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Labor proposes to create 10 “polytechnics”

26 June 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… A Labor government would establish 10 Commonwealth Institutes of Higher Education , on a trial basis. …………………………………………………………………………………….......……   They would involve universities and TAFE Institutes working together to deliver associate degrees and advanced diplomas. At a total cost of A$430 million, 10,000 Commonwealth Supported Places would be available.  These “HECS” places would be funded at 70% of the normal rate. This essentially creates a new layer of tertiary education, not unlike colleges of further education in England and community colleges in the US. Students could study a two year sub-bachelor, higher … [Read more...]

ACPET National Conference

……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The overarching theme for this year's Australian Council for Private Education and Training's (ACPET) Asia Pacific International Education Forum (APIEF) and National Conference is: Inspiring Ideas; building a better private education and training sector through innovation, diversity and quality. …………………………………………………………………………………….......……  A line-up of speakers and exhibitors from both global and domestic tertiary education markets will facilitate the exploration of ideas, benchmarks and current practices relating to the theme. Confirmed speakers Rachel Botsman                                      Collaborative Economy Global … [Read more...]

TDA National Conference

……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The theme of the 2015 TAFE Directors Australia conference is Inspire. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The conference will explore a range of topics, including fostering industry engagement, market approach to vocational education and training, quality and capability, higher education in TAFE- mission creep?, Internationalising vocational education qualifications, vocational education and training pedagogy and servicing regional communities  A highlight of this year’s TDA Conference will be the Sino-Australian VET Forum, involving a delegation of 80-100 Chinese vocational education and training officials from Eastern China. … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update Edition 599, 13 April 2015

  In Focus Private VET sector not broken Australia has  fantastic private VET colleges delivering high quality support to students and great outcomes. However, we also have a more negative side that the media is shining the spotlight on. I must ask myself at times like these, is the VET sector actually broken, or does the private sector play a legitimate role? Let’s go to the data: Private tertiary education injects $5.8 billion per year to the national economy, employ almost 100,000 people and educate 1.4 million students. 1670 of the 4500 private RTOs received government funding in 2013 and enrolled 28% of students. In a sign quality … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 23 March 1015

In Focus The week that was... Edition 596, 23 Mar The Higher Education reforms did not pass the Senate. Not a surprise, however it was certainly disappointing for the industry and students studying in non-University Higher Education Providers. Because a new model for higher education funding is so necessary, more effort is required. It is time for us all to work together the find a solution to the current impasse that is creating uncertainty and risking the quality of Australia’s higher education system. There are actually many areas of common ground. The reforms are too important to let wither on the vine. The future of our sector and that of current and future … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 16 February 2015

In Focus One can only watch the comings and goings of the Senate and wonder One can only watch the comings and goings of the Senate and wonder. The Higher Education Reform agenda continues at a merry pace. We have spent a lot of time in the last week engaging in the debate. Our arguments for reform remain the need to address the inequity for students at non-university providers, but also the need to grow participation and quality programs. Our providers can play an enormous role in the future of higher education in Australia. Let’s hope we get that opportunity. To help please talk to your students. We need each and every one of them to understand that they will … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 9 February 2015

  Rod Camm defends private provision I recognise that (unfortunately) education is a very political issue, particularly at the moment. I would hope we are all in the industry to provide outstanding education to students. We have an internationally recognised quality system. If you are following the current debate, you may have trouble believing this! Various elements of the vocational education and training sector are using the debate to further their own arguments, which is undermining confidence in our system. What a surprise that the Australian Education Union has released a report that labels privatisation a ‘disaster’. They are certain that a TAFE monopoly is the only … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 20 October 2014

Central Institute students awarded Mick Young Scholarships Western Australia’s Deputy Premier Dr Kim Hames last week presented Mick Young Scholarships to 25 students at Central Institute of Technology in Perth. Worth $500 each, the scholarships were co-funded by the TDA National Scholarships Foundation and Central Institute of Technology. The expansion of the Mick Young Scholarships is part of TDA’s campaign to widen scholarship for students facing financial challenges. The presentation at the Institute’s Northbridge campus was attended by the Executive Director of the TDA Scholarships Foundation Theresa Collignon and Central Institute’s Managing Director Neil Fernandes. See the … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 14 July 2014

In Focus In Focus I have been acting CEO for a little over a week. It has been challenging for us all but I have been very fortunate that the Board Members, senior staff and a number of state committee members have been willing and able to assist with meetings and providing policy input. Claire Field has also provided an excellent and very professional handover. Thank you for all the support.  The following is a snap shot of some of the activities and key priorities for the week as well as dealing with all the usual end of year activities, including our annual financial audit.... Read more National ACPET's LLN Capable project - working towards our VET … [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...]