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Newsletter | 3 September 2012    
 

In this edition

  • Taskforce recommends TAFE become stand-alone authority
     
  • Have you registered to attend the TDA National Conference? Registrations are still open until 5pm tomorrow!
     
  • TAFE success in state training awards
     
  • Panel announces review of Higher Education Threshold Standards
     
  • Review of the Graduate and Vocational Graduate Certificate and Diploma qualification types
     
  • TDC and TDA lead thought-forum on adult learning
     
  • International symposium on education publishing
     
  • Diary Dates
 

Feature story

Federal government may cut funding to Victorian VET

The government may withhold vocational training grants to Victoria because of the state's $300 million TAFE budget cuts.

The government believes the cuts are inconsistent with the COAG reforms, agreed to in April.

Click here for the full story.

 


Taskforce recommends TAFE become stand-alone authority

An interim report by the Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce recommends that Queensland TAFE becomes a stand-alone statutory authority.

The Australian Financial Review reported that the Queensland Minister for Education, Training and Employment, John-Paul Langbroek, confirmed that he had received an interim report recommending that TAFE Queensland becomes a stand-alone statutory body.

“We will consider this recommendation . . . and the government’s full response will be delivered after the final report is handed down in November,” he said.

TDA welcomes the recommendation.

The report is yet to be released, and the Minister has not made any further comments.

Click here to read the full story.


Have you registered to attend the TDA National Conference? Registrations are still open until 5pm tomorrow!

With over 330 delegates already registered, the 2012 conference is a fabulous opportunity for you to engage, learn and network with Institute chief executives and their senior managers, as well as many federal and state government officials and others involved in vocational education and training.

Click here to view the full program and to register.

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If you are unable to attend, you can still follow us on twitter @TDAConf2012. Join in the conversation using our #TDAConf2012 and you could be in with a chance of winning a one year print and online subscription to Campus Review.

TDA would like to thank all our sponsors for their support:

DSIIRTE; TechnologyOne; Fuji Xerox Australia; West Coast Institute of Training; Echo360; Service Skills Australia; Group Training Australia; TAFE Development Centre; UniSuper Management Pty Ltd; LH Martin Institute; Ellucian; MEGT (Australia) Ltd; Victorian TAFE Association; and ETS Global Division.


TAFE success in state training awards

TAFEs found great success at this year’s state training awards in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania, with TAFE institutes picking up the coveted Large Training Provider of the Year in all three states.

Box Hill Institute picked up the Large Training Provider of the Year Award at the Victorian Training Awards, the Riverina Institute won the same title in NSW, as did The Skills Institute in Tasmania.

The Skills Institute took home another award for Industry Collaboration in Tasmania for their work with the Australian Mechanical Contractors’ Association and other large and small businesses, in the area of mechanical services and refrigeration. Kangan Institute was recognised with the same award in Victoria for their Textile and Fashion Hub Project with the Council of Textile and Fashion Industries Australia.

The Innovation Department at GippsTAFE received an award for VET Client Service/Support Excellence at the Victorian awards. Conor Mullan, from the Chisholm Institute of TAFE, also received the award for Teacher/Trainer of the Year. Kathryn Pye from the Western Sydney Institute was named VET Teacher of the Year in NSW.

TDA would also like to congratulate the number of TAFE students who also received awards in each state, as well as all the individuals and institutes nominated.

Click to view the full list of state Training Awards winners from Victoria, NSW and Tasmania.


Panel announces review of Higher Education Threshold Standards

TDA welcomes news from the Higher Education Standards Panel that there will be a review of Higher Education (HE) Threshold Standards.

TDA has long argued through various publications, most notably The Case to review provider categories in higher education (2011), that the current HE Threshold Standards do not adequately support a diverse and vibrant tertiary sector. In particular, the current Standards do not acknowledge the existence of new multi-sector technical and further education institutions that increasingly offer higher education qualifications.

