Inquiry into access to TAFE for learners with disability 2020
This submission was made by The Victorian TAFE Association (VTA) in response to the Victorian Legislative Assembly Economy and Infrastructure Committee’s Inquiry into access to TAFE for learners with disability.
Victorian TAFE providers are actively engaged in the provision of education and training for learners with disability. The VTA understands the Committee is interested in views, insights, and experiences on how learners with disability can be supported to access and fully participate in TAFE programs in Victoria. Through this submission, we endeavour to cover many of the areas of interest to the Committee, with a particular focus on the key areas of:
• the support learners with disability need to maximise their learning experience at TAFE;
• the training and practical, policy and curriculum support TAFE teachers need to maximise the learning experiences of learners with a disability; and
• the effectiveness of current government and TAFE policies and programs in supporting learners with disability and suggestions for improvement.
This submission was prepared in consultation with VTA Members and specifically with the assistance of members of the TAFE Disability Network.
Macklin Review – VTA Response 20.7.20 (401 KB)
The Association has worked collaboratively with the Review Chair and her team to facilitate consultations across TAFE and the dual sector Universities. These consultations have raised wide-ranging issues about the VET sector in Victoria and the place of the public provider within it.
The Association and its members have valued the openness and willingness of the Chair, Jenny Macklin, and the Review team to engage in robust discussion during the consultation process.
The VTA written submission to the Review focuses on priorities for the TAFE and Dual Sector Universities now and into the future.
VCAL VTA Response Pathways May 2020 (2.33 MB)
The VTA worked collaboratively with the Review Chair John Firth and his team to facilitate consultations with TAFE and the dual sector Universities for the Review into Vocational and Applied Learning (VCAL) Pathways in Senior Secondary Schooling.
This submission takes the format of a detailed letter to the Chair on his invitation not to be bound by the Review key questions and rather to comment on issues that are of direct relevance to our members the TAFE Institutes and Dual Sector Universities in Victoria.
TAFEs offer authentic skilling and learning experiences for senior secondary students across a range of industries which prepares the students for an informed choice of future career. This submission provides views informed by VTA policy positions on issues related to the VCAL under the themes of design, access and delivery, career advice, and reputation; and more generally addresses other broader themes around vocational and applied learning for senior secondary students.
NASWD Review VTA Response (192 KB)
The Victorian TAFE Association welcomed the opportunity to provide input to the Productivity Commission Review of the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development (NASWD). The VTA would like to use this opportunity to provide comment on a number of areas, including:
• Equal treatment of sectors
• The unique role of the public provider
• Developing all capabilities
• The Victorian TAFE model
• More than apprentices
The Association intends to provide additional comments at the release of the Review’s interim report in 2020.
COAG Pathways Review Victorian TAFE Association Response (172 KB)
The Victorian TAFE Association welcomed the opportunity to provide input to the review of senior secondary pathways into work, further education and training. Our response is built around seven themes, including:
• The dominance of the university narrative
• Senior secondary structures
• Regional drain
• Equal treatment of sectors
• Career advice
• The breadth of the VET sector
• Youth in TAFE
• Senior secondary pathways and lifelong learning
Inquiry into sustainable employment for disadvantaged jobseekers Victorian TAFE Association Response (184 KB)
The Victorian TAFE Association made a submisison to the Victorian Parliament’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee inquiry into sustainable employment for disadvantaged jobseekes.
Victorian TAFE Association Response to Promoting Participation and Engagement for Koorie Learners in VET (161 KB)
The Victorian TAFE Association made a submission to Promoting Participation and engagement for Koorie Learners in VET. The Association’s response focused on four key areas, including:
AQF Review Victorian TAFE Association Response March 2019 (254 KB)
The Victorian TAFE Association provided a response to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Review. The response is built around a number of themes, including:
Higher Education Provider Category Standards Review Victorian TAFE Association Response (200 KB)
The Victorian TAFE Association submitted a response to the Review of the Higher Education Provider Category Standards. The submisison drew attention three key areas, including:
Response to the National Regional, Rural and Remote Education Strategy- Regional Expert Advisory Group (200 KB)
The Victorian TAFE Association welcomed the opportunity to respond to the Regional Education Expert Advisory Group, drawing attention to:
Expert Review of VET Victorian TAFE Association Response Jan 2019 (361 KB)
The Victorian TAFE Association welcomed the opportunity to respond to the Expert Review of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Sector. The submission drew attention to a number of issues, including:
TAFE The next generation of employment services – Discussion Paper (314 KB) August 2018
This submission briefly responded to a number of themes, including:
Future Opportunites for Adult Learners in Victoria: Pathways to Participation and Jobs (351 KB) August 2018
The Victorian TAFE Association welcomed the opportunity to provide input to this discussion paper.
