In October, the global TVET community will turn its eyes to Australia as host of the 2018 Congress of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP), encompassing the annual TDA Convention.
An article in Saturday's Financial Review warned that skills shortages may result if the slide in government funding for VET since 2012 is not addressed.
On behalf of everyone at TDA, I want to wish you all the best for the festive season, urge you all to take a much needed break, and for those travelling, have safe journeys.
Following the decision by the VET regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), to temporarily suspend new enrolments by TAFE SA in ten qualifications, the South Australian government has appointed management consulting firm, Nous Group to undertake a wide-ranging review.
Australia's tertiary education system is failing to meet the nation's needs, and is in danger of churning out graduates who will become the "educated poor", according to the recipient of one of the country's top training awards.
TAFE institutes, teachers, students and industry partners have featured prominently among the winners at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra last week.
TDA has advocated for some time for a fundamental examination of qualifications in the sector. The COAG Council for Industry and Skills has undertaken to examine the case for change to training products (training package qualifications and accredited courses) to ensure vocational education and training remains contemporary for the demands of the economy and society.
Australia is playing a key role in assisting Pakistan to enhance its capacity in technical and vocational education and training (TVET), with high-level meetings over recent weeks.
The number of students in government-funded VET fell by 45,000 or 5.3% to 804,700 in the six months to June, compared with the same period the previous year.
The Productivity Commission has delivered a blunt assessment of the state of the vocational education and training (VET) system in its landmark five-year review of the economy.
Australia has moved into the top ten skills nations in the world, following the performance by the 'Skillaroos' at the WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi.
The country's peak education bodies have rallied to protect Australia's $28 billion international education market and dispel fears that new English language standards could make it harder to study in Australia.
TAFE SA has signed an agreement with one of the world's largest shipbuilders to develop a joint learning and skills development program.
William Angliss Institute CEO, Nicholas Hunt and Director of International Business Development, Wayne Crosbie, were the inaugural speakers at the ASPIRES program at the Australian Embassy in Hanoi.
Despite being largely overlooked in the national innovation debate, the VET sector has a great deal to contribute including through applied research, according to a new study by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).
Australia has some of the oldest VET graduates in the world, according to the OECD's 2017 Education at a Glance report.
Almost 500 delegates, the biggest in TDA history, gathered in Adelaide last week for the two-day TDA 2017 Convention, 'Networked TAFE'.
The Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews has completed a round of engagements, aimed at strengthening educational ties across India, Sri Lanka and Singapore.
Providers of international education have been put on notice that they will be the target of greater scrutiny under an updated regulatory strategy from the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has released details of new fees and charges that will apply to registered training organisations (RTOs) from January 2018.
Public training providers occupied nine of the top ten places for VET student loans under the revamped program that replaced the troubled VET FEE-HELP scheme.
Commencements of trade apprenticeships suffered a significant drop in 2016, according to the latest statistics from the National Centre for Vocational Education research (NCVER).
TDA has entered into an agreement with Pakistan's National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) to undertake collaborative VET activities, notably in relation to capacity building in Pakistan's growing TVET system.
Students of the former Sage Institute of Fitness have gone public about confusing advice in the wake of the college's collapse in March.
The number of students in government-funding training at TAFE grew by 15% during 2016, while numbers at all other providers declined, according to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).
Thousands of VET trainers and assessors will be required to update their qualifications to new, higher standards, under changes announced last Friday.
The final act in the drama surrounding Careers Australia played out in Brisbane on Friday when the group was placed in liquidation.
TAFE NSW has received a big increase in funding for capital works in last week's state Budget.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TAFE Directors Australia has reassured students at Careers Australia that every effort will be made to assist them to continue their studies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Almost a third of businesses employing apprentices failed to pay them the correct wages, according to a report by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
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.
TAFE Directors Australia joined business peak bodies, education leaders and trade unions for Labor's National Jobs and Skills Summit in Canberra last Friday.
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.
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.
TAFE Institutes are among the organisations selected by the federal government to provide employability skills training under the new PaTH program.
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.
TAFE Directors Australia and the National Apprentice Employment Network will be hosting the ADF Skills and Apprenticeships Forum in Canberra, 21-22 March.
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.
A number of outstanding individuals who have contributed to education, including vocational education, were recognised in the 2017 Australia Day Honours.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Senate will this week consider the federal government's revamped student loans scheme which replaces the failed VET FEE-HELP program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TAFE institutes have secured some of the most coveted honours at training awards in NSW, South Australia, Queensland, ACT and Northern Territory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
A federal court judge has criticised the VET FEE-HELP scheme while hearing a case by the ACCC against Unique International College in Sydney.
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.
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.
The 2016 federal election enters the final week following the Coalition's official launch in Sydney yesterday and Labor's the previous week.
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.
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.
The former managing director of the ABC, Mark Scott, has been appointed as Secretary of the NSW Department of Education.
Federal Ministers Simon Birmingham and Scott Ryan took time out from electioneering to join the TDA national board meeting in Brisbane late last week.
The NSW government has released the Statement of Expectations for the 450 training providers supported under the Smart and Skilled program.
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.
The federal election campaign is formally underway after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday announced the much anticipated July 2 election.
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.
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.
Australian Federal Police have raided the offices of private training provider, Australian Careers Network, in Melbourne.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TAFE Directors Australia has extended its congratulations to the new Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Senator Scott Ryan (pictured).
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.
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.
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).
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.