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ACPET National Monday Update – Edition 609 – 22 June 2015

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The week that was… 

This week saw the inaugural roundtable on international education held in Canberra. It was an opportunity for the sector to meet with a range of Ministers’ whose responsibility intersects with international education as an industry.

The roundtable was attended by the Hon Christopher Pyne, Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Ian Macfarlane, Minister for Industry and Trade, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister for Education and Training and Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women.

The discussions centered on the draft National Strategy for International Education. While never an easy task to encapsulate the key strategies needed across the education sectors, the strategy is a critical piece of the framework to position Australia as a quality destination of choice. The key outcomes from the discussions are that there is more work to be done and the Strategy needs to genuinely articulate the vision and direction for education. This aspiration can ensure governments and industry can work together to further improve this already dynamic export industry… Read more

National

Program Now Available – Melbourne 26-28 August 2015 Edition 609, 22 Jun

We are excited to announce the 2015 APIEF and ACPET National Conference program is now available to view on the website. Confirmed speakers include: Rachel Botsman, Collaborative Economy Global Expert Rachel defined the theory of ‘collaborative consumption’ and was one of the first thinke… Read more

Winter 2015 Mentoring ProgramEdition 609, 22 Jun

Women in Global Business (WIGB) is a national program that recognises women’s growing contribution to Australia’s economy through international trade. The program is funded by the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) to provide support to women-led businesses seeking success in export… Read more

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"Sloppy practices" on international students

Fairfax Media    |     11 June 2015

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Sloppy student services and false attendance reporting are systemic problems plaguing overseas students at private education providers, the national Overseas Students Ombudsman has revealed.

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The Ombudsman released a new issues paper on poor compliance in the private education sector, based on 448 investigations into student complaints since the body’s establishment in 2011.

It warned some providers were failing to intervene with at-risk students, allowing weak students to continue to study and fail.

Student absences were also being miscalculated. Providers were marking students absent when they were merely late, or on days when it was a public holiday and there were no classes scheduled.

These failures posed serious consequences for international students, who risked being reported to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and being sent home if they failed to meet basic academic and attendance requirements as prescribed in their student visa.

In the past four years, the Ombudsman has intervened in 142 cases, recommending that providers not report students to the Department of Immigration because of the providers’ own poor compliance.

Under the national code of practice for education providers, the institution is required to monitor and support at-risk students. The providers are supposed to notify the student when they start falling behind, but the report found some were leaving it too late.

 

Degrees of Deception

 ABC TV     |      20 April 2015

Four Corners on degrees for dollars

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Australia has been gripped by a national debate over how to fund our university education. But perhaps there’s a more important question: what is it worth?  A Four Corners investigation has claimed to unearth alarming new evidence of a decline in academic standards at institutions around the country.

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Four CornersLecturers and tutors are grappling with a tide of academic misconduct and pressure from faculty managers to pass weak students. Many say commercial imperatives are overtaking academic rigour.

But why is this happening?

As Federal Government funding for universities has declined, Vice-Chancellors have been forced to look elsewhere to fill the void.

And for much of the past two decades, they’ve been tapping into a booming market – full fee-paying overseas students.

Right now the country’s 40 universities are pulling in billions of dollars from students who are desperate for a degree from an Australian university and the possibility of a job and permanent residency.

But to ensure a steady flow of students from overseas, universities have had to ensure their entry requirements are sufficiently low.

In this report, Linton Besser also provides alarming evidence of corruption among the network of overseas agents who tout for business on universities’ behalf.

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quote marksThe risk is they’re going to put applicants through to the university with fake qualifications or who they know have cheated on tests, or who are trying to undertake some sort of visa fraud.
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Ironically, these forces are also placing international students under enormous pressure.
Despite the promises of agents, and after meeting universities’ entry requirements, many don’t have the level of English needed to successfully undertake a degree course.

It’s a situation that leaves students isolated and desperate; a scenario fuelling a thriving blackmarket in plagiarism and the corruption of some academics.

