Federal government may cut funding to Victorian VET
The government may withhold vocational training grants to Victoria because of the state’s $300 million TAFE budget cuts.
The government believes the cuts are inconsistent with the COAG reforms, agreed to in April.
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Taskforce recommends TAFE become stand-alone authority
An interim report by the Queensland Skills and Training Taskforce recommends that Queensland TAFE becomes a stand-alone statutory authority.
The Australian Financial Review reported that the Queensland Minister for Education, Training and Employment, John-Paul Langbroek, confirmed that he had received an interim report recommending that TAFE Queensland becomes a stand-alone statutory body.
“We will consider this recommendation . . . and the government’s full response will be delivered after the final report is handed down in November,” he said.
TDA welcomes the recommendation.
The report is yet to be released, and the Minister has not made any further comments.
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TDA National Conference registrations open until 5pm Tuesday 4 September
With over 330 delegates already registered, the 2012 conference is a fabulous opportunity for you to engage, learn and network with Institute chief executives and their senior managers, as well as many federal and state government officials and others involved in vocational education and training.
Click here to view the full program and to register.
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TDA would like to thank all our sponsors for their support:
DSIIRTE; TechnologyOne; Fuji Xerox Australia; West Coast Institute of Training; Echo360; Service Skills Australia; Group Training Australia; TAFE Development Centre; UniSuper Management Pty Ltd; LH Martin Institute; Ellucian; MEGT (Australia) Ltd; Victorian TAFE Association; and ETS Global Division.
TAFE success in state training awards
TAFEs found great success at this year’s state training awards in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania, with TAFE institutes picking up the coveted Large Training Provider of the Year in all three states.
Box Hill Institute picked up the Large Training Provider of the Year Award at the Victorian Training Awards, the Riverina Institute won the same title in NSW, as did The Skills Institute in Tasmania.
The Skills Institute took home another award for Industry Collaboration in Tasmania for their work with the Australian Mechanical Contractors’ Association and other large and small businesses, in the area of mechanical services and refrigeration. Kangan Institute was recognised with the same award in Victoria for their Textile and Fashion Hub Project with the Council of Textile and Fashion Industries Australia.
The Innovation Department at GippsTAFE received an award for VET Client Service/Support Excellence at the Victorian awards. Conor Mullan, from the Chisholm Institute of TAFE, also received the award for Teacher/Trainer of the Year. Kathryn Pye from the Western Sydney Institute was named VET Teacher of the Year in NSW.
TDA would also like to congratulate the number of TAFE students who also received awards in each state, as well as all the individuals and institutes nominated.
Panel announces review of Higher Education Threshold Standards
TDA welcomes news from the Higher Education Standards Panel that there will be a review of Higher Education (HE) Threshold Standards.
TDA has long argued through various publications, most notably The Case to review provider categories in higher education (2011), that the current HE Threshold Standards do not adequately support a diverse and vibrant tertiary sector. In particular, the current Standards do not acknowledge the existence of new multi-sector technical and further education institutions that increasingly offer higher education qualifications.
As the communiqué highlights, the only existing standards in the HES Framework are the Threshold Standards. They are legislative instruments and are the basis for regulation by TEQSA. The remaining proposed ‘non-threshold’ standards in the HES Framework (Teaching and Learning, Research and Information standards) are yet to be defined.
The communiqué lists matters of concern with the current Standards, including, “whether the existing standards encompass the characteristics of all types of providers of higher education to the extent they should.”
The Panel will undertake a review of the Threshold Standards, with consultations continuing through the remainder of 2012 and well into 2013.
The panel expects to be in a position to provide advice to the government on proposed revisions to the Threshold Standards in late-2013, at the earliest.
Members are invited to contact the HE Standards Panel with comments.
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Review of the Graduate and Vocational Graduate Certificate and Diploma qualification types
In late August, after extensive consultation and consideration, the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Council has determined that:
(i) the Vocational Graduate Certificate and Vocational Graduate Diploma qualification types will be removed from the AQF
(ii) the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma qualification types will be retained in the education and vocational education and training sectors, and will be available for accreditation, regulation and issuance in both the higher education and vocational education and training sectors.
TDA supports both these decisions. TDA and the Victorian TAFE Association (VTA) in our submissions to AQF, earlier this year, have consistently argued for both positions. Click here to see the TDA/VTA submission.
Click here to read the AQF communiqué.
TDC and TDA lead thought-forum on adult learning
You are cordially invited to a joint TDA/TAFE Development Centre initiative.
David Hughes from the National Institute of Adult and Continuing Education (NIACE) in the UK will be in Australia as a keynote speaker at the Australian Workforce & Productivity Agency Conference in Sydney, and Robin Shreeve has kindly ‘offered’ him to us for a Melbourne event.
This will be an opportunity to hear the latest initiatives and issues in the UK and a response from Frances Coppolillo (NMIT) around issues regarding Adult Learning; there will be an opportunity for discussion and a Q&A as well as networking over refreshments.
The event will be held on 1 October, at Rydges, Melbourne.
International symposium on education publishing
The Australian Publishers Association is organising an international symposium on education publishing called futurEDUCATION: Learning in a Digital Age. This event will be held in Melbourne at Federation Square on Thursday, 6 September from 11am – 5pm.
You can follow on Twitter @futurEDUaus and keep up to date with all the latest announcements about futurEDUCATION.
Tickets are also available to purchase from the website and all Copyright Agency members are invited to purchase at the discounted APA member rates.
Click here to view the futurEDUCATION website.