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2012 Archived News

Federal Skills Minister, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, met with NSW TAFE teachers to discuss the state's recent funding cuts.

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The Queensland government has approved an agreement for Central Queensland Institute of TAFE (CQIT) to form a 'dual sector' institution with Central Queensland University (CQU), creating Australia's sixth dual sector university.

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Reserve Bank board Member and former CEO of Australian Industry Group, Heather Ridout, has voiced her concerns that several state governments have continued to cut funding to TAFE.

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The Centre of Policy Development has released a new paper, detailing the value of TAFE in maintaining a healthy VET sector.

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Congratulations to all TAFE winners and nominees at this year's National Training Awards.

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The Australian Financial Review has reported on high-level concerns regarding legislation proposed by the Baillieu Government, scheduled to be debated in Victoria's lower house this week.

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The Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator the Hon. Chris Evans, has launched a new program to encourage tertiary students to consider an educational exchange in Asia.

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The release of Australia in the Asian Century, by former Treasury Secretary Ken Henry, nominated training and skills coordination with Asia as key targets for engagement with the region.

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The Federal Government has announced it will double the incentive paid to employers for an additional 21,000 electricians, plumbers and other construction trades people.

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Congratulations to NMIT as the joint winner of the Oracle/Right Now Award for Excellence in Student Administration and Customer Service, and to Susan Hartigan, Director of TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute, who was highly commended in the LH Martin Award for Excellence in Leadership.

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TDA has been offered four delegate passes to the Strategic Regional Leadership Conference, to give to TAFE members interested in attending the conference in Port Macquarie on October 26.

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The Taskforce for an Asia Capable Workforce has launched a national strategy for the development of critical 'Asia Capabilities' in the Australian workforce.

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The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has taken a stand, with robust recommendations in its submission revealed last week, on the quality concerns across VET.

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The Australian-Pacific Technical College (APTC) is seeking to employ vocational trainers as part of a project in the Pacific Islands.

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TAFE leadership came together in Perth last week in strong numbers - across CEOs and top teams, head teachers, suppliers and industry of Australia's 61 TAFE Institutes - showing a clear vote of confidence for public providers at our 2012 National Conference.

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The government may withhold vocational training grants to Victoria because of the state's $300 million TAFE budget cuts.

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Australian Industry Group chief executive, Innes Willox, criticised the Baillieu Government's decision to cut $300 million from the Victorian TAFE system, when the economy needs more skilled workers.

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Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, officially launched National Skills Week 2012.

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TDA chief Executive, Martin Riordan, has responded to recent reports on ABC TV's 7:30 Report, regarding private colleges and training courses.

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Attrition rates are declining for trainees but not for trade apprentices according to new data released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2011.

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NSW Minister for Education, the Hon. Adrian Piccoli, has announced the appointment of Margy Osmond as the new Chair of the NSW TAFE Commission Board.

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The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) releases its first updates since its last communication in February.

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A new study of pre-apprenticeships, commissioned by Group Training Australia, shows they have strong support from both employers and training providers.

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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.

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The planned launch in September of the MySkills national website has been welcomed by TAFE Directors Australia.

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The Victorian Skills Minister, the Hon. Peter Hall, has revealed in State Parliament that, in response to discussions with TAFE Chairs and Boards, the Government would issue "letters of comfort" to several TAFE boards, guaranteeing financial support in the event that they found themselves in deficit and without cash reserves.

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The National Skills Standards Council (NSSC), under Chair Hon John Dawkins AO, has released a consultation paper on the standards for the regulation of Vocational Education and Training (VET).

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At its first meeting for 2012, the Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE) promised to provide greater transparency and access to information in Vocational Education and Training.

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The South Australian budget has delivered new spending initiatives totalling more than $87 million for training and science.

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Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, the Hon. Chris Evans, met with Victorian TAFE directors last week to discuss the recent budget cuts.

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TAFE Directors Australia has issued a National Charter for TAFE, to provide a framework on how the Commonwealth, States and Territories will manage "implementation strategies" proposed by the COAG Agreement, for TAFEs to operate in a more competitive environment.

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

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The impact of the recent Victorian Budget has intensified, with details revealing that TAFE funding cuts may reach some $300 million and impact 1,200 jobs across the TAFE sector.

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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.

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The 2012 Victorian Budget will impose cuts of more than $100 million, by removing differentials between public provider and private RTO funding for vocational education and training.

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The NSW Premier, Barry O'Farrell, has made it clear NSW expects the recent COAG announcement on extending visa streamlining to benefit public and private providers in the near future.

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The Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, has defended the latest COAG agreement between the Commonwealth and states, amid claims that it may see the training market opened up to unscrupulous private operators.

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TAFE Directors Australia has called on Commonwealth, State and Territory leadership to make transparent the proposed funding for skills and training, as well as the 'implementation strategies' which will support TAFE's continued role in the training system. This follows last Friday's historic COAG agreement to proceed with Entitlement Training in Australia.

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The Fiji Islands have been ravaged by a string of tropical depressions and thunderstorms resulting in major flooding to the populated areas of the North and West of the country.

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A new tertiary arm of TAFE NSW has been launched by the NSW Minister for Education, the Hon Adrian Piccoli MLC.

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TDA addressed the APEC Symposium on Human Capital Policies for Green Growth and Employment, at an international forum on TVET held last week in Washington DC.

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TDA has welcomed today's commitment by the Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, to preserve the important role of the nation's TAFE system and introduce quality criteria which will determine access to public funding.

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The Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, has announced the passage of three Bills which will amend the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS), and give effect to the Government's second phase response to the Baird Review passed by Parliament on 1 March.

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The Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, has announced her new Ministry, with Sharon Bird MP joining the Education portfolio as the new Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills.

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TDA has raised a number of concerns with the leadership of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) at an industry roundtable.

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The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Hon Chris Bowen MP has announced a reduction in assessment levels for 29 countries, effective from 24 March.

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Victorian eligibility rules that discriminate against 'second chance' and mature-aged apprentices will not be replicated nationally according to the Federal Government.

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Public VET providers, including TAFEs, are receiving less funding per student, even though student numbers are increasing, according to the Productivity Commission's Report on Government Services.

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New data from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) indicates a continuing fall in the number of overseas students applying to study a VET course in Australia.

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Kung Hei Fat Choi! 2012 is the year of the Dragon. TDA wishes all its members and international partners a Happy Chinese New Year.

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