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Newsletter | 27 August 2012    
 

In this edition

  • Tertiary funding dispute looms for sector – Federal Minister’s claims on eve of TDA 2012 National Conference
     
  • Prime Minister  and Federal Minister target Victoria on TAFE cuts
     
  • Industry System Change – driving e-learning through industry-RTO partnerships
     
  • Apply now for business and higher education collaboration awards
     
  • AQF 5 and 6: Debating the future of mid-level qualifications in Australia
     
  • Outstanding best practice guides for international education and training now available
     
  • Introducing TDA’s corporate affiliate members:  Ellucian and ProLearn
     
  • Diary Dates
 

Feature story

Industry voices concerns on Victorian TAFE cuts

Australian Industry Group chief executive, Innes Willox, criticised the Baillieu Government’s decision to cut $300 million from the Victorian TAFE system, when the economy needs more skilled workers.

Minister for Skills Senator Chris Evans said the Victorian Liberal Government needs to revisit its decision to cut millions of dollars from the Victorian TAFE system.

Click here to read the minister’s media release.

 


Tertiary funding dispute looms for sector – Federal Minister’s claims on eve of TDA 2012 National Conference

Tertiary Education Minister, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, and Shadow Minister for Employment Participation Sussan Ley MHR, are confirmed to address next week’s TDA 2012 National Conference in Perth.

A dispute on tertiary funding erupted over the weekend between Senator Evans and frontbencher Christopher Pyne, over Opposition plans for uncapped university funding, and apparent support for Grattan Institute proposals to free up tertiary degree pricing to students.

More than 300 TAFE and sector leadership have registered for the TDA annual conference, due to begin with a pre-conference Tertiary workshop with LH Martin Institute afternoon of Wednesday 5th September.

As well as a strong representation from TAFEs and Institutions across Australia, delegations are planned  from Indonesia and India, and leadership from polytechnics in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Pre-conference workshops have reached capacity, proving this year’s program to be one of the most popular ever. The conference reception on Wednesday evening is also a sell-out event, and very few places still remain for Thursday’s GALA Dinner.

Waitlists are open for the pre-conference workshops and the reception. You are still able to purchase tickets to the Gala dinner, with our esteemed guest speaker from India, Chetan Bhagat.

Click here if you would like to register now.  

This year’s sponsors include:

DSIIRTE; TechnologyOne; Fuji Xerox Australia; West Coast Institute of Training; Echo360; Service Skills Australia; Group Training Australia; TAFE Development Centre; UniSuper Management Pty Ltd; LH Martin Institute; Ellucian; MEGT (Australia) Ltd; Victorian TAFE Association; and ETS Global Division.

 


Prime Minister  and Federal Minister target Victoria on TAFE cuts

The Prime Minister weighed into the Commonwealth and Victorian government dispute over the state’s cuts of $300 million to TAFE Institutes.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard was reported over the weekend, signalling Commonwealth continued concerns that the Victorian Premier, the Hon Ted Baillieu, had not reversed its Budget cuts to TAFE.

Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, Senator Hon. Chris Evans, addressed a Parliament House function for the Australian Education Union (AEU) in Canberra, earlier last week.

Senator Evans told education guests that the TAFE system was being indiscriminately singled out as a “scape goat” for wider cuts to the Victorian public sector, and this was directly threatening reforms only recently agreed by Victoria under its COAG and National Partnership Agreement.


Industry System Change – driving e-learning through industry-RTO partnerships

The National VET E-learning Strategy has extended opportunities to support industry adoption of e-learning in priority industry sectors and regional communities.

A share of approximately $460,000 (ex GST) is available for business case applications that can demonstrate industry system change using e-learning. 

This initiative encourages business and industry to partner with suitably experienced registered training organisations to implement e-learning that supports their workforce development needs.

TAFEs are encouraged to put forward applications as partners with industry – industry must be the lead agent.

Click here for more information, or contact Jyothi Jayaram on Jyothi.jayaram@cit.edu.au.


Apply now for business and higher education collaboration awards

The Business/Higher Education Round Table (B-HERT) encourages TAFE members to apply for the 2012 B-HERT Awards.

