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You're the voice - NT Committee deliberates Edition 707, 29 May

As an ACPET Executive Officer one is often asked to advise on certain policy or reform initiatives on a wide range of matters, say the efficacy of the TAE, graded assessment, a return to curriculum or the mandating of a set volume of learning and the like.  ACPET – the organisation &ndash... Read more

A history of VET in the NT - book launch Edition 706, 22 May

Dr Don Zoellner, Northern Territory stalwart, University Fellow and Chair of the NT Industry Skills Advisory Council has proudly published a book on the history of VET in the NT. This book is the first consolidated history of vocational education and training in the Northern Territory and mixes a u... Read more

It's time to get into international education & training Edition 706, 22 May

ACPET & Study NT are pleased to host afree information session on:  It’s time to get involved in International Education and Training. Darwin 6 June 10am – 12.30pm  CDU Darwin Waterfront Campus  A workshop to inform and discuss the benefits, challenges and nuances of... Read more

Welcome Ms Catherine Curry - NT Executive Director, Employment & Training Edition 705, 15 May

Welcome Ms Catherine Curry - NT Executive Director, Employment & Training, Workforce NT  ACPET welcomes as the new Executive Director of the Department of Trade, Business & Innovation,  Ms Catherine Curry. The previous incumbent, Mr Kim Jenkinson has retired (again) and we wish... Read more

Philippine business delegation visits Darwin members Edition 705, 15 May

Darwin played host last week to a high level Philippine business delegation, led by the Hon Alfredo Maranon Jr, Head of the Negros Occidental province of the Philippines. Of note is that this was not a delegation focussed on education and training and was organised through the Office of Asian Engag... Read more

2017 APIEF & ACPET National Conference, don't miss out on early bird registrations Edition 705, 15 May

ACPET is pleased to announce that the 2017 National Conference program is now available! This year the 2017 Asia Pacific International Education Forum and the ACPET National Conference will be held in Brisbane from the 23-25 August. Early bird registration is still currently open, so don't... Read more

Provider charged over extra curricula fatality Edition 705, 15 May

Providers are reminded that their legal responsibilities for students extends to any external activity undetaken as a provider initiated activity such as tours, site visits and the like and should ensure that adequate insurance coverage is current.   An investigation into a 2015 fatality of... Read more

Provider business improvement session - Darwin 15 June Edition 705, 15 May

Provider Business Jigsaw – a half day doing business better opportunity With the ever increasing complexities of business, sector and economic changes, managing provider legislative and compliance essentials as well as the rotational door of staffing can be exhausting and expensive. This wor... Read more

ASQA Alice Springs session - followed by RTO Central Conversations 1 June Edition 705, 15 May

Just a reminder to register for the ASQA briefing at the Chifley in Alice Springs on 1 June.  A mirrowed Darwin session is scheduled for 30 May. ACPET's Michael Hall and members of ISAC will also be attending  and invite you to a post briefing brunch at the resort. The purpose of thi... Read more

VET - Transforming lives Edition 704, 8 May

One of the powerful tenets of our VET system is its capacity to transform lives.  There are just so many good stories to be told – alas these inspiration snapshots are mainly ignored by a media obsessed with negativity and sensationalism. Indeed it may be time for reflection in the main... Read more

NT Budget - a brief Training brief Edition 704, 8 May

2017-18 NT Budget Briefing Note -  Some observations of interest for education and training providers The bulk of funding for government supported training resides in the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation under the Budget Papers sub heading of Employment and Skilling. The Creating... Read more

All you need to know about IELTS Darwin 23 May Edition 703, 1 May

All you need to know about IELTS IELTS is a globally acknowledged English assessment system. IDP are hosting a series of information sessions for organisations that use IELTs or are interested in the process. A free session is to be held in Darwin on Thursday 25 May at the Hilton Darwin. The... Read more

Get your RTO involved internationally Darwin 6 June Edition 703, 1 May

Get involved in International Education. Darwin 6 June An information session for interested NT 6 June 2017 Parliament House Darwin 1pm to 415pm (TBC) with delegates attending the launch of the Chief Ministers NT Export & Industry Awards from 4.30 pm A workshop to discuss, debate and delib... Read more

STEPS in the right Direction for NT Migrant English Programs Edition 703, 1 May

Well done to member STEPS who have been awarded a Federal Government contract to provide English instruction under the funded Australian Migrant English Program in the NT. This is a three year program to support new arrivals to the Territory. STEPS have been established in the NT for many years w... Read more

The Essington School - Girls into STEM Edition 703, 1 May

The Essington School – Girls into STEM Darwin’s The Essington School is setting the pace with more female students undertaking Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses. Nationally there has been some concern that girls are not taking STEM courses and hence not c... Read more

2017 NT Skilled Occupation Priority List Edition 702, 24 Apr

The 2017 Northern Territory Skilled Occupation Priority List (NTSOPL) is finalised and can be accessed at If you would like to to provide any comments or be involved in the development of the NTSOPL please contact the In... Read more

Two weeks left to nominate for the NT Training Awards Edition 702, 24 Apr

Two weeks left to nominate for NT Training Awards Nominations for this year’s awards close on Wednesday 3 May. These awards provide a marvellous opportunity to showcase the very best of VET and of course your business or your student’s achievements, not to mention potential marketing... Read more

Only one month left to apply for the Australian Training Awards! Edition 702, 24 Apr

Since 1994, the Australian Training Awards have recognised the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees, vocational students, training practitioners, businesses, secondary schools and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia. Of the 18 categories pre... Read more

Oh what a night...the GTNT awards night Edition 702, 24 Apr

Well done to Kathryn Stenson and the team at GTNT for hosting a marvellous awards ceremony for their students and supporting industries. Held at the Beachside Pavilion at the Skycity Casino, over two hundred graduands, VIPs, business associates and friends celebrated, wined and dined in fine style w... Read more

Indigenous LLN Working Group meets Edition 700, 10 Apr

Indigenous adult LLN working group ACPET NT has been invited to assist on a working group to look at the broad systemic factors at play within the NT which constitute a major barrier to indigenous adults accessing VET and higher education. The overview of the project states that “at the... Read more

VET this week - and suddenly, nothing happened Edition 700, 10 Apr

And suddenly nothing happened. With thanks for the inspiration to Monty Python ( April the 4th, 2017 was much like any other day in Darwin and Ralph Melish, an administration officer for a national education and training industry association was checking hi... Read more

Australian Council for Adult Literacy Conference in Darwin - September 12 to 14 Edition 699, 3 Apr

Australian Council for Adult Literacy National Conference Celebration  This year’s ACAL National Conference will be held at the Darwin Convention Centre from 12 – 14 September. Interested parties are invited to submit papers for consideration to be presented at the conference by... Read more

ACPET input into the NT Economic Development Framework Edition 699, 3 Apr

ACPET NT has been pleased over the past few months to be able to inform the framing of the Northern Territory Economic Development Framework. Indeed we have appreciated the opportunity to participate in the economic summits provided through Deloittes and it is commendable that the Framework incorpo... Read more

Transition to the revised Training and Education (TAE) Training Package ending 5 October 2017 Edition 699, 3 Apr

In April 2016 the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) announced the introduction of a revised Training and Education (TAE) Training Package. Included in the package was a new Certificate IV in Training and Assessment with higher standards for trainers and assessors working in the vocati... Read more

GTNT ASI Graduation in Manila. Growing international connectedness Edition 699, 3 Apr

        GTNT - ASI - taking Aussie qualifications to the Philippines Below : a few happy snaps of  GTNT - ASI CEO Kathryn Stenson at the the La Consolacion College Graduation with dignataries and some 3000 graduands.     GTNT ASI – taking Aussie qu... Read more

RTO Training & Assessment Validation - an excercise in cooperation Edition 698, 27 Mar

RTOs should be aware of their many obligations in accord with the  Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015. A workshop hosted by NT ISAC in Darwin last week in association with ACPET managed to attract equal numbers of employer/industry representatives and their respective RTOs to... Read more

International student sector - a short quiz Edition 698, 27 Mar

A quick quiz to test your knowledge on the state of play with our growing international student sector - if you want a copy of the AEI December 2016 statisitcs informing this quiz just email,     1. How many international students does Australia play host to?  1.&nbs... Read more

GTNT's Kathryn Stenson appointed as interim ACPET NT Director Edition 697, 20 Mar

With the retirement of Sean Mahoney of ICAE as the Northern Territory Director on the ACPET National Board, expressions of interest were called from interested members to fill the position in an interim capacity until the ACPET AGM in August. The AGM and National Conference will be in Brisbane this... Read more

Free business improvement workshops including an ASQA update Edition 696, 13 Mar

Business improvement workshops courtesy of the NT Government While readers are most familiar with the ACPET suite of professional development activities targeting education and training providers and practitioners, we are pleased to also promote a number of activities provided free of charge by the... Read more

ICAE students - and a new kitchen - shine Edition 695, 6 Mar

Busy week for the team at ICAE with a graduation ceremony, catered of course by commercial cookery students in the gleaming new kitchens on campus, followed up the next day with a welcome to new students at the Deck Bar in the CBD.  Wonderful to see students from around the globe (and even Jam... Read more

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