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    • 21 Oct 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    Register today.

    Friday 21 October – 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

    VET Development Centre, 379 Collins Street, Melbourne

    The role of adult and vocational education in empowering women and supporting gender equality

    Great speakers including: Kit McMahon from Women’s Health in the south-east, Kira Clarke from Brotherhood of St Laurence, Sally Thompson from Monash University, Karen Hall (2022 WAVE/Sue Salthouse grant recipient) from Swinburne University of Technology, Helen Dalley-Fisher - Manager Equality Rights Alliance (ERA), Jane Newton from Jobs Queensland, Don Perlgut CEO from Community Colleges Australia, Michelle Circelli Team Leader Research from NCVER, and more.

    Plus a chance to discuss the role of adult and vocational education in relation to lifelong learning as well as skills and careers for women and girls.

    Cost for the day including lunch and refreshments is: $70 which includes membership of WAVE for the year, or $30 for those who are already WAVE members.

    Full Program


    • 27 Oct 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Holmesglen Institute combined with on-line (Webex)

    To register - contact Henry Pook

    • 31 Oct 2022
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Zoom

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    The life cycle of markets: what does the data tell us about VET?

    Don Zoellner, Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs, NT

    As the Commonwealth, States and Territories sit down to negotiate the new National Skills Agreement one of the key questions facing them is what training to fund? For thirty years governments have pursued reforms to create a VET market where competition would drive innovation and performance. Is the market still what’s needed now? 

    Don Zoellner is one of Australia’s leading VET thinkers. In his latest research he has taken the large data sets held by corporate and VET regulators to explore the life cycles of the VET markets in WA, SA, Tasmania, the ACT and the NT. In an attempt to move beyond the well-worn shibboleth of markets = neoliberalism = bad, it is argued that the introduction of markets has been an example of successful policy implementation, but that these markets are now reaching the end of their natural life cycle. Perversely, the major rationale for creating markets – increasing choice – is no longer being provided in these mature markets. 

    Since a market-based approach was introduced, TAFE Institutes have lost market share, not-for-profit and social enterprise providers have been forced out of most government-created markets, while a significant number of long-standing for-profit providers continue to trade successfully, albeit in the face of more difficult market conditions. Rather than relying totally upon open markets, the data indicates which portions of the very large VET field respond well to competition and those that do not. Alternative economic theories offer more efficient and effective ways to replace markets that have reached the end of their life cycle; these include system optimisation and public value creation.

    Hear more about Don’s research findings and what they mean for the future of VET funding in this important AVETRA webinar.

    • 15 Nov 2022
    • 17 Nov 2022
    • Hilton Hotel Adelaide
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    TDA is excited to announce that the TDA Convention 2022, Courage, Change and Challenge: The Future of TAFE will take place in Adelaide, South Australia from Tuesday 15 – Thursday 17 November 2022. Put these dates in your diary now.

    Join industry leaders, national and international speakers, TDA members and partners to shape the future of TAFE. 

    The TDA Convention 2022 will be the first opportunity in three years to bring together all TDA members with their industry partners and key stakeholders.

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