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Newsletter | 28 August 2017

In this edition


International education providers to be the focus of regulatory scrutiny

Providers of international education have been put on notice that they will be the target of greater scrutiny under an updated regulatory strategy from the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

ASQA Chief Commissioner Mark Paterson said the agency has seen strong growth in the number of training providers seeking registration on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

It will now undertake a a strategic review of the delivery of VET and English language courses to overseas students, aimed at identifying what it describes as "good provider practice and potential areas of risk to overseas students and Australia’s reputation...".

It will also review training providers offering assessment-only services to offshore students in a number of target countries including China, India and the UK.

A second broad area of ASQA's crackdown will focus on trainers and assessors, including the delivery of the Certificate IV Training and Assessment (TAE).

"This continued scrutiny will apply to both RTOs currently delivering training products from the TAE Training Package and to any RTOs seeking to deliver these training products for the first time," ASQA says.

See ASQA’s 2017-18 Regulatory Strategy

Applications open for new round of VET student loan providers

The federal government has announced the latest round of applications for training providers to be approved to offer VET Student Loans (VSL).

The application process will open this Wednesday and will close on 26 September. A $5,110 application fee applies.

The VSL program commenced on 1 January, replacing the VET FEE-HELP scheme.

An information session for interested organisations will be held in Canberra on 5 September.

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Ten days until the 2017 TDA convention, 'Networked TAFE', Hilton, Adelaide 6 - 8 September

More than 400 delegates have already registered for the TDA convention and almost 300 for the networking dinner.

If you have not already registered, it's not too late, and we'd love to see you there.

See the final convention program.

Register here.

The Welcome Reception on Wednesday 6 September kicks off the convention.

There are inspirational keynote speakers and plenty of opportunities for delegates to choose their areas of interest.

This year there is a special focus on China, with delegates from China to participate in the China-Australia VET Forum.

Ten days until the 2017 TDA convention, 'Networked TAFE', Hilton, Adelaide 6 - 8 September

Charles Darwin University helping to build Timor-Leste's hospitality industry

Charles Darwin University (CDU) hospitality staff are engaged in the delivery of hospitality training in Timor-Leste.

As part of the Workforce Development Program that Timor-Leste funded through the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, two CDU VET staff are living in-country to deliver training and expertise, and work with local agencies to build workforce capabilities in the hospitality industry.

CDU’s Pro Vice-Chancellor VET Christine Robertson said the program would help Timor-Leste build a successful hospitality industry to support growth in its tourism industry.

“CDU has very strong ties with Timor-Leste in higher education and we are looking forward to developing VET connections,” Ms Robertson said.

School of Service Industries head and project leader Bharat Desai said next year would see the first intake of Timor-Leste students to complete Certificate III in Food and Beverage Services and Certificate III in Accommodation Services.

School of Service Industries head and project leader Bharat Desai, Pro Vice-Chancellor VET Christine Robertson and VET Senior Advisor and Curriculum Developer Stuart Cooper

Hobart's Drysdale college to become hospitality centre of excellence

The Tasmanian government has appointed a sub-committee of the TasTAFE Board to establish the Drysdale hospitality training school as a centre of excellence.

Premier Will Hodgman said that under the new arrangements, the entire budget and management of Drysdale will be transferred to the sub-committee, allowing it to be more responsive and effective for industry, while remaining within the TAFE umbrella.

It follows a series of recommendations by the Workforce Taskforce in its report, ‘Servicing Our Growth’, aimed at revitalising the tourism and hospitality sectors.

"Over recent months we have worked with the tourism and hospitality sector - including the industry’s two peak bodies the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania (TICT) and the Tasmanian Hospitality Association (THA) – to develop a comprehensive plan to meet the workforce development and training challenges from the rapid growth of our visitor economy," the premier said.

The eight member committee will be chaired by a TasTAFE board member with two TasTAFE board members in total, as well as two members each from TICT and THA, plus a government representative and the CEO of TasTAFE as an exofficio member.

See the recommendations of the taskforce report.

Industry input needed for automation skills project

Skills Service Organisation, Skills Impact is seeking feedback from all industries on how automation will impact organisations and the skills required by their workforce.

Feedback is being gathered through an online survey as part of a cross-industry project on automation skills. The input will help to identify units of competency, skill sets and qualifications that may need to be developed, modified, adapted or removed.

Automation can involve a wide range of technologies, systems and processes, including computerisation, artificial intelligence, data analytics, robotics and nanotechnology.

The survey will be open for stakeholder consultation until 5 September 2017.

The Automation Skills Project is a new cross-industry projects Skills Impact has been provided with from the Australian Industry Skills Committee. The project requires Skills Impact to develop cases for change by working with the Department of Education and Training, Industry Reference Committees, Skills Service Organisations and other stakeholders.

See more and access the survey.

PhD scholarship on offer to study VET reform

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education is offering a scholarship for a fully funded PhD worth almost $27,000 examining the role of institutions in the VET sector.

The successful candidate will be part of a larger team working on research related to training product reform under the topic of ‘What institutional arrangements are required to support a high-quality Australian vocational education system?’

Leading the research area will be Professor Leo Goedegebuure, Associate Professor Ruth Schubert and Dr Peter Bentley.

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Diary Dates

TDA Convention 2017 - Networked TAFE
7 - 8 September 2017 (Welcome Reception 6 September at Adelaide Oval)
Adelaide Hilton, South Australia
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2017 VDC Teaching & Learning Conference
7 - 8 September 2017
RACV Torquay Resort, Victoria
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National Skills Week 2017
28 August – 3 September 2017
Nation wide
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National VET Conference
13 - 15 September 2017
International Convention Centre, Sydney
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Australian International Education Conference (AIEC)
10 - 13 October 2017
Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania
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AUSTAFE National Conference
Turning Together for Success
11 - 13 October 2017
TAFE Queensland, Brisbane
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Chinese Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE)
Annual Conference
19 - 22 October 2017
Beijing, China
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International Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Conference
THINK BIG for Global Goals
1 - 3 November 2017
RMIT University, Victoria
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National Apprentice Employment Network
National Conference
1 - 3 November 2017
Radisson Blu Hotel, Sydney
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Australian Training Awards
23 November 2017
National Convention Centre, Canberra
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Australian Council of Deans of Education Vocational Education Group (ACDEVEG)
VET Teaching and VET Teacher Education Conference
7 & 8 December 2017
TAFE Queensland, Southbank Campus
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