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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...]

Simon McKeon appointed Monash chancellor

Monash News  21 October 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Distinguished businessman and social entrepreneur Simon McKeon AO has been appointed by Monash University Council as the new Chancellor of Monash University. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Mr McKeon succeeds Dr Alan Finkel AO, who has served as Chancellor since January 2008. Monash University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO said she is looking forward to working with Mr McKeon. His leadership and vision will be instrumental in continuing Monash’s outstanding success in an increasingly competitive and rapidly evolving sector and supporting its goals to enhance its students’ … [Read more...]

The Scan’s top ten reads – September 2014

1 October 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… In September The Scan published 67 posts, although we also extracted 39 submissions to the Senate inquiry into the  government's higher education reform legislation.  Scan readers seem to be drawn to a whiff of controversy , with the suspension of a vice-chancellor and the suspension of a listed company's trading (albeit temporarily) topping the most read list. The Senate submissions feature third, which is pretty good for that sort of subject. As usual, the travails of the TAFE sector in the era of skills reform features highly, particularly in Victoria, where it could be a prominent issue at the election due in November. Top reads … [Read more...]

The Scan | #163 | 25 September 2014

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Vic’s ACFE joins TAFE “in crisis” 24 September 2014     |     The travails besetting Victoria’s TAFE sector have spread to its Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) sector with the ACFE board 2013-14 annual report showing a $1.1 million loss for the ACFE Board after a $11 million cut in state government funding. ACFE returned a $9.4 million surplus in 2012-13. The sector has had a precipitous drop in government income from its peak in 2011-12 – down 80% – and since 2009-10 – down 40%..... [ MORE ].... UWA sets … [Read more...]

NCVER appoints new CEO

   23 September 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has announced the appointment of Dr Craig Fowler as its new managing director, to succeed Rod Camm who is heading off to the Australian Council for Private Education.  He will assume the post in late October. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… In announcing the appointment, the chair of NCVER, Professor Peter Shergold, said that Dr Fowler  has worked in both the private and public sectors, including at very senior levels of the South Australian public service for the last 11 years: He possesses an exceptional depth of understanding … [Read more...]

Camm leaves NCVER to head ACPET

ACPET    |      1 September 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… After just a year as managing director of NCVER,  Rod Camm is moving on to become CEO of the Australian Council of Private Education and Training (ACPET), which became vacant following the sudden resignation of Claire Field in early July 2014. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Camm has had a long career in the vocational education and training (VET) field.  Prior to his appointment at NCVER he held the position of CEO of Skills Queensland. Before that he was Associate Director-General of the Queensland Department of Education and Training, and CEO of Construction Skills Queensland. He has performed numerous … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 1 September 2014

In Focus Rod Camm New CEO It has now been announced that Rod Camm the current Managing Director of NCVER has been recruited to the position of CEO of ACPET. For any of you who do not know Rod the press release announcing this appointment and outlining his background and achievements will be available on our website later today. The Board and staff at ACPET are very excited about the appointment and are looking forward to a very strong vision for the sector and its future development. ACPET AGM The ACPET AGM was well attended but has been left open for three weeks to allow members adequate time to consider and ask questions about the organisation’s accounts and Auditor’s … [Read more...]

The Scan | Edition #159 | 22 August 2014

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Deregulate fees to help innovation? 22 August 2014     |     The debate over deregulating university fees is now infecting innovation policy with the Australian Technology Network suggesting reform could forge closer collaborations between universities and industry. While key research drivers like the science and engineering sectors have expressed horror at the extent of funding cuts to their disciplines, the ATN argues in its submission to the Senate inquiry on improving innovation that “equitable” fee deregulation could help. ATN … [Read more...]

ATN seeks new Executive Director

 22  August 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… With Vicki Thompson moving on to the Group of Eight, the Australian Technology Network is seeking a new Executive Director.  Applications close 8 September. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………   The position of Executive Director, Australian Technology Network presents a unique opportunity for a highly motivated individual who wants to make a significant contribution to policy direction in the higher education sector, has superior public advocacy and media communication skills and a proven ability to engage with industry and the professions to achieve mutually benefi cial outcomes. The ATN brings together  fi ve … [Read more...]

New VET Panel chair attracts attention for wrong reasons

20 August 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Commonwealth industry minister Ian Macfarlane  has announced the appointment of a five-member Vocational Education and Training Advisory Board, charged in particular with ensuring that will provide feedback to the Government as it continues reforms to the sector. The chair of the panel heads Restaurant and Catering Australia, whose RTO was initially refused re-registration last year. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Macfarlane said the Australian Government is focussed on” ensuring industry has a stronger voice in the VET system”, so that it “is efficient and effective in delivering the job-ready workers that industry … [Read more...]