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Newsletter | 29 October 2012    

In this edition

  • Australia in the Asian Century White Paper
  • NSSC considers provisional registrations for RTOs
  • Joint CEAIE-TDA Green Skills Conference Workshop
  • East Asia Summit – TVET Leadership Network update
  • Register now for the Austrade exhibition in Sri Lanka
  • VET council roundtable – Perth
  • Participate in E-learning pilot
  • Smart and Skilled New South Wales
  • Report of the Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
  • Further Education funding in England report
  • Diary Dates

Full time position with TEQSA

TEQSA is seeking applications for a full time regulation and review officer.

Professional experience in higher education or pathways into higher education for international students is preferred.  Skills and experience in course accreditation, academic management and international education, and/ or regulation will be an advantage.

Click here for full job description.

Australia in the Asian Century White Paper

The release of Australia in the Asian Century, by former Treasury Secretary Ken Henry, nominated training and skills coordination with Asia as key targets for engagement with the region.

Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, welcomed the report, and the recognition of education as a platform for relationship-building.

TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) released a statement welcoming the targeting of education, skills and training as key pillars for the future, but highlighted the need for an overhaul of current funding and student visa arrangements.

Fairfax and News Limited media focused almost wholly on university and school contact with Asia. TDA reminded that TAFE Institutes have already built extraordinary contacts through collaboration, and Australian Education International (AEI) data shows that up to 55,000 students now undertake joint qualifications – 45,000 in China alone.

TDA is seeking urgent talks with government on the ongoing issue of student visas, and the discriminatory situation faced by TAFE students, relative to those at universities. 

Click here to view the media release.

NSSC considers provisional registrations for RTOs

The latest National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) Issues Paper on the Review of the Standards for the Regulation of VET suggests entry in to the market is currently too easy, causing concerns on quality.

The paper suggests placing aspiring Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) on a probationary period, which would include external assessment of students prior to issuing their qualifications, and monitoring teaching and assessment services. Training organisations that fail to meet the standards will not be granted full registration.

However, RTOs that have achieved a higher standard of practice would be subject to less intensive regulation.

The Issues Paper has been developed based on stakeholder feedback and research, and will inform the NSSC on the standards for the regulation of VET.

Click here to read the paper.

Joint CEAIE-TDA Green Skills Conference Workshop

The China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) hosted a dedicated series of workshops with TDA on green skills and sustainability training strategies at last week’s CEAIE International Conference in Beijing.

The joint conference featured TAFE Institutes from NSW (Kevin Harris – NSI Northern Sydney), South Australia (Penny Johnston – TAFE SA Regional), Pilbara Institute (Lyn Farrell), Victoria (Nicholas Hunt – William Angliss), with industry partners represented by Bob Paton, CEO of MSA Australia (manufacturing ISC), Denis Harrison, former principal architect SA Infrastructure Department, and Professor Liu Yufeng, Director of Central Research TVET, MOE China, and leading representatives of the China coal sector in Shanxi Province, a leading producer of coal facing issues on sustainability.

Ahead of the Conference, the Deputy Secretary-General of CEAIE, Dr Lin Zuoping, and newly appointed Director of the Department of Asian and Oceanic Programs, Zong Gang, hosted a high level discussion with TDA executives Kevin Harris (TDA Board member, NSW), Martin Riordan (CEO, TDA), Peter Holden (Director International and Business Development) and Linda Condon (Director, Green Skills International Network), discussing upcoming programs for cooperation.

Executives of China CEAIE and TDA Australia discuss collaboration following the signing of a renewed MoU between the agencies.

Bob Paton, CEO MSA Australia, addresses the joint China CEAIE and TDA Australia workshops on green skills, and industry engagement

China delegates question speakers during the workshop

Linda Condon, TDA Director, Green Skills International Network chairs the speaker open floor debate: Yang Jinsong, Deputy GM, Taiyuan Dongshan Coal Mine Ltd, Bob Paton CEO MSA Australia, Lyn Farrell, CEO Pilbara Institute and Qi Maorong, Deputy president, Shanxi Vocational and Technical College of Coal.

East Asia Summit – TVET Leadership Network update

The Australian Government has commissioned TDA to host TVET leadership across the 18-nation membership of the East Asia Summit (EAS).

The three-day TVET leadership network meeting will be hosted by the TDA National Board, with meetings in Melbourne 14-16 November, to coincide with the Australian Training Awards.

More than 20 delegates from the East Asia and Pacific countries will attend, including China, Indonesia, Singapore and Korea.

