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  • Claire seeks new field

    Posted at 7:54 am
    Jul 4th

    ACPET News | 2 July 2014


    The private training sector has lost a key advocate following the sudden resignation on 2 July of Claire Field, the respected chief executive of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training.

    In a statement ACPET said Ms Field was leaving to pursue “new challenges” after four years in the job. Company secretary Larry Davies is now acting CEO pending the appointment of a Claire Fieldpermanent successor.

    The suddenness of the departure caught the sector by surprise, but ACPET chairman Martin Cass said it was entirely her decision to leave to pursue other opportunities and there was nothing to read into her departure:

    Ms Field has made a significant contribution to the private education and training sector during her four years as CEO of ACPET. Ms Field has been a strong advocate for ACPET members during a period of substantial change in both the higher education and vocational education and training sectors. She has also been instrumental in strengthening ACPET’s focus on quality and lifting membership standards.

    Ms Field is the second recent senior departure at ACPET after policy and research manager Ben Vivekanandan left in March to become chief of staff to new Victorian skills minister Nick Wakeling. He was replaced by Alan Keith from ACPET’s Canberra office.


    Claire Field resigns as CEO of private education lobby
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  • ACPET National Monday Update 16 June 2014

    Posted at 9:19 am
    Jun 16th


    In Focus

    Short but sweet

    If you aren’t already attending this month’s National Skills Summit then click here to register. The Summit will be addressed by Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane, in his first major address to the VET sector. We anticipate the Minister will use his address to outline a range of reforms to the VET sector – including in relation to regulation. Don’t miss out, places are almost full.

    If you’d like more opportunities to discuss and reflect on reforms to VET, higher education and international education – then book now for the 2014 ACPET National Conference. Early bird registration ends shortly and the program is coming together well for both the conference and our Asia-Pacific International Education Forum.  Click here for details and to register.



    Introducing ACPET’s Integrated/On-Site services for members: ACPET comes to you!

    Would you like additional support to ensure your institution’s compliance? We will work with you on a solution which includes the provision of dedicated on-site support from one of ACPET’s Quality Support Team. To hear more about this and other Quality Support Team services, please conta… Read more

    Join ACPET’s CEO Claire Field for In conversation with the CEO webinar

    With so much flux and change across the tertiary sector, it is difficult to keep abreast of, not only the policy decisions, but their impact on your institution. In response to member feedback, ACPET has organised monthly member meetings, as a forum for discussing these changes. Come along and enga… Read more

    Moodle from Scratch

    Moodle is a website designed to support educators to deliver training and assess learning. Moodle has proved very popular with many RTOs here and training organisations worldwide. So what is the buzz about? Through this webinar, you will understand the benefits Moodle can bring to your training plan… Read more

    Designing high quality assessment tools: tricks of the trade

    The Australian VET Standards require RTOs to have quality and compliant assessment tools in place. Yet many RTOs are found non-compliant at audit time, specifically on this essential requirement. Developing your own assessment documents or contextualising commercial assessment resources is an essen… Read more

    Back by popular demand! Independent Validation – the Whys and the Wise

    Did you know just how seriously RTOs are failing their validation of assessment requirements at audit? ASQA found an alarming 80% non-compliance in assessment validation requirements in its recent blitz audit of Aged and Community Care training providers. The high rate of RTO non-compliance findin… Read more

    Limited places available! How to tap into new markets

    Looking to expand your business? Need to develop a business growth strategy? Not sure what’s out there or how to engage? Participants attending this workshop will gain an awareness of opportunities for new training markets so that they may take advantage of potential opportunities in bu… Read more

    Green Gown Awards open to All providers until 5 August

    Apply now for the Green Gown Awards, open to ALL education and training providers in both VET and Higher Education regardless of size or type. New for this year is a category called – Best Newcomer, which is aimed at those on the start of their sustainability journey or those that have not c… Read more

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  • ACPET National Monday Update Edition 556, 2 June 2014

    Posted at 4:48 pm
    Jun 2nd


    In Focus

    A mini-update

    My sincere apologies that due to illness (and writing these articles myself on weekends) this week’s article is merely a mini-update – normal transmission will resume next week. Register now for this month’s National Skills Summit – with Minister Macfarlane to give the keynote address and… Read more


    Higher Education Standards Panel – Call for Comment (Number 3)

    Dear Colleagues, The Higher Education Standards Panel (the Panel) is currently inviting comment on proposed revisions to the current Higher Education Standards Framework (the framework). Development of the proposed framework has been previously informed by feedback from previous calls for comment…. Read more


    Introducing ACPET’s bulk buy PD offer for members

    Exclusive for members, for a one-off price of $800 (exc GST), you and your staff may access all ACPET webinars as well as request recordings of those you have missed as part of your 2014/15 membership renewal. To hear more about this and other Quality Support Team services, please book into the memb… Read more

    Green Gown Awards open for All providers on 3 June!

    Start thinking now about applying for the Green Gown Awards, which open on 3 June for ALL education and training providers in both VET and Higher Education regardless of size or type. New for this year is a category called – Best Newcomer, which is aimed at those on the start of their sustai… Read more

    Elements of a compliant TAS

    A Training and Assessment strategy (TAS) is a ‘must have’ document for every qualification in an RTO. But it is an area of non-compliance in many audits. So, what should go into a good TAS? In an uncomplicated approach, Robyn Maher will take you through a checklist of recommended compon… Read more

    Do you have 9b compliance for your RTO premises?

    Do you know if your site is fully compliant? Did you know that these regulations differ from state to state? One of the key problems facing RTOs is securing 9B compliant space. In Australia, education and training facilities are required to operate from premises that meet more strict classific… Read more

    RTO Financial Management: Making it Easy

    Do you know what your expenses are in running your RTO? Do you need an accurate costing system to secure the long term viability of your training organisations? The complexity of training services and in particular funding arrangements, makes costing one of the biggest challenges in vocational… Read more

    E-assessments: digital teaching tools for evidence gathering

    Learn how to develop and manage Assessment tasks using learning technologies. Determine which assessment types compliment each aspect of a Blended training Delivery – Face to Face, Self-Pace and Online Trainer Led. We’ll also explore how Assessment evidence can be captured via mobile devices u… Read more

    More updates in your state

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