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.
October 10th 2014
AUSTAFE 2014 Emerging Leaders recognised at annual Conference
Introduced by AUSTAFE Inc. in 2009, this annual award recognises emerging leaders in the Australian vocational education and training system.
It may be awarded to an individual who has the potential to make an outstanding contribution to Australian vocational training and education over and above that which is expected by virtue of their employment.
The award is open to any individual aged 40 years or less at 1 January 2014.
This year AUSTAFE recognised Emerging Leaders from both the TAFE delivery sector and from the TAFE Support Services sector.
The selection committee was very impressed with the caliber of applications and found it extremely difficult to select the winners from both sectors.
While there can only be one winner from each sector, It was very encouraging to read the applications and recognise that there are so many talented and committed young leaders in TAFE.
In recognition of their outstanding contribution to the VET sector, AUSTAFE presented certificates to the following Finalists;
From the Emerging Leader; Support Services;
Garth O’Mara from TAFE Queensland South West – Technology Futures
Liza Kelder from TAFE Queensland Brisbane – Strategic Projects
From the Emerging Leader; Education and Training;
Rene Gunther from TAFE Queensland South West
Anthony Roussos – TAFE NSW North Sydney Institute
Natasha Hattersley – TAFE NSW Northern Institute
Steven Atkins – TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute
The Winner of the 2014 AUSTAFE Emerging Leader, Support Services Award is;
Liza Kelder from TAFE Queensland Brisbane – Strategic Projects
Liza has worked for TAFE Qld since 2007. Liza has been in her current position of Project Manager- Strategic Projects since June 2013. Liza’s Leadership style is described as; engaging, professional, responsive, and collaborative’. Liza is a proactive leader who leads ‘by example’.
The Winner of the 2014 AUSTAFE Emerging Leader, Education and Training Award is;
Anthony Roussos from TAFE NSW North Sydney Institute
Anthony has worked for TAFE NSW for over 14 years. His Leadership style can best be described as ‘honest and transparent’. Anthony has strived to create a supportive work environment where his staff, students and employers are kept fully informed of change and then mentored, guided and assisted to understand and implement the change. Anthony is considered a ‘change manager’ who leads with empathy and understanding.
Well done to all of our Finalists and Winners; we are proud of you all!
October 10th 2014
AUSTAFE Announce 2014 EDUCATIONAL LEADER
Lee Russell, Executive Director of Studies at the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE in Qld, was recently announced as the winner of the 201 AUSTAFE Educational Leader.
Introduced by AUSTAFE in 1990, this annual award recognises educational leadership in the Australian vocational education and training system.
In presenting the award at the 2014 AUSTAFE Conference in Sydney, National President, Lyle Mellors, said that with over 40 years of diverse leadership in Education and the VET sector, Lee has demonstrated her committed to Vocational Education and Training.
With responsibility for over 300 staff, Lee is recognised as an inspirational leader who has made an outstanding contribution to Vocational Education and Training in Queensland and Australia.
Lee has been instrumental in negotiating with Funding Bodies, Directors, Faculties and Staff in implementing initiatives that have enabled her institute to remain viable and relevant in a volatile time of significant change to funding, structure and educational direction.
Lee is a passionate advocator for educational quality, learner focused outcomes and teacher capabilities.
Well done and congratulations Lee!
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.
March 26th 2014
Membership subscriptions for 2014 are now due. The AUSTAFE subscription includes membership of your State or Territory Association/Chapter. Being a member of AUSTAFE provides an opportunity to access:
• An Australia wide network of TAFE professionals
• An annual Conference
• An Educational Leadership Award
• An Emerging Leader Award
• The TAFE Directors regular newsletter
• State and Territory Association/Chapter events
PAY YOUR MEMBERSHIP ON-LINE
1 Go to www.austafe.edu.au
2 Click on Membership
March 25th 2014
2014 AUSTAFE NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Dates and planning proposals released
The AUSTAFE NSW Chapter (TAFE NSW Managers Association) will be hosting the 2014 AUSTAFE NATIONAL CONFERENCE between the 8th and 10th October
The conference will be held at the Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour. The opening cocktail event will be held on the HMAS Vampire which is directly connected to the Museum and is a sensational venue…
The catering will be done by Laissez Faire caterers who have an excellent reputation in the industry.
The event organisers are Conference Deals and they also have a lot of experience in doing these functions and have provided AUSTAFE with a great deal.
We encourage you to set aside the 8th to 10th October 2014 to attend what has become Australia’s best value TAFE Conference each year.
More information will become available over coming months or for early information contact AUSTAFE Vice President, Robyn Vidler at email@example.com
November 18th 2013
Following elections conducted at the AUSTAFE National AGM held on the 10th October at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, the following State and Territory representatives will form the 2014 AUSTAFE National Executive:
National President; Geoff Bird
Vice President; Robyn Vidler
Immediate Past President; Lyle Mellors
South Australian Representative; Belinda McPherson
Northern Territory Representative; Anthony D’Orival
ACT Representative; Jerome de Rose
NSW Representative; Robyn Vidler
Qld Representative; Geoff Bird
Ex Officio Officers
Treasurer: Rex Lobegeier
Secretary; Melinda Toze
Public Officer; Geoff Bell
The National Executive look forward to working with our membership in 2014 to advance and grow AUSTAFE.