The pdf Guide for TAFE Board Directors (1005 KB) has been prepared as a one-stop resource for TAFE Board Directors. It includes information on relevant acts, key regulatory and compliance bodies, as well as information on how to keep up-to-date with issues.
The Guide is intended to be used as an electronic resource, and includes internal and external links to make its navigation and use easy. There is also an index to make it simple to use.
As an electronic resource, the Guide will be updated regularly to keep pace with changes and to ensure that relevant links are up to date.
The resources on these pages have been provided by the Victorian TAFE Association as a resource for the benefit of the Board Directors of TAFE institutes.
They include resources prepared by the Association, as well as information and links to external resources, from legislation to other documents of interest, including:
- A Guide for TAFE Board Directors: a document prepared by the Victorian TAFE Association that brings together information to assist Board Directors in undertaking their role
- Director Training: includes free training spread across six modules, including three webinars prepared and delivered by the Australian Institute of Company Directors
- Government Legislation: provides links to relevant Acts of the Victorian and Commonwealth parliaments
- Additional Documents: provides links to ministerial directions, guidelines and related materials
In 2015, the Victorian Parliament approved changes to the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 to reform the governance arrangements of Victoria's TAFE Institutes. These changes took effect on 1 January 2016 and involved the remaking of TAFE Institute Constitutions and a transition to new TAFE Boards.
A strong program of training for new and continuing Board Directors, including Board Chairs, has been developed and facilitated by the Victorian TAFE Association. The training program is made up of six modules, including:
The VTA was pleased to announce the launch of A Guide to the Responsible Governance of Victoria's TAFE Institutes at its 2002 State Conference held in Wodonga. Hailed as an excellent resource by the President of the VTA, Mr David Eynon, the Guide is presented to Victorian TAFE Institute Councils as a means to promote and foster strategic thinking by the Council and senior management when engaged in the strategic planning process.
Building on the earlier 1996 publication Excellence in Governance : A Guide to Best Practice in TAFE Institute Councils, which was concerned primarily with the structure of an Institute Council this new Guide focuses more on the business of Council and offers a preferred approach to good governance.
The Volumes are different but complementary documents and share the common purpose of building the capability of the public TAFE sector and thereby assisting Victoria's publicly owned TAFE Institutes to achieve success. Both Volumes are discretionary resources, developed primarily to enhance the capacity of those people who selflessly give of their time and expertise to serve as responsible Councillors on a TAFE Institute Council and equally, to act as a reference point for Senior executives in TAFE.
Excellence in Governance: A Guide to Best Practice in TAFE Institute Councils
A Guide to Best Practice in TAFE Institute Councils. This Guide has been designed to help Council members in the Victorian TAFE system understand and adapt to the changes initiated by the former Kennett Liberal Coalition Government in Victoria.
Under the former Government, legislation was introduced which saw a state training system comprised of self governing, but state owned, TAFE Institutes, each with its own statutory powers of employment. As a result, Victoria's TAFE Institute Councils have changed from being advisory boards to governing bodies.
Throughout this transition process the Association of TAFE Institutes, the predecessor of the Victorian TAFE Association, has worked to maintain the pursuit of excellence in governance by its members. Through a structured program of informed debate, commencing in 1993, the Association encouraged its members to adopt a strategic position of critical examination throughout their Institutes, including at the Council level.
This guide is a milestone in that continuous improvement process. It provides statements of best practice to assist Council members in the critical assessment of their own performance and that of the Council as a whole. It clearly differentiates the roles and responsibilities of Councils from those entrusted to manage, making the point that successful and harmonious relationships can be maintained between the Board and management if each understands and respects the role of the other.
Finally, it provides a resource for those governing bodies dedicated to quality standards, to continue to improve the way in which they approach the governance of their organisations.
While clearly targeted at improving the performance of Victoria's TAFE system through world best practice governance, we believe that the guide is a useful tool for anyone serving on a Board.
NB - "Excellence in Governance : A guide to best practice in TAFE Institute Councils" is no longer in print.
