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Granting TAFE a monopoly isn’t good for it in the long term

The Conversation     |     26 June 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… While the pivotal role of TAFE in VET provision needs to be recognised and funded, seeking to restore a TAFE near monopoly, as the SA government appears to be doing, would be a mistake, argues Peter Noonan, limiting student choice and diversity within the system. Nevertheless, the publicly funded training market as it has emerged in VET is seriously flawed  and needs a fundamental rethink and redesign. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The South Australian government has decided to largely limit funding for government-subsidised vocational courses to TAFE South Australia, the sole public … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 15 June 2015

In Focus Another week slides by Edition 608, 15 Jun Unemployment up in South Australia, skills down - go figure. In South Australia those who are unemployed or long term unemployed have virtually no choice to find a pathway to the future. Prospective students who are looking for or need specialised support cannot shop around and look for the solution that suits them best. Protectionist policies are ridiculed elsewhere in industry. In VET this approach will not produce the skills system our country really needs. What is becoming apparent is that Australia needs to have a serious think about the direction of its skills policy. We have a system that is held in the highest … [Read more...]

SA govt backtracking on VET funding

ABC News     |   1 June  2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… With the Commonwealth considering its VET funding options in South Australia , premier Jay Weatherill has indicated the SA government may soften its controversial approach to vocational education changes following warnings from private providers that they will be forced to close. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Private providers, business groups and some community groups have been dismayed by  the State government’s  decision that TAFE SA would offer the majority of training places subsidised with government funding from 1 July. TAFE SA and private providers previously shared the places on about a … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 9 June 2014

Senate committee endorses South Australian training plan A Senate committee has endorsed the South Australian government’s plan for subsidised training and criticised the Commonwealth for threatening to withhold $65 million in funding to the state. The Senate Education and Employment References Committee report on the ‘Operation, regulation and funding of private vocational education and training (VET) providers in Australia’, says the South Australian government’s plan “reflects deep concern with the existing national partnership agreement on training”. “The response from the federal government, to effectively penalise South Australia for prioritising TAFE by withholding $65 million … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update, Edition 607, 8 June

In Focus The sector moves on - I think.  I would like to start with what will become a weekly ‘profiling’ of upcoming sessions at our National Conference. Last week I mentioned the focus on public policy and the reform agenda. This year’s conference will kick off with a provocative but much needed discussion, involving a panel of high profile representatives of the sector. Leading edge CEOs and CEOs who are trying to rebuild after everything went wrong (for them and all concerned) will be joined by a ‘Broker’, Industry representatives and a high profile academic. The group will be led in the discussion by a well-known journalist who will ask the confronting question we must … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 1 June 2015

Commonwealth threatens $65m in training funding to South Australia The federal government is threatening to withhold $65 million in training funds to South Australia over a claimed pro-TAFE bias in the state’s new student funding plan. Under the new WorkReady policy, TAFE will be assured an increased share of contestable funding at the expense of private training providers. The Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham said the plan may be in breach of the national partnership agreement, signed with the Commonwealth in 2012. “Premier Weatherill willingly signed on to an agreement in 2012, with then Prime Minister Gillard, to give students and employers … [Read more...]

The Scan # 170 29 May 2015

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ News __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Victorian  unis "financially strong" 29 May 2015    |   The Victorian Auditor General has reported that Victoria’s eight universities are in a strong financial position but he was critical of lax procedures governing travel expenditure. The eight universities, and their subsidiaries, generated a combined surplus of $537.1 million for the year ending 31 December 2014. This includes, however, audit adjustments … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 7 April 2015

Federal government considering escape clause for duped VET students The federal government is considering a new ‘cooling-off’ provision that would allow students signed up by some colleges to back out of agreements. The Australian reports that Assistant Education Minister Senator Simon Birmingham is evaluating a two-step enrolment system to stop colleges recruiting students signed up as a result of door-to-door sales and other high pressure techniques. “It should be an opt-in process that operates a little like a cooling-off period,” Senator Birmingham said. “Rather than opting out at the end of that period, they would have to opt-in as a demonstration of their ­enthusiasm and … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 30 March 2015

Victoria pumps an extra $50m into the TAFE system The Victorian state government has pumped an additional $50 million into the TAFE system, with a ‘Back to Work’ fund that it says will create at least 100,000 jobs. The fund will offer one-off grants to TAFEs to develop and expand courses that align with the needs of local employers. The new fund is in addition to the $320 million TAFE Rescue Fund, which is helping TAFEs in financial difficulty. The latest Victorian Training Market report shows that government subsidised enrolments in TAFE fell by 33% over the last year from 207,943 to 139,182. In 2014, 56% of all government subsidised enrolments were with private registered … [Read more...]