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2013 Archived News

The Senate's Education and Employment References Committee will hold a wide-ranging inquiry into TAFE, following a motion moved by Greens Senator, Lee Rhiannon.

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The regulatory frameworks and procedures of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) should be more aligned to reduce the regulatory burden for all providers, according to TDA.

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Chris Robinson, Chief Commissioner of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), addressed the Victorian TAFE Association conference on governance on Friday to outline findings of audits conducted by ASQA.

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TAFE Institutes were in the spotlight at the 2013 Australian Training Awards in Perth on Friday.

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The Queensland government's new Ministerial Industry Commission met for the first time last week with the aim of driving changes to the states vocational education and training system.

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Commencements of trade and non-trade apprentices increased in the September quarter, according to early trend estimates from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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Slower economic growth, and lower business confidence in 2013 has seen employers reduce their use of training, according to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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The Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne, has stepped in to ensure reduced regulation and reporting in higher education, with a direction to the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

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The Federal Labor Opposition has followed the approach of the Abbott government in aligning skills and training within the industry portfolio under its Shadow Ministry announced on Friday.

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The challenges facing the TAFE sector were spelled out in a number of presentations to the AUSTAFE national conference in Queensland last week.

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott has outlined details of his vision for a new Colombo Plan that will see thousands of Australians studying at institutions in the Asia Pacific.

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Senior Indonesian and Australian business figures have joined forces to address skills needs in Indonesia in the wake of a joint Australian-Indonesian government commissioned skills survey.

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Technical and vocational education and training has been split between two departments under the new administrative arrangements issued by the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.

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TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) has joined with the group training network in congratulating the Coalition on its election win and urging that skills and training be afforded a high priority under a Coalition government.

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TAFE Directors Australia congratulates the Prime Minister-elect, Tony Abbott, and the Shadow Minister for Employment Participation, Sussan Ley, for the election win on Saturday.

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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd pledged that a re-elected Labor government would take over Federal funding of TAFE unless the states and territories provided funding guarantees.

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Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has announced plans by a Coalition government to extend student loans to trade apprentices, with a 20% discount if they complete their course.

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Quality leadership by TAFE in the technical and vocational education sector is a key priority under this week's launch of policy by TDA for Election 2013.

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The TDA launch of Federal Election 2013 Policy Position Papers has created a strong impact, with national radio and print media covering the release.

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Unleashing our Potential will be the key theme for Federal election 2013 policy, being launched progressively by TAFE Directors Australia.

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TDA is delighted that the newly appointed CEO of TAFE Queensland, Jodi Schmidt, will be a guest speaker at an important TDA conference workshop in Brisbane, Sunday 1 September.

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Ms Jodi Schmidt has been appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer of the newly created TAFE Queensland statutory body.

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Ms Jodi Schmidt has been appointed as the first Chief Executive Officer of the newly created TAFE Queensland statutory body.

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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has cited the need for extra effort to boost vocational education and training (VET), at a time when some states are ignoring the sector.

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The Queensland Government's 'Great skills: Real Opportunities' five-year plan for the vocational training sector has come into effect.

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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has unveiled a new frontbench team, including new ministers overseeing the education, skills and training agenda.

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Dr Craig Emerson, the senior Cabinet portfolio Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, has met the International education peak body IEAA, but backed away from early Government assurances to support extending streamlined visas for the non-university sector.

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Despite numerous assurances over the last eighteen months, the Commonwealth government continues to delay a decision on extending streamlined visa processing to high quality, low risk providers.

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The Queensland and Commonwealth governments have resolved the long-running standoff over funding for the State's vocational education and training system.

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A new network of tertiary institutions including TAFE and universities is seeking to harness the best of vocational and higher education.

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The Victorian Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, Hon Peter Hall, met TDA Victorian board member Nicholas Hunt (CEO William Angliss Institute) and CEO Martin Riordan, ahead of the Annual General Meeting of members, to discuss the State's long running VET reform plans.

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The worsening commencement and completions in Australian apprenticeships was a key topic for TDA meeting incoming Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, Hon. Sharon Bird MP, in Parliament House last week.

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TAFE SA has appointed Jeff Gunningham as its new CEO, following a national and international search.

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The Queensland government has been required to provide financial assurances to see the dual sector university for Central Queensland University (CQU) proceed, with its merger with Central Queensland Institute of TAFE.

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The agreement between NSW and the Commonwealth governments on the Gonski education reforms may come at the expense of further pressure on the technical and further education sector in NSW.

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The foundation CEO of Universities Australia and current head of the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, Professor Glenn Withers AO, has urged the Coalition parties to consider creating special 'Education Bonds' as a new measure to allow universities and major VET providers to better access funding.

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The foundation CEO of Universities Australia and current head of the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, Professor Glenn Withers AO, has urged the Coalition parties to consider creating special 'Education Bonds' as a new measure to allow universities and major VET providers to better access funding.

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Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard MP, and newly appointed Tertiary and Skills Minister, the Hon Craig Emerson MP, jointly hosted Chinese and Australian education partners at an official dinner in Beijing, as part of the Prime Minister's five-day visit, celebrating the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations with China.

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Despite the Victorian government's claims that the recent removal of several of the state's TAFE chairs was due to their inability to lead "a large and complex government business", successful business owners and entrepreneurs are among those who have been removed from their positions.

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The Victorian government has removed at least half of the state's TAFE board chairs.

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The NSW Premier, the Hon Barry O'Farrell, has celebrated a wider vision for TAFE NSW, while welcoming delegates for the Sydney visit of an international college leadership group focused on "renewal and change", RC-2020.

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The National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) has launched its Position Paper on the standards for the regulation of VET.

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The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency's (AWPA) latest workforce development strategy, released on Friday, has nominated TAFE as the bedrock of the national VET system with strong funding support for the public provider, and a 3 per cent per year increase in skills funding to 2025.

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More than 300 guests attended the launch in Sydney on Friday night of the TDA National Scholarships Foundation and the Mick Young Scholarships fundraising Dinner.

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New paradigms in TAFE's approach to the delivery of training to industry will be unveiled at a special business briefing in Sydney today.

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Newly appointed Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, the Hon Chris Bowen, met with TAFE Directors Australia in Parliament House, Canberra, during his first week of duties in the portfolio.

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Draft Unique Student identifier (USI) legislation has been posted on the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) website.

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TDA welcomes incoming Tertiary Education and Skills Minister the Hon Chris Bowen MP, formerly the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship. He replaces Senator Chris Evans, who has announced his retirement from the Federal Ministry and politics.

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TDA congratulates CEO of Box Hill Institute of TAFE, John Maddock AM, for his Member of the Order of Australia, announced in the Australia Day Honours.

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The number of Victorian training colleges eligible for government funds has been halved in an effort by the state government to stop dodgy providers.

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The new TDA National Scholarships Foundation incorporating the highly-regarded Mick Young Scholarships for disadvantaged students will be formally launched at a special dinner in Sydney on Friday March 1.

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