Red outlook for Vic TAFEs

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The Australian    |    29 September 2012 Just five standalone TAFEs in Victoria expect to be in surplus next year, down from ten last year, even though NCVER statistics reveal that Victoria now spends more than any other state on vocational training.  It spent almost $1.2 billion, nearly $150m more than its larger neighbour NSW and over $300m more than it had outlayed the previous year. The leaked summary of Victorian TAFE business plans shows that six TAFEs are expecting deficits ranging from about $600,000 to $8.9 million.  The operating results of Victorian TAFEs will be worse if the state government doesn’t meet TAFEs' requests for cash advances and other types of new … [Read more...]

OECD urges increased spending on education

OECD     |     11 September 2012 Education at a Glance provides comparable national statistics about education for the 34 OECD member countries, as well as Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. The report includes indicators on public and private spending on education, tuition fees, adult participation in education, class sizes, teacher salaries and decision-making powers of schools, and an analysis of national examination systems and the criteria for attending tertiary education. Spending on education by countries around the world is rising but access to higher education remains unequal, says the OECD's Education at a Glance 2012.   The … [Read more...]

The Scan Main Edition #92 | 27 September 2012

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IR  the  next  TAFE  "battleground" Industrial relations are set to become the key skills reform battleground as TAFEs around the country move to slash teaching costs to cope with rolling budget cuts and increased competition. Critics say cosy relationships with education unions have left TAFEs with "archaic" IR arrangements that are too inflexible for modern training.  Unionists say proposed changes will leave teachers no time to liaise with industry, update skills or develop courses. [Continue reading]... Melbourne  tackles  "grand  challenges" The University of Melbourne says it is refocussing its research priorities to better address the major challenges facing the world and to … [Read more...]

Signs of the times

The Poke    |      30 September 2012 "Alternative" London Underground notices,  satirising official ones and reflecting commuter jaundice, have been appearing for some time but seem rarely noticed.  They are done so well that, to a regular commuter, their utter familiarity as part of an accepted, everyday visual clutter, results in them becoming almost invisible, losing all meaning beyond their colour and shape.  This item comes via Joe Blogs, the theme of which is "things I (Joe) like." … [Read more...]

Curtin student wins industry-run Crops Competition

30 September 2012 A Curtin University student has won the top prize in the 2012 Australian Universities Crops Competition, taking her agricultural knowledge out of the lecture theatre and applying it in the paddock. Third year agribusiness student Helen Duncan of Ravensthorpe was awarded the most successful individual student prize, while third year agribusiness student Andrew Reynolds of York achieved fourth place. The Crops Competition, run by Grain Growers Limited and held annually at Temora in New South Wales, involves students identifying crop type, crop health and weed species, and making management recommendations for each. … [Read more...]

VET financial information 2011

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NCVER    |    28 September 2012   Financial information for 2011 for Australia’s public vocational education and training (VET) compiled by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)shows operating revenues for the public VET sector were $7.869 billion in 2011, an increase of $720.5 million (10.1%) compared with 2010. Comparing revenue for 2011 with 2010 shows: revenue from the Australian Government increased by 7.8%, or $159.7 million revenue from the state and territory governments rose by 18.3%, or $613.9 million total operating expenditures also increased to a total of $7.900 billion, an increase of $326.0 million (4.3%) from 2010. Revenue … [Read more...]

NCVER news, research and events

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NCVER News    |    28 September 2012 Assessing the impact of research: a case study of the LSAY Research Innovation and Expansion Fund An increasing and important requirement of any funded research program is the ability to demonstrate that it is relevant and useful to public policy and to practitioners. This study takes the framework NCVER developed for measuring research impact to assess the outcomes from research and activities funded under the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth Research Innovation and Expansion Fund. It finds that the purpose of the fund, to start a ripple effect in the use of the LSAY data, was met, and that the research undertaken had strong resonances in the … [Read more...]