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VIC and TAS Update

Monday, August 6 2018

Demmi Paris

Victoria & Tasmania Executive Officer

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In Victoria the Higher Education and Skills Group has released details of Market Parameters for Skills First 2019 including the process to determine allocations and additions to Funded Scope for 2019, and determination on single year contract opportunities for 2019. ACPET Victoria welcomes the announcement that the Department has listened to feedback from Training Providers about the need to provide certainty and to support early planning and is preparing to run the PDP process from late August to be able to advise Training Providers of their 2019 Allocations by 5 October 2018.

Many will have seen an email sent out early last week with ACPET’s response to the Free TAFE initiative and in particular the suggestion within parliament that it is supported by ACPET. This suggestion was inaccurate and the Victorian State Committee felt that this information needed to be corrected to our members. and you can see our statement in relation to this below –

ACPET responds to Minister for Training and Skills - Hon. Ms Gayle Tierney
RE: TAFE Funding

Dear ACPET Victorian member,
The Victorian Government has recently announced that from 1 January 2019, a number of courses will be offered FREE to students where they choose to study with TAFE only. Free TAFE for Priority Courses has been promoted as to pay tuition fees for priority courses for students who are eligible for government-subsidised training through TAFE.
This includes:
• An initial 20 priority non-apprenticeship courses, state-wide
• 18 Victorian Government-subsidised apprenticeship pathway courses (sometimes called pre-apprenticeships)
ACPET understands that there has been communication by the Minister for Skills and Training – Hon. Ms Gayle Tierney, who over the last week stated that ACPET” gets it” and “supports” this initiative and that we support the Victorian Free TAFE policy. Read her comments here.
For the avoidance of doubt, I can clarify that ACPET has not taken part in any consultations in relation to this policy, do not support the Policy and have not stated anything to the contrary.
We have been clear in our communications that we believe that this policy has been poorly developed; was developed with little or no industry consultation; and will have a detrimental impact on the 41% of students who have opted to study with an independent training providers as reported in the Victorian training market report :half year 2017. This decision also has the potential to impact on the viability of Non-TAFE providers including Independent, Community including ACE Vic and Learn Locals, and Enterprise providers with many of these being not-for-profit providers and delivering to 56% students in Victoria including some of Victoria’s most high needs learners.
Above all we believe that this policy is against student choice. In 2018 there are around 330 contracted providers under the Skills First program with only 16 of these TAFE providers where an under-supply of training has been genuinely identified within the Victorian market. It is difficult to understand why a range of contracted providers, who have already been quality assured by the Department, would not be called upon to help meet any skills needs identified.
As ACPET CEO, Rod Camm communicated in an article published in the Australian in May here, I believe that while funding TAFE is important, the quarantining of funding for TAFE will fail students, industry and TAFE across the long term. Quality independent providers should be recognised and harnessed, together with a robust TAFE sector, to ensure students and industry get the very best education and training.
Data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research indicates government-funded graduates of independent VET providers in Victoria enjoy better employment outcomes than TAFE and policies such as Free TAFE means that students will not be encouraged to select a provider that best meets their needs — their choice will be made by government.

In the meantime we thought you would like to receive details of some forthcoming events relating to VET and VET research, with which RAVE members are involved. Flyers are attached. Please circulate amongst colleagues.

These are:

The AVETRA (Australian VET Research Association) research forum - New VET Research Perspectives: Issues, practices, insights. This event is on Friday 26th October in Canberra and the date for abstracts to be submitted has been extended to Monday August 20th.

The 4th Australian Council of Deans of Education Vocational Education Group (ACDEVEG) conference on VET teaching and VET teacher-education – Building confidence in VET Practice. This in Melbourne, December 6-7th. A flyer is attached. Please email if you would like information about submitting a proposal for a paper or practitioner workshop, due August 10th.

The next conference of INAP (International Network on Innovative Apprenticeship Network) – Contemporary apprenticeship reforms and reconfigurations. This is in Konstanz in Germany on 21st-22nd March 2019. You may remember that we hosted this conference in Ballarat in 2015.  Abstracts are due October 15th.

A relaunch of RMIT’s UNESCO centre on Friday August 10th  
Registration is free of charge, at


2018 Tasmanian Training Awards

The Tasmanian Training Awards are conducted annually by Skills Tasmania, Department of State Growth. The Department is committed to the development of a high quality, efficient system of vocational education and training and workforce development. The commitment represents a major contribution to the development of competitive advantage for Tasmanian industry.
The Awards recognise the achievements of apprentices, trainees and vocational students who strive for the highest standards of knowledge and skills within their industry. They also recognise industry, employers, small businesses and training organisations dedicated to providing high quality training and improving the skills of the workforce in this State. The Awards offer finalists the chance to gain personal satisfaction and the prestige of being part of an elite group who unequivocally represent the State’s best in vocational education and training.

2018 Training Awards Finalists announced!

2018 Finalists | Word 231KB
2018 Finalists | PDF 317KB

Gala presentation dinner

This year 14 awards will be presented at a gala dinner on Friday, 7 September in the Tasman Room at Wrest Point Conference Centre. Over 500 people will attend including government and business leaders, employers, training providers and our finalists with their families and friends.  For those wishing to stay in Hobart overnight Wrest Point has special rates for dinner guests.
Tickets are available for purchase from Monday, 16 July until bookings close on Thursday, 30 August, unless sold out earlier.

Dinner booking form | Word 32KB
Wrest Point accommodation rates | PDF 868KB

Join us for a wonderful evening to celebrate excellence in vocational education and training, and workforce development.

Targeted Grant Release of the Skills Fund opens 21 July 2018

The Department of State Growth, through Skills Tasmania, is releasing a targeted grant round of the Skills Fund program. This program is designed to support business and industry growth in Tasmania that are currently experiencing high growth and demand for skilled workers.
The targeted industry sectors are:

  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Mining
  • Agriculture (including Forestry)
  • Disability
  • Building and Construction

This targeted funding round does not replace the general Demand Led Skills Fund grant which is planned for release in September.
The Grant is now OPEN and will close 2:00pm on Tuesday, 14 August 2018.
The application form is available online -


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