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Newsletter | 25 March 2013    

In this edition


New report on manufacturing industry

Manufacturing Services Australia (MSA) has released a new Environmental Scan (EScan) report.

The report, based on feedback from industry stakeholders, outlines the priorities and concerns of the manufacturing industry to policy makers.

Click here for further information.

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell addresses RC-2020 conference at TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute

The NSW Premier, the Hon Barry O’Farrell, has celebrated a wider vision for TAFE NSW, while welcoming delegates for the Sydney visit of an international college leadership group focused on “renewal and change”, RC-2020.

David Riordan, the Institute Director of TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute, hosted RC-2020 delegates from the USA, Canada and the UK, last week. Delegates are visiting Sydney as part of a six-day program of events including a Global Forum, roundtable, site visits and a showcase dinner.

The Premier addressed the dinner, welcoming guests from participating colleges and a wide range of industry and education leaders from Australia, and spoke of his support for the wider engagement vision of the public provider (TAFE) to support vocational education through the region.

Mr O'Farrell also said that education services, including those provided by TAFE NSW, has overtaken primary industry to be the second largest sector in the NSW economy.

TDA was an official supporter of the RC-2020 conference, leading a workshop for delegates on our green skills initiatives and sponsoring the Sydney dinner for the Premier.

RC-2020 is an invitation-only alliance of large urban colleges. The Sydney Institute is currently the sole Australian member.   

Click here to view the RC-2020 website.

Premier O’Farrell addresses RC-2020

Tina Renshaw, TAFE NSW- Sydney Institute

Bruce Leslie, RC-2020 President, Chancellor of The Alamo Colleges, San Antonio Texas

House of Representatives Committee inquiry into TAFE and its funding

The Government has announced its support for a House of Representatives inquiry into the role of the Technical and Further Education System and its operation, as an outgoing initiative of former Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, the Hon Chris Bowen.

The inquiry has been announced with a wide Terms of Reference, due to ongoing disagreement between the Commonwealth and eastern state governments, over the terms of its transition support for TAFE, and funding the $1.75 billion reward payments under the National Partnership Agreement on Skills.

The former Minister Chris Bowen resigned on Friday, after revealing his support for Kevin Rudd in the Labor leadership spill last week. Three other ministers resigned from the Gillard Ministry, including Richard Marles, Martin Fergusson and Kim Carr. Simon Crean was earlier sacked as Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, and the Arts.

A new minister is expected to be announced today.

TDA will make a detailed submission to the House of Representatives Committee inquiry.

Click here for further information.

Australian TAFE Institutes host USA delegation on Green Skills

Under a 12-month agreement for TDA to establish a Green Skills International Network, led by scientist Linda Condon, many of our TAFE Institutes, industry skill councils and industry last week joined to host an intensive three-state Australian tour by a senior delegation of scientists from the American Community Colleges.

Funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), the delegation, led by Kathy Alfano, Director of CREATE, began a detailed benchmark review of sustainability technologies, including solar, thermal, wind and energy efficient processes – both in TAFEs and across industry partners.

The US visitors will prepare detailed reports on their benchmarking tour, with TDA publishing an Occasional Paper with the outcomes. In return, TDA has been invited to join the delegation to make a joint workshop presentation in April at the Association of American Community Colleges 2013 Convention in San Francisco. 

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North Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT)
Green Skills Centre  in Melbourne

Licella Plant for Bio-fuels visited by the American Renewable Energy Learning Exchange

Members invited to contribute to TDA for responses to NSSC, ASQA

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has published a Regulatory Impact Statement, stating the agency will move to full cost recovery with new RTO registration and course scoping fees. The cap for large provider registration will be $30,000.

TDA would much welcome Member comments, to support TDA making a detailed submission. We are required to make a submission by no later than 9th April, so input after Easter please – Friday 5th April.

Click here to view the statement.

The National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) has released a Position Paper on new standards for the regulation of Australian technical and vocational education.

The Chair of the NSSC, Hon John Dawkins AO, has now started consultations on the report.

Click here to view the Position Paper.

Changes to Higher Education Threshold Standards under TEQSA

Former Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, the Hon Chris Bowen,  made a series of technical amendments to the Threshold Standards, on the advice of the Higher Education Standards Panel.

The amendments were based on a number of technical errors in the current Threshold Standards which were brought to the attention of the Panel last year, including:

  • Address previous anomalies concerning qualifications required for supervision of higher degree students;
  • Clarify that compliance with the Australian Qualifications Framework may be included on the testamur or the graduation statement;
  • Omit and substitute the heading ‘Financial viability and safeguards’ with ‘Financial viability and sustainability’;
  • Clarify the grounds for issuing a statement of attainment, and
  • Make a number of editorial revisions.

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Diary Dates

AVETRA Conference 2013

DATE: 3-5 April, 2013
LOCATION: Fremantle, WA
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

LSAY National Research Forum: Are we there yet? Youth transitions in Australia

DATE: 11 April
LOCATION: Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Group Training National Conference 2013 – Group Training Works
Group Training Australia

DATE: 17-19 April, 2013
LOCATION: Sofitel, Brisbane Central
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

TLISC Awards for Excellence
Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council

DATE: 18 April, 2013
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Conference
Australian Council for Education Research

DATE: 9-10 May
LOCATION: Ultimo College, TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

NCVER ‘No Frills’ Conference

DATE: 10-12 July
LOCATION: Sunshine Coast TAFE, Mooloolaba campus
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

TDA Annual Conference 2013
TAFE Directors Australia

DATE: 2-3 September 2013
LOCATION: Sofitel, Brisbane
DETAILS: Watch this space for further details shortly.

2013 National VET Conference
Velg Training

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

Australian International Education Conference

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

2013 AUSTAFE National Conference

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

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