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NMIT rebranded as “Melbourne Polytechnic”

The Australian      |      3 October  2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The financially troubled Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE, which lost almost $32 million in 2013, has received a $19 million grant from the state government and rebranded itself Melbourne Polytechnic. It is the last of the big Victorian TAFEs to ditch the TAFE brand, with most of the TAFEs now styled as “institutes” and the four Victorian dual sector universities having exited the the state TAFE system in January. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Interim CEO Ron Gauci says the name change is a strategy to reach out to Europe and Asia, rather than a rejection of the TAFE title. While … [Read more...]

Victorian TAFE: risk factors continue to deteriorate

Victorian Auditor-General    |    5 August 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Overall the financial sustainability risk assessment for the Victorian TAFE sector deteriorated considerably  in 2013, according to the Victorian Auditor-General, as shown by these extracts from the report, Technical and Further Education Institutes: Results of the 2013 Audits. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Financial sustainability risk assessment Overall the financial sustainability risk assessment for the TAFE sector deteriorated in 2013. Figure 5A shows that the number of TAFEs with a high financial sustainability risk increased from none in 2012 to five in 2013. Underlying … [Read more...]

An inconvenient truth

Auditor-General     |    5 August 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Auditor-general warns on stability of Vic TAFE Against all the evidence, the Victorian government insists that, despite a few local difficulties, Victoria's TAFE system is in fine fettle.  The Victorian minister recently told a conference  the apparent troubles besetting TAFE are the invention of a “misinformed media”.  But according to the the State's auditor-general, the troubles are very real:  TAFEs are facing a "significant decline" in financial stability due, in part, to State Government funding cuts. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… A report tabled in the Victorian  Parliament found … [Read more...]

The Scan in May 2014 – top ten reads

VET in the Budget – the government’s statement 13 May 2014   |    The “tools for your trade payments” for apprentices will cease from 1 July 2014. It will be replaced immediately with a Trade Support Loans Program providing $439m over five years to provide apprentices with financial assistance up to $20K over a four year apprenticeship through a student loan repayment scheme. The Government will also establish an Industry Skills Fund to provide $470m over four years to support the training needs of small to medium enterprises that cannot be met by the national training system. Expenditure is budgeted to decline about 13% in 2014-15 over 2013-14 (from $1.67 billion … [Read more...]

The Scan Early Edition – # 151 – 27 May 2014

___________________________________________________________________________________________ Fees to double: NTEU 27 May 2014 | Analysis by the National Tertiary Education Union of the impact increased university fees predicts that degrees such as engineering, law and dentistry could cost over $100,000, and medicine could rise to as much as $180,000. On average, the cost of degrees will more than double. Higher fees when combined with the new market-determined interest rate, will take more than twice as long to pay back for some degrees. For graduates that take time out from the workforce to care for family members, HELP debts might not be paid off until they reach their late … [Read more...]

Kangan/Bendigo merger funded

Bendigo Advertiser   |   24 May 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Bendigo TAFE will receive $64 million from the state government to support its merger with Melbourne-based Kangan Institute. The government expects a further $35 million to be invested by the private sector and the merged institute. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The government says the funding will lead to 55 additional courses being offered in Bendigo, with a focus on health, engineering and management. A National Centre of Excellence for Health and Human Services will be created at the campus with a focus on the health industry.  The centre will be created in partnership with La Trobe … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 26 May 2014

Queensland Education Minister meets TDA Board with TAFE Queensland Chair and CEO ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Launch of TAFE Queensland TV advertising.......TDA Annual Report 2013. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The TDA National Board has met in Brisbane, Friday for the TDA Annual General Meeting. The Queensland Minister for Education, John Paul Langbroek met with the Board and previewed new television advertising which will be launched in July for TAFE Queensland. The Chair of TAFE Queensland, Warren Tapp, and CEO Jodi Schmidt attended, with Jodi outlining the brand characteristics for the new TAFE Queensland TV promotion. See here for TAFE Queensland … [Read more...]

Kangan and Bendigo to “merge”

15  May 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… TAFE back office jobs are expected to be culled as part of a planned merger announced between Victoria’s regional Bendigo TAFE and the major Melbourne-based Kangan Institute. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Bendigo is operating at barely break-even in the wake of state government funding cuts and a lack of scale in regional markets, which has seen Bendigo TAFE shed jobs and courses and close campuses. The TAFEs say the amalgamation will strengthen and expand the delivery of education and training in central Victoria. Bendigo TAFE Board Chair Margaret O’Rourke said The merger will lead to a revitalisation and growth of … [Read more...]

TDA newsletter 22 April 2014

TAFE mergers underway in Victoria Two of Gippsland’s major higher education and training providers, Advance TAFE and GippsTAFE, will merge under a new entity, Federation Training. The two institutes, which cover 14 campuses across the Gippsland region, will merge from May 1. There is a plan for a second stage in 2016 that would see Federation Training integrated with FedUni, formerly the University of Ballarat. To support the integration of the two TAFE institutes and FedUni, the Victorian Government has provided $40 million from its $200 million TAFE Structural Adjustment Fund. See more. ________________________________________ Higher education records broken at TAFE NSW A record … [Read more...]

Merger of Gippsland TAFEs to create “Federation Training”

16 April 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Advance and Gipps TAFE to merge with a view to being "integrated" into Federation University ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... The Victorian minister for higher education and skills, Nick Wakeling,  has announced  the formation of Federation Training Institute, which will be a new TAFE Institute in Gippsland, out of the merger of Advance TAFE and GippsTAFE, the two existing TAFEs in the region . It is envisaged that Federation Training would be integrated into Federation University Australia from 1 January 2016. FedU vice-chancellor David Battersby says that the university council … [Read more...]