Events and Meetings
On behalf of the Victorian Government, Victorian TAFE Association and Council on Australian Latin America Relations we are very pleased to welcome you to the TVET Leadership and Capacity Building Program to be held in Melbourne on 6 – 11 March 2016. We are very excited about the program and look forward to meeting you all.
As you will know, Latin America has been identified by the Victorian Government as an important partner in in education, business and research. This TVET leadership program is an excellent opportunity to progress the relationship between our two regions. I trust that in this week together we will build lasting friendships that will open doors to future collaboration.
I sincerely welcome you to Melbourne and to the 2016 TVET Leadership and Capability Building Program.
Executive Director, Victorian TAFE Association
pdf Biographies of all speakers (509 KB) or individual biographies follow:
Day 5 pdf Leo Gregorc (53 KB)
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector including all Victorian TAFE institutes and dual sector universities. ASQA regulates courses and training providers to ensure nationally approved quality standards are met. (http://www.asqa.gov.au/)
Brazilian TVET System Information
1. Report about TVET System in Brazil, prepared for the BRICS Minister of Education conference
Standards for Registered Training Organisations in Australia
On 26 September 2014, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council agreed to new regulatory standards for training providers and regulators—the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015.
TESQA The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s regulatory and quality agency for higher education. TEQSA’s primary aim is to ensure that students receive a high quality education at any Australian higher education provider. TEQSA commenced its regulatory functions on 29 January 2012. (http://www.teqsa.gov.au)
The role of the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) is to provide regulation that ensures quality education and training is delivered by the providers it registers in Victoria, and promote informed choice when it comes to your education and training decisions. The VRQA is also responsible for the regulation of apprenticeships and traineeships in Victoria. (http://www.vrqa.vic.gov.au/)
Training.gov.au is the National Register on Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Australia. Training.gov.au is the authoritative source of: Nationally Recognised Training (NRT) which consists of Training Packages, Qualifications, Units of competency, Accredited courses, Skill sets and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) who have the approved scope to deliver Nationally Recognised Training, as required by national and jurisdictional legislation within Australia. (http://training.gov.au/)
VET Development Centre
VET Development Centre (VDC) The VET Development Centre was established in 2005 (as the TAFE Development Centre) to reinvigorate the Victorian TAFE system through provision of best practice professional development opportunities. It has expanded to include provision of services to the entire VET sector and to undertake projects with both statewide and national focus. (http://www.vetcentre.vic.edu.au/)
Study Melbourne Australia
Study Melbourne Australia is the official Victorian Government gateway dedicated entirely to supporting Victoria's international students and their education providers. (http://www.studymelbourne.vic.gov.au/)
Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY)
The Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) is a research program that tracks young people as they move from school to post-school destinations. (http://www.lsay.edu.au/)
The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is Australia's principal research and evaluation organisation for the vocational education and training sector in Australia. The site contains research tools, VET statistics, projects underway and publications databases. (http://www.ncver.edu.au)
VOCEDplus is a free research database for tertiary education, especially as it relates to workforce needs, skills development, and social inclusion. It encompasses vocational education and training (VET), higher education, adult and community education, informal learning, and VET in Schools. It is international in scope and contains over 44,000 English language records, many with links to full text documents. VOCED plus is produced by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), and is based in Adelaide, Australia. (http://www.voced.edu.au/)
Department of Education – Higher Education and Skills Group
Department of Education (DET) and Higher Education and Skills Group (HESG) is Victoria's State Training Authority. This site contains detailed information about vocational education and training and further education in Victoria, including business and industry information, details of training providers, information for students, initiatives and publications (http://www.education.vic.gov.au/ - Further Education and Training: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/training/Pages/default.aspx)
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources
The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) is the Victorian Government's lead agency for the promotion and facilitation of the State's economic development. (http://economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/)
Victorian Skills Commissioner
Mr Neil Coulson was appointed as the first Victorian Skills Commissioner (VSC) in December 2015. The establishment of this independent role signals a new direction in how industry will engage with the training system. The VSC will work with employers, unions and government to better align training with the needs of the Victorian industry and the economy as a whole. (http://www.vsc.vic.gov.au/)
Australian Qualifications Framework
The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. It incorporates the qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework. The AQF was first introduced in 1995 to underpin the national system of qualifications in Australia encompassing higher education, vocational education and training and schools. ional policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. It incorporates the qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework. The AQF was first introduced in 1995 to underpin the national system of qualifications in Australia encompassing higher education, vocational education and training and schools. (http://www.aqf.edu.au/)
Skills Service Organisations
Developing and maintaining training packages: a new model is being progressively implemented in Australia for developing and maintaining training packages. Further information is available at https://www.education.gov.au/skills-service-organisations
Victorian TAFE Association
The Victorian TAFE Association is has as its Members 12 TAFEs, 4 dual sector Universities and AMES Australia (http://www.vta.vic.edu.au/about/members)
Victorian TAFE teachers
Employment conditions and terms of employment for Victorian TAFE teachers: http://www.vta.vic.edu.au/employment-relations/new-tafe-teacher-agreement
The Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) was established by the Australian Government in 2001 to enhance Australia’s economic, political and social relations with Latin America.
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 needs and concerns of our members and are held at venues in Melbourne and regional areas. They are held exclusively for our members and associate members.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM is open to all Institute CEOs, Executive Directors of TAFE Divisions of Universities and TAFE Board Chairpersons (or board nominee), and provides an opportunity to review the VTA's activities for the preceding year, and to discuss its future directions. The AGM elects on an annual basis the VTA Board. Board Directors are welcome to attend as observers.
Association Council Meetings
Association Council meetings provide an opportunity for Board Chairpersons and CEOs of TAFEs to regularly meet, hear reports on VTA activities and determine positions that the Association will adopt and implement.
Board Chair Forums
Board Chairs meet four times a year to discuss governance, strategic planning and policy issues.
CEO Council Meetings
CEO Council is a monthly meeting at which CEO's meet to discuss and debate current TAFE issues.
Communities of Practice
The VTA supports many communities of practice and members' networks such as the HR Managers, Marketing Managers, Educational Leaders, and Business Development Managers. The VTA has governance responsibility for Victorian TAFE International, a community of practice for VET managers who work in international education.
The Association holds an annual conference for TAFE Board Directors, CEOs, executive staff and senior managers. These conferences provide challenging and topical programs and speakers, and include open forum sessions.
In recent years, conference themes have included
- Transformational Change
- Public VET Providers - Strong and Capable
- TAFE, Leading Skills Enrichment
- Gaining the Edge - Outcomes, Equity and Innovation
- Victorian TAFE in the Tertiary Landscape
- Delivering Success in a Contestable Future
- Sustainable Futures for TAFE