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WA Review recommends clarity on independence for TAFEs

TDA News    |     24 June 2014

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Training WAThe West Australian Government has released the Final Report of the Independent Review of the Vocational Education and Training Sector in Western Australia, headed by Emeritus Professor Margaret Seares. The report makes 40 detailed recommendations, including the need for widespread reform focused on improved governance for State Training Providers (STPs), as well as measures to address unnecessary or duplicated reporting and governance requirements.
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Professor Seares praised the quality of STPs, noting their role in regional delivery of skills and qualifications, their role in VET in Schools, and new models of special industry delivery.

The report details the need for greater clarity for Chairs of STP Boards, especially across industrial relations and the application of state awards, marketing, reporting to the Department and Minister, asset management and tendering.

Professor Seares noted that STPs have experienced increased difficulty competing in the new entitlement ‘voucher’ open training market with restrictions and costs not applying to private registered training organisations.

The report notes increased expectations of STPs to manage the demands of international education, and cost issues arising from Commonwealth reform to expand to non-universities higher education qualifications and degrees.

See
Independent Review of the Vocational Education and Training Sector in Western Australia – Final Report – Executive Summary and Recommendations
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