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Newsletter 31 January 2011


TAFE outpaces the rest when VET students choose further education

More than half of publicly-funded VET students who go on to further studies choose TAFE, higher than those who move on to university or attend private providers.

Some 57% of students continue their studies with TAFE, while approximately 21% go to university and 22% attend a private institution, according to the 2011 Report on Government Services released by the Productivity Commission.

The report finds that the participation rate of indigenous students in government-funded VET courses rose from 18.4% in 2008, to 19.2% in 2009. However the overall number of older students, 25-64 years, declined.

Government real recurrent expenditure per hour of government-funded VET programmes declined from $13.40 in 2008 to $13.31 in 2009.

To view the report click here.

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Discover trends in U.S. tertiary system – professional development opportunity

TDA and the LH Martin Institute have announced a Mission to the American Community Colleges to workshop with those colleges across 15 states that have legislated to offer four-year college degrees.

The mission will begin with a dedicated workshop at the Association of American Community Colleges (AACC) 2011 Convention in New Orleans, along with attendance at the Convention. The group will then move to Florida for detailed insights and a joint symposium into the college system’s four-year degree programmes.

In recent years, 15 states across the U.S. have legislated to allow colleges to offer degrees, and the mission is a great opportunity to connect with, and learn from, the colleges that are operating under the new arrangements. 

TDA highly recommends the mission for TAFE Institute senior executives as a professional development opportunity. It is designed to assist current and future higher education providers, along with VET professionals involved with tertiary policy.

The mission will be led by Bruce Mackenzie, Chair of TDA, and Associate Professor Leesa Wheelahan, of the LH Martin Institute. The opportunity is offered to both TAFE and non-TAFE practitioners.

TDA would appreciate Expressions of Interest to be sent to the LH Martin Institute using the attached form as soon as possible. Full registration will close 11 March.

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Relaxing of 457 visas for flood clean-up

The Federal Government has announced a flood relief package which includes a fast-tracking of 457 visas to aid with the clean-up of devastated areas.

The government has promised quicker approval for temporary skilled migrants, including a five-day turnaround for ‘decision-ready’ applications across nominated occupations. It has also offered extra assistance to employers to help speed-up applications.

View the announcement here.

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TDA to host senior officials from China and Malaysia

TDA has been selected to host senior officials from the China and Malaysia VET systems in coming months.

Mr Li Xudong, Deputy Director, Department of Cooperation Projects and Development, China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE), will be hosted during February and March at TDA’s National Secretariat, at the Sydney Institute of TAFE NSW (Ultimo campus).

The TDA/CEAIE relationship was established some eight years ago, and has grown to include an annual calendar of professional development and mentoring, with current projects scoping a proposed joint symposium on green skills and sustainability.

In early March, TDA will host two senior officials from Malaysia’s Ministry of Manpower and Transformation for a four-week internship which focuses on strengthening the management and administration of Malaysia’s vocational education centres (Balai Latihan Kerja).

The programmes are being promoted and supported by Australian Education International (AEI), and the Australian Embassies in Beijing and Jakarta.

Further updates on both programmes will be included in future TDA Newsletters.

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Human rights perspective on international students

The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia has released an occasional paper on human rights and international student futures in Australia.

The paper challenges the COAG-endorsed International Student’s Strategy for Australia for its failure to affirm human rights. It says, “The future should be one in which Brand Australia reflects quality, diversity, justice and rights, not just fun in the sun or a ticket to stay”.

Click here to view the paper.

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Austrade calendar of events

An updated calendar of events is now available on the Austrade website. The list includes nine upcoming education events including a showcase in India (16 February to 2 March), a VET Expo in PNG (11 February), and Study in Australia events in Indonesia (5 March), Fiji (14 March), Singapore (16 March) and the Philippines (25 March).

Click here to view the full list of events.

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New report investigates skill level and use in the workplace

Younger workers, particularly those entering the workforce at ages 25 to 34 years of age, are more highly educated than ever before, according to a new report by the National Centre for Vocational Education (NCVER).

The research argues that most over-skilled workers have low levels of education and require fewer skills at work than they actually have. Conversely, the study majority of under-skilled workers were found to hold a university degree; researchers suggested that many highly educated workers have jobs that require more skills than they actually seem to possess.

For more information, click here.

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Diary Dates

TAFE Governance and Regulations Forum
DATE: 28 February – 1 March, 2011
LOCATION: Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne 
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Gaining the Edge – Outcomes, Equity and Innovation
DATE: 3-4 May, 2011
LOCATION: Hilton on the Park, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2011 Queensland VET Symposium
DATE: 12-13 May, 2011
LOCATION: Hilton, Brisbane
DETAILS: Click here for more information

No Frills
DATE: 13-15 July, 2011
LOCATION: North Coast TAFE, Coffs Harbour
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Nominations closing date
DATE: 25 March, 2011
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Interconnected Tertiary Education - Stronger pathways across Higher Education & VET for increased participation
DATE: 30-31 March, 2011|
LOCATION: Mercure, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

The 9th Annual Higher Education Summit
DATE: 27-29 April, 2011
LOCATION:Sofitel, Brisbane  
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Research in VET: Janus – Reflecting Back, Projecting Forward
DATE: 28-29 April, 2011
LOCATION: Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2011 National VET Conference
DATE: 4-5 August, 2011
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2011 National Conference
DATE: 17 August, 2011
LOCATION:Four Season’s Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2011 Conference
DATE: 11-14 October, 2011
LOCATION: Adelaide Convention Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Looking ahead - Group Training National Conference
DATE: 19-21 October, 2011
LOCATION: Grand Hyatt, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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