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Edition 573, 29 September 2014

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In Focus

Monday, September 29 2014

Good Morning Everyone

It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that your Board has decided to elect Martin Cass as the Chair of ACPET for a further year. This will be Martin’s fourth year as Chair but will be his last as the Constitution dictates that this will be Martin’s last year as the Director representing New South Wales.

Martin has been a very strong leader of ACPET and the Board decided it was important that he remain to oversee the transition to a new CEO. From the staff view has been a very visible and caring Chair who has been open to robust debate about important issues.

Mel Koumides has been re-elected as Vice Chair and the Chair of the Governance Audit and Risk Committee. This is a very important role and he will play a pivotal role in ensuring ACPET returns to a surplus in the year ahead.

Both Martin and Mel are highly respected and have put in in huge effort on behalf of the members of ACPET. These are voluntary position and take them both away from their very busy businesses. With these two leaders and Rod Camm soon to commence, ACPET is in exceptional hands.

Proposed European Free Trade Agreement

I had an initial conversation with members of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade during the week. They are scoping out the issues they need to consider and be aware of if they are to enter into negotiations with the European Union on a possible Free Trade Agreement. I provided some general comments about the scope of activities of ACPET members in Europe and with European students coming to Australia.

I agree to approach our members with a series of more detailed questions about their activities and any concerns that may exist. These questions are:

  1. What is the extent of members’ activities in Europe and with European students?
  2. What proportion of current trade/investment is with the European Union (EU)? Identify the most significant countries where relevant.
  3. What barriers affect trade/investment with the EU e.g. tariffs, regulatory barriers, equity limitations, visa issues?
  4. What potential opportunities do you see for your business through an FTA with the EU? 
  5. What potential risks do you see for your business/sector through an FTA with the EU?

Please feel free to send me your comments and I will ensure they are compiled and presented to DEFAT.

Other Meetings

Last week was a week of significant meetings for ACPET. I met with TEQSA, the Tuition Protection Scheme and the Industry and Skills Forum with Minister McFarlane and the State Ministers. Some of the information shared at these meetings and issues covered will be made available during the coming week in the Member Only section of the website.

I think it worth noting that a consistent message in these meetings and in a couple of interviews I had with journalists was that it is really pointless trying to compare the public and private sectors in both the VET and Higher Education Sectors looking backwards. We have come from different places with many advantages but also disadvantages for both public and private providers. We need to focus on how to transition to a truly competitive system that produces the absolutely best results for the students of Australia and for our position in international Education and Training.

Best Regards
Larry Davies
A/CEO


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