The services provided to members include
Victoria's TAFE Institute Boards have been vested with significant autonomy and accountability. To help Boards adopt and maintain world best practice in this area the VTA has published a Guide to the Responsible Governance of Victoria's TAFE Institutes.
Workforce Relations Advice
The VTA is able to offer valuable support to members in the human resources area. We assist Institutes with specific issues and provide advice and help to develop employee relations strategies. Related services include advice on staff contracts and staff development, strategic advice on industrial relations matters, and assistance in negotiating with unions and dealing with unfair dismissals.
pdf A Manual for Best Practice in Employee Relations (2.28 MB) provides Institute Councils, CEO's, Human Resource staff and line managers with an invaluable tool to implement best practice employee relations/industrial relations practices.
See the Employment Relations menu for more details.
The VTA is recognised for its accomplished advocacy before the Fair Work Commission and its skills in the resolution of industrial disputes at Institute level. We offer a flexible approach that ensures that the needs and interests of members as a whole are met, while allowing for the specific needs of individual Institutes.
Education Projects/Research Work
As the peak employer body for members, the Association represents members in a variety of educational settings. In particular the VTA provides advice in relation to the development of courses relevant to the TAFE professional workforce, initiates reforms to improve educational outcomes in VET and seeks to link members to educational opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. The VTA Secretariat is guided by the members in initiating discussion papers and position papers for circulation to the broader educational community.
Government Liaison and Representation
The VTA is called on to respond to reviews of current educational policy, legislative frameworks and procedural matters. The VTA responds to relevant Parliamentary committees both at the State and Federal levels.
The Victorian TAFE Association conducts regular events, seminars, meetings and conferences throughout the year. Regular meetings and seminars are part of the VTA's professional development program. All of our meetings and seminars are designed to meet the individual needs and concerns of our members and are held at venues in Melbourne and regional areas. They are held exclusively for our members.
The Association maintains contact with education editors and writers with the major daily newspapers and 'Campus Review', the national tertiary education newspaper, as well as with local and regional radio, providing comment on topical TAFE/VET matters as they arise.
Meeting Room Availability
The VTA has a large meeting room available for members' use. There is also an e-linked office. We can offer members a central meeting and office facility in the CBD. Please contact the VTA on 03 9639 8100 for further information or to make a booking.
You are welcome to call into our office, which is open Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Important: Institute membership fees cover each of these services (a small registration fee is payable for some seminars). Unlike many other employer associations, no additional fees are charged for employee and industrial relations services.