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The year to date

11 March 2016 There’s a lot to catch up with but, as they say, plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose (which is, according to the estimable Wiktionary, an epigram by Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr in the January 1849 issue of his journal Les Guêpes (“The Wasps”), meaning “the more it changes, the more it’s the same thing.”)  VET FEE-HELP   As previously reported, changes to the VET FEE-HELP (VFH)  scheme legislated late last year provides some better protection of students from the carpetbaggers who have looted the scheme and dudded the students.  The government proposes to spend this year look at ways to rort-proof it from the likes of Phoenix.  But as so many people have asked: how … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 1 June 2015

Commonwealth threatens $65m in training funding to South Australia The federal government is threatening to withhold $65 million in training funds to South Australia over a claimed pro-TAFE bias in the state’s new student funding plan. Under the new WorkReady policy, TAFE will be assured an increased share of contestable funding at the expense of private training providers. The Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham said the plan may be in breach of the national partnership agreement, signed with the Commonwealth in 2012. “Premier Weatherill willingly signed on to an agreement in 2012, with then Prime Minister Gillard, to give students and employers … [Read more...]

The Australian Higher Education Supplement 17 July 2013

This is The Australian‘s own summary of lead items in its online edition. As this is a subscription service, you or your organisation will need to have a subscription to The Australian to view the full article. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Graphic illustration of fee 'madness' Julie Hare   COURSE fees for graphic design at Canberra Institute of Technology have risen 1000% in five years, an advanced diploma costing double that of a bachelors degree at nearby Canberra University.   Pat Forward, national TAFE secretary for the Australian Education Union, said government reforms … [Read more...]

Main Edition 1 February 2013

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Uni Australia begins staking out the election Universities Australia (UA) has welcomed the early announcement of the 2013 election date on the basis that certainty ends uncertainty. UA also pointed to the focus in the Prime Minister’s National Press Club address on the importance for Australia's future of `winning the education race'. UA has been working on its own policy "manifesto" for the election period, which will present a united approach, for the first time, on key issues agreed to by the nation’s 39 vice-chancellors. While a push to include greater fee deregulation in … [Read more...]

ANU & CIT to deepen collaboration

ANU News    |    31 January 2013 Following the demise of a proposed joint venture between the University of Canberra and the Canberra Institute of Technology (TAFE) to create a polytechnic, the Australian National University and CIT are set to deepen collaboration. ANU and CIT already collaborate in the fields of engineering and science, whereby CIT students who have successfully completed CIT Associate Degrees have continued into internationally recognised degree programs offered by ANU. Under a new agreement (“memorandum of understanding” - MOU), the two institutions will maintain existing pathways and look towards opening new pathways from existing courses and co-develop new … [Read more...]