of the Choir of Hard Knocks, Rod Cooke from the Community Services and Health Industry Training Board, and Paul Bird from Mission Australia.

Click here for more information or to register.

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Gold Coast Coomera Campus officially opened

The Queensland Minister for Employment, Skills and Mining, the Hon Stirling Hinchliffe, has officially opened the new $27 million Gold Coast Institute of TAFE, Coomera Campus.

The new campus features state-of-the-art film and television facilities. Mr Hinchliffe said the new facilities will be a major boost for the Gold Coast region.

“This brand new complex will provide a modern learning experience for students enrolling in creative industries, information technology and computer-based construction and engineering courses,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

Click here for more information.

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TAFE NSW Managers Conference 

The TAFE NSW Managers’ Association will hold its 2011 Conference at the Menzies Sydney Hotel on 26 August.

The theme of this year’s conference is: “Building Australia’s Workforce”. The conference aims to provide TAFE managers and educational leaders with professional development, access to topical information, workshops, networking opportunities, leadership awards as a means of promoting excellence in TAFE NSW.

Sponsorship packages are available. Click here for more information.

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AUSTAFE 2011 Conference and Mick Young Oration Dinner

Registration and sponsorship opportunities are now available for the AUSTAFE 2011 Conference: ’20:20 Vision’, to be held in Canberra, 12-14 October.

The conference provides an opportunity for TAFE and vocational education and training managers across Australia to develop their capability in leadership and innovation, discuss current and future issues impacting on the vocational education and training environment, and celebrate TAFE achievements.

The Conference coincides with the TDA Mick Young Oration Dinner, on 12 October at the National Press Club.

Click here for more information.

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‘Pathways for Progress’ Conference

Registrations are open for the joint VISTA (Association for VET Professionals) and VALA (Victorian Applied Learning Associations) 2011 Conference to be held at the William Angliss Institute in Melbourne, on 6 August.

Click here for more information.

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Webinar to look at the mixed tertiary sector

An upcoming webinar organised by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) will look at ‘Mixed sector tertiary education: Universities and private providers’.

The free webinar will feature Associate Professor, Lisa Wheelahan, of the LH Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management, and will run from 2pm-3pm, Wednesday 24 August.

Register here.  

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Diary Dates

Inaugural Regional Higher Education Forum
DATE: 2-3 August, 2011
LOCATION: Coffs Harbour
DETAILS: More information soon

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

2011 National Conference
DATE: 5-6 September, 2011
LOCATION: Sheraton on the Park Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: More information here

2011 Conference
DATE: 11-14 October, 2011
LOCATION: Adelaide Convention Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AUSTAFE National Conference
2020 Vision
DATE: 12-14 October, 2011
LOCATION: Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for more information

ePortfolios Australia Conference 2011
DATE: 17-18 October, 2011
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Making a Difference... 2011: Breaking Through the Barriers
DATE: 19-20 October, 2011
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition 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

Australasian Association for Institutional Research Forum “Let the sunshine in”
DATE: 9-11 November, 2011
LOCATION: Sea World Resort, Gold Coast
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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