An experienced lecturer told Four Corners the failure to maintain standards in the course she teaches means graduates could put lives in danger when they begin working.

They might find themselves being the only registered nurse on duty. And that is something that frightens me.

– University Nursing lecturer

With universities now hooked on the income derived from foreign students, very few university employees can openly acknowledge these problems. Those who do, say that they face the possibility they will lose their job.

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Degrees of Deception

Four Corners to report on corruption in international student market

TDA   |    20 April 2015

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Claims of academic fraud, and corruption in the international student marketplace are set to feature on tonight’s ABC Four Corners  (8.30 pm AEST).

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The program, ‘Degrees of Deception’ will highlight what it describes as “alarming new evidence of a decline in academic standards at institutions around the country”.

Reporter Linton Besser has also uncovered evidence of corruption among the network of overseas agents who scout for business on behalf of higher education providers.

It is claimed that many international students don’t have the English language skills to undertake studies, and this is fuelling a thriving black market in plagiarism and the corruption of some academics.

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Victorian TAFE sector losses worsen

The financial position of Victoria’s TAFE sector has significantly worsened, according to annual reports tabled in the state parliament last week.

The reports for 10 TAFE institutes show an expected operating deficit of $52.5 million for 2014, compared to an $8.9 million deficit in 2013.

The Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, said that when the $44.4 million write-down of the Student Management System is added, the net result is a $96.6 million deficit.

He said that the market share of TAFE had fallen to 25 per cent of the total training market.

Staff numbers at the 10 TAFEs fell by 132 over the year.

See the Premier’s media release.

See an article in The Age.


Official invitation to Mick Young Oration

As advised in last week’s newsletter, the official invitation to the 2015 Mick Young Oration is now available.

Victoria’s Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert will deliver the Oration on 21 May at Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence at Docklands, Melbourne, at 5.15 pm for 5.30 pm commencement. It will be followed by refreshments, concluding at 7.30 pm.

There is no charge for the event but registration is essential and places are strictly limited.

The annual event is held in memory of the former Labor minister, Mick Young, whose legacy includes the Mick Young Scholarships.

Please RSVP by 11 May 2015. The TDA National Scholarships Foundation looks forward to welcoming you to the event.

See the Invitation.


Four Corners to expose corruption in international student market

Claims of academic fraud, and corruption in the international student marketplace are set to feature on tonight’s ABC Four Corners.

The program, ‘Degrees of Deception’ will highlight what it describes as “alarming new evidence of a decline in academic standards at institutions around the country”.

Reporter Linton Besser has also uncovered evidence of corruption among the network of overseas agents who scout for business on behalf of higher education providers.

It is claimed that many international students don’t have the English language skills to undertake studies, and this is fuelling a thriving black market in plagiarism and the corruption of some academics.


TAFE NSW sees record numbers graduate with degrees

A record 89 students graduated with degrees from TAFE NSW last week.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, the Managing Director of TAFE NSW, Pam Christie said enrolments have grown from 23 students in 2011 to 1,094 in 2015 with nine degree programs available to potential students.

“TAFE courses have much smaller class sizes in the first year. Direct contact with lecturers is significantly higher at TAFE than at a university and there is a more structured and industry-specific environment in which to complete your studies,” Ms Christie said.

“Our retention rate is over 90% and this reflects the excellent student support that TAFE NSW offers. Most of our degree students are mature age and therefore are highly self-motivated people who enjoy the smaller class sizes,” she said.

The graduates, from colleges across regional and metropolitan NSW, gained qualifications including a Graduate Certificate in Leadership, a Bachelor of Design (Interior Design), a Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation, a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth – 5), a Bachelor of Information Technology (Network Security) and an Associate Degree of Accounting.


Shandong delegation inspects South Australia’s leading institutes

South Australia has hosted a high level delegation from Shandong as part of a visit to the state’s TAFEs and universities.

