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Newsletter | 29 May 2017

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TAFE call centre established to assist Careers Australia students

Around 1,000 students from Careers Australia have spoken with TAFE advisers and provided their details over the past three days, as processing of affected students continues.

The board of Careers Australia appointed a voluntary administrator last Thursday. TDA operates the Tuition Assurance Scheme for Careers Australia, primarily for VET student loans. Under this arrangement, TDA will assist students to move to another provider to continue their training and access VET student loans.

TDA has set up a call centre in conjunction with TAFE Queensland, where students can call and email their details, and speak to advisers.

Students can call (07) 3307 4789.  Students may also email their details including name, contact, course and campus to: tas@tda.edu.au

“We know just how distressing this is for many students and the uncertainty it is causing,” TDA Chief Executive Craig Robertson said.

“Students should be assured that we are doing our utmost to collect their details so we can liaise with Government and the regulator, ASQA, about the next steps for the students” he said.

It is important to note that Careers Australia remains operational until such time as the administrators have made decisions about its future.

TasTAFE CEO Stephen Conway to resign

The CEO of TasTAFE and former Chair of TDA, Steven Conway, has announced his intention to resign.

It follows an investigation by the state's Board of the Integrity Commission. The Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff said he would instigate an independent review of recruitment and procurement processes for TasTAFE.

Mr Conway made a significant contribution to TDA having served as Chair from May 2011 to October 2016.

New TDA convention speaker - Craig Davies, CEO of Australian Cybersecurity Growth Network

Craig Davies, the former head of security for Atlassian was named last December as CEO of the new Australian Cyber Security Growth Network (ACSGN).

The ACSGN will position Australia as an attractive location for cyber security research and innovation and ensure that Australia is a global industry leader. Educational pathways into the security industry are critical.

The global cyber security market is currently worth more than $100 billion and is expected to more than double by 2020.

Davies said "We have identified great programs at Box Hill Institute in Victoria and at the Canberra Institute of Technology.

"One of our jobs is to get those teams talking so there is consistency and common education," he said

Learning institutions can apply to be classified as a centre of excellence for cyber security education.

At the TDA 2017 Convention, Craig will discuss integrating cyber strategy into an institution’s business strategy and the role that education, government and businesses play in developing cyber-strategic leaders.

The ACSGN is also working with Austrade to both promote Australia’s cyber security capability abroad and to encourage investment into cyber security activities in Australia.

“The primary challenge in Australia lies in truly understanding the concept of collaboration and what it looks like - when it is done well everyone wins," he said.

To register for the TDA Convention go to www.tdaconvention.info to register.

31 May deadline for TDA convention bundle discounts for TDA members

Bundles of 10 or 20 registrations are quick and easy to book and delegate names can be provided later.

You can save over $1,000 by selecting a bundle registration fee before 31 May.

Members, if you have not already done so, please register a group from your institute today! You and your team members will benefit from the learning and networking opportunities.

Special hotel rates have also been negotiated for TDA delegates, ranging from $109 per night (very limited rooms available) at IBIS Styles, to $220 at the Hilton Adelaide, including breakfast for one.

Click here to view the registration fees. Click here to register now.

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Minimum qualification for VET practitioners no longer adequate

The key Certificate IV Training and Assessment (TAE) is "ineffective and inadequate" in coping with the modern demands of VET practitioners, according to a new study by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

"There are concerns that this qualification in isolation does not adequately prepare VET practitioners for the variety of teaching and assessment scenarios they will encounter," it says.

The paper, 'Continuing professional development for a diverse VET practitioner workforce' by Mark Tyler and Darryl Dymock of Griffith University, raises the issue of whether there needs to be a nationwide agency for continuing professional development.

"More readily accessible and recognised continuing professional development could complement the minimum qualification by providing additional training as practitioners’ responsibilities change," it says.

It also addresses the issue of a professional ‘institute’ for VET practitioners, but says there is no straightforward answer to what jurisdiction such an organisation would have, who would be eligible to join, and the source of the funding.

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Rural and regional scholarship program guidelines open for review

As part of the May Budget, the federal government announced $24 million for 1,200 Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships.

The scholarships will support regional and remote people to undertake STEM qualifications in higher education and VET.

The Department of Education and Training has drafted program guidelines and is seeking feedback from stakeholders on the proposed program design.

Responses should be made by 5 pm (AEST) on Friday 16 June 2017 at equity@education.gov.au.

The scholarships are for Certificate IV to PhD courses and will be offered through two rounds of 600 scholarships, for the 2018 and 2019 academic years respectively.

Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of financial need and merit. Each scholarship may be valued at up to $18,000 (for a four year full-time course), with pro-rata amounts for shorter courses.

Victoria Polytechnic scores two major awards

Victoria Polytechnic has won two prestigious LearnX Impact Awards - Platinum for Best Blended Learning Model and Silver for Best Interactive eLearning Scenario.

The LearnX Impact Award showcases the best talent from local and multinational organisations and focuses on inspiring people to rethink the way they learn, perform, build capability and deploy technology.

Gail Bray, Senior Manager Learning and Development, and her learning and development team successfully implemented an organisation-wide blended learning project, which affected 100 qualifications and 614 staff across the TAFE business.

Gail is also a presenter at the 2017 TDA Convention.

Education sector eligible for Australian export award

There is an opportunity for education institutions to be recognised in the next round of the Australian Export Awards.

The awards recognise businesses for their export achievements and contribution to economic prosperity.

Of particular interest is the Education and Training Award, which is for "outstanding innovation and international success in the field of education and training services, expertise and curriculum including vocational training."

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Diary Dates

Group Training Association of NSW & ACT 2017 Skills Conference
Moving Apprenticeships and Traineeships Forward
14 June 2017
Dockside Darling Harbour
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Vocational and Professional Education and Training
International Conference 2017
16 - 17 June 2017
Hong Kong
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26th National VET Research Conference 'No Frills' 
5 - 7 July 2017
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2017 VTA State Conference
TAFE: Advancing Victorian Prosperity
20 – 21 July 2017
Rydges, Exhibition Street, Melbourne
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Queensland Training Awards
Department of Education and Training, Queensland
July 2017
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Community Colleges Australia Annual Conference 2017
25 - 27 July 2017
Citadines on Bourke, Melbourne, Victoria
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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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National Apprentice Employment Network
National Conference
2 - 3 November 2017
Radisson Hotel, Sydney
More information coming soon

Australian Training Awards
23 November 2017
National Convention Centre, Canberra
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