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TDA Newsletter 15 May 2017

Federal budget unveils a new model of skills funding The federal budget saw a new model of funding for vocational training, with the announcement of a skills fund that will support state and territory-led projects that meet defined Commonwealth criteria. The $1.5 billion Skilling Australians Fund effectively replaces the National Partnership Agreement on Skills and aims to create 300,000 new apprenticeships over four years. States and territories will be required to put forward projects, provide matching funding, and achieve agreed milestones. The Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews told a post-budget breakfast that the fund "marks an unprecedented … [Read more...]

Labor proposes to create 10 “polytechnics”

26 June 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… A Labor government would establish 10 Commonwealth Institutes of Higher Education , on a trial basis. …………………………………………………………………………………….......……   They would involve universities and TAFE Institutes working together to deliver associate degrees and advanced diplomas. At a total cost of A$430 million, 10,000 Commonwealth Supported Places would be available.  These “HECS” places would be funded at 70% of the normal rate. This essentially creates a new layer of tertiary education, not unlike colleges of further education in England and community colleges in the US. Students could study a two year sub-bachelor, higher … [Read more...]

Election 2016: Higher education and VET issues

News items,  statements, analysis and commentary   The election outcome There's really not much to say, is there?  TDA summed it up from a tertiary education perspective, saying the uncertainty of the vote itself  is compounded by a curious lack of policy commitment from the Coalition, which did not release any skills policy or higher education  policy during the campaign.....[ READ MORE ].... Labor Of its "100 positive policies",  about 20% (19 to be precise) are in tertiary education.  In higher education, Labor has committed to maintaining the demand driven system, backed up by a Student Funding Guarantee to provide "certainty to universities and remove the … [Read more...]

Fed takeover of VET unlikely, says new Minister

Focus on fixing VET FEE-HELP Fairfax Media       |    11 March 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The newly-minted Commonwealth minister for skills, Scott Ryan,  has poured cold water on a proposed Commonwealth takeover of vocational education and training set out in a draft of a paper to go to the next meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).  Under the proposal, TAFE fees would be deregulated and TAFEs would receive the same funding. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… While education Simon Birmingham has strongly advocated a Commonwealth takeover,  Ryan says there are strong arguments to maintain the current system. "It's a matter for COAG …but my … [Read more...]

NCVER report reveals lack of scrutiny of VET sector

TDA News    |     10 November 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Data released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) show the continuing fundamental role of  TAFE, as the public provider network, but also demonstrate a worrying failure in scrutiny by policy makers, according to TAFE Directors Australia. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The NCVER report Total VET students and courses 2014 reveals the huge growth in the VET sector to 3.9 million students – almost three times the number in the higher education sector.  The data also show: TAFE and private providers deliver roughly the same number of training hours nationally (41% by TAFE and 45% … [Read more...]

Lilydale to re-open

ABC News 19 October 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The former Swinburne TAFE campus at Lilydale, in Melbourne's outer-east, will reopen next year, three years after it closed due to funding cuts by the former Victorian government. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The campus was forced to close following $300 million of cuts made to the wider sector by the former Baillieu government, which argued at the time that spending had to be reined in. A new deal has been reached with Box Hill Institute to reopen the TAFE, which will offer vocational and higher education courses from 2016. The Andrews Government said the Lilydale Campus would also be home to one of … [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...]

NCVER news

  Are vocational streams the key to producing a more adaptable workforce? Vocational streams could offer a framework for creating better connections between qualifications and jobs than the traditional approach based on specific skill sets for narrowly defined occupations.Show more... NCVER's research prospectus is full steam ahead Through the introduction of the new research prospectus, NCVER is investing in a range of applied research issues that governments and key employer and training provider stakeholders identify as being of highest priority to them. Show more... Recognising the prior learning of adult … [Read more...]

A new advocacy group for TAFE established

17 July 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… A new voice for the Australian TAFE sector - TAFE Chairs Australia  -  has been established. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… TAFE Chairs Australia is made up of chairpersons (or equivalent) of TAFE from Australian States and Territories. The group comes together with a charter to raise the profile of VET and TAFE, as well as proactively engage on associated national issues. Speaking at the Victorian TAFE Association State Conference about reform of TAFE in recent years, Warren Tapp, the inaugural chair of the group,   said: TAFE Chairs have an obligation to actively promote the important contribution TAFEs across … [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...]