ACPET National Monday Update Edition 628 2 November 2015

  In Focus As another week slips by Edition 628, 2 Nov As another week slips by amongst controversy and angst in the sector, I find myself reflecting on just where are we? In writing this piece I should make my views clear at the outset. The mere fact the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition have weighed into the argument shows that the concerns... Read more National 2016 ACPET Catalogue New EditionEdition 628, 2 Nov The ACPET Catalogue today launches the new 2016 edition providing up to date information to students, parents and careers advisers seeking information on education, training and higher education with a leading private … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 22 June 2015

Industry skills fund advisers announced Chisholm Institute is one of six organisations announced today that will make up the new Industry Skills Fund Skills Adviser Network. The $664 million Industry Skills Fund will provide industry grants for training as well as expert advice through skills advisory services. In addition to Chisholm Institute, the other organisations that make up the Industry Skills Fund Skills Adviser Network are: Australian Industry Group MAX Solutions Navitas Professional Communications and Information Technology Training QMI Solutions Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, said the new network will invest $43 … [Read more...]

Victorian TAFE Association State Conference – Friday 17 July 2015


Victoria’s economy is undergoing the fastest rate of structural adjustment in Australia. To make a successful transition, businesses and their personnel will need to understand the capability requirements of the new landscape. Likewise, they will need to assess their own capabilities, promote their strengths and identify and address the gaps. Victorian public providers – having endured a period of massive transformational change – have a vital role to play in leading and supporting Victoria’s transformational challenge. VTA members are uniquely positioned to support the new government’s social and economic agenda: providing young people with pathways to meaningful careers in dynamic new … [Read more...]

NCVER News #353 1 Jun 2015

A regular email newsletter from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research One month to 24th National VET Research Conference Register now and join us for an exciting program featuring over 50 presentations focusing on three key areas: Youth, Pathways and Skills, all of which are vital to developing the VET system and meeting future skills demand. Presentations include: Skills transfer, re-skilling and training of older workers in response to industry restructuring Using integrated VET and Census of Population and Housing data to measure educational outcomes Employers' views of work integrated learning: engineering as a case study Pathways to degree completion in … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 20 April 2015

Victorian TAFE sector losses worsen The financial position of Victoria’s TAFE sector has significantly worsened, according to annual reports tabled in the state parliament last week. The reports for 10 TAFE institutes show an expected operating deficit of $52.5 million for 2014, compared to an $8.9 million deficit in 2013. The Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, said that when the $44.4 million write-down of the Student Management System is added, the net result is a $96.6 million deficit. He said that the market share of TAFE had fallen to 25 per cent of the total training market. Staff numbers at the 10 TAFEs fell by 132 over the year. See the Premier’s media … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 7 April 2015

Federal government considering escape clause for duped VET students The federal government is considering a new ‘cooling-off’ provision that would allow students signed up by some colleges to back out of agreements. The Australian reports that Assistant Education Minister Senator Simon Birmingham is evaluating a two-step enrolment system to stop colleges recruiting students signed up as a result of door-to-door sales and other high pressure techniques. “It should be an opt-in process that operates a little like a cooling-off period,” Senator Birmingham said. “Rather than opting out at the end of that period, they would have to opt-in as a demonstration of their ­enthusiasm and … [Read more...]

2015 National University Finance & Procurement Conference

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In a changing world and in an uncertain higher education policy environment, the job of Finance and Procurement Managers and their teams continues to be quite a balancing act. Funding cuts, tenuous economic outlooks, global and domestic competition, and rapid technological change, means the pressure in on; to cut costs, review and renew systems and processes, and drive efficiencies. In a nutshell....‘Doing More With Less’. Couple these pressures with expectations of compliance, probity, responsiveness and new service cultures and it’s no wonder some feel like they are walking a tightrope. The 2015 National University Finance & Procurement Conference will address these issues and … [Read more...]