The Chairman of the Shandong Province People’s Congress, as well as 12 representatives of Shandong universities and vocational education and training (VET) institutions and the Shandong Provincial Education Department toured university and TAFE campuses.

Employment, Higher Education and Skills Minister Gail Gago said educators visited the new $120 million Flinders at Tonsley building, TAFE SA’s Tonsley and Regency campuses, the University of Adelaide and University of South Australia.

Chinese students comprise almost 40 per cent of international students in the state.

See more.


Victoria leading education trade mission to Latin America

Victoria’s Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert will lead a delegation of 29 representatives from Victorian universities, TAFEs and private institutions on an education trade mission to Latin America.

The visit from April 20-30 will be one of the biggest of its kind and will engage with senior political leaders, industry executives and high-level education officials.

It will travel to Santiago, São Paulo, Curitiba, Bogota and Lima. The Minister will also travel separately to Brasilia for meetings with government officials.

The mission will promote Victoria’s expertise in water management, urban planning and education.

The senior delegation includes the vice-chancellor of La Trobe University, CEOs of Victorian TAFEs and experts in water management, urban planning and education.


Applications for TDA policy position close Friday

Applications for the position of Policy Analyst with TDA will close this Friday.

As previously advised, 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


Call for papers on creativity in educational research

What is meant by creativity in educational research?

This is one of the questions being asked as part of a planned journal article on ‘creative approaches to research in further, adult and higher education’, to be published September 2016.

A Journal of the Australian Association for Qualitative Research has issued a call for papers around creative methods and methodologies in educational research, focusing on further, adult and higher education.

See more.

Abstracts, proposals and any queries should be directed to the editors:

Liz.atkins@northumbria.ac.uk

Jonathan.tummons@durham.ac.uk



Diary Dates

Group Training Association of NSW & ACT
The future of work: Rethinking employment, training and skills in NSW and ACT

DATE: 7 May 2015
LOCATION: Amora Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: More information.

Global Concepts Symposium
Centre for Excellence & LH Martin Institute

DATE: 27 May 2015
LOCATION: Perth, Western Australia
DETAILS: More information coming soon.

EduTECH
National Congress & Expo

DATE: 2 & 3 June 2015
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

NSW ITABS
Navigating the new world: New challenges = New Opportunities

DATE: 4 June 2015
LOCATION: Sofitel Wentworth Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Western Sydney Careers Expo
DATE: 18-21 June 2015
LOCATION: Showground, Sydney Olympic Park
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

NCVER
‘No Frills’ conference

DATE: 6-8 July 2015
LOCATION: University of Western Sydney
DETAILS: More information.

Victorian TAFE Association
2015 State Conference – Leading Transformational Change

DATE: 16-17 July 2015
LOCATION: RACV Club, Melbourne
DETAILS: More information coming soon.

VET Development Centre
Teaching and Learning Conference

DATE: 3-4 September 2015
LOCATION: RACV Torquay Resort, Victoria
DETAILS: More information.

National VET Conference
Velg Training

DATE: 17-18 September 2015
LOCATION: Adelaide Convention Centre
DETAILS: More information.

Australian International Education Conference 2015
International education: global, responsible, sustainable

DATE: 6 – 9 October 2015
LOCATION: Adelaide Convention Centre
DETAILS: More information.

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International education strategy released

16 April 2015

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The draft National Strategy for International Education released by the government in early April has been welcomed by the tertiary sector. The strategy defines three pillars of international education and six achievable goals to underpin Australia continuing to be a destination of choice for students, teachers and researchers.

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Universities Australia (UA) says the strategy has the potential to lead to the development and growth of international education in Australia. UA particularly welcomed the broad reach of the strategy into all aspects of our global teaching and research engagement. Belinda Robinson, UA chief, says that if the goals outlined in the draft strategy are achieved, “all Australian university graduates will be true global citizens – able to compete for the best jobs all over the world”:

We are particularly pleased to see a commitment to investment in collaborative research and research infrastructure and look forward to seeing this reflected in the coming Federal Budget. The ability to produce high quality collaborative research is critical for cementing our position as one of the best higher education systems in the world.

TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) commended the government for finally responding to the recommendations of the Chaney Report, Educating Globally, which was released over two years ago. TDA’s Acting CEO, Malcolm White says TDA is particularly pleased to see a strong emphasis on vocational education and training and the significant benefits this sector does, and can, provide

International education is currently a $16.3 billion export industry that supports 130,000 jobs nationally.

In releasing the strategy, education minister Christopher Pyne said it has been estimated that over the next decade international education could double in value to the Australian economy, creating tens of thousands of local jobs.

Submissions on the strategy will be open until 29 May 2015 and can be made via a feedback page.

The three pillars of policy:

Getting the fundamentals right: Strong national policies for education, training and research will ensure we keep our reputation as one of the world’s leading providers of education.

Reaching out to the world: International education includes all aspects of our global teaching and research engagement. This includes Australian students studying abroad and engaging through language study. It includes research collaboration and the two-way movement of researchers, academics and professionals.

Staying competitive: Working together to provide international students with a great value package. High quality education experiences that utilise new technologies, offer strong and safe consumer protections and real work experience in professional and skilled employment are essential.

ACPET National Monday Update Edition 581 24 November 2014

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In Focus

Well another exciting week in the amazing world of tertiary education Edition 581, 24 Nov

The ACPET Board met on Friday and discussed the key issues impacting on the sector. Our aspiration and demand for quality, the critical role in informing and supporting the higher education reforms, the need for quality engagement with members and improving our services were all a key feature.

The Board has approved the re-creation of three committees to ensure ACPET remains at the forefront of leadership in our diverse sector. As a key feature of our engagement framework, we will be rapidly establishing committees to oversight our direction in higher education, international education and vocational education and training. These committees will be chaired by current board members Dr George Brown (Higher Education), Mel Koumides (International) and Richard Finlayson (VET).

I would ask members to consider nominating for membership. If you are interested, please forward you nomination to your respective State or Territory executive officer.

In other news our NSW members are still very frustrated and angry about the process used in determining contract allocations in the Smart and Skilled Reforms. While possible to hide behind ‘pre-approved’ processes, members are strongly arguing that it does not make up for a badly designed central procurement model that has actually removed competition and innovation. While for good reason there is a lot of emotion in the debate, ACPET is hosting forums with the intention of obtaining real evidence of process flaws than can be used in demanding a review of the Program. This review is needed now…. Read more

National

Another opportunity to visit India! ABWI 12-15 January 2015 Edition 581, 24 Nov

Did you miss the ACPET Delegation to India in November? Then this is for you … The Hon. Mr Andrew Robb AO MP, Minister for Trade and Investment, will lead the Australia Business Week in India mission from 12-15 January 2015 and Vibrant Gujarat on 11 January 2015. Register now to be part of a com… Read more

China-Australia FTA to improve market access to Australian Education Edition 581, 24 Nov

Government announcement Prime Minister Abbott and President Xi announced the conclusion of negotiations for the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) on 17 November. The agreement lays an historic foundation for the next phase of Australia’s economic relationship with China, and inclu… Read more

ACPET Open letter for upcoming Victorian Election Edition 581, 24 Nov

As part of the lead up to the Victorian State Election on 29 November 2014, the Victorian Minister for Higher Education and Skills and the Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Skills and Apprenticeships have responded to an open letter from ACPET CEO Rod Camm. The open letter, sent on behalf of Vic… Read more

Tasmanian ACPET Member Seafood Training wins Small Training Provider of the YearEdition 581, 24 Nov

Congratulations to all winners, runners up and finalists in the National Training Awards, in particular Seafood Training Tasmania, which won Small Training Provider of the Year Award. Well done to Rory Byrne and the team at Seafood Training! Also among the finalists from Tasmania was Carmen Gumley… Read more

Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council Training Package updateEdition 581, 24 Nov

Have your say and make a difference to the future of training and workforce design in your industry. The public consultation of draft components for HLT Health and CHC Community Services Training Packages is now open until 12 December 2014. This will be the final chance to view and provide comment… Read more

Greater say for Industry on training package design – ACPT member feedback soughtEdition 581, 24 Nov

New round consultation – implementation reforms to deliver more industry-relevant and flexible national training packages The Australian Government is opening a new round of consultation with a particular focus on identifying improvements that can lead to better outcomes for students and employer… Read more

Call for input – Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) discussion paper Edition 581, 24 Nov

Future directions of Streamlined Visa Processing – consultation process The Australian Government recognises the strong economic and cultural contribution of our international education sector, and is committed to supporting its growth by streamlining the visa process for genuine overseas student… Read more

ElNet Masterclass offer for ACPET membersEdition 581, 24 Nov

The eLearning Network of Australia (ElNet) will be running a session Modernising learning – a masterclass in how to future proofing your learning strategy in Melbourne (Wednesday 19 November, 2014) and Sydney (Monday 24 November, 2014). ElNet would like to offer ACPET members ElNet members ra… Read more

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International enrolments up 10%

AEI | 14 July 2014

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The latest monthly international enrolment and commencement report shows a 10% increase in full-fee paying international students on May last year.
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Inter May 2014

As at year-to-date (YTD) May 2014, there were 404,909 enrolments by full-fee paying international students in Australia on a student visa. This represents a 10.1% increase on YTD May 2013 and compares with the average YTD May growth rate for enrolments of 4.6% per year over the preceding ten years.

There were 170,269 commencements in YTD May 2014, representing an 18.4% increase over the same period in 2013. This compares with the average YTD May growth rate for commencements of 4.6% per year over the preceding ten years.

The largest volume of enrolments and volume of commencements at YTD May 2014 were in higher education (49.3% and 34.7% respectively). Enrolments and commencements in the sector increased by 6.4% and 13.6% respectively on 2013 figures for the same period. China and India accounted for 38.4% and 9.0% respectively of enrolments by students in higher education. Post-graduate research commencements in higher education increased by 8.1% andother post-graduate commencements grew by 19.9%. Bachelor degree level commencements also increased by 5.5% over the same period.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) accounted for 23.6% of total enrolments and 27.0% of total commencements. Enrolments and commencements in VET increased by 5.9% and 18.0% respectively on YTD May 2013. India had the largest share of total enrolments (18.6%) and of total commencements (16.2%). China accounted for the next largest share of enrolments with 9.9%, followed by the Republic of Korea (7.8%) and Thailand (7.0%).

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) accounted for 18.7% of total enrolments and 26.9% of total commencements. Enrolments and commencements in ELICOS grew by 26.7% and 25.6% respectively on 2013 figures for the same period. China accounted for the largest share of enrolments (22.6%) and of commencements (20.4%) in ELICOS. Brazil was the second largest nationality for enrolments (9.3%) and commencements (7.9%), followed by Thailand (8.9% of enrolments and 9.4% of commencements).

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Australia: VET enrolments up after 1.7% fall in 2013

 

International students numbers increase in HE, down in VET

29 May 2014

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International student data as at 31 March 2014 show significant increases in student numbers from Nepal and India, with many coming through streamlined visa arrangements for higher education study.  On 31 March 2014, there were 366 914 student visa holders in Australia. There were 223,102 higher education students (an increase of 13.7% from 196,188 in March 2013) and 69,405 VET students (down 0.8% from 69,405 in March 2013).

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In the March 2014 quarter, there were 93 396 student visa application lodgements, which was an increase of 9.8% when compared with the same period of the previous year (85 084).

