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Newsletter | 2 April 2012    
 

In this edition

  • New TAFE NSW Higher Education business arm – Dr Glenn Withers AO reported advice to VCs
     
  • Submissions sought on ASQA audit costs
     
  • New Queensland Education Minister
     
  • East Asia Summit countries workshop quality assurance frameworks
     
  • Universities and their partners announced for visa streamlining
     
  • International education consultations flowing thick and fast
     
  • Green economy policy briefing
     
  • Upcoming debate: is having a degree overrated?
     
  • Does your organisation deliver training to international students?
     
  • Testing language, literacy and numeracy levels
     
  • National VET research conference
     
  • Diary Dates
 

Feature story

Happy Easter!

TDA wishes its members and stakeholders a happy and safe Easter break.

 


New TAFE NSW Higher Education business arm

A new tertiary arm of TAFE NSW has been launched by the NSW Minister for Education, the Hon Adrian Piccoli MLC.

TAFE NSW Higher Education will offer bachelor degrees and other tertiary qualifications in partnership with universities and employers. The new education arm is designed to assist in reaching the state’s participation targets particularly for those from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

Click here to view a media release.

Meanwhile…

Minister for Education, the Hon Adrian Piccoli MLC officiated at a NSW State Parliament House ceremony for six TAFE graduate students, who donned caps and gowns as they graduated from the first TAFE degree to be offered in NSW.  The students graduated from the bachelor of design (interior design) degree. Click here to read a news article about the event.

Professor Glenn Withers AO, the newly appointed head of the Crawford School of Public Policy, and immediate past CEO of Universities Australia, spoke of advice to Australia’s Vice Chancellors that greater note of non-university tertiary institutional options is important in the post-Bradley environment, in a profile to the Australian Financial Review today.


Submissions sought on ASQA audit costs

The Federal Senate Economics Legislation Committee is seeking submissions relating to the cost recovery of audits undertaken by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) under the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Charges) Bill 2012.

All registered training organisations will undergo a risk assessment to determine if an audit is necessary, and the Bill will determine what costs are recovered by ASQA.

Submissions are due 13 April. Click here to view a reading of the Bill in Parliament.

To submit a response, click here.


New Queensland Education Minister

Following a record-breaking election win, new Queensland Premier, the Hon Campbell Newman MP has announced his new Cabinet.

The Minister for Education, Training and Employment is the Hon John-Paul Langbroek, former Queensland Liberal National Party Leader and Member for Surfers Paradise.

TDA congratulates the new Minister on his appointment. See the announcement here.


East Asia Summit countries workshop quality assurance frameworks

Representatives from 16 of the 19 East Asia Summit countries gathered in Canberra last week to workshop the development of a regional quality assurance framework for vocational education and training.

Led by Professor Gerald Burke and Andrea Bateman, the participants also visited Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and were briefed by CIT and TDA on approaches to regional engagement.

Following the workshop, TDA hosted representatives from the Korean government at its Sydney offices.


Universities and their partners announced for visa streamlining

Last week the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Hon Chris Bowen MP, released the list of eligible universities and their nominated business partners for visa streamlining.

While the majority of universities nominated ELICOS providers as their partners, 14 of the 41 nominated one or several TAFE institutes.

This is quite a disparity in the number of partners universities chose to nominate, ranging from Central Queensland University with 22 to the University of Southern Queensland with none.

TDA is seeking feedback from members on the impact of these arrangements and will raise relevant issues at both a House of Representatives Standing Committee Roundtable on International Education this Tuesday and a meeting with Minister Bowen the following day.


International education consultations flowing thick and fast

In addition to this week’s House of Representatives Standing Committee Roundtable on International Education, there are a significant number of consultations and workshops scheduled in April and May:

  • The implementation of the Tuition Protection Service, open only to CRICOS providers. Click here for more information.
  • Assessment level framework workshops on 11 and 19 April. Please contact TDA to attend.
  • Austrade’s new education branding and promotion. Click here for more information.

Green economy policy briefing

TDA will partner with RMIT’s European Union Centre for a Policy Briefing Forum on the on the topic of ‘Progress and Challenges in Developing a ‘Green’ Economy: A European-Australian Exploration’.

