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The federal government's proposal to extend Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) funding to some diploma and advanced diplomas at universities risks drawing students and resources away from TAFE.

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The former chair of the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (previously Skills Australia), Philip Bullock has been made an Officer in the Order of Australia in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

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The TAFE sector is conducting a series of meetings around Australia to enable students of Careers Australia to receive advice about their training options following the appointment of an administrator to the business.

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Around 1,000 students from Careers Australia have spoken with TAFE advisers and provided their details over the past three days, as processing of affected students continues.

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TAFE Directors Australia has reassured students at Careers Australia that every effort will be made to assist them to continue their studies.

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The big drop in apprenticeships over recent years may have more to do with employers losing faith in the system, rather than a lack of interest from prospective apprentices, according to new research.

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The federal budget saw a new model of funding for vocational training, with the announcement of a skills fund that will support state and territory-led projects that meet defined Commonwealth criteria.

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TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) has cautioned about the federal government's decision to uncap some sub-bachelor programs at public universities from next year, as part of the higher education reforms announced last week.

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Six new regional and three metropolitan TAFE NSW SkillsPoints have been announced by the NSW government, as part of a move to more closely align with the needs of industry.

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The contribution and role of Australia's TAFEs was a key feature of last week's ministerial visit to India, with significant progress on 'train the trainer' programs, industry partnerships, and the place of the Australian vocational education and training sector.

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TDA CEO Martin Riordan, pictured has paid a special tribute for the thanks he has received from government ministers, shadow ministers, TAFE leaders, teachers, and key stakeholders ahead of completing a 12-year term at Easter.

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Almost a third of businesses employing apprentices failed to pay them the correct wages, according to a report by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

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TDA today announced that former senior Commonwealth and Victorian government education official Mr Craig Robertson, pictured, has been appointed as the organisation's new Chief Executive Officer.

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TAFE Directors Australia joined business peak bodies, education leaders and trade unions for Labor's National Jobs and Skills Summit in Canberra last Friday.

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The Department of Education and Training has opened a new process for listed and not-for-profit providers to request additional courses to be approved under the new VET Student Loans program.

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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.

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TAFE Institutes are among the organisations selected by the federal government to provide employability skills training under the new PaTH program.

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TAFE institutes are reminded about the ADF Skills and Apprenticeships Forum, being jointly hosted by TAFE Directors Australia and the National Apprentice Employment Network in Canberra, 21-22 March.

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TAFE Directors Australia and the National Apprentice Employment Network will be hosting the ADF Skills and Apprenticeships Forum in Canberra, 21-22 March.

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TDA was one of a number of key industry organisations that responded enthusiastically to the federal opposition's call for a national skills summit to address critical issues in the VET sector.

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A number of outstanding individuals who have contributed to education, including vocational education, were recognised in the 2017 Australia Day Honours.

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TAFE's share of students in government-funded training jumped in the first nine months of 2016, according to latest data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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The Commonwealth Department of Education and Training (DET) is being too passive in its efforts to get redress on behalf of the victims of the failed VET FEE-HELP scheme, according to former senior bureaucrat Mark Warburton.

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The Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham successfully pushed through parliament last week a comprehensive crackdown on private colleges after a $3 billion loss to taxpayers under the VET FEE-HELP student loan program.

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A Roundtable on Career Education has been chaired by the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, to drive a revival of apprenticeships - a key priority for the minister.

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TAFE providers, as well as teachers, apprentices and trainees from the TAFE sector featured prominently among the winners and finalists at the Australian Training Awards in Darwin last Thursday.

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TAFE would be granted a 12-month exemption from the federal government's revamped VET student loan requirements, under proposed amendments to the legislation introduced into the Senate last week.

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The Senate will this week consider the federal government's revamped student loans scheme which replaces the failed VET FEE-HELP program.

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TDA has raised a number of issues with the federal government's planned overhaul of the VET FEE-HELP scheme during a Senate committee hearing in Melbourne last week.

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The Department of Education and Training used data predominantly from NSW to arrive at the pricing structure for courses approved under the new national VET Student Loans program.

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The federal government has agreed to the idea of a VET FEE-HELP ombudsman as part of the negotiations with Labor and the Greens over the reform of the student loan program.

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The Board of Directors of TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) is pleased to announce the election of Ms Mary Faraone (pictured top), Chief Executive of Holmesglen Institute, as the new Chair.