Total student visa grants (83 380) increased by 11.1% in the March 2014 quarter compared with the same period in 2012-13. This was led by an increase of 27% in offshore grants (50 965) during the March 2014 quarter, which was the highest March quarter for offshore grants in the last five years. Onshore grants decreased during this period to 32 415, a decrease of 7.1% compared to the same period in the previous year.

Of the total student visas granted in the 2013-14 program year to 31 March 2014, 21% were to Chinese nationals followed by 11.1% to Indian nationals.

Offshore grants in the 2013-14 program year to 31 March 2014 increased by 27.3% (131 464 grants) compared with the same period in 2012-13 (103 234 grants). This was a result of an increase in offshore visa grants for nationals of China (25.4%), India (121.3%), Vietnam (35.9%), Brazil (45.6%), Nepal (175.3%) and Thailand (55.9%).

Total grant rates for student visas remained high in the March 2014 quarter (94.2%) when compared with the same period in the previous year (94.4%). During this reporting period, offshore grant rates increased slightly to 92.5% from 92.4% . Onshore grant rates increased to 96.8% from 96.7% in the same comparison period.

Offshore visa grant rates for VET and Higher Education visas increased in this quarter to 76.8% and 93.6%respectively compared with 76.5% and 93.5% in the same quarter in 2013-14. In the March 2014 quarter, there was a considerable increase in the offshore grant rate for Indian nationals (93.5%) compared with the March 2013 quarter (87.1%). Offshore visa grant rates for Chinese nationals remained high at 95.3%.

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Student Visa Program Report – March Quarter 2014

TDA Newsletter 26 May 2014

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Queensland Education Minister meets TDA Board with TAFE Queensland Chair and CEO

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Launch of TAFE Queensland TV advertising…….TDA Annual Report 2013.

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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 advertisement.

The Chair of TDA, Stephen Conway, conducted the AGM and welcomed TDA corporate affiliates, members of the TAFE tuition assurance scheme as well as VET stakeholders.

See the TDA 2013 Annual Report.


Congratulations to new TAFE Queensland executive team

The Chief Executive Officer of TAFE Queensland, Jodi Schmidt has announced the appointment of six General Managers:

  • TAFE Queensland Brisbane, General Manager Aaron Devine
  • TAFE Queensland North, General Manager Joann Pyne
  • TAFE Queensland South West, General Manager Trevor Schwenke
  • TAFE Queensland SkillsTech, General Manager Mary Campbell
  • TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, General Manager Jenny Dodd
  • TAFE Queensland East Coast, General Manager Paul Wilson.

The new General Manager for TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, Jenny Dodd, is currently the Deputy Chief Executive of Canberra Institute of Technology and has more than 20 years’ experience in the sector.

Ms Schmidt said that Kaylene Harth chose not to apply for one of the General Manager’s roles, following many years as an Institute Director, as a TDA board member, and recently as one of the Directors of TAFE Reform.

“Kaylene’s leadership, her dedication, and her passion for TAFE have been hugely valuable to us and have contributed a great deal to TAFE’s progress and reputation. Kaylene will stay on board until 1 July to ensure a smooth handover to Aaron Devine when he moves from the Gold Coast to take up the role of General Manager for TAFE Queensland Brisbane,” Ms Schmidt said.

New executive roles in the office of TAFE Queensland will be announced soon.

TDA congratulates Jodi Schmidt on her CEO appointment, and the six General Managers on their appointment.


Indigenous skills progress too slow

The proportion of Indigenous Australians with or working towards a post school qualification increased by 9.2 percentage points from 33.1% to 42.3% between 2008 and 2012-13, according to the latest COAG Reform Council report.

South Australia had both the largest increase in Indigenous qualifications (15.6 percentage points) and the only significant reduction in the gap (10.0 percentage points).

Despite these improvements, the gap has not changed significantly since 2008, and was at 21.6 percentage points in 2012–13.

In the NT and Western Australia, the Indigenous post school qualifications rate was lowest and the gap was widest, with little change over five years.

