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Newsletter 4 July 2011




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Don’t miss out! Early bird registrations end 5 July

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TDA 2011 National Conference – close of early bird, 5 July  

Discount ‘early bird’ bookings for the TDA 2011 National Conference, close tomorrow, 5 July.  

This includes for the first time a special rate for group bookings, to facilitate the many Institutes interested in registering Top Team and senior executives as professional development.

To see the full line-up of exciting local and international speakers at the TDA National Conference, click here.

Click here to register.

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Regulation update – Mk I -- New education, skills and employment advisory body under MCTEE

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has announced the new National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) - effective from 1 July - to support the operations of the Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment (MCTEE).

The advisory body will oversee the transition from TVET Australia, based in Melbourne.

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Regulation update – Mk II -- New VET regulator and registration agency ASQA commences

The VET sector’s new regulator, the Australian Quality Skills Authority, has commenced it duties following its 1 July start date.

ASQA will regulate training providers in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. It will also have responsibility for providers in Victoria and Western Australia that offer services to international students or operate in multiple states.

Further legislation dealing with key issues raised by Industry, TDA and the AEU, have been promised by Minister Evans in the October sittings of federal parliament, and detailed discussions have continued with authorities.

Click here for a media release from the Hon Senator Chris Evans.

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Joint TDA/TAFE NSW Sydney Institute Lecture – Julian Gravatt – Tuesday 19 July

TAFE Directors Australia is joining with TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute, to host a Lecture by Julian Gravatt, Assistant Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, UK, on Tuesday evening, 19 July, from 5.00pm to 6.30pm.

The Lecture will review UK tertiary education and governance, and follows a study visit to the UK by Pam Caven, TDA, and Associate Professor Leesa Wheelahan, LH Martin Institute, reviewing tertiary practice.

The Gravatt Lecture is an opportunity for senior VET/TAFE executives to meet Julian Gravatt during his visit to Australia for the upcoming joint Conference for Skills Australia and Australia’s ISCs.

Julian Gravatt has published ‘Guide to Financial Management in FE’ and will also speak about the current challenges facing UK Colleges in the increasingly restricted budget environment. 

For a flyer, click here. To RSVP, contact Sue Jeavons, TDA 02 9217 3197, or Email memberservices@tda.edu.au.

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New customer support centre for students taking English proficiency test

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has announced a new toll-free customer support centre to serve students preparing for the ‘Test of English as a Foreign Language’ (TOEFL) in Australia.

The support centre offers guidance and timely information for students taking the TOEFL test. Assistance is available for students to identify test preparation materials, locate test centres, obtain score reports, order additional score reports and other pre or post-administration inquiries.

For more information, click here.

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Australian Government to conduct trade mission to China

The Hon Kevin Rudd MP, and the Hon Dr Craig Emerson MP, will lead a trade mission to China from 4-9 August 2011.

The ‘Australia – China 2.0 trade mission’ will focus on China’s second-tier cities and include visits to Guangzhou, Changsa, Wuhan, Chengdu and Chongqing.

The trade mission will enable participants to learn from industry and government leaders about developing trends and emerging opportunities in regional China, as well as provide guidance and advice on operating in China’s emerging markets.

For more information on the event, click here.

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Paper qualifications fast-track women into jobs

Young women who leave school before finishing Year 12 could be unemployed almost five times longer than young women who have a degree, according to new research.

A study by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), found that young women who leave school before completing Year 12 are likely to face more than 19 months of unemployment before getting their first ‘real’ job. In contrast, young women with degrees may have a full-time permanent job in less than four months.

To view the full article, click here.

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Victorian Government expands access to government subsidised training

Starting on 1 July, the Victorian Government will provide an extra $10 million per annum over the next four years to assist with training fee exemptions for people over 20 years of age.

Minister for Higher Education and Skills, Peter Hall, said that the funding will provide greater access to vocational education and training (VET) opportunities for Victorians, especially for the financially disadvantaged.

To view the full article, click here.

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Training not necessarily beneficial for low-paid workers

Investing in vocational education and training (VET) may not always translate to higher pay or a better job for low-paid workers.

A study released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) finds that low-paid workers often undertake training just to retain their job, which does not mean better prospects.

To view the full article, click here.

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Poster competition to encourage best practice

AUSTAFE has kicked off a Vocational Education and Training (VET) poster competition, with applications due 12 August 2011.

The competition aims to recognise and encourage innovate practice by VET staff, and share best practice. Posters will be put on display at the ’20-20 Vision’ AUSTAFE 2011 Conference for the attendees to view.

To find out more details about the competition, click here.

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Diary Dates

Higher Education on the Edge
DATE: 4-7 July, 2011
LOCATION: Radisson Resort, Gold Coast
DETAILS: Click here for more information

20th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference (No Frills)
DATE: 13-15 July, 2011
LOCATION: North Coast TAFE, Coffs Harbour
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Inaugural Regional Higher Education Forum
DATE: 2-3 August, 2011
LOCATION: Coffs Harbour
DETAILS: More information soon

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: 10 August, 2011
LOCATION: Four Season’s Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2011 National Conference
DATE: 5-6 September, 2011
LOCATION: Sheraton on the Park Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: More information here

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

AUSTAFE National Conference
2020 Vision
DATE: 12-14 October, 2011
LOCATION: Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for more information

ePortfolios Australia Conference 2011
DATE: 17-18 October, 2011
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Making a Difference... 2011: Breaking Through the Barriers
DATE: 19-20 October, 2011
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition 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

Australasian Association for Institutional Research Forum “Let the sunshine in”
DATE: 9-11 November, 2011
LOCATION: Sea World Resort, Gold Coast
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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