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Australian Qualifications Framework Council disbanded

19  September 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Australian Qualifications Framework Council, which was responsible for governance  of the Australian Qualifications Framework, has been disbanded.   No public announcement was made. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......……   The council was originally established to deliver a review of the AQF, which culminated in the strengthened AQF.  With this work completed, the government says it was timely to reconsider the role of the council. Stakeholders have been advised that the decision does not diminish the government’s commitment to the AQF, the residual functions of the council will be transferred to the … [Read more...]

Anthony’s 34 hour diploma

The Australian     |   30 August 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… How to become  a ­government-certified, “nationally accredited”, financial adviser with a “diploma of financial planning”. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Business reporter with The Australian Anthony Klan has apparently argued for some time that the entry barriers to the financial planning industry are lax to the point of barely existing. He says he’s been attacked by sections of the industry — in some cases with legal threats flying — for suggesting the nation’s financial planning education standards were sub-par. So he decided to test the issue: he signed up for a Diploma of ­Financial … [Read more...]

AQF qualification type learning outcomes descriptors – Diploma (AQF Level 5)

2 September 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… These descriptors are extracted from the Australian Qualifications Framework.  This post relates to The 34 hour diploma. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Purpose The Diploma qualifies individuals who apply integrated technical and theoretical concepts in a broad range of contexts to undertake advanced skilled or paraprofessional work and as a pathway for further learning.   Knowledge Graduates of a Diploma will have technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts, with depth in some areas within a field of work and learning. Skills Graduates of a Diploma will have:  cognitive and communication … [Read more...]

The five minute university

2 September 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… "Father Guido Sarducci" explains his 5 minute university.   See The 34 hour diploma. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… … [Read more...]

The Scan | #138 | 20 September 2013

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Education and training separated There was speculation after the announcement of Tony Abbott's ministry early in the week as to who would be handling VET matters within the education portfolio. The VET side of the tertiary sector has actually landed in the lap of former and once more industry minister Ian McFarlane, along with science and research. It's a curious decision to separate the tertiary sector in that way, although not without precedent: VET was located in the business portfolio in Victoria in 2006 but reunited with  education by … [Read more...]

Dawkins queries and queried on possible conflict of interest

Australian Financial Review    |    16 September 2013 Former treasurer John Dawkins has queried conflict of interest claims after it emerged he would chair Vocation, a new education company reported to be worth $300 million, due to be listed on the stock exchange later this year. Dawkins, a treasurer and education minister in the Hawke and Keating governments, chairs the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) and the Australian Qualifications Framework Council. The Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) has questioned Dawkins’ involvement in the company, with its CEO Claire Field stating: It is an unusual set of circumstances where the chair of a government … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 16 September 2013

In Focus There's a greater than 1 in 2 chance you're getting assessment wrong - introducing ACPET’s Independent Assessment Validation Service Getting assessment right should be straightforward but with Industry Skills Councils constantly changing Training Package requirements and the regulatory standards in VET heavily focussed on the need for industry currency (with providers increasingly recruiting industry experts to train and assess for them) ACPET is proud to announce its independent industry assessment validation service to support RTOs to get assessment right. Chris Robinson, ASQA Chief Commissioner, spoke recently at ACPET's national conference and his presentation … [Read more...]

The Scan 13 August 2013

#133 _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ VCs doing OK An analysis  by the National Tertiary Education Union of the 2012 Annual reports of Australia’s 37 public universities shows that their vice -chancellors (VCs) were well financially rewarded for their efforts. In total the VCs received remuneration packages worth close to $30m.   Only one V-C is paid less that the Prime Minister, with most getting considerably more.... [READ MORE] ..... Employers losing faith in training system A  Victorian government-commissioned survey has found that employers are losing faith in the quality … [Read more...]

Campus Review 9 April 2013

This is Campus Review's own summary of lead items in its online edition. As Campus Review is a subscription service, you or your organisation need to have a subscription to Campus Review to view the full article. All non subscribers to Campus Review can have access to a free online trial offer provides free online access to the website for 28 days. ___________________________________________________________________________________ Chinese alumni potential still ‘untapped’ There has still been no major research into the long-term economic contributions made to Australia by Chinese students. The economic potential of Australia’s large network of Chinese alumni has been overlooked, … [Read more...]

Update of Australian Qualifications Framework

The second edition of the Australian Qualifications Framework, published in January, incorporates changes approved by the AQF Council to the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma and the changed regulatory arrangements for the AQF. It also includes changes to the AQF Qualifications Issuance Policy and the AQF Qualifications Pathways Policy and corrections to minor editorial errors or omissions. Changes are set out HERE. … [Read more...]