The awards focus on collaborations between business and higher education in research and development, and education and training.

Award winners will be announced by Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, at the Awards dinner on Thursday, 8 November at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Click here for more information and to apply online.

Applications close 7 September.


AQF 5 and 6: Debating the future of mid-level qualifications in Australia

The full program is now available for the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) conference, Debating the future of mid-level qualifications in Australia.

Keynote addresses will be given by: Tom Karmel,  National Centre for Vocational Education Research; Gareth Parry, University of Sheffield; Marilyn Hart, Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency; and Leesa Wheelahan, University of Melbourne.

A full program for the conference is available here.

The conference will be held at RMIT in Melbourne, on 25 and 26 October.

Registrations close on September 28. Click here to register.


Outstanding best practice guides for international education and training now available

As a service to the Queensland VET sector, TAFE Queensland International (TQI), part of the Queensland Government’s Department of Education, Training and Employment, has produced three best practice guides for the international education and training sector.

The guides include advice, guidance, step-by-step procedures and templates in three critical areas for the VET sector:

  • Developing outbound mobility programs
  • Agent management
  • Partnership due diligence

 TDA commends TQI for making these guides available for download, here.


Introducing TDA’s corporate affiliate members:  Ellucian and ProLearn

TDA would like to thank our corporate affiliates for their involvement and support. Our affiliates are committed to technical and further education, and maintaining and improving education, today and into the future.

Ellucian, the new company formed by the combination of Datatel and SunGard Higher Education, delivers a broad portfolio of technology solutions, developed in collaboration with a global education community, and provides strategic guidance to help education institutions of all kinds navigate change and drive efficiencies. Click here to visit their website.

ProLearn is the conduit between those who deliver training, companies wishing to train their employees, and the students seeking to build a brighter future. They also work with underperforming departments to identify and market to new segments and increase student numbers. ProLearn’s goal is to place over

5,000 students in 2013.  Click here to visit their website.


Diary Dates

NATIONAL SKILLS WEEK
DATE: 27 August – 2 September
LOCATION: Various
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE OF EDUCATORS DEBATES
DATE: 28 August (Sydney), 29 August (Melbourne), 4 September (Brisbane)
LOCATION: Various
DETAILS: Click for Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane

2012 NSW TRAINING AWARDS
DATE: 28 August 2012
LOCATION: Parkside Auditorium, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: For more information visit www.trainingawards.nsw.gov.au or call 1800 306 999, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/Training Awards

TDA NATIONAL CONFERENCE
DATE: 6 - 7 September 2012
LOCATION: Perth, Western Australia
DETAILS: Click here for more information

TDC TEACHING & LEARNING CONFERENCE
DATE: 6 - 7 September 2012
LOCATION: Victoria
DETAILS: Click here for more information

TDC – INTERNATIONAL VET PERSPECTIVES
DATE: 10 September
LOCATION: Citigate Central Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

TDA and TDC THOUGHT LEADERS
From Policy to Practice

DATE: 1 October
LOCATION: Rydges, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2012
DATE: 2-5 October
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: www.aiec.idb.com

AWPA AND INDUSTRY SKILLS COUNCIL JOINT CONFERENCE
DATE: 3-4 October
LOCATION: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Details will be available at http://www.skillsaustralia.gov.au

AUSTAFE 2012 NATIONAL Conference
TAFE on TARGET
DATE: 3-5 October 2012
LOCATION: Alice Springs NT, Kirribilli, Sydney
DETAILS: More information contact Lyle Mellors at lyle.mellors@cdu.edu.au

THE VETnetwork AUSTRALIA BIENNIAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE
DATE: 17-19 October 2012
LOCATION: National Convention Centre, Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AQF 5 AND 6 CONFERENCE
DATE: 25-26 October, 2012
LOCATION: RMIT University, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2012 AAIR ANNUAL FORUM
DATE: 12 – 14 November 2012
LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Terrigal, NSW
DETAILS:  Click here for more information

AUSTRALIAN TRAINING AWARDS
DATE: 16 November 2012
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.


TDA corporate affiliates: