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The numbers speak Edition 762, 18 Jun

Peter McDonald New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory Executive Officer e: p: 02 9922 1124 The ACPET Reference Group to the NSW Department of Industry met with the Department last week. The issues discussed included the recent signing up to the Skilling... Read more

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And then there was progress… Edition 761, 11 Jun

Peter McDonald New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory Executive Officer e: p: 02 9922 1124 Hats off to both the NSW and ACT governments for last week finding a way to work with the Federal government by signing up to the Skilling Australia Fund (SAF). Th... Read more

New South Wales & Canberra Update Edition 760, 4 Jun

Peter McDonald New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory Executive Officer e: p: 02 9922 1124   If you know what NSW and ACT industries need but don't have, read on The NSW Department of Industry is currently reviewing the NSW Skills List. The Li... Read more

Be your own advocate Edition 759, 28 May

Smart and Skilled Update 59 went out last week. It addressed qualifications added to the NSW Skills List, revisions to Training Packages, reporting of Training Activity Data and enrolling students, amendments to NSW VTOs, data maintenance and the Smart and Skilled Course Finder, prices and fees, and... Read more

3 quick things to note Edition 758, 21 May

Last week I reported that the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews has agreed to open this year's ACPET conference, and this week I'm pleased to advise that Senator Doug Cameron, the Shadow Minister for Skills, TAFE and Apprenticeships has agreed to deliver a... Read more

A bit happened last week Edition 757, 14 May

You heard it here first. The Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews, will join members and industry stakeholders to open and address the ACPET Conference in Canberra on 30 August. We're very appreciative of the Assistant Minister's availability and we l... Read more

Working towards what members want Edition 756, 7 May

In Rod's NMU article last Monday, he announced the 2018 conference theme "Understanding Today: Shaping Tomorrow". Much of my time last week - which I think will be indicative for the forseeable future - was spent working on the speaker program. The review of submitted abstracts is also... Read more

A little something on HE, and a little something else on VET Edition 755, 30 Apr

Members delivering Higher Education might be interested in the ACPET Board having endorsed a set of 14 principles to underwrite ACPET's advocacy for the sector, at its meeting last week. Interested people can view these here. The Higher Education Steering Group meets next month, and will be look... Read more

Lest we forget Edition 754, 23 Apr

I want to begin this week up on a soapbox by acknowledging, and even more thanking, all those that have and continue to serve Australia in the armed forces. ANZAC Day on Wednesday is so much more than a public holiday. It’s a day to reflect, respect and be thankful. We live freely in the best... Read more

Last week was a talkfest Edition 753, 16 Apr

I hope its well known now that the 2018 ACPET Conference and APIEF will be held on our turf this year, in Canberra from August 29-31. The call for abstracts has been extended until the end of this week (but definitely won't be any further extended), so if you or someone you know is expert and in... Read more

A few quick but important notes for your attention Edition 752, 9 Apr

The 2018 ACT Training Awards nominations are now live, and I urge all eligible members to be involved by nominating themselves, their staff and/or their students. Being in it led to winning it last year for CMA Training, who were awarded the ACT Small Training Provider of the Year Award. This year,... Read more

Getting it right Edition 750, 26 Mar

I'm very pleased to say that our national forum last week in Melbourne for the HE sector went very well, and was well supported by NSW members (noting no ACT based HE delivering members). I'm very grateful to these member representatives for their effort in travelling to be there, and I genu... Read more

Skilling NSW, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam Edition 749, 19 Mar

Last week the Chair, CEO and I met with the Deputy Premier/Minister for Skills John Barilaro. The primary discussion item was the Skilling Australia Fund and how the federal/state gridlock can be overcome and progress made. As the Chair and CEO did when they met Assistant Minister Andrews, they offe... Read more

Don't forget, and an early opportunity Edition 748, 12 Mar

I keep talking about it because its very important. Some HE delivering members have highlighted a perceived lack of support for this member segment by ACPET. That feedback has been taken on board, so now its up to us to make sure the members know about it, and its up to the members to engage. The Hi... Read more

Keeping you in the loop Edition 747, 5 Mar

I hope everyone has marked 29-31 August in their diaries as the 2018 National ACPET Conference and APIEF, and plans to be in Canberra for it. Last week, I canvassed the greater ACPET network asking questions to identify what people want from the event, and what would lead them to register. The surve... Read more

Keeping you in the loop Edition 746, 26 Feb

Last week a representative group of members met with officers from The Audit Office of New South Wales in response to a request pertaining to research they were conducting, which aims to look at the provision of VET services in NSW - primarily through the lens of the Smart and Skilled program. Memb... Read more

A short and sweet one again this week Edition 745, 19 Feb

Higher education members will hopefully be pleased to know that the program for the Higher Education Forum in Melbourne on 21 March that ACPET is hosting together with COPHE has been released, and registration is now open. Click here to check it out. Presenters include Andrew Norton, TEQSA CEO Antho... Read more

Know your voice Edition 744, 12 Feb

Congratulations to Nicholas Marks, CEO of The Australian Institute of Family Counselling who has been appointed to the Board of Directors to act as the ACT Board member until the AGM later in the year. Nicholas has excellent corporate experience and will be an asset and of benefit to both the B... Read more

A reminder and a reflection Edition 743, 5 Feb

I'm a believer that you don't do things for the sake of doing them, otherwise they lose their meaning and value. From time to time I won't have a lot to say in this weekly newsletter. On those weeks I'll be making a conscious effort to not waffle on about nothing. This is one of thos... Read more

Opportunity: A great way to begin a new year Edition 742, 29 Jan

I hope everyone enjoyed their long weekend and, irrespective of the political debate about our national day that's been consuming elements of the media, took a few moments to appeciate the wonderful country we're all so fortunate to live in. Its been said that Australia is the land of oppor... Read more

Here we go again Edition 741, 22 Jan

The clock’s ticked over to 2018 and we already find ourselves more than half way through January. Happy new year to all NSW & ACT members. I hope this year will be kinder to the sector. Riding the roller coaster that is life, fingers crossed we’ve ridden the downhill run over the las... Read more

Marketing student internship opportunity – Japanese language skills preferred Edition 735, 11 Dec

Members with students possessing Japanese language skills may wish to promote an unpaid internship opportunity to them that was recently brought to ACPET’s attention. The role requires an interest and developing skills in digital marketing. The hiring organisation is a creative/digital &... Read more

StudyNSW November 2017 newsletter Edition 735, 11 Dec

StudyNSW have published a November 2017 newsletter, which members can access here This edition’s contents are: International Education Provider Forum Australian International Education Conference 2017 International Student Awards Student Stories International Student Welcome Desk Ack... Read more

Smart and Skilled Updates 52 & 53 Edition 735, 11 Dec

The Department of Industry (DOI) distributed Smart and Skilled Update numbers 52 & 53 last week. If you missed it, please read on. Update 52 discusses: the outcome of the NSW Skills List review and release of version 5 of the List for 2017 price increases for select courses in 2018 &b... Read more

BCA NT graduation Ceremony – making a difference Edition 733, 27 Nov

It was a full house on Tuesday evening in the NT Parliament House Dining Room for the BCA Graduation Ceremony. It was heartening to see such a diversity of students from so many backgrounds all together to celebrate their achievements. BCA has a formidable team in the NT and an enviable completion... Read more

Smart and Skilled Update 51 Edition 732, 20 Nov

The Department of Industry (DOI) distributed Smart and Skilled Update number 51 last week. If you missed it, please read on. Update 51 discusses: contract review acceptances redistributing the 2017 and 2018 activity period financial caps further variations to 2018 activity period financial cap... Read more

Register now for Professional Development this week! Edition 732, 20 Nov

  Introduction to LinkedIn for Business National Webinar Mon 20 Nov 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm AEDT You will explore handy free guides and analytics within LinkedIn, your LinkedIn Profile and your LinkedIn company page to help you better understand these features. This is an important first s... Read more

China Australia International Mobility Forum Edition 731, 13 Nov

StudyNSW warmly invites ACPET HE members to attend and participate in the China Australia International Mobility Forum, on Friday 24 November 2017. The China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) is leading a senior Chinese university delegation visit to NSW. Macquarie University... Read more

Register now for Professional Development this week! Edition 731, 13 Nov

  Validation of assessment – much more than the tools alone National - Essential Series Mon 13 Nov 2017, 11:00am to 12:00pm AEDT What is validation? What, when, and how do or should RTOs validate? Who can undertake validation? Perhaps you have read 1.9 – 1.11 of the Standards f... Read more

The ACPET NSW VET Forum is next Monday – register now Edition 730, 6 Nov

The 2017 ACPET NSW VET Forum is now just one week away. If you haven’t yet registered to be there, but you’re planning to or have written it on your ‘to do’ list, the time to prioritise doing so has come. To make it easier click here to go straight to the event registration... Read more

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