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Newsletter | 27 February 2012    

In this edition

  • TDA raises key concerns at ASQA roundtable
  • VET funding agreement to be more open says Evans
  • Victorians voice their support for TAFE
  • New CEO for Bendigo TAFE
  • TDA welcomes new international education official
  • Indian mission successful
  • Global photography competition 
  • Auto qualification reviews imminent 
  • AVETRA conference
  • Students anxious about disclosing mental illness
  • Feedback sought on Business Training Package
  • Diary Dates 

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TDA raises key concerns at ASQA roundtable

TDA has raised a number of concerns with the leadership of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) at an industry roundtable.

TDA CEO, Martin Riordan, and Director - Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, Pam Caven, attended the roundtable, and TDA will circulate a summary of outcomes to members today.

ASQA said that Quarterly Provider Roundtable discussions between ASQA and key education and training stakeholders will continue, and TDA has been invited to raise any issues directly with ASQA Commissioners.

ASQA also said that the backlog of registrations – a concern of some member Institutes - is now being cleared, with ‘low risk’ applications to be cleared quickly. However, the requirement for data collections by private providers has been deferred, awaiting a review of ‘protocols’ – an issue of great concern to TDA seeking improvements  in quality to the VET system.

Meanwhile, an article in The Australian says that a Bill to refer Queensland’s VET regulatory powers to ASQA has been delayed due to the Queensland election.  Click here to read the article.

VET funding agreement to be more open says Evans

The next Commonwealth-state VET funding agreement will be more open and transparent according to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Senator the Hon Chris Evans.

He said stakeholders will be able to have a say, but will not be involved in final meetings with the states. Click here to view an article from The Australian

Meanwhile the SA Government has proceeded with an agreement to extend FEE HELP loans into South Australia, with details of an entitlement student system to be released soon.

Victorians voice their support for TAFE

A Victorian survey has shown strong support for TAFE from people in regional and rural areas of Victoria, with 84% saying they thought TAFE was too important to lose funding.

The survey canvassed the views of 1,000 people and was commissioned by the Victorian TAFE Association.

Regional community members were found to be more supportive of TAFE, than their city counterparts. More than 75% supported the government investing in TAFEs as a priority.

Click here for more information.

New CEO for Bendigo TAFE

A former teacher and senior company executive has been appointed as the new CEO of Bendigo TAFE.

Ms Maria Simpson stepped into the role of CEO following the resignation of former, CEO Dr Louise Harvey, in November.

Ms Simpson taught in Victorian state secondary schools for two decades. During the 1990s, she worked in senior management roles within the Telstra Corporation, and currently holds a director position at Castlemaine Health.

To read more, click here.

TDA welcomes new international education official

TDA received briefings from the outgoing Minister Counsellor (Education) Australian Education International (AEI), Iain Watt, and his successor Cathryn Hlavka in Canberra last week, along with officials from AEI.

TDA acknowledges the considerable contribution made by Iain Watt in recognising the major role of TAFE in China’s emerging vocational education and training system, and welcomes the opportunity of working with Cathryn as she takes up her post later this year.

Click here to view Cathryn’s profile on the AEI website.

L to R: Peter Holden, TDA, Cathryn Hlavka, AEI, Jason Coutts, AEI, Martin Riordan, TDA, Katherine Vickers, AEI, Iain Watt, AEI.

Indian mission successful

Victorian universities, TAFEs, private colleges and businesses have completed a mission to India which included visits to key cities including Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

The week-long trip resulted in the signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) between Victorian and Indian education institutions following an historic bilateral education meeting in New Delhi.

Read more here.

Global photography competition

UNESCO-UNEVOC is running a world-wide photography competition which aims to capture images of learners and workers, modern technologies and traditional crafts, from all regions of the world.

The organisation is inviting contributions from Australians on what ‘TVET looks like’, and the winning images will be published in UNESCO-UNEVOC's anniversary publication. Click here for more information. Entries close 9 March.

Auto qualification reviews imminent

Auto Skills Australia (ASA) will soon undertake a review of more than 50 automotive qualifications.

ASA will be in touch with its stakeholders to consult on the reviews. For more information, see the latest Autozine newsletter.

AVETRA conference

The 15th Annual AVETRA 2012 Conference will be held at the Rydges Capital Hill Canberra, ACT from Thursday, 12 – Friday, 13 April.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are now available, along with a registration brochure. The theme of the conference is “The Value and Voice of VET Research for individuals, industry, community and nation”.

For more information, click here.

Students anxious about disclosing mental illness

Students with mental illness are not disclosing their condition to teachers out of fears of stigma or prejudice, according to a new report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).  

The study shows that teachers believe students should disclose their mental illness to receive the right support, however students say their ‘desire not to fail’ prevents them from speaking-up.

Click here for more information.

Feedback sought on Business Training Package

Innovation & Business Skills Australia has released the proposed changes to the BSB07 Business Services Training Package.

Feedback is sought on the changes. These changes have been made after extensive national consultation and feedback.  Click here to access the draft units and here to access the draft qualifications.

Please provide feedback on the qualifications or units of competency by COB Wednesday 14 March.

Diary Dates

Quality in the Making
DATE: 27-28 February, 2012
LOCATION: Sofitel Hotel, Brisbane
DETAILS: Click here for more information

What’s new on the Horizon, incorporating Project Management
DATE: 29-30 March, 2012
LOCATION: Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
DETAILS: Click here for more information

DATE: 12-13 April, 2012
LOCATION: Canberra
DETAILS: Click here to submit an extract.

TAFE - Leading Skills Enrichment
DATE: 17-18 May, 2012
LOCATION: Hilton on the Park, 196 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne 3002
DETAILS: More information will become available in February.