The VTA and the Adult, Community and Further Education(ACFE) Board commissioned Victoria University’s Centre for International Research onEducation Systems (CIRES) to conduct research on levels of collaboration between the two sectors. The research was motivated to explore mechanisms that encourage effective collaboration between TAFEs and Learn Locals in the provision of adult, community,technical and further education and support services within Victorian communities.
VTA Submission Inquiry into research funding (202 KB) June 2018
The VTA welcomed the opportunity to provide input to the Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training’s Inquiry into Funding Australia’s Research. The VTA provided commentary on the following –
* Broadening scope and understanding
* Supporting TAFE research
* Maximising research impact
VTA Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Submission (170 KB) May 2018
The Victorian TAFE Association welcomed the opportunity to respond to Reporting on Literacy and Numeracy attainment in Victorian senior secondary qualifications – Consultation paper. Specifically, we have commented on the following:
• A broader review
• Nature of assessment
• Including multiple touchpoints
• Student diversity
• Leveraging from other jurisdictions
• Senior schooling in TAFE
The consultation paper notes a “community expectation” that “thirteen years of schooling” will enable students to enter the “workforce, further education or training with adequate levels of literacy and numeracy”. Despite this expectation, “perceptions” abound that “adequate levels of literacy and numeracy proficiency” are “not universally being realised”, leading to calls from “employer groups and some in the broader community” for “greater focus on ensuring that students have the necessary literacy and numeracy skills at the conclusion of their secondary schooling to enable full and successful participation in society and the economy”.
VTA Unduly Short Courses Submission (371 KB) March 2018
The Victorian TAFE Association (VTA) welcomed the opportunity to respond to issues outlined in Addressing issues relating to unduly short courses – discussion paper.
The VTA response is grouped into a series of themes, including:
➢ Unduly short, or other factors?
➢ Product Disclosure Statements: An alternative approach
➢ Definitional matters
➢ Performance-based regulation
➢ Support for disadvantaged cohorts
➢ International education: market ramifications
➢ Working with all stakeholders
➢ A deeper review
Training Product Reform Response (457 KB) March 2018
The Victorian TAFE Association (VTA) welcomes this opportunity to respond to Training Product Reform: Issues for Discussion.
Our response is structured according to a series of themes, including:
➢ Future, Foundation and Technical Skills
➢ Creating durable qualification: unit banks, common core units and broadening the outcome
➢ The teacher workforce
➢ Understanding and evaluating each piece of the puzzle
The VTA is, in-principle, supportive of the proposal to provide learners with a spectrum of skills that comprises technical skills, foundation skills and futurework skills, and for a greater emphasis of theoretical underpinnings to be delivered in technical units. We consider these proposals will give learners the ability to meet and adapt to the increasingly changing requirements of work and life, providing learners with skills that can be transferred across work and life scenarios and maximise future employability.
Skilling Australian Fund Victorian TAFE Association Response December 2017 (394 KB)
The Victorian TAFE Association welcomed the opportunity to provide comment on the Migration Amendment (Skilling Australians Fund) Bill 2017 and the Migration (Skilling Australians Fund) Charges Bill 2017. The VTA would like to provide a brief comment on the following.
Career services review VTA response December 2017 (382 KB)
The Victorian TAFE Association welcomed the opportunity to respond to the Victorian Parliament’s Economic, Education, Jobs and Skills Committee review into careers advice activities in Victorian schools. The Victorian TAFE Association would like to present a response crafted around seven themes, including:
National Regulator Act Review VTA response 18 August 2017 (453 KB)
The Victorian TAFE Association welcomed the opportunity to respond to the Review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 and provided commentary to broad principles that it considers should guide any reform of the Act and supporting regulatory instruments, including:
Regional rural and remote educaton VTA Response August 2017 (433 KB)
The Victorian TAFE Association welcomed the opportunity to respond to the Independent review into regional, rural and remote education, and provide commentary through a series of ‘themes’ that it considers should be taken into account as part of the review. These themes included the:
• need for a holistic review
• benefits of multi-generational considerations
• regional diaspora and innovation ecosystems
• benefits of educational devolution
• regional skills and unemployment nexus
• breadth of the VET sector
VSL Review Response May 2017 (432 KB)
The Victorian TAFE Association welcomed the opportunity to respond to the Review of the VET Student Loans course list and loan caps methodology Discussion Paper. The VTA’s comments can be grouped into two broad categories, including course lists and course fee caps. In short, the VTA provided comments on the following issues to help make the current policy fairer, less onerous and more efficient:
Innovation and Science Australia VTA Response May 2017 (403 KB)
The Victorian TAFE Association welcomed the opportunity to respond to the 2030 Strategic Plan: Issues Paper released by Innovation and Science Australia, and provided commentary on a number of matters that highlighted the important role played by VET in supporting and underpinning Australia’s innovation system and the challenges that are faced. These include:
VTA Summary of the Victorian Training Market Report Full Year 2015 (999 KB) (August 2016)
The Victorian Department of Education periodically publish Victorian Training Market Reports. The most recent Victorian Training Market Report (the Report) was published in May 2016 for the year 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. The Reports were published quarterly in 2012 and 2013. In 2014 the arrangements changed to half-year and full-year reports.
