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Newsletter | 29 April 2013    

In this edition


TDA Conference website launched

The TDA National Conference will take place in Brisbane, 2-3 September, and the website is now active.

Under the theme, “TDA Redefined”, it will explore the diverse responses to the new era of market competition facing TAFE.

Click here for more information or go to the conference website.

Commonwealth signing of NSW for Gonski school funding impact

The agreement between NSW and the Commonwealth governments on the Gonski education reforms may come at the expense of further pressure on the technical and further education sector in NSW.

Following the signing last week by the Prime Minister and NSW Premier, the Hon Barry O’Farrell, the State government confirmed that an application to the price regulator, IPART, for both TAFE and the new schedule of vocational fees to apply under the Entitlement Scheme from 1 July 2014, may be one option as a result of NSW needing to find $1.7 billion in savings to fund its part of the total $5 billion package.

In media coverage of the Gonski announcement, the impact on vocational education and TAFE became a major issue.

ABC Radio AM interviewed TDA Chief Executive, Martin Riordan, and he sought an assurance from the NSW government that it would review, where possible, the sourcing of such funds, especially as a good deal of NSW training costs are met directly by employers, such as apprenticeships and traineeships.

In an Australian Financial Review interview, he added “The NSW Premier’s announcement creates much uncertainty across education, and such changes would directly impact business costs for industry training. More than half of TAFE training is direct industry apprenticeship and trainee contracts, directly funded by industry.”

See this report in the Australian Financial Review.

Transport & Logistics Awards launched, with strong support from TAFE

TAFE institutes from across Australia featured strongly in the inaugural Transport & Logistics ISC Awards for Excellence.

The awards recognise the achievements of organisations who are investing in the creation of a more highly skilled and productive workforce in road, rail, maritime, ports, aviation, logistics and warehousing sectors.

TDA congratulates Durack Institute of Technology in WA which won the Excellence in Industry Promotion Award. A number of TAFE institutes contributed to the following awards:

  • Chairman’s Award: John Holland Rail with TAFE NSW Hunter Institute as the training partner through the WELL program
  • Logistics & Warehousing: All Purpose Transport in partnership with Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE in Brisbane
  • Aviation: Cairns Aviation Skills Centre, with support from Tropical North Qld TAFE
  • Ports: Broome Port Authority, with support from Kimberley Training Institute
  • Highly commended for Chairman’s Award: NSW Taxi Council in partnership with TAFE NSW Hunter Institute

Bert Beevers (second right) and team celebrate Durack’s award with T&L ISC Chairman Laurie D’Apice (L) and CEO Robert Adams (R)

VET pathway qualifications significant for progress on higher education for Indigenous students – NCVER research

A new study has found that 17% of Indigenous students admitted to higher education in the Northern Territory had previously undergone a higher level VET course, such as a certificate IV, diploma or advanced diploma.

However, due to the small number of Indigenous students that reach high-level VET courses, the pathway is available to relatively few students.

The research project, conducted by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), examined the pathways adopted by Indigenous students in the tertiary education sector of the Northern Territory.

It focused on students from Charles Darwin University, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and two private providers.

Click here for further information.

US-Australia-New Zealand College link to open up training opportunities

A former Queensland government TAFE executive, Mark Harris, who had been a recipient of the Australian American Fulbright VET Scholarship, has ventured offshore again, leading a new Australian link with US and New Zealand colleges. The three-country link is called Global Education Skills Alliance (GESA), and seeks to widen opportunities for student training and faculty development.

GESA is a not-for-profit education consortium, and has been hosted by US institutions, and hopes to extend the links to College students with study abroad and employability opportunities. It also offers professional development and institutional learning for faculty, administrators, and staff of GESA Education Member institutions.

For more information see here.

Call for RTOs to update information on My Skills

The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE) is inviting registered training organisations (RTOs) to submit or update their information on the My Skills website.

The My Skills website has now been updated to display customised information including campus locations, currently offered courses and campus facilities and services.

You can update your information at any time, through your organisation’s My Skills Data Collection Portal.

Click here for further information.

Click here to view the RTO entries on My Skills.

TEQSA consultation invited

The Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) has invited consultation on its regulatory processes and decision-making affecting higher education providers.

A consultation paper outlines proposed approaches to a range of regulatory matters, including reporting and publication methods, types of information, and timeframes.

A copy of the consultation paper is available on the TEQSA website.

Responses need to be submitted by this Friday, 3 May.

Northern Sydney Institute students head to China

Ten students from the Tourism, Events and Hospitality faculty at Northern Sydney Institute’s Northern Beaches Campus are heading to China for a 13-day educational experience.

The students will spend one week in classes at Guangdong Jidian Polytechnic, a partner college of the Northern Sydney Institute which delivers the Advanced Diploma of Tourism to Chinese students.

Funded by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE), the trip also includes a ‘look-see’ of Guangzhou and Beijing as part of the itinerary. Read the press release here.

Institute Director and TDA Board member Kevin Harris with some of the team heading to China

Assessing workplace language, literacy and numeracy

The return on investment in language, literacy and numeracy in adults will be a key theme of the second annual National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Conference, hosted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in Sydney, May 9-10.

It will bring together experts to investigate the implications of evidence-based research in terms of industry and training perspectives.

For more information see here.

Highest VET achievement awards up for grabs

The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE) is hosting the 2013 Australian Training Awards, and you are encouraged you to consider two important awards for individuals in the VET sector - the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Leadership in VET Quality Award.

The Australian Training Awards will be held in Perth on Friday 22 November, and entries/nominations for these two prestigious awards close Friday 31 May.

To view the selection criteria for both awards, visit the Australian Training Awards website, email australiantrainingawards@innovation.gov.au  or phone 02 610 8647.

Diary Dates

Augmented reality for VET
Queensland VET Development Centre

DATE: 29 April-24 May
LOCATION: The Edge, Brisbane State Library
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Foundation Skills Workshop
Queensland VET Development Centre

DATE: 9am-4pm, 1 May
LOCATION: Cliftons, 288 Edward St, Brisbane QLD 4000
DETAILS: Click here for further details.

Student Service Centres Conference 2013
Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)

DATE: 2-3 May
LOCATION: Hyatt Hotel, Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Thought Leaders forum
VET Development Centre

DATE: 6 May
LOCATION: Rydges, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for further details.

National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Conference
Australian Council for Education Research

DATE: 9-10 May
LOCATION: Ultimo College, TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

NCVER ‘No Frills’ Conference

DATE: 10-12 July
LOCATION: Sunshine Coast TAFE, Mooloolaba campus
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

TedX: This Way Up
Northern Sydney Institute

DATE: 28 August
LOCATION: Cameraygal Building, the Northern Sydney Institute, St Leonards Campus
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

TDA Annual Conference 2013 TDA Annual Conference 2013 - "TAFE Redefined"
TAFE Directors Australia

DATE: 2-3 September 2013
LOCATION: Sofitel, Brisbane
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Teaching & Learning Conference
VET Development Centre

DATE: 5-6 September
LOCATION: RACV Healesville Country Club
DETAILS: Click here for further information. 

2013 National VET Conference
Velg Training

DATE: 19-20 September, 2013
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Australian International Education Conference

DATE: 8-11 October
LOCATION: National Convention Centre, Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

2013 AUSTAFE National Conference

DATE: 9-11 October
LOCATION: Gold Coast Convention Centre, Queensland
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Australian Training Awards
Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

DATE: 22 November
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

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