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The Scan #179 5 May 2016

A few cuts, no frills 4 May 2016   |   The government has pushed consideration of proposed university reforms, including a 20% cut in funding, out beyond the election, until 1 January 2018.  While it has ruled out full fee deregulation, it has released an options paper, to guide a consultation process, canvassing a range of alternative fee measures which would still see substantial fee rises.  The 2016 Budget also sees an efficiency dividend of $1.2 billion on legislated dropped but the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program has been cut by $152 million to $553 million over four years.  The Office of Learning and Teaching has been abolished, with the resulting $18 million in … [Read more...]

TAFE Directors Australia – Newsletter Newsletter 28 September 2015

In this edition Commonwealth takeover of VET would hurt TAFE, federal opposition says Tasmania to invest in skills for seasonal industries Canberra Institute to deliver technology courses in India Students planning class action against Evocca College Book now for Australian Training Awards TAFE teachers battle out prestigious language, literacy and numeracy award TAFE study tour to Singapore and South Korea Australia-Pacific Technical College seeking country manager for Papua New Guinea Diary Dates Commonwealth takeover of VET would hurt TAFE, federal opposition says The federal government’s proposal for a Commonwealth takeover of … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 27 July 2015

COAG lays groundwork for Commonwealth takeover of VET Federal and state leaders have agreed to consider a proposal to shift responsibility for vocational education and training (VET) from the states to the Commonwealth. Last week’s COAG leaders retreat in Sydney, comprising the Prime Minister, state premiers and chief ministers issued a Communiqué outlining plans to consider a historic change in VET governance. “Leaders agreed to consider a shift in responsibility for VET to the Commonwealth provided States and Territories could elect to remain TAFE providers within a national system,” the Communiqué said. At a news conference, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said: “We've … [Read more...]

The Scan # 173 22 July 2015

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ News __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Vic international strategy directions  21   July 2015    |   The Victorian government has released a discussion paper on international education as part of its $200 million Future Industries Fund. The paper covers all three education sectors (higher education, VET and schools).  It proposes nine strategic directions, including developing more markets to reduce reliance on the two traditionally big markets of … [Read more...]

Vic international strategy – Executive Summary

21 July 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Victorian government has proposed new avenues to grow the state’s international education sector.  It has released a discussion paper on international education as part of its $200 million Future Industries Fund. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The Victorian Government has identified international education as a growth sector vital to the future economic prosperity of Victoria and a source of future employment for Victorians. This recognises the centrality of international education to this Government's vision that Victoria becomes the Education State. International education has stood as Victoria’s largest services … [Read more...]

Vic international education strategy – strategic directions

21 July 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The following  summary of the paper's suggested strategic directions outline how economic development and job creation in the international education sector could be optimised by supporting the sector to increase its competitiveness.  …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Strategic Direction One: A long-term approach to market-development Victoria’s two biggest markets are China and India, from which almost 50 per cent of onshore international students are drawn. Significant numbers of students are also attracted from South East Asian countries, in particular, Malaysia and Vietnam. This provides a strong base to consolidate … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 20 July 2015

HECS architects urge change to repayments and extension to VET Two of the key architects of the original HECS have produced a new report that argues for significant reform to the income contingent loan scheme that would extend it to more VET students while making it affordable. The report, ‘Feasibility and design of a tertiary education entitlement in Australia: Modelling and costing a universal income contingent loan’, has been prepared by Dr Tim Higgins and Professor Bruce Chapman for the Mitchell Institute. They argue that extending income contingent loans to more VET students is required to ensure equity among tertiary students. But they say this would require adjustment to the … [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...]

TDA Newsletter 13 July 2015

Training gets a lift on MySkills website The MySkills website which provides a national directory or training organisations and courses has been updated with information for vocational educational and training (VET) students. The update includes: courses linked to skills in demand in each state and territory student satisfaction and employment outcomes for the 230 most popular courses a VET FEE-HELP loan calculator identification of sanctioned training providers a modernised, tablet-optimised homepage design The Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham sais the new features would allow students to search and compare VET courses and training … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 22 June 2015

Industry skills fund advisers announced Chisholm Institute is one of six organisations announced today that will make up the new Industry Skills Fund Skills Adviser Network. The $664 million Industry Skills Fund will provide industry grants for training as well as expert advice through skills advisory services. In addition to Chisholm Institute, the other organisations that make up the Industry Skills Fund Skills Adviser Network are: Australian Industry Group MAX Solutions Navitas Professional Communications and Information Technology Training QMI Solutions Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, said the new network will invest $43 … [Read more...]