Victoria's TAFE Institute Boards have been vested with significant autonomy and accountability. To help Boards adopt and maintain best practice in this area, the VTA and the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training has produced a suite of resources that can assist members in implementing and maintaining good governance policies and procedures.
Click on the following link to access Governance Training Resources
Workplace Relations Advice
The VTA is able to offer valuable support to members in the human resources area. We assist Institutes to develop their employee relations strategies. Related services include advice on staff contracts and staff development, strategic advice on industrial relations matters, and assistance in union interactions.
Regular HR Network meetings are part of the Association's professional development program. The meetings are designed to meet the individual needs and concerns of our members, and provide a community of practice for HR professionals to share, question and support each other.
A Manual for Best Practice in Employee Relations provides Institute Boards, CEOs, employee relations staff and line managers with an invaluable tool to inform and guide best practice employee relations/industrial relations practices.
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 and inquiries at both the State and Federal levels. VTA's advocacy is informed by formal and informal consultation with the membership.
The Victorian TAFE Association conducts regular events, seminars, meetings and conferences throughout the year as 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. Wherever possible, VTA makes use of communications technology (teleconference, videoconference), to ensure ease of access to all 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 and Office Facilities
The VTA can offer members a central meeting and office facility in the CBD with free amenities including WiFi, tea and coffee, printing facilities, and newspapers. We have a large meeting room equipped with both teleconference and video conferencing facilities available for members' use.
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).