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Newsletter | 27 January 2015

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Planning has commenced for this year’s TDA National Conference to be held in Hobart, 9-11 September.

It is a ‘must attend’ for all vocational education and training chief executives and their senior managers, as well as federal and state government officials and others involved in VET.

The conference usually attracts over 350 delegates and has many informal opportunities to make contact with education and government leaders, in addition to the impressive structured program of addresses and workshops.

The response to last year’s 2014 TDA Conference held in Sydney  was  overwhelmingly positive with many comments such as, “Another fabulous conference”, “a very informative program”, “a good focus on key issues affecting the sector and so many very good speakers”, “fantastic forum … so many knowledgeable and passionate people”.  

We expect this year’s conference to achieve the same positive responses.

Training complaints hotline goes live

The federal government’s new National Training Complaints Hotline is up and running and ready to receive reports about rogue training providers.

The Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said that while the vast majority of providers were doing the right thing, a minority were ripping off students, employers and taxpayers.

“Unfortunately we have seen examples of students being signed up for courses they don’t need, or being offered incentives such as cash or a ‘free’ laptop, without being told of the thousands of dollars in loans they will need to repay,” he said.

The hotline is accessible on 13 38 73 (Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm nationally) or via email at skilling@education.gov.au

Opposition commits $34 million for TAFE in Queensland

TAFE has emerged as an election issue in Queensland, with Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk committing Labor to spend $34 over three years to rebuild TAFE.

“Put simply, TAFE Queensland will not survive another term of the LNP Government,” she said.

Ms Palaszczuk promised to create up to 100 TAFE teaching and support positions, and to repeal legislation that provides for the sale of TAFE assets.

TasTAFE Chair steps down

The Chair of the Board of TasTAFE, Kathryn Thomas, has stepped down, and the position will be advertised shortly.

The Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff, said Ms Thomas was stepping down due to her Global Learning role with IBM, which has become increasingly demanding and requires additional overseas travel.

TasTAFE CEO and TDA Chair Stephen Conway thanked Ms Thomas for her expertise, commitment and leadership of the TasTAFE Board and the strong guidance and support she provided.

An Interim Chair will soon be appointed, and expressions of interest for the position of chair will be advertised.

Competency based apprentice project finalised

A series of information sessions for training providers will be held around Australia in February and March to share findings from the Engineering Excellence project, being managed by Australian Industry Group.

The national project has explored the implementation of competency based wage progression and completion for apprentices.

It has direct relevance to metal trades, but also to others dealing with competency based wage progression, such as building and construction, and automotive

Stakeholders such as employers, group training organisations, apprentice field officers/training consultants or Australian Apprenticeship Centres are also welcome to attend.

See more.

Vacancy for Policy Director at TDA

An opportunity will shortly become available at TDA in the role of Director, Policy.  

This full time position may be located in either Sydney or Canberra (negotiable).  

As an initial step, please contact Member Services on email: memberservices@tda.edu.au or phone 02 9217 3180 to obtain a Candidate Information Package.  

Applications close 6th February 2015.

Diary Dates

Victoria University
Financial Sustainability in VET

DATE: 25-26 February 2015
LOCATION: Victoria University City Convention Centre, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Engineering Excellence Project Information Sessions
Australian Industry Group

DATE: February & March 2015
LOCATION: Various locations around Australia
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

VET Development Centre
Learning Lab

DATE: 5 March 2015
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Australian Workplace Practitioners’ Network
Foundation Skills at Work

DATE: 18-20 March 2015
LOCATION: Melbourne, Victoria
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

18th Annual Conference

DATE: 8-10 April 2015
LOCATION: The Rendezvous Grand, Melbourne
DETAILS: More information.

National Congress & Expo

DATE: 2 & 3 June 2015
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Western Sydney Careers Expo
DATE: 18-21 June 2015
LOCATION: Showground, Sydney Olympic Park
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

‘No Frills’ conference

DATE: 6-8 July 2015
LOCATION: University of Western Sydney
DETAILS: More information.

VET Development Centre
Teaching and Learning Conference

DATE: 3-4 September 2015
LOCATION: RACV Torquay Resort, Victoria
DETAILS: More information.

National VET Conference
Velg Training

DATE: 17-18 September 2015
LOCATION: Adelaide Convention Centre
DETAILS: More information.