The key speakers at this Briefing will be Dr Cristina Martinez-Fernandez, Senior Policy Analyst, OECD and Mr Ben Eltham, Fellow, Centre for Policy Development, Sydney, and Professor John Fien, Professor of Sustainability in the Innovation Leadership programme of RMIT University.

The event is planned for 12 April, at RMIT’s city campus in Melbourne.


Upcoming debate: is having a degree overrated?

TAFE executives, teachers and students are invited to a debate, to be hosted by The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) in partnership with St James Ethics Centre.

The debate ‘Intelligence Squared Australia (IQ2)’ will be staged in Adelaide, on Wednesday 11 July 2012.

This debate will see nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers debate the proposition, Having a degree is grossly overrated, at the iconic Adelaide Town Hall. For further information, please see the attached release or visit NCVER’s website or IQ2’s website.


Does your organisation deliver training to international students?

The Australian Training Awards will include a new category in 2012: the International Training Provider of the Year.

Nominations for the awards close on Thursday 31 May 2012. Ensure your organisation is recognised and rewarded for its excellence by nominating for the Award.

For further information, entry requirements and award criteria click here or call (02) 6240 6848. 


Testing language, literacy and numeracy levels

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is currently researching the accuracy of the performance levels used to measure language, literacy and numeracy.

It is asking teachers familiar with adult literacy and numeracy concepts to anonymously rate a student, whose literacy and/or numeracy levels are most familiar to them, against statements and sample tasks aligned with existing frameworks.

Every completed survey provides the chance to win one of six Apple iPads.

Click here for more information or to complete the survey.


National VET research conference

Registrations are now open for the 21st National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference, ‘No Frills’, to be held for the first time in Adelaide on 11-13 July 2012.

Co-hosted by NCVER and TAFE SA, this special 21st anniversary conference will feature renowned national and international speakers and special events to mark the occasion.

The program features keynote presentations from:

  • Robyn Archer AO - Creative Director, Centenary of Canberra, Artistic Director, the Light Winter, and Chair, Adelaide College of Arts Advisory Board
  • Professor David Finegold - Senior Vice President for Lifelong Learning and Strategic Growth at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Adrian Smith, Chair, South Australian Training and Skills Commission, and Managing Director, Sydac Pty Ltd.

For further information about ‘No Frills’ 2012 or to register, please visit www.nofrills.ncver.edu.au


Diary Dates

15th AVETRA CONFERENCE
DATE: 12-13 April, 2012
LOCATION: Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for a registration brochure.

TDC WORKSHOPS
What you need to know about ASQA
DATE: 17 April
LOCATION: Sydney Citigate Central, 169-179 Thomas St Haymarket
DETAILS: More information available here.

AQTF/SNR for Internal Auditors
DATE: 18 April
LOCATION: Sydney Citigate Central, 169-179 Thomas St Haymarket
DETAILS: More information available here.

VICTORIAN TAFE ASSOCIATION STATE CONFERENCE 2012
TAFE - Leading Skills Enrichment
DATE: 17-18 May, 2012
LOCATION: Hilton on the Park, 196 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne 3002
DETAILS: More information available here.

GROUP TRAINING ASSOCIATION OF NSW
Skills for NSW: high quality apprenticeships & traineeships
DATE: 31 May, 2012
LOCATION: SMC Conference Centre, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AUSTAFE 2012 Study Tour to the European Union Date
DATE: 6 June 2012
DETAILS: For more information contact Louise Godwin at louise.godwin@tafensw.edu.au

TEFMA
Leadership Development Program for Facilities Management
DATE: 15 - 18 July, 2012
LOCATION: HC Coombs Centre, Kirribilli, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

TDA NATIONAL CONFERENCE
DATE: 6 - 7 September 2012
LOCATION: Perth, Western Australia
DETAILS: More information will be available soon

AUSTAFE 2012 NATIONAL Conference
TAFE on TARGET
DATE: 3-5 October 2012
LOCATION: Alice Springs NT, Kirribilli, Sydney
DETAILS: More information contact Lyle Mellors at lyle.mellors@cdu.edu.au