The report says faster progress is needed if Australia is to halve the gap in employment outcomes by 2018.

See the COAG Reform Council report, Indigenous Reform 2012-13: Five years of Performance.


New partnership in Indonesia

Western Sydney Institute of TAFE (WSI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Balikpapan State Polytechnic based in East Kalimantan in Borneo.

The MoU commits both parties to develop teacher training and curriculum development projects to support local industries, particularly in the mining, resources, tourism and hospitality sectors.

This relationship was a direct result of last year’s TDA Indonesia Mentoring program where WSI hosted delegates from Indonesia including Totok Sulistyo from Balikpapan.

With support from the Commonwealth Department of Education and the Indonesia Ministry of Education and Culture, the second mentoring program is due to commence in late August.

Totok Sulistyo, Head of Research & Community Service Centre; Mui Cook, WSI Director International; and Dr Syaeful Akbar, Deputy Director.


Latest international student statistics from Immigration Department

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has released international student data as at 31 March 2014

There are some concerns, with significant increases in student numbers from Nepal and India, with many coming through streamlined visa arrangements for higher education study.

The VET sector shows no overall increase in numbers, however there are encouraging signs with a rise in offshore applications and grants. The overall rate of visa grants remains static at 76.3%.

It is worth noting the Budget Statement from the Department noted a specific allocation of $1.3 million over four years to extend streamlined visa processing to TAFE and other VET providers for Advanced Diploma courses. There will be more on this initiative as it comes to hand.

See the Department’s Student Visa Program Report.


Victorian training reforms lead to rise in VET enrolments

Training reforms can lead to substantial increases in vocational education and training (VET) enrolments, according to a study published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

The research, undertaken by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, investigated the impacts of the first round of Victorian demand-driven reforms from 2009 to 2011, known as the Victoria Training Guarantee (VTG).

Between 2008 (pre-reform) and 2011 (post-reform), the VTG is estimated to have led to a 35% growth in enrolments, with much of it in private providers. NCVER says this increase outstripped growth in enrolments reported in other states and territories over the same period.

The report says that “private providers have done better than TAFE in responding in the short run to increased demand for publicly subsidised places under the training guarantee.”

There were also mixed results across learner groups, according to Rod Camm, Managing Director, NCVER.

“The effect of the VTG on enrolments for students from non-English speaking backgrounds and those who have a disability were less marked, while for Indigenous students there was no discernible impact,” Camm said.

See the report.


Diary Dates

Edu TECH
National Congress and Expo

DATE: 3-5 June 2014
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for information.

Office for Learning and Teaching
National Conference

DATE: 10-11 June 2014
LOCATION: Dockside Pavilion, Darling Harbour, Sydney.
DETAILS: See more.

‘No Frills’ – 23rd National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference
DATE: 9-11 July 2014
LOCATION: Holmesglen, Moorabbin Campus, Melbourne, Victoria
DETAILS: Click here.

Victorian TAFE Association
2014 State Conference

DATE: 17-18 July 2014
LOCATION: Holmesglen, Moorabbin Campus, Melbourne, Victoria
DETAILS: Click here.

TDA National Conference 2014
TAFE Directors Australia

DATE: 1-2 September 2014
LOCATION: Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, NSW
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

National VET Conference
Velg Training

DATE: 11-12 September 2014
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Teaching & Learning Conference 2014
VET Development Centre

DATE: 4-5 September 2014
LOCATION: RACV Club Torquay, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

VETnetwork Australia 2014
Biennial National Conference

DATE: 17-19 September 2014
LOCATION: Darwin Convention Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Australian International Education Conference
Inventing the Future

DATE: 7-10 October 2014
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

2014 WorldSkills Australia National Competition
DATE: 18, 19 & 20 September 2014
LOCATION: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Group Training Australia
2014 National Conference

DATE: 12-14 November 2014
LOCATION: Grand Chancellor Hotel, Hobart
DETAILS: Click here for more information.