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Special Bulletin | 17 May 2012    
 

TDA AGM – MOTION PASSES FOR NATIONAL CHARTER FOR TAFE

Directors attending the TDA AGM have passed an out-of-session motion, to create a National Charter for TAFE.

The National Charter for TAFE will be forwarded to the Prime Minister, Education and Training Ministers on the Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE), and other officials.

The purpose of the National Charter is to create a framework under transition strategies for Australia's public provider (TAFE) network, for the COAG agreement within the Commonwealth, State and Territory negotiations for a National Partnership Agreement, and a national training entitlement system.

Today's edition of The Age has reported on the Charter , with TDA CEO Martin Riordan quoted, noting the Charter is designed to bring clarity to undefined transition strategies supporting the TAFE network within the COAG agreement.

The National Charter for TAFE is based on four principles:

PRINCIPLE 1 FUNDING MAINTAINS THE VIABILITY AND RESPONSIVENESS OF PUBLIC PROVIDERS
PRINCIPLE 2 QUALITY CRITERIA ARE SUBSTANTIALLY ENHANCED
PRINCIPLE 3 GOVERNANCE ENABLES FLEXIBILTY AND RESPONSIVENESS
PRINCIPLE 4 RECOGNITION OF THE INNOVATION AND LEADERSHIP ROLES OF TAFE, INCLUDING ITS PIVOTAL POSITION IN RURAL AND REGIONAL AUSTRALIA

The National Charter for TAFE was initially proposed in a discussion paper, The Case for a National Charter for TAFE, released in November last year.

The board of Skills Australia invited TDA to discuss the initiative for a proposed Charter, and indicated TDA was ideally suited to develop a position on TAFE’s central role in the vocational education and training system.

TDA welcomes Directors circulating the Charter across institutes, the TAFE divisions of our dual sector universities, and tertiary colleagues.