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Five leaders from philanthropy, business and the arts were honoured for their rich contribution to Australia’s cultural life at the new Creative Partnerships Awards at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art this week. The Awards recognise those who have fostered enduring partnerships between the cultural and private sectors and encouraged the spirit of giving to the arts. Four Awards were presented; Sydney’s Peter Wilson received the Emerging Philanthropy Leadership Award, Julieanne Alroe and Richard Goyder AO shared the Business Arts Leadership Award, Mary Jo Capps received the Arts Leadership Award and Naomi Milgrom AO received the Philanthropy Leadership Award.
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The vocational education and training (VET) system in Australia plays a central role in the development of skills for the Australian workforce and through that role makes a critical contribution to workforce participation, productivity levels, individual’s life chances and economic and social development. VET funding in Australia: Background, trends and future directions is a paper published by The Mitchell Institute and summarises the evolution of the VET shared funding model and assesses its effectiveness over time in terms of funding, participation and enrolments. It also looks at the changing shares of Commonwealth and state funding particularly through VET FEE-HELP. It concludes by outlining, in broad terms, options for future funding responsibility for VET.
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To assist registered training organisations (RTOs) to prepare for and implement revised training packages, the Australian Government Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and state and territory Skills Ministers have agreed to temporarily increase the period allowed to transition students to the updated training package qualifications under Standard 1.26 (a) of the Standards for RTOs 2015.
RTOs will now have 18 months instead of 12 months from the date the superseding training product was released on training.gov.au to transition students to the updated training package qualifications or complete their studies and issue the appropriate certification.
This provision only applies for training products endorsed by the AISC from September 2015 until March 2016.
Further information and a list of the qualifications that the 18 month period applies to is available at https://www.education.gov.au/regulation-vet .
A new online competition from IP Australia seeks to inspire innovators and entrepreneurs to maximise their intellectual property rights. The contest asks businesses to develop a creative digital submission explaining their invention, brand, design or artistic product and the value of the particular IP strategy they have established. The prize is up to $5000 worth of innovation incubator hub space or business advisory services.
Visit IP Australia for details here.
The Department of Training and Workforce Development has just released the December 2015 quarterly Labour and Economic Snapshot. The snapshot provides an overview of the State’s economic and labour market conditions.
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The federal government has launched a new website designed to improve the quality of vocational education and training (VET) for secondary school students. The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Senator Scott Ryan, announced the 'Preparing Secondary Students for Work' website and online assessment tool.
The website is designed to help principals, teachers and trainers provide high quality, industry relevant courses for students studying VET at secondary school.
Click here to visit the website.
The State Priority Occupation List (SPOL) is an annually-produced list of occupations that are considered critical to Western Australia and/or are experiencing unmet demand. The SPOL informs training priorities through the State Training Plan, workforce development planning, Skilling WA and the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL). Occupations that are included on SPOL attract greater training subsidies from the Department of Training and Workforce Development (DTWD) for courses from Certificate II to IV level and apprenticeships and eligible traineeships that are linked to the occupations. To read more about the SPOL list and processes, click here.
FutureNow requests your feedback in order to provide accurate and current information to government on the occupations where there are current or projected skills shortages. To enable us to represent your views, we would appreciate it if you would complete the survey and/or forward it on to your stakeholders. All responses will remain confidential.
Public swimming pools in Western Australia attracted 10.4 million visits and employed 3,500 people in full time, part time and casual positions in 2014/15 as revealed in the latest Bigger, Better Safer: 2014/15 Western Australian Aquatics Industry Report. The report is prepared by the Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia (RLSSWA), backed by the Western Australian Department of Sport and Recreation (DSRWA) and the Leisure Institute of WA Aquatic Inc (LIWA), and is the only study of its type undertaken in Australia.
Click here to read the report.
Hosted by the Department of Training and Workforce Development, the 2016 Training Providers Forum will be held from the 30 - 31 May at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The event is aimed at all those involved in the planning, delivery and assessment of training and workforce development.