October 13th 2014
AUSTAFE Conference 2014 - Pod-Cast Presentations
The 2014 AUSTAFE Conference was held at Darling Harbour on the 8th, 9th and 10th of October.
What a fantastic event!
Not only was the location and venue (Maritime Museum) absolutely stunning, the whole program was outstanding for its currency and relevance to TAFE in Australia in 2014 and beyond.
Delegates from all around Australia got to hear first-hand accounts of the changing nature of VET in Australia. This included up-date reports on those States that have already implemented their Competitive Skill reforms such as Victoria, South Australia and Queensland and those in the middle of doing so, as is the case with New South Wales.
The Conference was not all about the ‘doom and gloom’ of the negative impact on TAFE but we got to hear some fantastic speakers on what TAFE is doing that puts them at the cutting edge of responsiveness and flexibility. We got to hear what is happening in International Vocational Training and we got to hear from several great speakers on strategies that TAFE could implement that would demonstrate innovation and action in VET Delivery and ensure TAFE as the provider of choice.
The attached link provides access to a number of pod-casts of the first day speakers and will be followed up with more information over coming weeks.
Lyle Mellors (Past President)
October 13th 2014
AUSTAFE AGM 2014
The 2014 AGM on the 9th October saw the election of a new executive.
Chaired by Past President, Lyle Mellors, the AGM had reports from the Past President and the Treasurer that detailed the activities over the past 12 months.
Following the election, Lyle announced the new executive;
National President – Robyn Vidler from NSW
Vice President – Jerome de Rose from ACT
South Australia – Belinda McPherson
Northern Territory – Jamie Finn
Queensland – Helen Leeson
The Co-opted members are;
Secretary: Andrea Poletti - NSW
Treasurer: Rex Lobegeier – Retired
Public Officer: Geoff Bell - ACT
We wish them all the best as they provide leadership and seek to guide AUSTAFE through the changes affecting TAFE and how that will impact on AUSTAFE over the next years.
October 10th 2014
AUSTAFE Launches “InspirEd” the AUSTAFE Leadership Journal
Incoming AUSTAFE National President, Robyn Vidler officially launched the new AUSTAFE Leader Journal “InspirED” at the 2014 National Conference at Darling Harbour on the 9th October.
Former President, Geoff Bird, together with Robyn Vidler have spent considerable time over the past 18months investigating how AUSTAFE can better communicate and equip our membership for life in the new TAFE era.
AUSTAFE recognises that our strength as a member organisation lays in the collegiality and networking of our members, but that in tough financial times it is difficult to rely entirely on an annual conference to support that outcome.
The new InspirED Journal provides up-to-date information for AUSTAFE members on what is happening in the Australian Vocational Training Sector, what is happening in TAFE around Australia and what strategies members can take to equip themselves for their continually changing environment.
InspirED is a Web Based Journal that can be accessed as an interactive publication through iBooks or is distributed to members through PDF.
September 4th 2014
2014 National Conference
Wednesday 8 October – Friday 10 October
Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney
"The New TAFE"
The theme and the title of the 2014 AUSTAFE National Conference reflect TAFEs’ experience of significant changes and reforms throughout Australia.
It is an important time for TAFE, within the broader VET sector, to be really clear about the value we create for individuals, industry, our regions and the economy.
Like any successful organisation, TAFE needs to renew and reshape its business to stay relevant to the current and future skill needs of our customers, both employers and students.
The 2014 AUSTAFE National Conference will focus on opportunities for embracing new ways of working.
Visit the 2014 Conference Web Page at https://www.eventspro.net/shortlead/getdemo.ei?id=7690003&s=_JZK0N2KLB
Program at: http://shortlead0.boswebsystems.com/EventsPro%20Images/140812%20AUSTAFE%20Conference%20Program%202.pdf
July 9th 2014
The 2014 AUSTAFE National Conference Organising Committee are pleased to announce that the official Conference Web Site is now up and fully functional.
The Web Address for the 2014 Conference, being held in Sydney between the 8th and 10th October 2014, can be found at https://www.eventspro.net/shortlead/getdemo.ei?id=7690003&s=_JZK0N2KLB
The official Web Site for the 2014 AUSTAFE National Conference, is continually being up-dated.
Currently the site provides information on the Conference Venue, A Draft Program and Accommodation recommendations.
Discount Accommodation has been organised at the Ibis Darling Harbour and at the Novotel Sydney – Darling Harbour.
Early Bird Registrations are now open for great discounts!
AUSTAFE Members are encouraged to take advantage of the Early Bird Registrations and book as soon as possible.
The AUSTAFE National Executive are encouraging all AUSTAFE Members to share the details of the 2014 AUSTAFE National Conference with peers and colleagues around Australia.
Please pass on the Conference Web Page details https://www.eventspro.net/shortlead/getdemo.ei?id=7690003&s=_JZK0N2KLB
- Early Bird Registrations close on 30th August 2014
- AUSTAFE does not issue Membership Numbers. If you are a National AUSTAFE Member, when you complete your registration form, please enter the word "Yes" at AUSTAFE Membership Number.
July 9th 2014
The 2014 AUSTAFE National Awards are now open for nominations.
Nominations close on the 8th September 2014
Nationally AUSTAFE supports four prestigious awards;
AUSTAFE Educational Leadership Award
AUSTAFE Emerging Leader Award - Education and Training
AUSTAFE Emerging Leader Award - Support Services
AUSTAFE Honorary Life Membership
The AUSTAFE Qld and NSW chapters conduct State based Emerging Leader Awards. The winners of these State awards become the relevant State nominee for the National Emerging Leader Awards.
All State and Territory Members are eligible to nominate for the National awards. All nominations must be completed on the relevant National forms and can be sourced by selecting the documents attached to this article or visiting the News Page on the AUSTAFE Web Page at http://www.austafe.edu.au/
Award Winners will be announced at the National Conference being held in Sydney between the 8th and 10th October 2014. For Conference information please visit; https://www.eventspro.net/shortlead/getdemo.ei?id=7690003&s=_JZK0N2KLB
Further information about the National Awards and Conference can be obtained through your State or Territory AUSTAFE representative.