The objective is to establish improved skills linkages across the many TVET systems in the emerging EAS region, with Australia and Korea sharing the establishment of the TVET Network.

The Australian meeting will be supported by the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics, with the CEO of TDA, Martin Riordan, recently re-elected deputy Chair of WFCP.

For more information please contact Peter Holden or visit the TDA Website

Register now for the Austrade exhibition in Sri Lanka

Austrade, in partnership with the Australian Government, will host the Australia Future Unlimited Education Exhibition 2013 in Sri Lanka next year.

The exhibition is aimed at highlighting the expertise and quality of the Australian education and training sector to prospective students, parents, local institutions, government and partners.

Austrade invites education providers with a proven track record of delivering quality education to international students, to use this exhibition to highlight their academic programs, scholarships, student experience, student safety measures and career paths.

A key component of this event will be the Australian Alumni Excellence Awards 2013, for which nominations are now open and can be made here.

The event will be held on 23-24 February, 2013 at the Taj Samudra Hotel.

Click here to register now.

VET council roundtable – Perth

The National VET Equity Advisory Council (NVEAC) invites TDA members to participate in a discussion on the effects that VET reforms have had on support for disadvantaged learners, at a roundtable consultation on 8 November in Perth.

NVEAC will use this and other feedback from around Australia to examine the priorities and directions for the NVEAC Equity Blueprint 2011-2016: Creating Futures: Achieving Potential through VET.

Anyone interested in attending any of the sessions please contact nveac_enquiries@natese.gov.au.

Any questions you may have about the roundtable discussion can be emailed to NVEAC Secretariat Director, Martin Powell at martin.powell@natese.gov.au  or please call Martin on (03) 9954 2503.

Participate in E-learning pilot

TAFE Institutes have an opportunity to partake in an e-learning pilot study.

The National VET E-learning Strategy is seeking proposals for four pilots, valued at $52,000 each.

As part of the pilot, the training organisation would use e-learning tools and systems to engage industry to e-validate their assessment processes.

Interested institutes should read the guidelines for applicants available from the E-learning for Industry website and contact the Industry System Change team to discuss their idea prior to submitting a proposal to industry@flexiblelearning.net.au.

Applications close midday AEDT on Tuesday, 27 November.

Click here for further information.

Smart and Skilled New South Wales

New South Wales is the latest state government to announce a significant overhaul of its VET system.

NSW Minster for Education, Adrian Piccoli, has announced the Smart and Skilled reforms.

Key features include:

  • An entitlement for entry-level training, up to and including Certificate III
  • Support for higher level qualifications
  • Informed choice with improved quality measures
  • Recognition of the role and function of TAFE NSW as the public provider
  • Greater support for regions and equity groups
  • Better information for consumers.

Click here for further information.

The NSW Government’s education policy was also the subject of an email hoax.

NSW Director-General of education, Michele Bruniges’ email address was hacked, and used to distribute an email to education and training providers encouraging people to “exercise their rights of free speech” and protests the state’s funding cuts to the education sector.

Click here for more information.

The consequences of NSW VET reforms may be dire for TAFEs, suggested by Catherine Armitage in SMH. In order to compete, TDA Chief Executive, Martin Riordan, said TAFEs should be offered government-supported places, same as universities. Click here to read an article in SMH.

Report of the Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

The Final Report of the Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People has been released by the Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator the Hon Chris Evans.

The Minister announced the government will use the report to improve access and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

To ensure these improvements and to effect change, the government will seek the cooperation of all stakeholders including universities, professional bodies and communities.

Click here for further information.

Further Education funding in England report

The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) has commissioned UK-based author and consultant, Nick Linford, to produce a report and webinar on the English system of funding VET.

The report and webinar consider the merits of the “post-16” funding system used in England.

Click here to view the report, and here to download a copy of the webinar.

Diary Dates

DATE: 8 November
LOCATION: University of Adelaide
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DATE: 29 October (Sydney), 15 November (Melbourne)
LOCATION: Sydney & Melbourne
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DATE: 2 November
LOCATION: Sheraton on the Park, 161 Elizabeth St Sydney, NSW
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DATE: 8 November
LOCATION: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
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DATE: 8-9 November
LOCATION: Brisbane
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DATE: 12 – 14 November 2012
LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Terrigal, NSW
DETAILS:  Click here for more information

DATE: 16 November 2012
LOCATION: Melbourne
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DATE: 16 November 2012
LOCATION: The Park Royal, Tullamarine airport, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more details.

DATE: 21 November
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

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