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Newsletter | 2 April 2013    

In this edition


ASQA proposes new fees and charges

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) invites stakeholders to provide feedback on its proposed changes to provider fees and charges.

The proposed changes will come into effect on 1 July. Submissions are due April 9. Click here for further information.

Victorian TAFE chairs removed

The Victorian government has removed at least half of the state’s TAFE board chairs.

Chairs were removed from Box Hill, Holmesglen, South West, Chisholm, SuniTAFE, GippsTAFE and North Melbourne Institute of TAFE.

Last year, the Victorian government passed legislation awarding the minister the right to overrule TAFE board members to remove and appoint the chair.

A spokesman for Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Skills, the Hon Peter Hall, said the move was to give TAFE’s a more commercial focus.

The new appointments will come in to effect at the end of April. 

Click here to read the full article in The Age.

Chief Executive of TAFE Directors Australia, Martin Riordan, discussed the disappointing actions of the Victorian Government on ABC Radio’s PM.

Click here to listen to the program.

TDA welcomes Craig Emerson and Sharon Bird appointments

Following the resignation of Chris Bowen from the Gillard Ministry, Craig Emerson has added Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research to his ministerial responsibilities for trade, competitiveness and Asian Century policy. He will be supported by Sharon Bird as Minister for Higher Education and Skills.

TDA welcomes the appointments, given Minister Emerson’s knowledge and experience in two key areas impacting on the TAFE sector: Australia’s engagement with Asia and our ability to effectively market and promote our extensive range of education services.

Sharon Bird is well known to the higher education and skills sector, having held the position of Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills since March 2012. Minister Bird is a great supporter of TAFE, particularly in her electorate which includes TAFE NSW - Illawarra Institute, and brings direct experience as a TAFE teacher. 

Click here to view the new Gillard Ministry.

New minister advocates TAFE expansion in Asia

The new Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, the Hon Craig Emerson, has expressed support for the further expansion of TAFE in Asia.

In an interview with journalist Michelle Grattan, Minister Emerson said he is interested in developing more TAFE campuses in the region.

“It would be easy to think of the Asian century project for the elites, but we are very much designing the policy for kids from the suburbs of our capital cities to be able to go live and work in Asia and utilise the vocational skills and on-the-job training they have,” the minister said.

TDA supported the article with information about TAFE members’ work in the region.  

Click here to view the article in The Conversation.

Invitation to participate in regional sub-committee

Opportunities to join TDA's Regional Advisory Committee are now available, ahead of its first teleconference for 2013 to be held this Friday.

The Committee, established in 2010, meets quarterly via teleconference and reports to the TDA Board on key developments and issues relevant to regional TDA members.

The Committee is currently chaired by Elizabeth McGregor, Director of TAFE NSW – North Coast Institute, and membership is open to all TDA members whose principal TAFE campus is outside the federal and state capital cities.

A major item listed for discussion at this week’s teleconference is the National Skills and Standards Council (NSSC) position paper on the regulatory reform of the VET system.

TDA members wishing to join the Committee and participate in the teleconference are asked to email Liana Tighe, liana.tighe1@tafensw.edu.au, with their contact details.

The agenda for the first teleconference can be accessed here.

Click here to read the NSSC paper.

Respond now to TEQSA consultation paper

Chief Commissioner of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), Dr Carol Nicoll, indicated at the TEQSA Provider Briefing that the agency would be releasing a consultation paper on TEQSA’s approach to the public reporting of regulatory decisions starting mid-year.

Public reporting will make more information available to the public, regarding TEQSA’s regulatory decisions.

You are invited to respond to the consultation paper available on the TEQSA website.

Submissions are sought by 5pm on Friday, 3 May 2013.

Community college conference, Texas

One of the most interesting developments in vocational education and training in Australia and in other English-speaking countries, including USA, England, Canada and New Zealand, has been the blurring of the boundaries between ‘college’ education and universities.

New types of ‘mixed sector’ institutions have emerged, new higher education qualifications have been developed and a new group of students is now accessing degree or baccalaureate level education.

Pam Caven recently presented a paper on the ‘Tertiary landscape in Australia’ to the Community Colleges Baccalaureate Association (CCBA) annual conference in Dallas Texas.

Click here to read the paper.

NCVER study on apprenticeship completion by disabled people

Apprentices and trainees with a disability have cited bullying and harrassment as major barriers to completing their training, according to a new report.

The study, conducted by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), found morethan 10% of participants with a disability said poor experiences at work prevented them from completing their apprenticeship or traineeship.

“Work demands” were cited as the most common barrier to completion, according to 31% of survey participants with a disability.

The study is part of a three-year research program exploring the labour participation rates of people with a disability.

Click here for further information.

Diary Dates

AVETRA Conference 2013

DATE: 3-5 April, 2013
LOCATION: Fremantle, WA
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

LSAY National Research Forum: Are we there yet? Youth transitions in Australia

DATE: 11 April
LOCATION: Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Group Training National Conference 2013 – Group Training Works
Group Training Australia

DATE: 17-19 April, 2013
LOCATION: Sofitel, Brisbane Central
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

TLISC Awards for Excellence
Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council

DATE: 18 April, 2013
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

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.

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.

TDA Annual Conference 2013
TAFE Directors Australia

DATE: 2-3 September 2013
LOCATION: Sofitel, Brisbane
DETAILS: Watch this space for further details shortly.

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.

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