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It’s that time of year again

Monday, June 18 2018

As we draw closer to the end of the financial year we find ourselves reflecting, revaluating, planning, setting goals and agendas for the coming 12 months.

There is no shying away from the fact that the last three years have presented many challenges for our sector. The times have called for resilience and dedication, and although they have not been easy, I sincerely believe they have made us stronger.

Notwithstanding that, we must persevere.

2018/19 will see a comprehensive push to recognise independent providers as the pre-eminent suppliers of higher and vocational education and training. The critical focus for ACPET in the coming 12 months will be positioning independent education at the forefront of the policy debate and ensuring equitable access to government funding and loan scheme arrangements.

This will require intensive engagement with governments, oppositions and cross-bench senators. It will also demand that ACPET is able to demonstrate that it speaks for the sector.

Last week many of you would have received a notification from ACPET asking you to renew your membership for the 2018/19 year.

Your membership will enable you to both participate in, influence and be represented and heard in the debates to come. We simply cannot achieve the changes required without a consolidated voice, where collectively we can begin to turn the tide.

If you have any questions or need assistance with your membership renewal please contact your local State Executive, or contact our Membership team. 

This year will see ACPET drive a strategy to ensure that there is one strong voice for independent Tertiary Education.
There are a number of new exciting initiatives that will be launched in the coming months, designed to build confidence in our much-needed sector. Our priorities will be focussed on:

  • Developing and maintaining strategic partnerships and alliances that enhance the recognition and value of a high quality and diverse, independent tertiary education sector
  • Leading the analysis of policy and research to demonstrate the capacity and performance of the sector and the opportunities offered by independent providers of tertiary education
  • Effectively implementing the Industry Certification program, to position ACPET membership as a badge of ethical, high quality, student-centred education and training
  • Delivering valued services that build member capability and respond to the business needs of the sector, and
  • Ensuring we have the right mix of skills, capacity and business systems to meet the needs and expectations of members.

This week I will be in Canberra attending an ACPET Board meeting. The Board has also secured critical meetings with Ministers and their Shadows and members of the cross-bench.

I look forward to updating you on the outcomes here next week.

Rod Camm
Chief Executive Officer


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