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TDA Newsletter 15 June 2015

ASQA defends actions against private training colleges The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has rejected claims that it failed to take action against registered training organisations (RTOs) owned by Vocation Limited. As reported last week, a recent Senate Estimates hearing focused on the actions that were taken by the regulator to address quality issues at Vocation subsidiaries. In a statement, ASQA says that of the 12 higher education and training providers acquired by Vocation, 10 were totally or jointly under ASQA’s regulation. Of that number, three voluntarily withdrew their registration, one withdrew its registration following an ASQA audit, two have been audited … [Read more...]

TDA National Conference

……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The theme of the 2015 TAFE Directors Australia conference is Inspire. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The conference will explore a range of topics, including fostering industry engagement, market approach to vocational education and training, quality and capability, higher education in TAFE- mission creep?, Internationalising vocational education qualifications, vocational education and training pedagogy and servicing regional communities  A highlight of this year’s TDA Conference will be the Sino-Australian VET Forum, involving a delegation of 80-100 Chinese vocational education and training officials from Eastern China. … [Read more...]

TDA comment on 2015 Budget

TDA Newsletter    |   18 May 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The training and skills portfolio was largely untouched in the in federal budget, although there were a number of changes that will have an impact. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… These include: $14.5 million in funding in 2015 16 to expand the Adult Migrant English Program for one year to include refugees who hold temporary substantive visas, including Temporary Protection Visas, Safe Haven Enterprise Visas and Temporary (Humanitarian Concern) Visas. $18.2 million in funding over four years from 2015 16 to implement an enhanced compliance regime for VET FEE- HELP. An extension of the … [Read more...]

TDA job opportunity

__________________________________________________________ Policy Analyst with TDA Applications for the position of Policy Analyst with TDA will close Friday 24 April. The preferred location for the position is in Sydney. A candidate information package is available by contacting memberservices@tda.edu.au . Further information about the role can be obtained by contacting the Acting CEO, Malcolm White on (02) 9217 3180 __________________________________________________________ … [Read more...]

Vacancy for Policy Director at TDA

An opportunity will shortly become available at TDA in the role of Director, Policy. This full time position may be located in either Sydney or Canberra (negotiable). As an initial step, please contact Member Services on email: memberservices@tda.edu.au or phone 02 9217 3180 to obtain a Candidate Information Package. Applications close  Friday, 6 February 2015. … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 16 June 2014

TDA role on post-Budget consultation: Education Legislation and Financing Working Group SA Government breaks with federal Labor to support sub-bachelor higher education reform – Australian Financial Review Tertiary education leaders including TDA have been invited by the Department of Education to take part in detailed post-Budget consultations on government plans for deregulation of universities, and higher education funding. Martin Riordan, Chief Executive of TDA, was nominated for the Working Group, which met in Melbourne late last week. Senior departmental briefings will follow this week with university, TAFE and private college providers. TDA will be consulting with its TAFE higher … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 19 May 2014

Notice of TDA Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting of TAFE Directors Australia will be held in Brisbane on Friday, 23 May 2014, commencing at 10.00am. The location is TAFE Queensland, Southbank Institute Campus, Boardroom (Level 7, Room C 7112 – C Block) 66 Ernest St, South Brisbane. Please RSVP to Janny Tjen, Administration Manager, TDA, (02) 9217 3180, or email:           memberservices@tda.edu.au Teleconference dial-in is available. Please RSVP for details. AGENDA Opening and Welcome Apologies Confirmation of the Minutes of the TDA AGM held on 24 May 2013 Chair’s Report Annual Report and Statement to Members Statement of TDA’s Accounts for 2013 and … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 10 March 2014

TAFE Meets Parliament 2014 Assistant Education Minister, Sussan Ley The National Board of TAFE Directors Australia met Coalition Ministers, Shadow Ministers, MPs and a key Senate committee as part of TAFE Meets Canberra 2014. Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane met with the Deputy Chair of TDA, Dianne Murray and CEO Martin Riordan to discuss TDA’s case for addressing red tape and compliance costs, and moving to a risk framework under new VET regulatory standards. Meetings were held with Alan Tudge, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, who invited TDA to address solutions to ‘closing the gap’ for indigenous communities in city, regional and remote … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 26 August 2013

Coalition announces student loans for apprentices to ease living costs Apprentice commencements – data update TDA National Conference – only days left to register! TDA launches Green Skills Policy Paper University ‘Election Watch’ website TDA congratulates Fulbright winner WA implements training entitlement Industry links to Tasmanian school-based apprenticeship reform VET Outbound Mobility Funding New content supporting equity in VET Diary Dates Coalition announces student loans for apprentices to ease living costs Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has announced plans by a Coalition government to extend student loans to trade apprentices, with a 20% … [Read more...]

Sector responses

Universities Australia Higher education reform on track Universities Australia has commended Minister Evans and the Government for its decision not to step back from its program of higher education reform, even under difficult fiscal circumstances. "This is a strong budget for the university sector," said Universities Australia Chief Executive, Belinda Robinson. "Over the past few years the Government has achieved a number of very significant outcomes in higher education. These include: indexation of base funding, streamlined visa processing for international students, the introduction of the demand-driven system, an increase in infrastructure investment, and funding to meet the … [Read more...]