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Newsletter 5 December 2011

Protection levies for overseas students announced by Federal Government

The Treasurer, the Hon Wayne Swan MP, has delivered the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO), which included an announcement about the Education Services for Overseas Students — Tuition Protection Service Levy.

The Levy will raise $18 million over three years to support overseas students studying in Australia who are impacted by college closures.

Click here to view the MYEFO papers. See a summary of measures by The Australian here.

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TDA launches ‘Big issues’ Occasional Paper

TDA has produced an Occasional Paper which brings together, in one booklet, the key themes, papers and presentations of speakers at the TDA 2011 National Conference.

The Occasional Paper is the 9th since TDA launched this initiative to widen knowledge on policy, and the third published this year. The latest Paper includes comprehensive coverage and detailed papers from speakers at the ‘Big Issues’–themed 2011 Conference.

The 2011 Occasional Paper is timely, given speakers focused on the role of VET in tertiary education, green skills, contestability, regional and rural challenges, and satisfying the high demand for skills in the resources industry, and skilled migration.

Click here to view the TDA National Conference Occasional Paper.

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China CEAIE leadership program a great success

Vice principals and presidents from 19 tertiary vocational colleges in China completed a four week leadership program with TDA last week.

As well as participating in workshops and presentations from government, industry and TAFE providers in NSW, the participants spent two weeks in one of three TAFE Institutes; Central Institute of Technology in Perth, Box Hill Institute in Melbourne and Hunter Institute in NSW.

This now completes five programs since February 2010, with more than 120 participants and the direct involvement of 19 TAFE Institutes.

One of the most pleasing aspects of this program is that many of the participating Chinese and Australian institutes have since formed partnerships for joint delivery and further exchange programs.   

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Wave of international student policies – recent and future changes

Changes in international education policy are now occurring on almost a weekly basis. Last week Ministers Bowen and Evans announced the extension of two-year post graduate work rights to all providers of higher education and not just universities.

This is a great win for TAFE Institutes offering degree level qualifications for overseas students.

Meanwhile, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has provided the education visa consultative committee with a very detailed schedule of policy and regulatory changes over the next 12 to 18 months based on the Knight Review recommendations.

The first meeting of an external reference group for a Commonwealth review of the Assessment Level Framework was also held last week. Chaired by Professor Denise Bradley and with representation from TDA, the group will provide input and advice during the review.

A discussion paper is expected to be released in late January 2012, with a final report and recommendations presented to the Minister by the end of July. In the meantime, providers can expect to hear the results of a review of current assessment levels in late March.

The NSW and Queensland governments have also announced the establishment of international education advisory councils. Concerns have been raised by a number of peak bodies, including TDA about the composition of these councils, particularly in NSW where the Council is heavily weighted in favour of private providers.

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Have your say on qualification frameworks

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Council is undertaking a review of the Graduate and Vocational Graduate Certificate and Diploma qualification types and has released a consultation paper for feedback.

During consultations in 2009 and 2010 on strengthening the AQF, stakeholders determined that a review of these qualifications types was required. Following approval of the revisions to the AQF in March 2011 and the commencement of implementation on 1 July 2011, the AQF Council is now responding to this request from stakeholders.

Attached is the consultation paper: AQF Council Review of Graduate and Vocational Graduate Certificates and Diplomas in the Australian Qualifications Framework November 2011.

Written responses should be sent to the AQF Council by close of business on Friday 24 February 2012 by email at aqfc@deewr.gov.au.

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Draft paper on Foundation Skills Training Package

Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA) has released a draft scoping report on the Foundation Skills Training Package.

The draft report contains recommendations for the development phase of the project and will be considered by IBSA’s National Project Reference Group (NPRG) at the end of the month. A copy of the draft scoping report can be accessed here.  

IBSA welcomes comments on the draft paper. Please direct any feedback to the Project Co-ordinator, Anita Roberts anita@ibsa.org.au.

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National Broadband Network in the spotlight

The impacts and opportunities arising from the National Broadband Network will be discussed at the eLearning11 conference, to be held 7 December in Sydney.

This year’s conference also celebrates the launch of the new National VET E-Learning Strategy (NVELS) - the new direction for what was formerly the Australian Flexible Learning Framework.

The conference is designed for VET managers, learning and development coordinators, trainers and assessors interested in new ideas, and the design of effective e-learning solutions.

The keynote speakers are Dr John Buchanan , Director of the Workplace Research Centre at The University of Sydney, and via web conference,  Jane Hart, Founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT).

For program details or to register click here.

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New round for overseas study initiatives

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has announced a new round of EU-Australia Joint mobility projects.

The initiative involves three-year grants to VET institutions to support for Australian students to undertake study at a partner institution in Europe for a maximum of one semester.

Funding support is also available for academic and administrative staff involved with the project.

Click here for more information.

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Review of project management qualifications

Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA) has contracted Ability Associates Australia to undertake the review of the Project Management qualifications and units of competency within the Business Services Training Package.

The qualifications include:

  • BSB41507 Certificate IV in Project Management
  • BSB51407 Diploma of Project Management
    BSB60707 Advanced Diploma of Project Management

A Discussion Paper will be available on the IBSA website in February 2012 with consultations taking place nationally from that date and continuing throughout the life of the project.  The review is scheduled for completion by 30 June 2012. 
To receive updates on this project, please contact Eddie Hardman at eddie@ibsa.org.au or Ali Wilson at ali@ibsa.org.au.

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New TAFE partnership with hospitality and events leader

William Angliss Institute and the City of Melbourne have partnered to offer work experience and development opportunities for students in the hospitality and events sector.

William Angliss Institute CEO, Nicholas Hunt, and City of Melbourne Councillor, Kevin Louey, launched new collaboration in Melbourne last week.

It will see students working with City of Melbourne across a program of hallmark events with a variety of work experience options and career progression opportunities, while City of Melbourne staff will participate in furthering the industry through lectures and accessibility to recognition of prior learning accreditation.

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Update on Kiribati Institute position

Further to a TDA newsletter item on 28 November alerting readers to a policy and governance advisor position, potential applicants should contact: Millicent Okuto, Resource Coordinator, Austraining International Tel (direct):+61 8 8364 8599 Tel (switch): +61 8 8364 8500

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Diary Dates

Quality in the Making
DATE: 27-28 February, 2012
LOCATION: Sofitel Hotel, Brisbane
DETAILS: Click here for more information

DATE: 12-13 April 2012
LOCATION: Canberra
DETAILS: Click here to submit an extract.

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