As the communiqué highlights, the only existing standards in the HES Framework are the Threshold Standards. They are legislative instruments and are the basis for regulation by TEQSA. The remaining proposed ‘non-threshold’ standards in the HES Framework (Teaching and Learning, Research and Information standards) are yet to be defined.

The communiqué lists matters of concern with the current Standards, including, “whether the existing standards encompass the characteristics of all types of providers of higher education to the extent they should.”

The Panel will undertake a review of the Threshold Standards, with consultations continuing through the remainder of 2012 and well into 2013.

The panel expects to be in a position to provide advice to the government on proposed revisions to the Threshold Standards in late-2013, at the earliest.

Members are invited to contact the HE Standards Panel with comments.

Click here to read the communiqué.


Review of the Graduate and Vocational Graduate Certificate and Diploma qualification types

In late August, after extensive consultation and consideration, the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Council has determined that:

(i) the Vocational Graduate Certificate and Vocational Graduate Diploma qualification types will be removed from the AQF

(ii) the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma qualification types will be retained in the education and vocational education and training sectors, and will be available for accreditation, regulation and issuance in both the higher education and vocational education and training sectors.

TDA supports both these decisions. TDA and the Victorian TAFE Association (VTA) in our submissions to AQF, earlier this year, have consistently argued for both positions. Click here to see the TDA/VTA submission.

Click here to read the AQF communiqué.


TDC and TDA lead thought-forum on adult learning

You are cordially invited to a joint TDA/TAFE Development Centre initiative.

David Hughes from the National Institute of Adult and Continuing Education (NIACE) in the UK will be in Australia as a keynote speaker at the Australian Workforce & Productivity Agency Conference in Sydney, and Robin Shreeve has kindly ‘offered’ him to us for a Melbourne event.

This will be an opportunity to hear the latest initiatives and issues in the UK and a response from Frances Coppolillo (NMIT) around issues regarding Adult Learning; there will be an opportunity for discussion and a Q&A as well as networking over refreshments.

The event will be held on 1 October, at Rydges, Melbourne.

This is a complimentary event sponsored by TDC and TDA. Click here for more information, and see the flyer for more details.


International symposium on education publishing

The Australian Publishers Association is organising an international symposium on education publishing called futurEDUCATION: Learning in a Digital Age. This event will be held in Melbourne at Federation Square on Thursday, 6 September from 11am – 5pm.

You can follow on Twitter @futurEDUaus and keep up to date with all the latest announcements about futurEDUCATION.

Tickets are also available to purchase from the website and all Copyright Agency members are invited to purchase at the discounted APA member rates.

Click here to view the futurEDUCATION website.


Diary Dates

TDA NATIONAL CONFERENCE
DATE: 6 - 7 September 2012
LOCATION: Perth, Western Australia
DETAILS: Click here for more information

TDC TEACHING & LEARNING CONFERENCE
DATE: 6 - 7 September 2012
LOCATION: Victoria
DETAILS: Click here for more information

TDC – INTERNATIONAL VET PERSPECTIVES
DATE: 10 September
LOCATION: Citigate Central Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

TDA and TDC THOUGHT LEADERS
From Policy to Practice

DATE: 1 October
LOCATION: Rydges, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2012
DATE: 2-5 October
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: www.aiec.idb.com

AWPA AND INDUSTRY SKILLS COUNCIL JOINT CONFERENCE
DATE: 3-4 October
LOCATION: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Details will be available at http://www.skillsaustralia.gov.au

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

THE VETnetwork AUSTRALIA BIENNIAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE
DATE: 17-19 October 2012
LOCATION: National Convention Centre, Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AQF 5 AND 6 CONFERENCE
DATE: 25-26 October, 2012
LOCATION: RMIT University, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2012 AAIR ANNUAL FORUM
DATE: 12 – 14 November 2012
LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Terrigal, NSW
DETAILS:  Click here for more information

AUSTRALIAN TRAINING AWARDS
DATE: 16 November 2012
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.


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