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ACPET National Monday Update 29 September 2014

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In Focus Edition 573, 29 Sep

Proposed European Free Trade Agreement

I had an initial conversation with members of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade during the week. They are scoping out the issues they need to consider and be aware of if they are to enter into negotiations with the European Union on a possible Free Trade Agreement. I provided some general comments about the scope of activities of ACPET members in Europe and with European students coming to Australia.

I agree to approach our members with a series of more detailed questions about their activities and any concerns that may exist. These questions are:

  1. What is the extent of members’ activities in Europe and with European students?
  2. What proportion of current trade/investment is with the European Union (EU)? Identify the most significant countries where relevant.
  3. What barriers affect trade/investment with the EU e.g. tariffs, regulatory barriers, equity limitations, visa issues?
  4. What potential opportunities do you see for your business through an FTA with the EU?
  5. What potential risks do you see for your business/sector through an FTA with the EU?

Please feel free to send me your comments and I will ensure they are compiled and presented to DEFAT… Read more

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NCVER’s new Managing DirectorEdition 573, 29 Sep

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) announced the appointment of its new Managing Director – Dr Craig Fowler. The Chair of the NCVER Board, Professor Peter Shergold, in announcing Dr Fowler’s appointment stated, “The Board is delighted to announce that, be… Read more

It is not too late to participate – India Delegation 9-14 Nov 2014 Edition 573, 29 Sep

Join us on the ACPET Delegation to India – 9-14 Nov 2014, Mumbai & Ahmedabad Registration remains open if you would like to participate in this delegation. ACPET members have an opportunity to take part in what promises to be an exciting opportunity to connect with our Indian counterparts… Read more

ACPET Free Foundation skills webinar – 25 November Edition 573, 29 Sep

ACPET is delivering a Commonwealth-funded series of Foundation Skills professional development events starting in October 2014 until June 2016. These workshops will be delivered as face to face sessions, ‘live webinars’ and a home tuition pack for those unable to attend the other session… Read more

Last chance! How to set up a successful partnership agreement Edition 573, 29 Sep

The quality of the relationship established with your partners determines your success. Commitment and communication are the keys. In this webinar, VET expert Wendy Perry will share her experiences in negotiating partnerships for RTOs. You’ll hear both lessons learnt as well as best practice,… Read more

Applying for grants and tenders: how to prepare a competitive bid Edition 573, 29 Sep

Having the skills to prepare a competitive tender is considered a basic skill within any business. This webinar will walk you through the stages of preparing a solid and complete application, from concept development through to budget preparation. It will provide tips and tactics on how to unpack te… Read more

Developing a compliant business improvement process Edition 573, 29 Sep

It’s a cliché but true that most managers struggle to find time to work ON the business and the key areas of SNR and AQTF compliance – systematic continuous improvement. This webinar starts with a brief story of the theories and models behind business management, quality, work sy… Read more

Unique Student Identifier (USI) information for training providers Edition 573, 29 Sep

The Unique Student Identifier (USI) initiative will impact all providers of nationally recognised training. From 1 January 2015 it will be a requirement under Commonwealth legislation and their conditions of registration that providers have a valid USI for a student before they issue that student wi… Read more

AUSTRALIA – Reminder: Transnational Education Roadshow Edition 573, 29 Sep

Sessions in Brisbane 7 Oct | Sydney and Melbourne 13 Oct | Perth 16 Oct Gain insights from Austrade market specialists from South Asia, Latin America, Myanmar and Saudi Arabia, at a seminar linking trends in student recruitment to the anture of transnational opportunities in emerging markets. The s… Read more

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