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Newsletter 27 June 2011




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TDA hosts Shanghai Pudong VET Education Delegation

A senior educational leadership delegation from Shanghai Pudong Province, China, has visited TAFE Directors Australia, as part of a trans-Tasman tour.

TDA executives Martin Riordan (CEO) and Peter Holden (Director International and Business Development) reviewed the current VET policy issues in Australia, the Australian model of competency-based training showcased in the $20 million Chongqing VET Capacity Building Project, and student mobility.

The Shanghai delegation tour to Australia follows a senior TAFE delegation from Australia to Shanghai last July, which featured a joint China Australia Symposium on Vocational Education and Training. The Symposium culminated with a special luncheon in Australia’s pavilion at the Shanghai 2010 World Expo.


(L to R): WANG Dazhong, Deputy Director, Moral Education Division, Shanghai Pudong New Area Education Bureau; GU Xiaoguang, President, Shanghai Qunxing Vocational School; LE Yuntao, Deputy Director, Vocational and Adults Education Division, Shanghai Pudong New Area Education Bureau; Peter Holden, Director, International Engagement and Business Development, TDA; JIAO Yajiao, Director, Shanghai Pudong District NPC Standing Committee of Education, Science, Culture & Public Health; Martin Riordan, CEO, TDA; CHEN Guofu, Researcher, Shanghai Pudong Institute of Education Development.


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Minister Evans launches Australian Qualifications Framework  

The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, the Hon Senator Chris Evans, has launched a strengthened national qualifications framework.

The new Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the result of two years’ development and consultation by the AQF Council, led by the Hon John Dawkins AO. It sets out recognised qualifications in Australia, from senior secondary certificates of education to VET and higher education.

Senator Evans said the Australian Qualifications Framework will “ensure Australia’s education and training system remains the best in the world”.

Click here to view the Senator’s full media release.

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Legislation passed for higher education regulator

TDA welcomes the passage of legislation through Federal Parliament to establish the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA).

The passing of the legislation will enable TEQSA to finalise its development, ready for its establishment on 1 July, and its implementation on 1 January 2012.

TEQSA will oversee regulation for the tertiary sector and will replace existing state and territory regulatory approaches.

Click here for a media release from Senator Evans welcoming the result.

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TDA Conference – TAFE NSW Alumni

A reminder for NSW TAFE Institutes to nominate their alumni for the TDA National Conference alumni display at NSW Parliament House in Sydney.

The display will be featured at the Conference Dinner, and opened by special guests.

Please send nominations to the conference organisers before this Friday, 1 July. Institutes will be contacted in the coming fortnight to be advised of the final list, and next steps.

The TDA National Conference will be held in Sydney from 5-6 September.

  • Early bird registrations close 5 July. Don’t miss out.
  • For more information, visit the Conference website.

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New regulations for Education Services for Overseas Students

Implementation of the new regulatory arrangements under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act) will start on 1 July when the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) commences operations as the national regulator for vocational education and training.

The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, the Hon Senator Chris Evans, has made a determination by legislative instrument, under the ESOS Act, that ASQA will be the designated authority for all ELICOS and foundation program courses, except where they are delivered by schools.

For a breakdown of regulations for each state, and more information, click here.

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National Skills Week – opportunities to get involved in inaugural event

This year will mark the first National Skills Week, aimed at raising the status of vocational education and training, and celebrating its achievements, contribution and opportunities.

National Skills Week will run from 1-8 October, and will include activities and functions in local communities across Australia focussing on building the profile of vocational education.

To get involved, visit the new National Skills Week website.

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Overseas skills recognition – Government responds to 2006 report

Almost five years since the Joint Standing Committee on Migration released its September 2006 Report, Negotiating the Maze, the Commonwealth Government has responded to each of the 55 recommendations.

In many cases, events have overtaken the purpose and intent of the report, however a number of issues remain relevant including the application of the General Skilled Migration points test which clearly discriminates against trade and para-professional occupations. TDA encourages members to review the Government response and highlight specific areas which require further discussion or advocacy.

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Wine industry training opportunities in China

Austrade China has identified training opportunities for Australian VET providers in China’s wine industry.

China’s fast growing wine industry has created significant demand for vocational training in wine-related technology and services in the grape growing areas such as Shandong, Hebei, Ningxia, Gansu and Xinjiang provinces.

Several Chinese institutions seek Australian partners to run joint programs and deliver short-term courses in viticulture and oenology.  

While wine accounts for only 1.5% of China’s total alcohol consumption, it has great potential for growth. 

For further information, please contact Austrade’s Business Development Manager in Shanghai, Vivian Zhao.

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‘Study in Australia Taiwan’ exhibition

Austrade will host the 11th ‘Study in Australia Taiwan’ exhibition from 1-4 October 2011 in Taipei and Kaohsiung.

This popular exhibition is the region's premier student recruitment event showcasing the diversity and quality of Australian institutions and programs. The exhibition is the largest Australian education event of its kind in the market. 

Taiwan is a growing VET market, particularly in areas of hospitality, tourism, and English language services, and growing numbers of students are opting to enter Australia on Working Holiday Maker visas.

This event provides an excellent opportunity to raise profiles and meet students in the market. Registrations are now open here.

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Opportunity to deliver short courses to African scholarship awardees

Australia Awards for Africa (AAA) - part of the Australian Agency for International Development’s scholarships program - is seeking expressions of interest from Australian registered training organisations to participate in the delivery of fifteen short courses.

The courses are offered as awards, and will provide up to 350 participants to attend the courses to be delivered in Australia and Africa during 2012.

Click here for more information.

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Diary Dates

Higher Education on the Edge
DATE: 4-7 July, 2011
LOCATION: Radisson Resort, Gold Coast
DETAILS: Click here for more information

20th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference (No Frills)
DATE: 13-15 July, 2011
LOCATION: North Coast TAFE, Coffs Harbour
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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.

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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