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Newsletter | 6 March 2017

In this edition


Federal government to review new student loan scheme

The federal government has commenced a review of some key elements of the new student loan scheme which replaced the troubled VET FEE-HELP scheme earlier this year.

The Department of Education and Training will be reviewing both the eligible course list and the loan caps that apply under the scheme.

Stakeholders will be invited to consider the methodology for determining eligible courses and loan caps and the best way to ensure they are updated.

The review will open for fedback in April, coinciding with a discussion paper, and will be completed by the third quarter of this year.

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You are invited to Networked TAFE

The 2017 TDA Convention will be held at the Adelaide Hilton on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 September with the Welcome Reception at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday 6 September.

The overarching theme is 'Networked TAFE', reflecting TAFE institutes' connections with a network of individuals, communities, enterprises, industries and governments both in Australia and overseas.

Speakers and delegates will explore topics including Working in the 21st century; Learning experiences and outcomes; Matters of leadership; Energy roadmaps; and What we can learn from other countries?

Who should attend?
Board members, CEOs and executives, senior managers, emerging leaders, program co-ordinators, international experts, business development managers, international education practitioners, teaching staff, researchers, and policy makers.

Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Dame Asha Khemka DBE, Principal and CEO of West Nottinghamshire College, UK
  • Andy Keough, Chief Executive, Defence SA
  • Bernard Salt, Social Commentator/Demographer, KPMG Demographics
  • Mark Paterson, AO, Chief Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, ASQA

More details coming soon.

Queensland government releases review of state's training system

The Queensland government is inviting comment on its latest blueprint for the vocational education and training system.

The paper, Advancing skills for the future: a strategy for vocational education and training in Queensland canvasses a wide range of issues including the future of TAFE.

"We will return TAFE Queensland to its position as a premium provider of VET by assessing the TAFE Queensland Act 2013 to ensure it enables the public provider to fulfil its role in meeting government priorities and providing commercial and non-commercial services in a competitive environment," the paper says.

It also says it will create a statement of expectations "which confirms TAFE Queensland’s role in delivering key government priorities and in areas that cannot be met through market settings".

Training and Skills Minister Yvette D’Ath said the review will be open for comment for six weeks.

Victorian government unveils multi-million dollar TAFE grants

The Victorian government has announced a series of grants to the state's TAFEs.

The Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney unveiled the grants as part of the 'Skills First' program, designed to overhaul the training and TAFE system. It includes:

  • $12 million for Bendigo Kangan Institute
  • $1.7 million for a feasibility study and masterplan to revitalise the Bendigo City campus
  • $6.9 million for GOTAFE
  • $5.4 million for Wodonga TAFE

Last month, the government unveiled the new united TAFE Victoria brand for the 12 TAFEs and four dual-sector universities.

ASQA targets security industry training

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has cancelled the registration of three training colleges in the NSW security industry.

The providers are Sage Academy Training, Premier Training Institute, and Safety and First Aid Education.

ASQA Chief Commissioner Mark Paterson said the training providers were each found to be critically non-compliant with the requirements of the vocational education and training (VET) quality framework.

“Working in the security industry poses a unique set of challenges. That is why it is so important that the training being provided to those who want to work in the industry is of a high quality," he said.

Tasmanian apprentices and trainees to get higher travel allowances

The Tasmanian government has increased travelling allowances for apprentices and trainees.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business, Trade, and Red Tape Reduction, Roger Jaensch said the higher allowances would ensure apprentices and trainees can access the education they need to be job ready.

For apprentices and trainees attending training courses in Tasmania, nightly accommodation allowances when away from home have been increased from $40 to $50 per night.

Apprentices and trainees travelling 21 kilometres or more each way within Tasmania for education will continue to have travel costs subsidised on a mileage basis.

For apprentices and trainees attending courses interstate, the accommodation allowance rises from $72 to $90 per night.

Eligible apprentices and trainees attending education interstate can claim up to $8,000 in total annual support, up from $5,000.

Singapore to host VET summit

Cisco and SingTel are staging a Career and Technical Education Summit in Singapore in late March centred on the theme `VET as an Economic Driver’.

As you would be aware, Cisco and SingTel have sponsored the TDA convention for the past two years, and will be supporting TDA again at our convention in Adelaide.

We would encourage members to be part of what looks like an interesting event with major themes including digital campus, smart classrooms, and entrepreneurship and applied research in VET.

The two-day conference starts on Sunday March 26 and will be hosted at Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore. Cisco and Optus are hoping that some of the learnings from the summit will be used to pursue VET issues with the Australian government and other stakeholders.

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LH Martin Institute workshop to showcase innovation

On behalf of the LH Martin Institute, readers are invited to the second 'Creating Effective Innovation Ecosystems' workshop.

Presenters, Professor Ian Young and Haydn Wright will explore case studies on the Australian Maritime Innovation Centre and the Australian Education City projects respectively.

More details below and on the Institute’s website.

1-5 pm, 21 March 2017
Woodward Conference Centre
10th floor, Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street, Carlton VIC 3053

Please register online by Tuesday, 14 March if you would like to attend or contact Melissa Hendicott if you have further queries. 

Partnerships being explored at ATEM forum

The Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM) will be holding its fourth Cross-Sectoral Forum on 7 April at CQ University in Melbourne.

The theme will be 'Formulas for Effective Partnerships.

  • What are the best practice initiatives for effective partnerships?
  • How do you build relationships?
  • Do you have a compelling story and do the benefits of your relationship fit the narrative?

Speakers include Professor Andy Smith, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Federation University; Mary Faraone, Chief Executive, Holmesglen Institute; Nick Kaye, Chief Executive Officer, Sydney School of Entrepreneurship; and Sharon Guscott, Principal Higher Education Consultant, Higher Education Services, TAFE SA.

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Diary Dates

ADF Skills and Apprenticeships Forum
TAFE Directors Australia & the National Apprentice Employment Network
21 - 22 March 2017
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Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM)
Cross-Sectoral Forum
7 April 2017
CQ University, Melbourne
More information

20th Annual AVETRA 2017 Conference
18 - 20 April 2017
William Angliss Institute, Melbourne
More information

Group Training Association of NSW & ACT 2017 Skills Conference
Moving Apprenticeships and Traineeships Forward
14 June 2017
Dockside Darling Harbour
More information

26th National VET Research Conference 'No Frills' 
5 - 7 July 2017
More information.

2017 VTA State Conference
20 – 21 July 2017
Rydges Melbourne
189 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
More information coming soon

Queensland Training Awards
Department of Education and Training, Queensland
July 2017
More information

Community Colleges Australia Annual Conference 2017
25 - 27 July 2017
Citadines on Bourke, Melbourne, Victoria
More information
TDA Convention 2017 - Networked TAFE
7 - 8 September 2017 (Welcome Reception 6 September at Adelaide Oval)
Adelaide Hilton, South Australia
More information

2017 VDC Teaching & Learning Conference
7 - 8 September 2017
RACV Torquay Resort
More information coming soon

National Skills Week 2017
28 August – 3 September 2017
Nation wide
More information

National Apprentice Employment Network
National Conference
2 - 3 November 2017
Radisson Hotel, Sydney
More information coming soon


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