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Newsletter | 7 May 2012    

In this edition

  • Victorian TAFE Institutes seek review of State Budget cuts
  • Queensland ‘cross border’ agreement with Victoria to offer TAFE degrees
  • New National Diploma of Building and Construction
  • Indonesian Ministry of Education hosts seminar with TDA and TAFE executives in Jakarta
  • Apprenticeship support system to be enhanced by new contracts
  • Fresh debate on skill sets – NCVER report
  • Opportunity in the Victorian Regional Gateway project

Feature story


TDA AGM – Adelaide
10.00am, Friday 11 May 2012
Adelaide (TAFE SA South Office)


Victorian TAFE Institutes seek review of State Budget cuts

TAFE directors in Victoria have sought a review of State Budget cuts, citing a range of implications on training if the reduced funding were to proceed.

The CEO of Box Hill Institute, John Maddock, appeared on ABC TV 7.30 Report, along with Kangan Institute’s Chief Executive, Ray Griffith, warning of serious implications that may leave TAFE unable to meet commitments and standards of training.

Despite calls to stand down, Victoria’s Higher Education and Skills Minister, the Hon. Peter Hall, has since affirmed his commitment to the Parliament and its policy.

TDA has met with the Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, Senator Hon. Chris Evans, who released a statement seeking assurances from the Victorian Government that the COAG Agreement on National Entitlement and Quality Standards could be maintained.

See Minister Evans’ media release.

Queensland ‘cross border’ agreement with Victoria to offer TAFE degrees

Brisbane’s Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE (MSIT) has announced a unique ‘cross border’ agreement to offer bachelor degrees, in partnership with Holmesglen.
MSIT TAFE Queensland will now offer degrees in accounting, early childhood education, fashion design and screen production.
This is the first of cross-border co-operation in higher education in the non-university sector, and a new move for TAFE Institutes in Queensland.

The degrees will be fee for service after the Commonwealth rejected Holmesglen’s application for 25 Commonwealth supported places for the early childhood course.

The initiative hopes to inspire similar programs nationwide, providing more Australian’s the opportunity to study a degree, and prove TAFE degrees are worth supporting.

For more information, read the full story in the Courier Mail

New National Diploma of Building and Construction

The Master Builders of Australia has launched a National Diploma of Building and Construction, designed to ensure the next generation of Australian builders have access to cutting edge, diploma-level training on a national basis.

Master Builders conducted nationwide training operations for two years, in order to develop common training and assessment resources for all the Diploma of Building and Construction units.

The national approach to this key industry qualification, under the Construction Training Package, will ensure it is delivered to a consistently high standard, using the latest training materials developed by top industry experts.

While the Diploma resources are not commercially available for sale, Master Builders deliver Diploma qualifications in partnership with various TAFE Institutes and would be open to developing further partnerships.

Indonesian Ministry of Education hosts seminar with TDA and TAFE executives in Jakarta

The Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture (MOEC) hosted a seminar for CEOs of Indonesia’s 32 polytechnics to explore industry linkages in training.

TDA presented research on industry linkages, and the polytechnic leadership offered information on the new challenges facing the training system, with rapid GDP growth at 6.5 per cent.

Later, Austrade arranged a full-day seminar with polytechnic leadership, TAFE executives from five institutes, officials from the Indonesian Ministries of Education and Culture, and Manpower and Transmigration.

The Deputy Head of Mission, Dr. David Engel, hosted a reception at his home for the Indonesian polytechnic CEOs, Ministry officials and TAFE executives to welcome the exchange on skills policy, ahead of the Indonesian-Australian Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) talks, to be held later this year.

Rhonda Edwards (Holmesglen) with Austrade official, and Anna Parkin (TAFE SA International)

Michael Fay, AFG Venture, with ‘Feri’ Afriyudianto (MOEC)

RD Kusumanto, ST, M.M, (Direktur Politeknik Negeri Sriwijaya, Palembang) with Jane Anderson (TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute)

Imbang J. Mangkuto (Bakrie Centre Foundation), Holly Croft (West Coast Institute of Training WA), Rhonda Edwards (Holmesglen Institute)

Illah Sailah (Directorate General of Higher Education, MOEC), Martin Riordan (CEO, TDA), Rebecca Ball (Trade Commissioner, Jakarta), Abdul Wahib Haksono (Director General of Training, Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration)

Australian Embassy reception for Indonesia polytechnic CEOs and Ministry officials with TDA and TAFE international executives

Apprenticeship support system to be enhanced by new contracts

Twenty-three organisations have accepted two-year contracts worth more than $400 million to deliver Australian Apprenticeships Support Services for apprentices and their employer, including job matching and centralised, nationally-consistent administration.

Minister for Skills, Senator the Hon. Chris Evans, said the new support will ensure apprentices, and the businesses taking them on, have the support they need to begin and complete their training.

"The Government will work with the states and territories to create a one stop shop for Australian Apprenticeships to make it easier for business and apprentices to get the support they need,” Senator Evans stated on his website.

Read the Minister’s media release here.

Fresh debate on skill sets – NCVER report

The debate on the merit of skill sets will be reignited, with the latest research from NCVER, which examines their usefulness within the VET system.
“The rationale for skill sets is their capacity to be part of the more flexible and responsive VET solutions required to meet changing labour market needs and to provide individuals with economic and useful chunks of learning.

“The primary concerns about skill sets are that they may confine some individuals to narrow job roles, reduce their labour mobility, erode the value of full qualifications and, in time, reduce the quantum of fully qualified workers at the particular occupation level required to sustain industries and Australia’s economic competitiveness,” the report says. 

To read the full report, click here.

Opportunity in Victorian Regional Gateway project

If you’d like to be involved in the Regional Gateways project, between Melbourne University and TAFE, an opportunity has arisen for a project coordinator.

The University of Melbourne, in partnership with Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE (GOTAFE) and Wodonga Institute of TAFE hope to assist students in their regions to pursue higher education programs through flexible, supported and personalised learning; meet Youth Allowance criteria whilst studying; and develop and maintain aspirations for further higher education and lifelong learning

For more information, click here.

Diary Dates

TAFE - Leading Skills Enrichment
DATE: 14-15 May, 2012
LOCATION: Burswood Entertainment Complex, Perth
DETAILS: More information available here.

TAFE - Leading Skills Enrichment
DATE: 17-18 May, 2012
LOCATION: Hilton on the Park, 196 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne 3002
DETAILS: More information available here.

Skills for NSW: high quality apprenticeships & traineeships
DATE: 31 May, 2012
LOCATION: SMC Conference Centre, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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.

2012 VET Summit
An event for RTO Managers
DATE: 9 July, 2012
LOCATION: Kedron Wavell Services Club
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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.

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

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