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The 2016 TDA Convention 'Skills Resurgence' kicks off in Melbourne today with a record 450 delegates set to engage with more than 100 speakers and presenters for three days of networking and learning.

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TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) has urged the federal Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, to respond in detail to today's release of the Mitchell Institute's review of tertiary and vocational education funding.

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TAFE institute directors and chairs took their advocacy message to Canberra last week with a series of meetings with ministers, shadow ministers and crossbenchers in their bid to reform the VET sector and revive the apprenticeship system.

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TAFE institutes have secured some of the most coveted honours at training awards in NSW, South Australia, Queensland, ACT and Northern Territory.

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The federal government is expected to announce today a new model of apprenticeships that will provide a path to jobs in advanced manufacturing, IT and professional services.

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The Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham says nothing short of a full overhaul of the VET FEE-HELP scheme can restore confidence in the training system, given the scale of the rorting that has occurred.

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The new Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, hosted TDA and VET peak organisations at Parliament House last week for a vocational education roundtable.

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TDA is delighted to advise that the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Karen Andrews, pictured top, and the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten, centre, have agreed to deliver key addresses at the the TDA Convention, Skills Resurgence, in Melbourne, 4 - 6 October 2016.

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Australia's national apprenticeship model is "surviving", rather than flourishing, and its future is far from certain, according to a research paper from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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TAFE Directors Australia has signalled that greater recognition of applied learning by TAFE and not-for-profit higher education providers is essential for Australia's national innovation and science agenda.

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TAFE Directors Australia has congratulated Karen Andrews (pictured top) on her appointment as Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, replacing Senator Scott Ryan who moves to Special Minister of State in the federal ministerial reshuffle.

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A federal court judge has criticised the VET FEE-HELP scheme while hearing a case by the ACCC against Unique International College in Sydney.

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is edging toward a narrow majority government as the election count progresses, but the outlook for the tertiary education sector is far from certain.

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Political instability prevails, with the election outcome too close to call and the VET sector in a state of uncertainty after eight weeks of campaigning.

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The 2016 federal election enters the final week following the Coalition's official launch in Sydney yesterday and Labor's the previous week.

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The Coalition remained largely silent on VET policy promises over the past week, relying on its previously announced youth internship PaTH program, while Labor unveiled new initiatives that will impact TAFE.

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Over the remaining weeks of the 2016 federal election campaign, the TDA newsletter will place an added focus on the policies and the promises from the main political parties for the VET sector, TAFE and higher education.

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The former managing director of the ABC, Mark Scott, has been appointed as Secretary of the NSW Department of Education.

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Federal Ministers Simon Birmingham and Scott Ryan took time out from electioneering to join the TDA national board meeting in Brisbane late last week.

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The NSW government has released the Statement of Expectations for the 450 training providers supported under the Smart and Skilled program.

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Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten used the first leaders' debate in Sydney on Friday evening to commit to "restoring public TAFE", signalling that TAFE funding is likely become an election issue.

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The federal election campaign is formally underway after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday announced the much anticipated July 2 election.

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The federal government has proposed a set of tougher measures to fix the VET FEE-HELP blow-out in a discussion paper released on Friday.

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The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) will target fast-tracked training courses and high-risk providers offering VET FEE-HELP-approved courses under a new crackdown.

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Australian Federal Police have raided the offices of private training provider, Australian Careers Network, in Melbourne.

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A TDA-commissioned analysis of official data reveals 'for profit' private training colleges have gained a massive 75% share of the $3 billion Commonwealth VET FEE-HELP funding, while TAFE delivers the key national skill qualifications.

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A COAG-commissioned review of Australia's landmark, five-year plan for skills has found that critical community and educational elements of TAFE have been eroded.

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The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Senator Scott Ryan has launched a defence of what he says is the majority of private training providers amid the latest private college collapse, and has sought to point to the growth of VET FEE-HELP loans to TAFE.

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The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Senator Scott Ryan, met with senior executives of TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) to discuss plans for reform of the VET FEE-HELP student loans scheme.

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A new paper by the Mitchell Institute argues for the Commonwealth to dump its current plan for a takeover of VET and, instead, look at a redesign of tertiary funding across VET and higher education.

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The federal industry department has downplayed the omission of TAFE and vocational education from its National Innovation and Science Agenda, and has proposed key areas where TAFE expertise should be directed to national innovation and applied research.

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Local and international experts in the field of tertiary education are meeting in Canberra this week to examine the place of Australia's TAFE network in the federal government's innovation agenda.

