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Newsletter 4 October 2011

TDA continuing the push for equal recognition under Knight Review

The Knight Review into the student visa program has continued to receive national attention, following the Federal Government’s acceptance of all 41 recommendations.

Much focus has been on the more than favourable treatment of universities, putting at significant risk the ability of TAFE institutes to promote and market their own higher education degrees.

TDA’s Director of International Engagement wrote a column in The Australian stressing the ability of TAFE Institutes to meet the criteria set out in the report as the key factors differentiating universities and TAFEs. TDA emphasised it has no issue with the quality or rigour of universities self accrediting their degrees; the focus of TDA’s attention is on Knight’s assumption that self accreditation is to be more highly valued.

Read the article here, and view the original article here. Click here for another article featuring comments from TDA on the report.

There were some positive outcomes for TAFE in the Knight report. In summary, there will be no minimum English language levels required prior to enrolling in an ELICOS course; TAFE can package VET courses with universities and achieve the lowest assessment level; and financial requirements for all applicants have been significantly reduced.  

TDA has now been formally invited by Minister Bowen to be represented on an Education Visa Consultative Committee, due to meet for the first time in late October. TDA has encouraged all members to write or seek meetings with their state and federal government representatives to push the case for recognising TAFE as low risk and high quality, and that such recognition should be reflected in the current assessment level policies.

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Demand-driven system for NSW

The New South Wales Government will implement greater competitiveness within the VET sector, in line with the changes made in both Victoria and South Australia.

The NSW Education Minister, the Hon Adrian Piccoli released a discussion paper which outlined plans to allow private colleges and universities to compete with TAFE providers for public funding.

See the discussion paper and consultation dates here. Consultations will be held throughout October and written submissions are due 4 November.

Click here to see a media release from the Minister. Click here for an article about the changes in the Sydney Morning Herald.

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National consultations for the Foundation Skills Training Package

Innovation and Business Skills Australia has released a consultation paper that will be used for its national consultations on the Foundation Skills Training Package project.

Click here to view the paper, as well as consultation dates. Written responses are due 31 October. For further information contact Anita anita@techcentric.com.au.

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National Skills Week has begun

National Skills Week is underway, following a successful launch at the National Press Club in Canberra by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs, and Workplace Relations, Senator the Hon Chris Evans.

See pictures from the launch here.

Activities are underway across the country to celebrate National Skills Week, find out what’s happening in your area here, and follow the events on Facebook.

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Public VET funding increases

Operating revenues for the public training sector in 2010 increased some $416 million to $7.1 billion, compared to 2009, according to new data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

Total operating expenditures also increased, from $6.8 billion in 2009 to $7.5 billion in 2010, a rise of 11.3%.

The public VET sector’s net assets at the end of 2010 were $10.3 billion, an increase of 2.2% from December 2009.

Copies of Financial information 2010 are available here.

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Quick recovery for apprentices following economic downturn

Apprentices and trainees recovered well from the 2008-2009 economic downturn, despite many suffering job losses or redundancy, according to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

New research shows that it only took a year and a half for apprentice and trainee commencements to return to the pre-downturn levels.

Click here for more information.

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Emerging leaders’ reflections from TDA Conference

The group of 35 Emerging Leaders who participated in the TDA Conference have been invited to submit a blog to the TDA website, sharing their experiences and reflections from the Conference.

The blogs can be accessed here, on the TDA Conference page, and will be updated as more Emerging Leaders submit their blogs.

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Language, literacy, numeracy scholarships now available

The Australian Government is providing scholarships for up to $5,250 to individuals to undertake approved adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) specialist qualifications through Round 3 of the LLN Practitioner Scholarships Program.

The primary objective of the program is to provide an incentive for individuals to enter the adult LLN specialist field by supporting them to undertake approved study towards an adult LLN specialist qualification which commences 2012.

It is specifically targeted at new entrants, vocational teachers and generalist teachers wishing to gain an adult LLN specialisation qualification. There are 50 scholarships available in this round.

Applications close 5pm on Monday 17 October.

The program guidelines, a link to the online application form and other relevant information is available from http://www.deewr.gov.au/llnscholarships. For further information email llnscholarships@startgrowrun.com.au or phone 02 9113 0813.

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Appointment of new IEAA leadership

The International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) has announced the appointment of the Hon Phil Honeywood as its new Executive Director. He will commence with IEAA on 14 November, and will be based at RMIT University with the Secretariat.

Mr Honeywood was Victoria’s Minister for Tertiary Education and Training and Multicultural Affairs in the mid 1990s. Since retiring from politics in 2006, he has worked as Marketing Director and then as CEO of two large private international higher education colleges.

For the past three years he has Chaired the Education Chapter of the Australia India Business Council.

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Community partnerships rewarded by the National Australia Bank

The National Bank of Australia (NAB) has announced the winners of its NAB Schools First Impact and Seed Funding, which supports community partnerships that have a positive impact on school students.

The Schools First initiative awarded $15 million to 310 schools in its first three years, and it has been announced that the initiative will continue for a further three years.

Some 17% of funding has been allocated to partnerships involving TAFEs and universities. Winning TAFE partnerships include:

Click here for more information.

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Schools-in-need to receive Trades Training Centre funding

The Federal Government has announced that schools with a large number of students from lower socio-economic backgrounds will receive priority funding under the next round of the Trade Training Centres (TTCs) program.

The schools most in need will receive $150 million under the fourth round of TTCs funding which will be used to build new training centres in approximately 130 high schools across the country.

Click here for more information.

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AQF office relocates

The office of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) will remain in South Australia, but will move premises, following the transfer of its responsibility to the Commonwealth Government.

Details of the new premises, as well as changes to staff are available here.

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Nursing accreditation forum – Sydney 26 October

A forum will be held in Sydney on 26 October to review the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Standards and Criteria for the Accreditation of Nursing and Midwifery Courses Leading to Registration, Enrolment, Endorsement and Authorisation in Australia – with Evidence Guide (2009).

The event will be held at Australian Technology Park, from 9:30am – 3:00pm. Click here to register.

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Diary Dates

2011 Conference
DATE: 3 October, 2011
LOCATION: Royal Society of Arts, Covent Garden, London
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

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
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Annual Conference
DATE: 28 October, 2011
LOCATION: Ascot House, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

DATE: 9-10 November, 2011
LOCATION: William Angliss Conference Centre, 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

Grounds for Learning Workshop
DATE: 14-16 November, 2011
LOCATION: Monash University, Clayton Campus, VICTORIA
DETAILS: Click here for more information

‘For innovation’
DATE: 18 November, 2011
LOCATION: The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie
DETAILS: Click here for more information

DATE: 25 November, 2011
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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