Victoria’s “lunch club” scandal


The Age    |    3 May 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Readers outside Victoria will not know much about this scandal unfolding before the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption (IBAC). But for anyone who is, or has been, involved in the Victorian education sector the revelations are gob-smacking. It's a story of greed, graft and betrayal by certain senior officials who have, for more than a decade, been looting the schools education budget, to the tune of millions of dollars. As the hearings are only in their early stages, who knows where it will end up: there are over 40 more witnesses to be examined. This report in The Age, which has been instrumental in exposing this … [Read more...]

OUA buys leading private online provider


OUA Media Centre    |    1 July 2013 Open Universities Australia (OUA) has fully bought  Interact Learning Pty Ltd, trading as e3Learning - a leading online training and compliance provider to Australia's corporate sector. According to Paul Wappett, OUA chief executive, the acquisition reflects OUA's strategic objective to broaden its student offering, as well as meeting corporate demand for education, training and compliance. Importantly, we're creating an education pathway covering all aspects of post secondary education. e3Learning's unrivalled industry reputation for the development and delivery of innovative, high quality online training and compliance tools will deepen our … [Read more...]

Feds unlock CQU/CQIT dual sector funding

CQUniversity  Media  |     3 May 2013 CQUniversity Australia has made another giant leap towards finalising its half-billion-dollar merger with CQ TAFE, with the Federal Government today announcing it would ‘unlock' $73.8 million to support the project. Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Scott Bowman said the much sought-after funding would help to transform post-school education and training across Central Queensland. "I sincerely thank the Commonwealth Government for unlocking these crucial funds, which are absolutely essential to a successful merger with CQ TAFE," Professor Bowman said. "With this funding in place, I am confident that we can now finalise discussions with … [Read more...]

Universities Australia Chair Professor Glyn Davis on the budget cuts

Universities Australia Media    |    15 April 2013 Transcript of interview with Fran Kelly  ABC Radio National Breakfast FRAN KELLY:   Well the cuts to the tertiary education sector have infuriated the federal Independents, and in a moment we'll hear from one of those, Rob Oakeshott. But first to Glyn Davis, the chair of Universities Australia, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne. Glyn Davis, welcome back to Breakfast. GLYN DAVIS:   Thank you.  KELLY:  Well, as we heard there, the Prime Minister says this isn't a cut, but it is a quote, moderation of growth. Every university still gets more money. That's true, isn't it? University funding has grown dramatically … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 11 March 2013

In Focus Sometimes it doesn't take a lot of words 11 Mar If, like me, you were left feeling disillusioned and despondent by last week's political debate, you'll understand why today's column is given over to a simple, heartfelt statement by Arfa Noor, former President of the Council of International Students Australia. During the week Arfa tw... Read more National AWPA launches its 2013 National Workforce Development Strategy 11 Mar Last Friday, Maria Langwell, ACPET’s National Manager, Business Development and Catherine Kearney, ACPET’s Executive Officer, NSW, attended the launch of the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency’s (AWPA) Future … [Read more...]

The Scan Main Edition 8 March 2013

No.109 ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The polytech movement gathers pace Encouraged by remarks by the Commonwealth minister that he’s looking afresh at tertiary “inter-connectedness”, five tertiary institutions* are proposing a national network that brings together the strengths of TAFE and higher education traditions, enabling degrees to be studied initially at TAFE institute campuses in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Students would  be able to study degrees in face-to-face, online or blended modes, with extra support depending on their needs and requirements of the course.....[READ MORE].... Teaching … [Read more...]

Regulatory reviews


8 March 2013 The Higher Education Standards Panel, which advises and makes recommendations to the Commonwealth minister responsible for tertiary education and research on the Higher Education Standards Framework, has released draft course design and learning outcome standards for comment. The panel has drafted seven standards on course design and ten on learning outcomes. Once settled, the standards will be the measure against which the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency will register institutions and accredit their courses. It’s seeking feedback on the proposed format, including style, clarity and “pitch”. The closing date for comments is Tuesday 16 April … [Read more...]