This summary paper aims to draw out key messages for VTA members from the report’s 153 pages of data and commentary.
VTA response to VET FEE HELP Discussion Paper (118 KB) (June 2016)
The VTA recognises and endorses the important role VET FEE‐HELP plays in removing some of the financial barriers to study and encouraging students to pursue further study in vocational or higher education. The principle of universal access has underpinned the Australian VET system since 1975.
The VTA also supports the Australian Government’s concerns over the quality, probity and conduct of some providers, low completion rates and unethical practices, and acknowledge that there are insufficient safeguards in place to protect students from unethical behaviour or regulatory powers for ASQA to mitigate this behaviour.
VTA submission: Parliamentary Inquiry re innovation creativity (156 KB) (March 2016)
The focus of this submission is that the inquiry has the opportunity to look beyond the university sector as the predominant and even sole site of ‘innovation and creativity’ for the purpose of research and partnering with industry within the broader perspective of innovation and the associated incentives to innovate, commercialise and disseminate that innovation. We argue that public VET providers can play a much greater and central role in this process. TAFE, in particular, is a missing link.
VTA submission: Quality of Assessment in Vocational Education and Training (375 KB) (March 2016)
The VTA fully supports the Australian Government’s objective to improving confidence in the VET sector by ensuring VET teachers and trainers are the strongest platform for high quality assessment, and welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Quality of Assessment in vocational education and training.
VTA Submission to the Review of Research Policy and Funding Arrangements (333 KB) (Sept 2015)
The VTA welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Review of Research Policy and Funding Arrangements and its associated issues paper.
The focus of this submission is that the review has the opportunity to look beyond the university sector as the predominant and even sole site of significant research and development and conceive the issue of research policy and funding arrangements within the broader perspective ‘innovation’ and the associated incentives to innovate, and to commercialise and disseminate that innovation. We argue that public VET providers can play a greater and more recognised role in this process. TAFE, in particular, is a missing link.
VTA response to the Future Funds International Education discussion paper (279 KB) (Aug 2015)
The VTA welcomes the opportunity to respond to the discussion paper ‘Victoria’s future industries. International Education’.
Victoria as a study destination and in the provision of education transnationally is attractive because it is clever, cultured, caring and connected. ‘Connected’ would be substantiated by: smooth and established relationships between education providers and sectors; quality assured digital learning and assessment; sophisticated systems and processes to connect to students globally; and strong industry and government partnerships onshore and offshore.
VTA response to the VET Funding Review Issues Paper (593 KB) (Aug 2015)
The Issues Paper brings together practical ideas that can improve stability in the Victorian VET funding system. Such proposals are welcomed by VTA because they incorporate an emphasis on quality and accountability. Victoria needs a VET funding model that explicitly acknowledges variations between providers and local industry, student and community demands on the VET system.
VTA response to Draft National Strategy for International Education Discussion Paper (443 KB) (June 2015)
VTA summary of VTM Full Year 2014 Report (803 KB) (May 2015)
The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development periodically publish Victorian Training Market Reports. The most recent Victorian Training Market Report (the Report) was published for the year January 2014 to December 2014.
The Draft National Strategy for International Education – for discussion (1.43 MB) was released for consultation in April 2015.
VTA supports the vision in the Draft Strategy that international education is a core element of Australia’s economic prosperity, social advancement and international standing.