A scan of the book in .pdf format can downloaded from the links below:
(please note - the complete file is 18.1 MB or 14.1 MB zipped. It would be best to right-click on the link and 'save target as' to your own system before opening.)
The companion volume A Guide to the Responsible Governance of Victoria's TAFE Institutes
Commonwealth & State Legislation Relevant to VET and TAFE
Both public and private providers of Vocational Education & Training (VET) are subject to a range of Commonwealth and State-based legislation depending on the nature of their establishment and the application of the particular legislation.
The Australasian Legal Information Institute provides access to both Australian Commonwealth State legislation at
Commonwealth Acts and Regulations are also available from Federal Register of Legislation ComLaw at
The Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents repository contains searchable libraries for all consolidated Principal Victorian Acts and Statutory Rules as in force, at a given point in time and by year.
Vocational Education and Training Specific Acts
Key legislation underpinning VET and Higher Education training arrangements and regulation is as follows:
- Education & Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic)
- Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (Clth)
- National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (Clth)
- Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations 2012 (Clth)
- Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (Clth)
- Higher Education Support Act 2003 (Clth)
Other relevant Commonwealth Acts
- The Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009
- Competition and Consumer Act 2010
- Privacy Act 1988
- Age Discrimination Act 2004
- Disability Discrimination Act 1992
- Racial Discrimination Act 1975
- Sex Discrimination Act 1984
- Copyright Act 1968
- Higher Education Support Act 2003
- Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986
- Spam Act 2003
- Ombudsman’s Act 1976
Other relevant Victorian Acts
- Public Administration Act 2004
- Financial Management Act 1994
- Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004
- Audit Act 1994
- Disability Act 2006
Dual Sector Enabling Acts
Other useful websites
Guidelines concerning commercial activities in accordance with Part 5.2 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006. pdf Commercial Guidlines - TAFE institutes (3.21 MB)
Ministerial Directions to Boards of TAFE Institutes and Universities with TAFE Divisions are held on the Department of Education and Training website
Appointment and Remuneration Guidelines for Victorian Government Boards, Statutory Bodies and Advisory Committees, July 2011 (updated July 2012) is available for download as a PDF from the Department of Premier & Cabinet website.
TAFE institute constitutions are prepared under section 3.1.11 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 on the recommendation of the Minister. Each TAFE institute Constitution includes provisions regarding governance arrangements and the objectives, functions and powers of an institute. Constitutions are available for download from the Department of Education and Training.
Strategic Planning Guidelines
Guidelines concerning monitoring and reporting in accordance with Part 5.2 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 are available for download from Department of Education and Training
TAFE Board Obligations / Key Legislation
- pdf Obligations Under the Education & Training Reform Act (856 KB)
- pdf Obligations of TAFE Boards Under the Public Administration Act (343 KB)
- pdf TAFE Obligations Financial Management Act 1994 (627 KB)
- document Compliance attestation checklist 2016-17 for the Standing Directions of the Ministrer for Finance 2016 (267 KB)
- pdf Obligations of TAFE Boards OHS (289 KB)
Good Governance Guides (GIA)
As a service to their members and the wider community, Governance Institute of Australia has prepared governance guidance for listed companies, non-listed companies, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations.
Governance Materials (VPSC)
Access governance materials on Victorian Public Sector Commission website.
Victorian Public Sector Commission
Appointment and Remuneration Guidelines
Issued by the Department of Treasury and Cabinet, these Guidelines outline the standard processes and principles for appointing and remunerating board members of, and other appointments to, non-departmental entities in Victoria. They apply to full-time and part-time appointments and to unpaid appointments. Guidelines effective from 19 October 2015.
ASX Corporate Governance Council
ASX accepted a leadership role in enhancing Australian corporate governance practices by convening the ASX Corporate Governance Council in August 2002.
The current version of the Council’s Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations (Third Edition) was released on 27 March 2014.
A Guide for Public Sector CEOs
The Victorian State Services Authority released Serving Victoria: A Guide for Victorian Public Sector CEOs in