On 25 February 2024, the Hon Jason Clare MP, Minister for Education, released the Australian Universities Accord Final Report.
The Australian Universities Accord Final Report contains 47 recommendations for Government consideration and aims to create a long-term reform plan for the higher education sector to meet Australia’s future skills needs.
A Summary Report was prepared by the Department of Education and outlines themes and issues identified in the Accord Final Report.
The Review proposes ambitious targets to increase the number of places in the tertiary education system to meet Australia’s skills needs. This includes:
Hundreds of international travel agents who specialise in selling Australia's world-class tourism experiences to the world will gather in Western Australia in October.
The event will put Australian tourism businesses face-to-face with about 300 agents from key markets around the world, who have been trained by Tourism Australia to be Aussie Specialists.
G'day Australia will provide a boost for tourism in Western Australia and across the country, with state and territory tourism organisations supporting a national familiarisation program around the event, giving visiting agents first-hand experience of the best Australia has to offer.
G'day Australia will be hosted in partnership with Tourism Western Australia from Sunday, 13 October to Friday, 18 October.
• Western Australia Visitor Economy Strategy 2033 (WAVES 2033) has been launched
• Strategy outlines 10-year plan for sustainable growth of WA's visitor economy
• WAVES 2033 aims to elevate WA as a world-class tourism destination, and increase visitor spend to $25 billion by 2033
• WA Government has committed $530 million to tourism for next four years
WAVES 2033 was developed with consultation across 14 WA Government agencies, and with more than 25 industry stakeholders, with representatives invited to offer their insights on the challenges and opportunities faced by the WA tourism industry.
Growth opportunities were identified and categorised into six goal areas, including Aboriginal tourism, accommodation and attractions, aviation, destination brand, events, and high performing industry, each comprising key initiatives that will drive sustainable growth of the tourism industry.
Click here to read the Strategy
The State Government has today announced it has established a Tourism Investment Committee of Cabinet, bringing a renewed focus to one of Western Australia's most important industries.
The Tourism Minister will lead the committee, with vital input from Ministers for the Environment, Planning, Culture and the Arts, Sport and Recreation and Regional Development.
Key focuses of the new committee will include:
• providing strategic guidance and oversight of all major tourism attractions and infrastructure investment proposals, including establishing key Government priorities;
• strengthening collaboration and coordination across agencies to drive timely delivery of approvals through Government processes;
• identifying and removing barriers to tourism investment;
• investigating potential legislative reforms to elevate and expedite Government approvals and investment decisions; and
• identifying new and existing ministerially endorsed tourism infrastructure investment projects.
Professor Barney Glover AO will commence a five year term as Jobs and Skills Australia commissioner in April 2024. Professor Glover will lead the work to address Australia's current and future workforce skills within the context of work with industry, employees, unions and the education and training sector. The appointment which was announced by the Minister for Skills and Training the Honourable Brendan O'Connor in January may be referenced here on the Jobs and Skills Australia website.
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) released the Concussion and Brain Health Position Statement which brings together the most recent evidence-based information to assist sporting organisations, including offering return to sport timelines and guidelines.
The AIS collaborated with key organisations to inform this update, including Sports Medicine Australia, the Australian Physiotherapy Association, and the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians.
To access the position statement
130 fee-free qualifications and skill sets are available in 2024 and the Commonwealth and State Governments have extended the agreement to deliver fee-free training until the end of 2026.
Enrolments for 2024 are still being finalised, however there have been a record number of applications to study fee-free courses in 2024 - a 29 per cent increase on applications compared to this time last year. There has also been a 25 per cent increase in applications for TAFE courses overall.
Health and care sector qualifications made up seven out of the top ten fee-free full qualifications, with the strongest enrolment growth in 2023, compared to the previous year.
Other courses in the top ten for enrolment growth last year include:
• Certificate IV in Information Technology/Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking (up by 473 enrolments); and
• Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (up 239 enrolments)
Access the TAFE website
Funding for sport and recreation event project and hosting, and country sport projects are now open until 5pm 26th February 2024. Details about eligibility can be found at the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website.
The WA Government has released the Collie Tourism Prospectus, calling on business operators to become a part of Collie’s tourism evolution.
Tourism has been a very successful part of the efforts to transition the region away from a coal-based economy to a more diverse and sustainable future. Since the transition work has begun, visitor numbers in Collie have increased by over 73%.
The iconic Wellington Dam mural continues to attract local and international visitors, and the final stage of the $10 million Adventure Mountain bike trails in the Wellington Forest is to be open in Summer 2023-24, it is expected these numbers will continue to rise as Collie’s reputation as a premier adventure destination in WA’s South West grows. The success of these attractions means that Collie is now facing high demand for new accommodation, and food and beverage offerings. Some of the future tourism-friendly offerings may include:
» Accommodation: upmarket couples and family accommodation
» Boutique brewery
» Accommodation support industries
» Café/restaurant style eateries
» Mountain biker friendly offerings
» Aboriginal cultural offerings
» Eco/nature tourism offerings
» Heritage, arts and culture offerings
View the prospectus here
The full program for West Tech Assemblage 2024 has been announced, with FutureNow CEO Julie Hobbs proudly acting as MC for the half-day conference. The event will be hosted from 2-8pm at the Australian Institute of Management in Floreat, and will feature a ministerial panel, civic leaders panel, and a section dedicated to voices from the community. The West Tech Assemblage focuses on digital literacy, diversity, and inclusivity, reaching Indigenous communities, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. This event brings stakeholders together to drive digital inclusion. It's an opportunity to plan and ensure collective progress for an inclusive digital future.
You may book tickets here