The Victorian Government has identified international education as one of six sectors positioned to contribute substantially to the State’s growth. As noted in the Draft Strategy, Victoria has prepared a comprehensive international education strategy in consultation with stakeholders. VTA has found this to be a most valuable approach, strengthening stakeholder engagement and providing a clear line of sight to goals and strategic activities. The Draft Strategy will complement the Victorian International Education Strategy 2013-2018 most closely in building export markets, contributing to stability in the international education sector, and capitalising on the broader cultural and economic benefits of international education. A co-ordinated approach to Australia’s international education sector is necessary to ensure Australia remains competitive in this market.
VTA submission to the VET Funding Review – CSOs and Student Services. (487 KB) (April 2015)
VTA submission to the VET Funding Review – Responding in thin markets. (433 KB) (April 2015)
VTA submission to the VET Funding Review – Compliance (399 KB) (May 2015)
VTA has elected to make several submissions to the VET Funding Review about key matters, including where government policy decisions impact on the ability of TAFE Institutes and dual sector Universities to be competitive in the current VET market, and to meet the needs of industry and their communities. These submissions draw attention to the role of VTA members to ensure access to vocational education across the State of Victoria.
VTA response to Review of Training Packages and Accredited Courses (350 KB) (February 2015)
This submission responds to the Discussion Paper Review of Training Packages and Accredited Courses. VTA also responded to the accompanying paper, Industry Engagement in Training Package Development, in December 2014.
VTA Response to the Industry Engagement in Training Package Development discussion paper (352 KB) (December 2014)
VTA Response to Training Package Stakeholder Resource – Consultation paper (288 KB) (March 2014)
VTA & TDA joint response to AQF Council Development of an Australian VET Graduation Statement (278 KB) (November 2013)
VTA submission to House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education & Training’s Inquiry into the role of Technical and Further Education system and its operations (1.59 MB) (April 2013)
VTA Response to National Skills Standards Council’s Position Paper – Review of the Standards for the Regulation of Vocational Education and Training (521 KB) (April 2013)
VTA Respone to ASQA 2013 Cost Recovery Impact Statement – Exposure Draft (384 KB) (April 2013)
TAFE Submission re: Victorian State Budget 2013/2014 (526 KB) (Jan 2013)
VTA-TDA response to AQF Council: Graduate and Vocational Graduate Certificates and Diplomas in the Australian Qualifications Framework (376 KB) (July 2012)
VTA Response to NSSC Consultation Paper Review of the Standards for the Regulation of VET (521 KB) (July 2012)
Submission to the Productivity Commission’s Report : Impact of COAG Reforms: Business Regulations and VET (181 KB) (Feb 2012)
VTA-TDA Response to AQF COUNCIL Review of Graduate and Vocational Graduate Certificates and Diplomas in the Australian Qualifications (376 KB) (Feb 2012)
VTA Submission to Victorian Competition & Efficiency Commission re Securing Victoria’s Prosperity: A Reform Agenda – Draft Report (856 KB) (Dec 2011)
VTA Survey Response to ESC VET Fee and Funding Review (530 KB) (Nov 2011)
VTA Submission to the Victorian Competition & Efficiency Commission Inquiry into a State-based Reform Agenda (856 KB) (July 2011)
VTA Response to the Essential Services Commission Vocational Education & Training Fee and Funding Review (530 KB) (June 2011)
VTA Submission re Inquiry into Agricultural Education & Training in Victoria (833 KB) (Sept 2011)
VTA-TDC Response to the Productivity Commission draft research into the VET Workforce (274 KB) (Feb 2011)
TA Response Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission Inquiry into Victoria’s Regulatory Framework (317 KB) (November 2010)
VTA Submission: Creating a Future Direction for Australian Vocational Education and Training (484 KB) (November 2010)
Joint TAFE Associations’ Submission on the quality of teaching in VET (281 KB) (October 2010)
Joint TAFE Associations’ Submission to the Productivity Commission Study into the VET Workforce (635 KB) (Aug 2010)
VTA Response to Victorian Tertiary Education Plan (186 KB) (June 2010)
Skills Victoria has released a Report advising on the development of the Victorian Tertiary Education Plan. The VTA Response considers the recommendations of the Report.
