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Federal Budget 2017

The Conversation | 9 May 2017   Students interrupted Simon Birmingham’s speech on planned higher education reforms. Katina Curtis/AAP University fees and cuts Gwilym Croucher, Senior Lecturer in the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne: The government has confirmed the package of changes it announced a week ago with significant cuts. Students in particular will pay more, a lot more. Student contributions will increase by 1.8% each year between 2018 and 2021 for a total 7.5% increase. This means they will pay 46%, instead of 42%, of the cost of their degree on average. So, for a four-year course, this is an increase in total student fees of … [Read more...]

TDA comment on 2015 Budget

TDA Newsletter    |   18 May 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The training and skills portfolio was largely untouched in the in federal budget, although there were a number of changes that will have an impact. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… These include: $14.5 million in funding in 2015 16 to expand the Adult Migrant English Program for one year to include refugees who hold temporary substantive visas, including Temporary Protection Visas, Safe Haven Enterprise Visas and Temporary (Humanitarian Concern) Visas. $18.2 million in funding over four years from 2015 16 to implement an enhanced compliance regime for VET FEE- HELP. An extension of the … [Read more...]

The Budget in their own words: Regional Universities Network

12 May 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Some positives, but uncertainty remains. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Although the 2015 Budget offers some positive measures for higher education, the Regional Universities Network (RUN) is disappointed that the Parliament has still not resolved the long-term, sustainable funding of the sector. The Chair of the Regional Universities Network (RUN), Professor Peter Lee, said that the continuing uncertainty is particularly detrimental to non-traditional students who may lack the confidence and familial history and preparedness – but not the academic ability - to embark on university studies. “The 20 per cent … [Read more...]

ISCs out as training package development “marketised”

DET | 21 April 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The federal government has outlined a new, contestable model of training product development. Previously the province of 12 Industry Skills Councils, the development of training packages will now be put out to tender. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The government will invite proposals for new Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) which will be funded to provide input to broader Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) which will be the main conduit for engagement with industry. Membership and oversight of the IRCs will fall to ministers with responsibility for skills under the newly-created Australian Industry and … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 4 May 2014

Commission of Audit calls for states to take over VET The National Commission of Audit has recommended that responsibility for vocational education and training (VET) be handed to the states. “The Commission is of the view that the States should take responsibility for VET, including the current reform agenda. This simplified governance and accountability would be more efficient than the current arrangements,” the report says. “Given the amount of money all governments spend in the vocational education and training area, outcomes achieved are not strong. For example, in 2012, the completion rate for trade apprentices was only around 56 per cent.” It recommends abolishing all Commonwealth … [Read more...]

Knights and dames back!

Sydney Morning Herald     |     24 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Knights and Dames are being reintroduced to the Order of Australia honours list. Not quite up there with the Menzies government  plan to call the dollar the "royal" - but close. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... Outgoing governor-general Quentin Bryce and her successor Peter Cosgrove will be the first to receive the titles. The Queen has amended the letters patent for the Order of Australia to allow for the new honours, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Tuesday. The new category will recognise pre-eminent Australians. Advertisement Up to four … [Read more...]

The Scan’s most viewed posts 2013

15 December 2013 In 2013, over 700 items were posted on The Scan (down from about 900 in 2012).   There were some surprises.   The short obituary on Peter Redlich attracted a surprising number of views because he died suddenly (although he'd been ill for some time), being Jewish, he was buried within 24 hours and a full obituary wasn't published for some weeks, so as word spread, people ended up at The Scan via search engines.  An increasing amount of traffic comes to The Scan by way of search engines:  The Scan "archive" of items is now approaching 2000 (it totals more than posts of over 1600 because a post may contain several items).   The Scan of 22 March 2012  is a perennial … [Read more...]

Campus Review 27 May 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. ___________________________________________________________________________________  Casualisation a “dirty secret” Casualisation of the workforce is “the dirty little secret of university expansion”, the National Tertiary Education Union has told the public parliamentary hearings into insecure employment bill. The union, speaking at the … [Read more...]

Skills far “outweighed” by schools & uni funding

TDA  Media   |     14 May 2013 TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) has welcomed Federal Budget 2013 allocations for a limited scheme for alternate skills pathway courses, with $97 million set aside for technical and trade qualifications, led by industry. The Budget confirmed funding for National Entitlement to Training, guaranteed under the National Partnership for Skills and Workforce Development  with reward funds of $1.75 billion for states and territories. That COAG Agreement on ‘Entitlement’ had earlier been signed by the Prime Minister with state and territory Premiers and First Ministers, in April 2012. The Budget flagship for post-secondary funding remains Commonwealth higher … [Read more...]

Abbott to unveil Coalition’s higher education policy & Bowen to debut at UA conference

The Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott has accepted an  invitation to address the Universities Australia conference and will use the opportunity to unveil the Coalition’s higher education policy.The new Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, the Hon. Chris Bowen MP will deliver the opening keynote address, his first major speech on higher education. Other key speakers include Chair, ANU Crawford Institute of Public Policy, Dr Ken Henry AC; Chief Executive, Business Council of Australia, Jennifer Westacott; Vice-Chancellor, London Metropolitan University, Professor Malcolm Gillies; and President, Indiana University, Professor Michael … [Read more...]