ACPET National Monday Update Edition 628 2 November 2015

  In Focus As another week slips by Edition 628, 2 Nov As another week slips by amongst controversy and angst in the sector, I find myself reflecting on just where are we? In writing this piece I should make my views clear at the outset. The mere fact the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition have weighed into the argument shows that the concerns... Read more National 2016 ACPET Catalogue New EditionEdition 628, 2 Nov The ACPET Catalogue today launches the new 2016 edition providing up to date information to students, parents and careers advisers seeking information on education, training and higher education with a leading private … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update Edition 627, 26 October 2015

In Focus This week I find myself a bit at a loss of what are our key messages for the sector Edition 627, 26 Oct One must try and remain positive and I remain very proud of the many private and public providers I know and respect for their genuine commitment to education. We still have a system that produces great results, though I acknowledge that gets little airplay at the moment. I also remain committed to cleaning out ACPET’s membership, with the view to ensuring we do represent those Colleges that stand for ethics and quality in tertiary education.I acknowledge we are not there yet. It has been pleasing to receive a surprising amount of support over the last few … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 27 July 2015

In Focus CEO Update  COAG appears to be in the early stages of conversations about a Commonwealth ‘take over’ of the system. This is no doubt timely as the current approach, with different arrangements, settings and priorities in each jurisdiction fails the common sense test. The current arrangements are fragmented, confusing and lack any sense of national direction and I look forward to the policy discussion (if I can find it) to take a new approach forward.  This of course won’t happen quickly. We therefore can not sit by and wait for others. There is much we can do now to protect the integrity of our qualifications. Quality remains the single most important focus for all … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 20 July 2015

In Focus A busy week in the sector  The last week saw some further developments in the on-going debate in vocational education and training. ACPET appeared at the Senate Inquiry into the operation, regulation and funding of private vocational educational and training providers in Australia. The inquiry focussed on issues in the sector including suggested inadequate regulation, the role and regulation of brokers and the performance of RTOs. We took the opportunity to explain the real difference private providers do make in the sector and how a quality provider can deliver a high end product to the benefit of students and industry. ACPET will continue to advocate strongly … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 6 July 2015

In Focus Australia's international education sector continues to develop Edition 611, 6 Jul In what is already a $17B plus industry, the latest international student data shows further positive trends. There were some 168,023 commencements in YTD April 2015, representing a 9.1% increase over the same period last year. The higher education sector had the largest share of enrolments at 50.... Read more National Book Now - August is fast approaching Edition 611, 6 Jul August is fast approaching and so is the ACPET National Conference and adjoining events. Programs are available online for all events by clicking the below links: Asia Pacific International … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update Edition 610, 29 June 2015

In Focus This week saw ACPET begin to focus on its own redevelopment With our absolute commitment to quality, it is imperative that we too ensure that we deliver to the best standards. Naturally this standard will be set by the expectations of members. However, we are already focussing on comprehensive professional development programs, improved communications and s... Read more National Last Chance - Early bird rate ends 1 July Join us with your colleagues and contribute to the discussion on the many important issues facing the tertiary education sector at this time, as we seek to challenge the myths and realities of VET, Higher Education and English Language … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update – Edition 609 – 22 June 2015

In Focus The week that was...  This week saw the inaugural roundtable on international education held in Canberra. It was an opportunity for the sector to meet with a range of Ministers’ whose responsibility intersects with international education as an industry. The roundtable was attended by the Hon Christopher Pyne, Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Ian Macfarlane, Minister for Industry and Trade, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister for Education and Training and Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update, Edition 607, 8 June

In Focus The sector moves on - I think.  I would like to start with what will become a weekly ‘profiling’ of upcoming sessions at our National Conference. Last week I mentioned the focus on public policy and the reform agenda. This year’s conference will kick off with a provocative but much needed discussion, involving a panel of high profile representatives of the sector. Leading edge CEOs and CEOs who are trying to rebuild after everything went wrong (for them and all concerned) will be joined by a ‘Broker’, Industry representatives and a high profile academic. The group will be led in the discussion by a well-known journalist who will ask the confronting question we must … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update Edition 605, 25 May

In Focus Emerging Issues Edition 605, 25 May This week’s edition was to be about the 2015-16 Commonwealth Budget. I will still touch on it but another issue has emerged. Surprise would be an understatement in reading the release of the South Australian Government’s subsidised training list (Workready).  The list reveals the cessation of a contestable market for training in South Australia, effectively removing student choice in that State. I read about it as there was no consultation, no warning and no attempt to work with the sector. The decision overturns 20 years of progress achieved through National Competition Policy in this country and is a breach of South … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 11 May 2015

  In Focus To be or not to be.. The last week has seen some important events in the tertiary education sector.The Council of Australia Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council met in Melbourne on 8 May for its third meeting. The Council held separate industry and skills sessions. The industry session was chaired by the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, Government Minister for Industry and Science. The skills session was chaired by the Hon Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister for Education and Training, accompanied by Ministers from the states and territories. Minister Birmingham also chaired a forum with members of the business community, peak industry and … [Read more...]