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TDA Policy Position Papers

……………………………………………………………………………………………………… TAFE Directors Australia (TDA - the body representing Australia's public TAFE institutes) has issued a series of policy position papers that have been developed to steer the direction of policy affecting TAFE and the VET sector.  Policy Paper 1 – TAFE: a national asset for Australia’s economic and social prosperity Policy Paper 2 - Quality is the hallmark of a well-regulated VET system Policy Paper 3 – Rural and remote vocational education and training relies on TAFE Policy Paper 4 – Ending discrimination in Australia’s tertiary education system Policy Paper 5 – Why a national industry policy & innovation and STEM … [Read more...]

TDA to lobby Senate to pass HE reforms

 Fairfax Media     |      17 August 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Labor and the Greens will be shown as hypocrites if they throw low-income students undertaking higher education at vocational colleges ''into the dustbin'' by denying them government support, according to TAFE Directors Australia (TDA). ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… TDA chief Martin Riordan says it would be a ''tragedy'' if the Senate blocks the expansion of Commonwealth subsidies to students in sub-bachelor degrees - a budget measure experts say will bring fees down and reduce university drop-out rates. The Abbott government announced in the May budget that, as part of its sweeping higher … [Read more...]

TAFE should position as the “discount HE provider”

The Australian    |   1 August 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… NSW TAFEs have been told that they should take advantage of Coalition reforms by reinventing themselves as the "discount airline of higher education" vis-a-vis universities. We see the point but you need to be careful: TAFE ought not be - nor be seen to be - as a cheap, low quality and potentially unsafe alternative.  TigerAir gets a bad press and, from our once only experience, thoroughly deserves it. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......… In a report on fees and pricing strategies, consultants SMS Management and Technology told TAFE NSW that federal government proposals — specifically, the deregulation … [Read more...]

The Scan | 4 July 2014 | #156

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Govt sets VET deregulation agenda 4 July 2014    |    The government has set out its deregulatory intentions for vocational training, signalling a shift away from “gateway control” to “responsive regulation”. Speaking at a skills summit organised by the Australian Council of Private Education and Training and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, industry minister Ian Macfarlane said the government had “revisited” the work of the now abolished National Skills Standards Council (NSCC) and released new draft standards … [Read more...]

TAFE becoming “residualised”

4 July 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Analysis by Leesa Wheelahan (University of Toronto and LH Martin Institute) of recent VET statistics shows that TAFE's share of publicly funded in Australia students is now 55.6%. In Victoria TAFE's share of publicly funded students has fallen to 37.4%, while in South Australia it has fallen to 52.3%. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Private providers now teach the majority of students in Victoria (50.5%), and they teach 44% of publicly funded students in South Australia. TAFE's share of full-year training equivalents or student load continues to fall. While TAFE did 81.2% of the teaching in 2009, by 2013 this had … [Read more...]

Higher education outside the universities: a better option?

Grattan Institute  |  3 July  2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The likely extension of commonwealth student subsidies to non-university providers portends big changes for the higher education sector. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Australia has around 130 higher education providers outside the university system. They are a diverse group, ranging from large multinational companies to small theological colleges to the TAFEs now offering degrees. Together they enrol more than 70,000 students. These numbers could increase significantly in the future as a result of the government accepting a recommendation of the review of the demand driven funding system, to … [Read more...]

VET needs some powerful friends

24 June 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Delivering the Swinburne University 2014 Chancellor’s Lecture, Business Council of Australia (BCA) chief executive, Jennifer Westacott, said reform of the vocational education and training (VET) system needs to be far-reaching, with greater Commonwealth involvement and closer links to industry. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Delivering the Swinburne University 2014 Chancellor’s Lecture, Business Council of Australia (BCA) chief executive, Jennifer Westacott, said reform of the vocational education and training (VET) system needs to be far-reaching, with greater Commonwealth involvement and closer links to … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 23 June 2013

Unleash the potential of TAFE and make VET a national priority – Business Council CEO delivers 2014 Chancellor’s Lecture at Swinburne University of Technology Reform of the vocational education and training (VET) system needs to be far-reaching, with greater Commonwealth involvement and closer links to industry, the Business Council of Australia (BCA) says. Delivering the Swinburne University 2014 Chancellor’s Lecture, BCA Chief Executive, Jennifer Westacott, said while higher education is not short of people with opinions, “VET on the other hand, needs more powerful friends”. “No matter what successive governments have said, future-proofing VET has not been a national priority and this … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 16 June 2014

TDA role on post-Budget consultation: Education Legislation and Financing Working Group SA Government breaks with federal Labor to support sub-bachelor higher education reform – Australian Financial Review Tertiary education leaders including TDA have been invited by the Department of Education to take part in detailed post-Budget consultations on government plans for deregulation of universities, and higher education funding. Martin Riordan, Chief Executive of TDA, was nominated for the Working Group, which met in Melbourne late last week. Senior departmental briefings will follow this week with university, TAFE and private college providers. TDA will be consulting with its TAFE higher … [Read more...]

The Scan # 149 15 May 2014

___________________________________________________________________________________________ ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Higher education Higher education spending will rise appreciably in 2014-15, from $8.7 billion to $10.9 billion (25%), with the extension of the demand driven system to sub-bachelor places and non-university higher education providers. Modest further growth is forecast out to 2017-18, to $11.8 billion (9%). The key elements of higher education spending in the 2014-15 Budget, according to Universities Australia. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Extending the demand driven system to sub-bachelor places and non-university … [Read more...]