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The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has refused a freedom of information (FOI) request to release a list of 120 people linked to failed private training colleges.

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TAFE Directors Australia has extended its congratulations to the new Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Senator Scott Ryan (pictured).

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Recurrent funding for the VET sector by Commonwealth, state and territory governments totalled $5.2 billion in 2014, a 12 per cent cut from 2013, according to a new report from the Productivity Commission.

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The Minister for Vocational Education and Training, Luke Hartsuyker (pictured), will launch an Innovation and Applied Research Roundtable, designed to promote opportunities for industry working with TAFEs and dual sector universities, under the government's recently announced $1.1 billion Innovation and Science Agenda.

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The vision of a national training market has devolved into eight distinct systems across the states and territories, according to research from the National Centre for Vocational Research (NCVER).

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The federal government is looking at narrowing the range of courses that are eligible for VET FEE-HELP.

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On behalf of the TDA national board, and our National Secretariat staff, may I pass on our thanks for your support during 2015.

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The total loan limit for VET FEE-HELP providers will be frozen at 2015 levels under new laws to stamp out unscrupulous practices by training providers.

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A high level delegation of Chinese researchers and VET practitioners had a first hand experience of 'green' skills in a special regional workshop hosted by TAFE Directors Australia in Sydney last week.

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One of TAFE's most highly regarded teachers, Lyn Wilson, pictured, was honoured the Australian Training Awards in Hobart last Thursday.

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TDA says that new data on VET activity in Australia has exposed the full extent of the explosion of private training colleges and massive waste of VET FEE-HELP.

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Less than a quarter of students who access VET FEE-HELP complete their course, according to new research from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has foreshadowed further measures to crack down on the activities of unscrupulous private training providers and the explosion of VET FEE-HELP.

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Central Queensland University (CQU) has launched a Cairns CBD higher education campus, the latest of 18 campus locations spreading from Perth to Cairns, with headquarters in Rockhampton.

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A Senate committee has found evidence of rampant abuse of VET FEE-HELP by private training providers and an explosion in student bad debts.

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TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) has called for greater investment in vocational education and training (VET), rather than further "gold plating" of universities, in response to Universities Australia's call for increased government funding.

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Martin Riordan from TAFE Directors Australia spoke on Radio National Breakfast (ABC) this morning. Click 'Continue Reading' below to play audio (7 min 28sec).

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An overhaul of the training sector and a federal takeover of TAFE were key areas of discussion at the Turnbull government's summit of business, trade union and community groups, according to an article in The Australian.

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The federal government's proposal for a Commonwealth takeover of vocational education and training would mean cuts to the TAFE sector, the federal opposition has claimed.

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Prime Minister Turnbull's promotion of Senator Simon Birmingham to Minister for Education and Training brings confidence of a more balanced approach to skills and training for Australia's education sector, TDA said in a statement released yesterday.

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The Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham has delivered the strongest case yet for the Commonwealth to assume responsibility for VET, in his address to the TDA national conference.

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The federal government has embarked upon a shake up of the $435 million apprenticeship incentives program and is exploring new models of apprenticeship delivery.

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VET spending in Australia has fallen back to levels of more than a decade ago, while funding for schools and higher education has soared, according to new research from the Mitchell Institute.

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The Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham has described as "appalling" the low completion rates at some private colleges revealed in the latest official data.

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Australia's Skillaroos have won three Silver medals and two Bronze at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has played a key role in a joint investigation by the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Border Force which has seen three people charged over alleged involvement in a large scale fraud.

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WorldSkills Australia's 2015 Skillaroos will be officially farewelled this week at a ceremony in Sydney before heading off to the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Federal and state leaders have agreed to consider a proposal to shift responsibility for vocational education and training (VET) from the states to the Commonwealth.

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Two of the key architects of the original HECS have produced a new report that argues for significant reform to the income contingent loan scheme that would extend it to more VET students while making it affordable.

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The MySkills website which provides a national directory or training organisations and courses has been updated with information for vocational educational and training (VET) students.

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The number of students attending TAFE and other government providers fell by 8.8% to 1.08 million in 2014, according to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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Fees imposed on students wishing to withdraw from courses will be banned, under changes announced by the Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham.

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TAFE Directors Australia has welcomed clarity from the Federal Government regarding Commonwealth funding of diploma and advanced diploma courses at universities, which threatened to undermine the vocational education and training sector.

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