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Newsletter | 4 June 2012    

In this edition

  • South Australian Budget delivers $87 million for training and science
  • Victorian TAFEs given $70,000 each
  • Call for Federal Government to take over VET
  • TDA launches the 2012 International Student Barometer
  • Spotlight on the TDA National Conference silver sponsors
  • This week’s international delegations
  • Response to international education review due Friday
  • Diary Dates

Feature story

VET student numbers continue to rise

The number of students enrolled in the national public vocational education and training (VET) system increased for the fourth consecutive year in 2011 to 1.9 million students, an increase of 4.6% from 2010.

To read the NCVER data publication, click here for more information.

South Australian Budget delivers $87 million for training and science

The South Australian budget has delivered new spending initiatives totalling more than $87 million for training and science.

The expenditure includes $38.3 million for the Mining and Engineering Centre at TAFE SA and $48.1 million for a new Critical Skills Investment Program.

The Mining and Engineering Industry Training Centre at Regency Park aims to combat skill shortages in transport and engineering. Approximately 25,000 to 35,000 jobs are anticipated for these areas in the next five years.

The Budget announced the Critical Skills Investment Program, which will provide payments for apprentice completions in critical skills areas. The program will replace the current payroll tax exemption for the employment of apprentices and trainees.

The Budget includes additional savings targets for the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology and TAFE SA of about $29 million over three years from 2013-14.

Click here for more information on the Budget.

Click here to read the full story on the Mining and Engineering Centre.

Victorian TAFEs given $70,000 each

After a third institution announced redundancies, the Victorian Government has announced that TAFEs will be granted $70,000 each to help develop ‘transition plans’ in the wake of State Government funding cuts.

Guidelines on the format and content of the transition plans have been distributed to TAFE CEOs and are due with the state government by September 7.

Click here to read an article in The Australian.

The Victorian TAFE association forecasts 550 jobs to be lost by July this year.

The Federal Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, the Hon. Chris Evans, continues to criticise the cuts.

Click here to read Minister Evans’ response to Victorian TAFE job losses.

Call for Federal Government to take over VET

In light of the Victorian budget cuts to TAFEs, RMIT Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner, has called for a Federal takeover of vocational education.

The cuts are forcing TAFEs and the state's dual-sector universities to cut staff and drop courses at a time when the federal government is looking to boost vocational skill levels and increase pathways into university.

The concerns have been backed up by a yet-to-be released Federally funded report on the future of dual-sector universities, recommending the funding of VET and higher education be integrated more closely.

Click here to read the full story.

TDA launches the 2012 International Student Barometer

CEOs and Directors of TAFE institutes will receive an invitation to participate in the 2012 International Student Barometer (ISB).

The Barometer is a unique survey and benchmarking tool which analyses international students’ responses to their study and living experiences in Australia and compares institute-level results with state, national and international benchmarks.

Conducted by the independent research company i-graduate and supported by the Australian Government through Australian Education International (AEI), international arm of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, the 2012 Barometer will compare results with the TDA 2009 ISB, and provide institutes insights into their international student cohort.

The very positive results from the 2009 ISB also gave TDA, and the participating institutes, strong, evidence-based research on which to promote study at TAFE and to inform policy.

The closing date for institutes to confirm their participation is Friday 22 June and the survey of students will commence in mid-August. Further enquires can be directed to Peter Holden at TDA at pholden@tda.edu.au.

Spotlight on the TDA 2012 National Conference Silver Sponsors

Fuji Xerox Australia and West Coast Institute of Training are the latest organisations to sign on as a silver sponsor for the TDA National Conference.

Through their broad portfolio of document technology, services, software and supplies, it provides essential back-office support to NSW TAFE that will clear the way for focus on core business.  

For more information, visit www.fujixerox.com.au  or www.fxasustainability.com.au.

Another sponsor, West Coast Institute of Training has won recognition across Australia for its innovative approach to training solutions, as well as its thousands of students on and off campus.

The TDA conference, East Meets West, will be held in Perth on 6-7 September. It will explore issues of skills development between Australia and Asia, and also the changing relationship between our western and eastern states.

To register now or for more information visit the TDA conference website.

For information regarding sponsorship and exhibition opportunities for the 2012 National conference, we encourage you to read our Sponsor Invitation.

Confirmed 2012 Sponsors include: Technology One Group, Fuji Xerox, West Coast Institute of Training, Group Training Australia, TDC, Echo360, Ellucian, LH Martin, ETS, MEGT and Victorian TAFE Association.

This week’s international delegations

TDA will be hosting the CEO and Deputy CEO from Kazakhstan’s Kasipkor Holdings, a state owned company under the supervision of the Ministry for Education and Science.

Kasipkor Holdings aims to establish eight new institutions of technical vocational education and training in seven regions of Kazakhstan, plus a teacher training centre in Astana. The first college will open its doors to students this year, the last one in 2016 and each one will have a Centre for Innovation and Development.

The delegation will be in Sydney for four days and a range of briefings and college visits have been organised.

On Tuesday we welcome the Malaysian Director General for the Department of Community College Education, Ministry of Higher Education, Mr. Amir bin Md Noor.

He will be accompanied by the Division Secretary for their Development Division and the Director for Industry Liaison, Graduate Tracking and Alumni.

Heading offshore later in the week will be our CEO, Martin Riordan, to present a paper to a China Skills Development Forum in Ningbo.

The forum is co-hosted by the World Bank and the PRC Ministry of Finance’s National Development and Reform Commission.

Martin will also travel to Beijing for further discussions on a number of TDA initiatives including a student exchange program and a joint conference on Green Skills scheduled for October 20 and 21 in Beijing.

Response to the international education review due Friday

Members are reminded that submissions to the International Education Advisory Council (IEAC), chaired by Michael Chaney are due this Friday.

Information on the Council, including a discussion paper and guidelines for submissions, can be found here.

Diary Dates

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

DATE: 8 June, 2012
LOCATION: Waterview Convention Centre at Bi Centennial Park Homebush
DETAILS: Click here for an invitation. Click here for a registration form.

CISA – Council of International Students Australia
International Student Conference
DATE: 9-11 July, 2012
LOCATION: Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane
DETAILS: For more information see the draft program.

DATE: 10-11 July,2012
LOCATION: The Central Institute, Perth
DETAILS: For more information, visit the conference website

21st National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’
DATE: 11-13 July 2012
LOCATION: Adelaide
DETAILS: Come celebrate, collaborate and connect at ‘No Frills’

Intelligence Squared Australia (IQ2) – Live Debate
DATE: 11 July 2012
LOCATION: Adelaide Town Hall
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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

Cross Sectoral Partnerships Symposium
DATE: 9 August 2012
LOCATION: Sydney – venue TBA
DETAILS: Click here for more information

DATE: 27 August – 2 September
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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

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

DATE: 17-19 October 2012
LOCATION: National Convention Centre, Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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

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