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 industries; up-skilling and cross-skilling existing workers to enable them to transition successfully; and partnering with industries, employers and communities through the transformational process.

The Victorian TAFE Association’s 2015 State Conference, Leading Transformational Change, is a timely consideration of the changing role of the Victorian public VET sector provider, where its have come from and where its headed.



Conference program

Thursday  16 July

4.30pm    Victorian TAFE CEO Council meeting

5.30pm      Association Council meeting

6.30pm    Pre-dinner drinks

7.00pm    Conference Dinner

Dinner Speaker – Kim Williams AM (ex Chief Executive, News Corp Australia and FOXTEL)

 Friday 17 July

7.30am Victorian TAFE Board Chairs’ breakfast meeting

8.15am      Registration

8.50am    Conference Opening

9.05am     Welcome Address

Hon. Steve Herbert MP, Minister for Training and Skills

9.30am    Keynote Address – Back to the future: Changing colleges, Changing lives

Dr David Collins CBE, Further Education Commissioner, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK Government

10.10am Organisational transformation: Chisholm case study Maria Peters, CEO, Chisholm Institute

10.40am Morning tea

11.10am Business transformation – Beyond the Boom

Dr John Edwards, Board Member, Reserve Bank of Australia

11.40am Panel: The student experience

Chair: Denise Stevens, CEO, VET Development Centre

  • A case management approach to student success

Tracey Forbes, Director Education, Sunraysia Institute of TAFE

  • Transforming the student experience

Professor Jennelle Kyd, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Swinburne University of Technology

  • A student centric approach

Frances Coppolillo, Acting CEO, Melbourne Polytechnic

12.20pm Changeover

12.25pm  Workshops

1.   Strategies for Change – How to move the mountain

                Dr David Collins CBE, Further Education Commissioner,UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, 

2.   A profile of the diversity of VET providers in Australia

                Associate Professor Ruth Schubert, Associate Director, LH Martin Institute

3.   Lean principles in educational delivery

                Ray Griffiths, Principal, Mid-Week Consulting

1.15pm       Lunch

2.00pm     Taking international TAFE to a whole new level

Hon. Phil Honeywood, CEO, International Education Association of Australia

2.30pm    TAFE Queensland: transformational change

Chair: Warren Tapp, Chair, TAFE Chairs’ Australia

3.00pm          Panel: Changing provider landscape

Chair: Andrew Williamson, Executive Director, VTA

•     Rod Camm, CEO, Australian Council for Private Education and Training

•     Martin Riordan, CEO, TAFE Directors Australia

•     Jeff Priday, National Projects Manager, Group Training Australia


4.00pm  Close


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