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Newsletter | 9 July 2012    

In this edition

  • NCVER 2011 VET Review: a third of young Australians in training
  • Graduate Certificate and Diploma consultation
  • TDA Conference joins twitter
  • Minister Evans fires back over Premier’s claims on training costs
  • East Asia education summit
  • UNESCO-UNEVOC Biennial report 2010-11 released
  • TAFE NSW to deliver programs at Guangxi Teacher Education University
  • TDC Teaching and Learning conference
  • Diary Dates

Feature story

TDA urges members to comment on VET standards consultation paper

TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) and the Victorian TAFE Association (VTA) welcome the opportunity to comment on the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) Consultation Paper, Review of the Standards for the regulation of VET.

TDA invites your comments and encourages you to submit individual responses in addition to the joint submission from TDA/VTA.

To view the draft TDA/VTA submission, click here.

To view the NSSC Consultation Paper, click here.

Please provide your feedback to pcaven@tda.edu.au by Wednesday 11 July 2012.

NCVER 2011 VET Review: a third of young Australians in training

A new report released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, reveals a third of young Australians aged 15-19 participated in vocational education and training in 2011.

Almost two-thirds of Australian students were enrolled at TAFE or another government provider.

Click here for more information.

Graduate Certificate and Diploma consultation

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Council has undertaken a review of the AQF Graduate and Vocational Graduate Certificates and Diplomas qualification types in the AQF.

The AQF Council invites TDA and its members to comment on the proposed changes to the AQF.

To view the consultation paper, Graduate and Vocational Graduate Certificates and Diplomas in the Australian Qualifications Framework June 2012, click here.

The consultation period closes on Friday 27 July 2012.  Comments should be sent to aqfc@innovation.gov.au.

TDA Conference joins twitter

You can now get all the latest conference news by following @TDAConf2012.

Stay up-to-date with announcements on the latest speakers and sponsors, find out what’s going on in Perth and gain insights from our keynote speakers before the event starts. 

We’ll be keeping an eye on comments during the event, so please get involved with the discussion and let us know what you think.  Start by following us today and don’t forget to hash-tag when you’re talking about the event #TDAConf2012

We’d love to hear what you are most looking forward to at this year’s event, so give us a tweet now!

Minister Evans fires back over Premier’s claims on training costs

Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, has refuted charges made by Victorian Premier, the Hon Ted Baillieu, that blame the Federal Government for cost blowouts in the State’s budget.

Mr Baillieu told The Australian Financial Review that a $500 million budget blowout and the rise of low-quality courses could be blamed on reforms introduced in 2009 by then Labor Premier, the Hon John Brumby and the then Federal Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard.

Minister Evans stated that the blowouts could have been avoided, and said that students, teachers and industries were instead being forced to pay the price for the Baillieu Government’s mistakes through severe cuts to TAFE funding.

To read the full article, click here.

East Asia education summit

The inaugural East Asia Summit Education Minister Meeting (EAS EMM) included an announcement to strengthen education and training ties in the EAS 18-country region.

Australian Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, attended the Summit in Indonesia and announced that Australia will support further EAS Education Cooperation projects in the next year. Details will be announced soon.

Among the projects is a Regional Network of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) providers to exchange ideas, share knowledge and expertise, and form commercial partnerships.

Click here for more information.

UNESCO-UNEVOC Biennial report 2010-11 released

UNESCO-UNEVOC undertook various activities worldwide in 2010-11 in the areas of TVET for all (EFA), greening TVET, entrepreneurial learning, teacher education, ICTs, and HIV and AIDS, while also focusing on strengthening the UNEVOC Network.

During 2010-11, membership in the e-Forum and the number and quality of messages and discussions increased substantially. At the end of 2011, 2,075 experts from more than 163 countries were members of the e-Forum community.  Subscribers are from a variety of professional backgrounds, including academia, policy-makers and practitioners. During this period, over 2500 messages were distributed from more than 400 e-Forum members.

An e-Forum content analysis was conducted in 2011, which provided insight into the most discussed topics. These topics were: accreditation and qualifications; competency standards, TVET curricula, institutional development, monitoring and evaluation, status and goals of TVET, defining TVET, teacher education and training, vocational guidance and counselling, ICTs in TVET, TVET and ESD.

You can read the full report here.

TAFE NSW announces cooperation with China’s Guangxi Teacher Education University

TAFE NSW - Northern Sydney Institute was honoured to participate in the recent opening of a new co-operation agreement with Guangxi Teacher Education University (GTEU).

On 16 April 2012, Mr Bai, Deputy General Director, Department of Education, Guangxi Province, China, formally opened what was locally called a new China-Australia Institute in Guangxi Teacher Education University saying he hoped “the new Institute will play an important role in the internationalization of Guangxi’s education and will add positive value to the university’s development.”

Those present at the opening ceremony included Dr Hu Xiheng, Dean of the China-Australia Institute and Claire Finch, Manager Teaching & Learning - Offshore, TAFE NSW - Northern Sydney Institute. In her speech, Claire congratulated the University and expressed the hope that the Northern Sydney Institute program, which covers business and logistics, would be the first of many partnership programs at the GTEU.

GTEU is located in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi, a strategic gateway to South East Asian countries. A particular focus for the China-Australia Institute is logistics, port management and related programs.

Diary Dates

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.

DATE: 10-11 July,2012
LOCATION: The Central Institute, Perth
DETAILS: For more information, visit the conference website

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

Cross Sectoral Partnerships Symposium
DATE: 9 August 2012
LOCATION: Sydney – venue TBA
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

DATE: 6 - 7 September 2012
LOCATION: Victoria
DETAILS: Click here for more information

DATE: 3-4 October
LOCATION: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Details will be available at http://www.skillsaustralia.gov.au

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: 17-19 October 2012
LOCATION: National Convention Centre, Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for more information

DATE: 12 – 14 November 2012
LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Terrigal, NSW
DETAILS:  Click here for more information

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