TAFE essential to a diverse and polychromatic VET system

22 April 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The LH Martin Institute provided a submission in May 2013 to the House of Representatives Inquiry into the role of TAFE. The submission proposed a new national partnership that would supersede the current National Partnership Agreement, which was established in April 2012 at the Council of Australian Governments meeting but has since broken down in key respects such as overall funding of VET and maintaining the capacity of TAFE. The new national partnership proposed would be based on the outcomes of a “TAFE base funding review”; provide for the maintenance of current funding levels per student contact; recognise the role of … [Read more...]

ANZAC Day 2014

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… And now I have seen war. Every way I turn I am looking on men with broken bodies and women with broken hearts. War is not merely the hell that may pass at Verdun or the Somme in the agony of a day or a night that ends in death. War is worse. - Evelyn Kathleen Luard, a nurse in World War I. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... Eric Bogle is best known for And the band played Waltzing Matilda, often described as one of the most profound anti-war songs. The Green Fields of France (originally No Man’s Land) is about Willie McBride, presumably a Scottish soldier, who fell in France in 1916 at the age of 19 … [Read more...]

Split on extending CSPs to private providers – and fees

22 April 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Kemp-Norton review’s recommended extension of Commonwealth subsidies to students attending private for-profit higher education providers has split the public university sector.  ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... Universities Australia (UA) says such an extension is a policy high wire act which, if not properly controlled, could endanger the hard won reputation of the Australian higher education sector and called for a cautious approach. UA chief Belinda Robinson says universities are not opposed to even more competition but such a move would “represent a radical change to … [Read more...]

ACPET National Update 22 April 2014

In Focus Success for ACPET members in China (and a few domestic matters too) Edition 550, 21 Apr I write today’s column from 30,000 feet above Australia’s wide brown plains – heading home after two very important weeks in China. The first was as part of the Prime Minister and Trade Minister’s mission to China (for details see last week’s article here). The second was heading up a delegation of 17 ACPET members for meetings in Chengdu, Chongqing and Beijing.... Read more Featured Upcoming ACPET Delegations & ANZA Workshop Summary Edition 550, 21 Apr Upcoming ACPET Delegations Members are reminded that ACPET’s CEO Claire Field will be leading 2 upcoming … [Read more...]

TDA newsletter 22 April 2014

TAFE mergers underway in Victoria Two of Gippsland’s major higher education and training providers, Advance TAFE and GippsTAFE, will merge under a new entity, Federation Training. The two institutes, which cover 14 campuses across the Gippsland region, will merge from May 1. There is a plan for a second stage in 2016 that would see Federation Training integrated with FedUni, formerly the University of Ballarat. To support the integration of the two TAFE institutes and FedUni, the Victorian Government has provided $40 million from its $200 million TAFE Structural Adjustment Fund. See more. ________________________________________ Higher education records broken at TAFE NSW A record … [Read more...]

Davis bullish on fees

The Age     |    19 April 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The vice-chancellor of Melbourne University has backed a review of student fees if tertiary funding is cut in next month's federal budget. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... Glyn Davis says it is a ''reality'' that students may have to contribute a greater share of the cost of their education or quality would be sacrificed. The question is: do we just take the cuts or is there some scope to lift fees? Do we run down our universities or do we look at other sources of income? No one wants to introduce higher fees but the reality won't go away just because it is … [Read more...]

Workforce advisory agency abolished

The Australian     |   14 April 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) will be terminated and its functions transferred to the Department of Industry from 1 July 2014. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... Confirming the agency’s disbandment to staff, AWPA chairman Philip Bullock said that the move is in line with the government’s plan to "streamline its advisory processes" and  that the board wants to ensure a “smooth transition”. He said AWPA’s strategies, reports, modelling and research documents had been used by industry and governments at all levels. There are few times in our … [Read more...]

TEQSA leaders on gardening leave?

The Australian    |      10 April 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The two founding leaders of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) have gone on extended leave with no official word on their return. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... TEQSA chief commissioner Carol Nicoll and Brisbane-based commissioner Ian Hawke, who served as interim chief executive of the new national regulator, are on leave as the agency confronts an agenda of radical reform and a federal austerity budget. The commission, identified as a bottleneck for key regulatory decisions, will be down from five to three members at least until … [Read more...]

Is “market failure” emerging?

17 April 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… All the signs point to evidence that neglect and a rush towards privatisation are dragging the vocational sector into crisis. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... After four years of marketisation in Victoria, there are certainly signs of, at least, incipient market failure in that jurisdiction. There have been numerous TAFE campus closures, particularly in the peri-urban fringe and throughout regional Victoria. Even larger, well established and strong TAFE metropolitan institutes, such as NMIT, have been severely affected, with consequent scaling down of activity in some areas. The most … [Read more...]

Re-imagining the campus in the VET sector

TAFE NSW2

The Conversation    |    21 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… A change to the treatment of publicly owned Technical and Further Education (TAFE) facilities has the potential to exacerbate existing problems in the Australian vocational education and training (VET) sector. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... The federal minister for industry, Ian Macfarlane, expressed concern that TAFE assets are underused. He signalled interest in following the Queensland government approach, which allows non-TAFE registered training organisations (RTOs) access to TAFE facilities for the delivery of training. To assess the … [Read more...]

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