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TDA Policy Position Papers

……………………………………………………………………………………………………… TAFE Directors Australia (TDA - the body representing Australia's public TAFE institutes) has issued a series of policy position papers that have been developed to steer the direction of policy affecting TAFE and the VET sector.  Policy Paper 1 – TAFE: a national asset for Australia’s economic and social prosperity Policy Paper 2 - Quality is the hallmark of a well-regulated VET system Policy Paper 3 – Rural and remote vocational education and training relies on TAFE Policy Paper 4 – Ending discrimination in Australia’s tertiary education system Policy Paper 5 – Why a national industry policy & innovation and STEM … [Read more...]

VET: the good, the bad and the unlikely

AEU     |    30 April 2015 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Abbott Government has been erratic in vocational education, as in many other areas, in its first 18 months of office, writes Gavin Moodie, on the Australian Education Union's Stop TAFE Cuts website. It started badly with early decisions to reduce quality controls, appoint supporters to key government advisory posts and further cut unions from contributing to policy on vocational education. These decisions seemed to have been driven more by ideological fervor and rewarding party supporters than evidence of what is good for vocational education, its students and the interest groups which governments these days … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 4 August 2014

Forrest review says TAFE funding and courses should be decided by employers TAFE Directors Australia has labeled proposals to bypass TAFE and universities with TAFE divisions under the Forest Review of Indigenous employment as “missing the mark” and likely to result in hundreds of millions of dollars in duplication. Martin Riordan, CEO of TDA, said while the approach by Mr Forest was commendable to improve the capacity for indigenous communities to enter employment, it ignored the demand-led industry system of VET training being implemented by the states and territories. In its report, Creating Parity, the Forrest Review recommends that all publically funded vocational education and … [Read more...]

Commission of Audit on Vocational Education and Training

1 May 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Commission of Audit has recommended that policy and funding responsibility for vocational education and training (VET) revert entirely to the states, that the separate higher education and VET regulatory agencies (ASQA and TEQSA) merge TEQSA but that the states be "required" to continue reforms to achieve demand-driven vocational education and training outcomes and improve occupational licensing arrangements. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... Vocational education and training has traditionally been a State responsibility. The Commonwealth has no constitutional responsibility for … [Read more...]

Campus Review 10 March 2014

10 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… This is Campus Review's own summary of lead items in its online edition. As Campus Review is a subscription service, you or your organisation need to have a subscription to Campus Review to view the full article. All non subscribers to Campus Review  have access to a free online trial offer for 28 days. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Preparation and inspiration The long, hard road to a PhD can be navigated a little more easily through good planning and a little mateship amongst peers. By Hamza Bendemra. Completing a PhD is no Read More A celebration of management excellence By … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 4 November 2013

In this edition Employers cut back on training New reform timetable for NSW Qualifications improve but jobs flat according to COAG China 2013 CEAIE conference focuses on sustainable growth Vocational training misses out on visa streamlining Training completion rates improving Update on VET reform standards TDA Kazakhstan project well underway 11th Education Expo in Pakistan Opportunity to learn about UK e-portfolio New education section in The Conversation Diary Dates Employers cut back on training Slower economic growth, and lower business confidence in 2013 has seen employers reduce their use of training, according to the … [Read more...]

RTO & Employer Partnerships for Workforce Development

Maximising a competitive advantage for RTOs  26 & 27 June 2013   |     Rydges    |    Melbourne With a growing need for building partnerships it is essential for RTOs to develop a competitive advantage, to engage and educate employers on workforce planning.   This conference will examine how RTOs can become more competitive through adapting their business model, shifting from a regular training approach towards a business consultancy focus. +   Develop & implement a business consultancy model +    Learn how to build an RTO alliance +    Tools to educate employers on workforce planning +    Develop strategies on utilising the NWDF … [Read more...]