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Newsletter: 5 July 2010

 TAFE in the Year of the Tiger


World Expo 2010 Mission – Bilateral announcements for TAFE and China VET Institutes

A delegation of TAFE Directors have returned from a six-day Mission to China, which included briefings on the outcome and evaluation of the Australia-China Chongqing VET Project, a joint symposium with the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE), and a special event in the Australian Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo.

During the Mission, TDA and the CEAIE jointly announced a number of new initiatives to strengthen their relationship and enhance vocational education and training in both countries including:

  • A vocational leadership training program in Australia for 20 vocational Principals and Vice Principals from China to commence in August this year.
  • A bi-annual symposium between the two countries to focus on key issues including mutual recognition of institutions and courses, student and teacher exchange programs, and industry engagement.
  • Joint publications focusing on case studies of effective partnerships and cooperation.
  • An Australia-China alumni of participants from previous and future vocational leadership programs.

Dr Anne Jones from Victoria University, and Dianne Murray from TAFE NSW- Illawarra Institute, have prepared a summary of the initiatives. TDA has also prepared a media release announcing outcomes from the mission.

The TDA 2010 National Conference will feature a theme ‘TAFE in the Year of the Tiger’, with special international sessions for TAFE managers in this area.

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TDA and Australian Education Union express support for Budget funding for TAFE

TDA and the Australian Education Union have written a joint letter to the former Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, and now Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, supporting the Federal Budget initiative, ‘Quality Skills Incentive’, which will fund quality improvements across the TAFE sector.

View the letter here.

The letter outlines TDA/AEU’s eagerness to work closely with the Government to provide a measurable and successful outcome to the funding.

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TDA National Conference - early bird registrations close Friday

Members and stakeholders are reminded that the early bird registrations will close 9 July for the TDA National Conference ‘TAFE in the year of the Tiger’.

The Conference will be held at the Crown Promenade Hotel, Melbourne, 13-14 September. To view the quality line-up of speakers and panellists, and to register, click here.

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Deadline extended for TAFE workforce survey

TDA received a swag of member responses to a survey on the Productivity Commission’s report into the VET Workforce last Friday.  View information about the survey here.  

TDA thanks members for their insightful contributions. To provide other members with an opportunity to respond, TDA has extended the deadline for responses.

A copy of the survey can be accessed here.  Members are now encouraged to return the completed survey responses to Pam Caven by midday on Wednesday, 7 July.

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Upcoming consultation on Australian Qualifications Framework

Feedback is being sought on the full package of specifications and policies that make up the strengthened Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

The AQF Council will release a consultation paper on 12 July, and is holding a number of presentations on it around the country.

To find a presentation in your capital city and to book your place click here.

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Call for papers – research forum

The Australasian Association for Institutional Research (AAIR) is conducting a final call for papers for its Annual Forum to be held, 10-12 November in Geelong.

The call for papers closes 12 July. The AAIR has distributed its latest newsletter, with details about the Forum, as well as a range of news. Click here to view the newsletter.

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New training registration standards available

The new Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) Standards for initial and continuing registration – recently approved by the Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment (MCTEE) – are now available.

 There is also a user guide available to assist with the new Standards, which began 1 July. Click here to view the documents. 

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Job vacancy – TAFE NSW (Illawarra Institute)

The TAFE NSW – Illawarra Institute is advertising the following job vacancy:

Faculty Director
Human Services, Tourism and Hospitality
For more information click here.
Applications close 16 July

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Diary Dates

19th National 'No Frills' Research Conference
DATE: 7-9 July 2010
LOCATION: Central Institute of Technology, East Perth Campus, Perth
DETAILS: Click here for more information


Investing in VET = Succeeding in VET
DATE: 5-6 August 2010
LOCATION: Sydney Convention Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information


2010 National Conference: TAFE in the Year of the Tiger
DATE: 13-14 September 2010
LOCATION: Crown Promenade, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information


Work Integrated Learning (WIL): Responding to Challenges
DATE: 30 September - 1 October 2010
LOCATION: Curtin University of Technology, Perth
DETAILS: Click here for more information


Leadership, Innovationa and Workplace Culture
DATE: 14-15 October 2010
LOCATION: Citigate Central, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information


2Has institutional research come of age in Australiasia?
DATE: 10-12 November 2010
LOCATION: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Geelong
DETAILS: Click here for more information


World Innovation Summit for Education
DATE: 7-9 December 2010
LOCATION: Sheraton Resort, Doha, Qatar
DETAILS: Click here for more information


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