VTA Response to Stronger Futures for all Young Victorians (58 KB) (June 2010)
VTA Response to Securing Jobs For Your Future Implementation Review 2010 (224 KB) (May 2010)
VTA Response to ‘Strengthening the AQF: An Architecture for Australia’s Qualifications’ (66 KB) (Sept 2009)
VTA Response to ‘Provincial Victoria: Directions for the Next Decade’ (72 KB) (Sept 2009)
VTA Response to ‘Australian Apprentices Taskforce Discussion Paper’ June 2009 (159 KB) (July 2009)
VTA response to ‘Strengthening the AQF:A Proposal’ (68 KB) (May 2009)
VTA Commentary : Foundations for the Future (138 KB) (May 2009)
VTA Response to the Draft National VET Sector Sustainability Policy and Action Plan (2009-2012) (750 KB) (March 2009)
VTA Response to AQF Council project: Developing and Implementing a Common Terminology for Credit Transfer and Articulation February 2009 (150 KB) (March 2009)
VTA Response to VET Training Products for the 21st Century Consultation Paper (152 KB) (March 2009)
VTA Response to The Job Ready Certificate: A Discussion Paper for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (136 KB) (March 2009)
VTA Response to the Review of Australian Higher Education Discussion Paper June 2008 (75 KB) (July 2008)
VTA Response to Skills Reform Discussion Paper (230 KB)
Securing our future economic prosperity: discussion paper on skills reform.
Workforce Planning in TAFE – A Comparative Discussion Paper (March 2008)
Inquiry into Effective Strategies for Teacher Professional Learning (87 KB) (Oct 2007)
VTA Submission re HECs in TAFE (15 KB) (Sept 2007)
VTA Submission on Education & Training Reform Bill (Exposure Draft) 2005 (27 KB) (20 January 2006)
VTA Response to “Vocational Education and Training Inquiry” (150 KB) (September 2005)
Feasibility Study into “Expanding Post School Pathways – Prepared for the VQA” (167 KB) (June 2005)
Review of Education & Training Legislation Discussion Paper – VTA Response (70 KB) (17 may 2005)
Response to VLESC Report on Setting VET Priorities to Develop and Grow Victoria’s Innovation Economy (51 KB) (2004)
Response to the Victorian Curriculum Reform 2004 Consultation Paper (25 KB) (June 2004)
Response to OTTE’s Fees and Charges Review (55 KB) (March 2004)
New Skills for All: Investing in Victoria’s Public TAFE Institutes (130 KB) (April 2003)
Address Delivered to Funding and Financing Strategies for Education Conference (41 KB) (October 2002)
Re-engineering Corporate Governance in TAFE – A Paper Prepared for the Funding and Financing Strategies for Education Conference (86 KB) (October 2002)
Back Door to University or Front Door to Open Learning? Submission Prepared in Response to: Varieties of Learning: the Interface Between Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training (614 KB) (Sept 2002)
Submission to the Commonwealth Review into Higher Education (32 KB) (July 2002)
Implementing Succession Planning Strategies in TAFE (89 KB) (September 2002)
VET Educator Careers and Job Classifications : A Discussion Paper Prepared for the VTA (110 KB) (August 2002) by Professor Gerry Griffin & Fitzfin Consulting Pty Ltd
Towards a Smarter Economy : Investing in Vocational Education and Training – A VTA Discussion Paper (49 KB) (August 2001)
TAFE Workforce : The Continuous Transition : A VTA Discussion Paper (96 KB) (August 2001) Arising from the VTA Search Forum “The Future of the TAFE Workforce Search” 21-22 August 2001
Online Learning and Innovation (88 KB) (June 2001) Monograph Series 2:2 June 2001
The VET Professional and TAFE Teacher Qualifications (376 KB) (March 2001) Monograph Series 2:1 March 2001
Response Paper to: Options Paper for Discussion: Managing Growth in Publicly Funded Apprenticeships and Traineeships in Victoria (72 KB) (October 2000)
Key Performance Measures in Vocational Education and Training – A Discussion Paper (88 KB) (October 2000) Monograph Series 1:2 October 2000
Educational Autonomy TAFE and Autonomy – Beyond Corporate Governance (216 KB) (July 2000) Monograph Series 1:1 July 2000
Victoriia’s Apprenticeship and Traineeship System: A Critical Analysis (110 KB) (March 2000) A submission to the Review of the Quality of Training in Victoriaís Apprenticeship and Traineeship System
The Quality of Vocational Education and Training in Victoria (125 KB) (May 2000) A submission to the Senate Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education Committee
Ministerial Review into Post Compulsory Education and Training Pathways (1.54 MB)
A Paper on Contribution Made by Regional TAFE Institutes to the Economic Growth and Well-being of Regional Communities (37 KB) (May 2000)
The Impact of Fee Concessions in TAFE and a Proposal for their Reimbursement (45 KB) (May 2000)
Submission to the Inquiry into the Appropriate Roles of Institutes of Technical and Further Education (42 KB) (October 1997) House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training
Submission to the Ministerial Review on the Provision of Technical and Further Education in the Melbourne Metropolitan Region (73 KB) (October 1997)