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Monday, June 11 2018

Another short week with the Queen’s Birthday holiday which at least offered some time to recover from the excesses of the GleNTi Greek festival with Chief Minister Michael Gunner cheerfully dishing out plates of octopus and the Summer Sounds music festival, ironically held in the first week of what passes for winter in Darwin. 

And following are a few provider happenings of interest: 

Skilling Australia Fund partnership finally over the line

While we are yet to see puffs of white smoke over the NT Parliament House or even the obligatory Ministerial press release, it is reported the NT is over the line with the new Federally managed fund offering targetted industry aligned skilling.  

The Fund will operate through a new project-based National Partnership Agreement commencing on 1 July running for four years,with all states and terriotories now signatories (yet to be confirmed but apparently sans Queensland and Victoria). The Federal Government will provide an estimated $1.2 billion to drive outcomes through the Agreement with states/territories required to match this funding. The Government will also make available around $250 million in 2017–18 to support those states and territories that are already helping to increase the supply of apprenticeships. To guestimate the NT share just divide by 100, given we have 1% of the population and support is on a per captia basis.

Projects will need to demonstrate engagement with, and support from, industry and employers.

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Strength in Numbers: A Consortia-based approach to Education exports this Wednesday and Thursday

Registrations are still open for this informative session that will address the challenges and opportunities for RTOs looking to expand their educational offerings offshore. One of the most successful means of developing these partnerships is a consortia-based approach, allowing providers to leverage their strengths and magnify their offshore presence.

Presented by StudyNT and the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), this event will bring together NT providers to develop their understanding of transnational education (TNE). You will gain an insight into the emerging opportunities in key markets for TNE and receive an insider’s guide to developing business partnerships through consortia-based models, as well as ample opportunity to network and forge partnerships with other providers.

To register please go to the IEAA events page or email IEAA Admin at for assistance

NT Government International Student Development Grants

Applications are closing soon for International Student Development grants that provide funding of up to $500 for international students, student associations and multicultural groups to support professional development and wellbeing activities for international students studying in the NT.

For further information and to apply please visit StudyNT or contact StudyNT by emailing or calling 8999 6316.

TAE upgrade opportunity

VET practitioners are invited to nominate to undertake an upgrade of their existing TAE qualification and register for the two new mandated (as of 1 April 2019) units for assessment (TAEASS5020 and adult literacy and numeracy (TAELLN411).

In the Darwin there are 30 places on offer and 15 in the Alice Springs area. The only cost for these units is your time and a commitment to complete same. Please email if you are interested.  At this stage places will be allocated on a first in first served basis so don’t be disappointed.

Dates are yet to be identified although as two RTOs in Darwin will be delivering these units (BCA and Alana Kaye) there will be some flexibility. Watch this space

Designing strategies for transformational learning and Education Strategy Design 

A two day ACPET and ISACNT VET Masterclass- August 1st and 2nd Darwin Learning Precinct, Ground Floor  38 Woods St Darwin CBD 

ACPET NT and ISACNT are most chuffed to offer, with grateful support from the NT Government, a two day masterclass specifically targeting the NT VET practitioner.  As an overview, you can expect learning outcomes for:

  • Kaospilot education design model and how to design a detailed framework and concept for transformational education for VET
  • creative processes and the foundations of learning
  • A greater understanding of the components for designing transformational vocational education and training programs
  • Introduction to team based leadership and innovation as a learning experience
  • Communication and feedback skills using appreciative inquiry
  • Reflection and personal development exercises
  • Exploring the potential for heightening soft skills/attitudes and mindset within VET; and
  • An introduction to learning arches and student’s engagement through transparent learning strategies and experiences

Practical outcomes will include:

  • A framework broken down to component titles, aim, objective, knowledge, skills and attitudes, new forms of success criteria and measurement, students capacity and competency measurement, marketing inspiration and keywords.
  • An exercise booklet which contains all exercises from the workshop and support notes 
  • A Toolbox of all methods shown during the workshop 

Want to know more about Kaospilot?  For more information on the benefits of this program please contact Judith Mckay, Industry Skills Advisory Council NT, on 08 79137500 or

This opportunity is limited to 24 candidates with your investment for the two days including a celebratory evening dinner is $120 for ACPET members and $150 for others. To register just go to the ACPET PD portal or email your details to

Hubbub at the Darwin Student Hub

ACPET, in association with Study NT and the Darwin Student Hub, hosted a welcoming and informative reception for international students on Friday afternoon. 

Students of all ages mingled with education and training providers and were welcomed to the NT, provided with some salient water safety advice from Royal Life Saving -as in don’t go in the ocean or rivers here unless you are on a boat - and provided with an impromptu Áussie language (slang) lesson.  There was some bemusement as students were advised of the risk of Noah’s Arks (sharks) and to seek assistance from the ducks and geese (police) if required.  Some traditional and not so traditional Aussie songs were performed as attendees grazed on crocodile pies, buffalo sausage rolls and some more standard fare. 

Thanks to all those members who supported this event including ICAE, GTNT, Australian Skills Institute, Alana Kaye Training, BCA, Navitas and International House together with Darwin State High and Charles Darwin University students.

Watch this space for dates for future events for our international visitors.

International student agents to visit the NT for a famil on 23 and 24 June

Study NT are facilitating an international student agent famil for agents from NSW who will spend the Saturday visiting institutions including members ICAE and International House as well as the two main CDU campuses in Casuarina and the Darwin waterfront.

GTNT and ACPET have offered to co-host a breakfast on the Sunday morning before the agents tour key sites of interest including Litchfield National Park and the Mindil Beach markets.

The efforts of Study NT in promoting the NT through such endeavours are greatly appreciated. 

Fearless Leadership for Women in Business   

BECNT Winnellie on Wednesday 20th June 2018 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

The Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) programme, an Australian Government initiative is pleased to support a workshop on Fearless Leadership for Women.  This workshop will provide advice on skills attainment, leadership and business improvement. 

The workshop will be presented by Surya Silva, from Silva Solutions. Surya is an Education Consultant, Coach and Facilitator supporting women and organisations to achieve outstanding results. Surya currently offers education programs and/or coaching for both business and individuals and supports people to:

  • Engage in leadership development for women
  • Maximise the potential of staff and management
  • Increase communication and resilience skills
  • Enhance career options, business capacities, personal and professional development
  • Achieve the results you desire.

A gold coin donation can be made on the day at the BECNT Training Room in Winnellie. For more information please visit or call 13 28 46.


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