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Labor pledges $1.2 billion to make Victoria the “education state”

Victorian Labor      |       26 October 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Victorian Labor has kicked off its campaign for the state election on29 November with the promise of a $1.2 billion dollar package to upgrade schools and the TAFE  Government school upgrades and refurbishments would cost $510 million, $120 million would be provided for Catholic and independent schools and  $50 million would be spent on upgrading kindergartens across the state. Labor would also provide millions of dollars to help struggling families with uniforms and shoes.   Labor also proposes a network of technical schools around the state , with 10 centres to be set up with a $125 million fund.  The … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 14 July 2014

Independent review of Trade Training Centres A member of the Productivity Commission, and former Commonwealth Departmental Secretary, Patricia Scott, has been appointed to undertake an independent review of Gillard government investment in Trade Training Centres (TTCs). Assistant Minister for Education, Sussan Ley said the review of TTCs would focus on ensuring stronger links between industry and schools and better career-guidance for students. Ms Ley said industry had raised numerous concerns about inconsistencies in the quality of training, qualifications and equipment offered from one TTC to the next. She said taxpayers had spent more than $1.4 billion on the program since Labor … [Read more...]

The Scan # 148 13 March 2014

___________________________________________________________________________________________ Shake up for rental scheme 13 March 2014   |    The government has flagged a shake-up of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) in the wake of revelations the program has been manipulated to build student housing that is being let to wealthy foreign students. Two developers behind an 823-bed NRAS development in Sydney  tapped more than $80 million in subsidies to construct a building to be filled largely by international students. Universities have also snapped up thousands of NRAS incentives to build large blocks of studio accommodation that is often taken up by fee-paying international … [Read more...]

Focus to shift to school trade training

The Australian  |     7 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Abbott government will encourage more students to undertake school-based apprenticeships and move away from the focus on higher education, in a dramatic change in approach from Labor. ………………………………………………………………………………………………… Assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley said the number of people achieving formal trade qualifications was far too low and there was an overwhelming belief across schools, industry, trainers and governments that the national framework for vocational education and training in schools should be modernised. Ms Ley has told TAFE Directors Australia that new careers advice would be … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 3 March 2014

TAFE Meets Parliament 2014 …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………  Leadership meetings in Canberra and a message of support for quality strenthening of VET in Schools …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Leadership meetings in Canberra and a message of support for quality strengthening of VET in Schools The National Board of TAFE Directors Australia will convene in Parliament House Canberra, this week for talks with the Coalition ministry. The Board meeting will continue the Federal Election 2013 theme of ‘Unleashing our Capability’. TAFE leaders will argue for removal of regulation and compliance red tape, and for quality measures to strengthen VET in Schools for … [Read more...]