2014 Archived News
TDA has continued its advocacy to encourage key federal crossbench Senators to support the government's higher education reforms.
TDA has expressed its support for the federal government's latest attempt at higher education reform as a necessary measure to put TAFE students on an equal footing to those studying at universities.
The election of the new Labor government in Victoria paves the way for a major commitment to build and refurbish parts of the state's TAFE system.
The Australian Training Awards 2014 in Adelaide on Friday featured leaders, teachers and students, with a record eight major categories being awarded to TAFE.
TAFE higher education students will join with students from partner colleges from the Council of Private Higher Education (COPHE), and be hosted in Parliament House, Canberra today.
Almost three-quarters of registered training organisations (RTOs) are failing to meet a key training and assessment standard, according to the latest annual report of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).
TDA has called on Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne to order an urgent examination of marketing practices and information provided to students allocated VET FEE HELP loans for courses at some recently-listed and soon-to-be listed ASX training companies.
TDA has welcomed the release of new, updated Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and regulators, which will see greater scrutiny of high risk providers.
Western Australia's Deputy Premier Dr Kim Hames last week presented Mick Young Scholarships to 25 students at Central Institute of Technology in Perth.
The preliminary findings of an ongoing national survey of higher education students at 23 of Australia's 58 TAFEs shows they value 'work-ready' industry skills, and the 'practical' approach to teaching, as part of their studying at TAFE instead of university.
Almost 6,000 people have taken up loans under the federal government's Trade Support Loans program since it commenced in August, according to Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane.
Federal state and territory training Ministers meeting at the COAG Industry and Skills Council meeting in Adelaide, Friday announced a consumer hotline to "streamline and simplify the reporting of complaints."
Perth hosted two major events - the Skills West Expo and the WorldSkills Australia national competition, finishing on Saturday.
TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) applauded the government decision to remove red tape under the regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), but urged Industry Minister Macfarlane to go further in eliminating unnecessary regulation affecting TAFEs.
The federal government is today expected to announce the scrapping of Australian Apprenticeships Centres as part of a wide-ranging overhaul of the VET system, according to a report in The Australian.
Some of the biggest issues in education and training, including the crisis in apprenticeships and the planned reforms to both higher education and vocational education will be centre stage at the TAFE Directors Australia 2014 national conference starting in Sydney today.
National Skills Week was launched at a series of functions around Australia over the past week, under the theme, The Magical Mystery Tour of Skills.
The collapse in apprentice and trainee commencements has continued, according to early estimates from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).
Victoria's 14 TAFE Institutes generated a net deficit of $16.2 million in 2013, representing a $74.8 million deterioration from 2012, according to the Victorian Auditor-General's office (VAGO).
TAFE Directors Australia has labeled proposals to bypass TAFE and universities with TAFE divisions under the Forest Review of Indigenous employment as "missing the mark" and likely to result in hundreds of millions of dollars in duplication.
More than a quarter of all audits conducted by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) since it was established in 2011 have identified serious compliance problems with registered training organisations (RTOs).
TDA has urged a House of Representatives Committee to re-evaluate the role of Australian Apprenticeships Centres (AACs), with a view to arresting the decline in apprentice numbers and reducing duplication and complexity.
A member of the Productivity Commission, and former Commonwealth Departmental Secretary, Patricia Scott, has been appointed to undertake an independent review of Gillard government investment in Trade Training Centres (TTCs).
The number of students enrolled in the public VET system decreased by 65,700 or 3.4% between 2012 and 2013, according to latest statistics from the National Centre for Vocational Research.
A new industry-led advisory panel will steer the direction of reform to vocational education and training (VET), the Minister for Industry, Hon Ian Macfarlane announced at the National Skills Summit in Canberra last week.
Reform of the vocational education and training (VET) system needs to be far-reaching, with greater Commonwealth involvement and closer links to industry, the Business Council of Australia (BCA) says.
Tertiary education leaders including TDA have been invited by the Department of Education to take part in detailed post-Budget consultations on government plans for deregulation of universities, and higher education funding.
The Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane has taken the knife to regulation of training packages, making it easier to implement minor changes and removing fees for simple alterations.
The number of apprentices and trainees in-training as at 31 December 2013 was 392 200, a decrease of 12.9% from the previous year.
The TDA National Board has met in Brisbane, Friday for the TDA Annual General Meeting.
The Annual General Meeting of TAFE Directors Australia will be held in Brisbane on Friday, 23 May 2014, commencing at 10.00am.
Budget delivers fair deal finally for TAFE Higher Education students / Concerns for Apprenticeship students with cost shift from grants to loans
The Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne has outlined his views about the way the Commonwealth might fund TAFE and other non-university higher education providers under an expanded system as proposed by the recent Kemp-Norton review.
The National Commission of Audit has recommended that responsibility for vocational education and training (VET) be handed to the states.
The Australian Financial Review's Education Editor, Tim Dodd, today reports that Education Minister Christopher Pyne will use a speech later today in London to signal broad support for an overhaul of tertiary university funding, as proposed by the Kemp-Norton review.
TAFE Directors Australia has given evidence on the first day of hearings of the newly established House of Representatives Inquiry into TAFE, with a call for stricter criteria for the funding of high risk registered training organisations (RTOs).
The Federal Government's skills and training workshops will continue around Australia ahead of a planned major reform of the sector.
The National Board of TAFE Directors Australia met Coalition Ministers, Shadow Ministers, MPs and a key Senate committee as part of TAFE Meets Canberra 2014.
The National Board of TAFE Directors Australia will convene in Parliament House Canberra, this week for talks with the Coalition ministry. The Board meeting will continue the Federal Election 2013 theme of 'Unleashing our Capability'.
TAFE Institutes could be required to share their facilities with industry under proposals reportedly being considered by Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane.
The Minister for Industry, Ian Macfarlane says that skills and training needs significant reform and better targeted spending to fix serious structural problems.
TDA is hosting a special dinner at which the Assistant Minister for Education, Sussan Ley will launch the TAFE National Achievement Scholarships, including a dedicated category for VET in Schools graduates.
The National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) has invited TDA to nominate five Training Package experts who have delivery expertise in the following areas.
A number of people with links to TAFE were recognised in the Australia Day Honours.
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