The McGowan Government will fulfil its election commitment to invest millions towards the future of the Hay Park sporting complex, with funding to assist with lighting and drainage upgrades included in the State Budget.
$3.9m has been committed towards the facility in the 2018-19 State Budget, with $150,000 allocated to assist with project planning in 2017-18.
Similarly, the McGowan Budget will include an allocation of $2 million towards the redevelopment of the Eaton Bowls Club into a multi-purpose community hub.
Gymnastics Australia and its eight State and Territory Member Associations, have announced new child safety guidelines following the scandal surrounding USA Gymnastics and a range of local child protection issues. These are designed to protect the safety, well-being and empowerment of all children and young people accessing its programs and services, 91 per cent of whom are under 12 years old. They are updating and developing resources to strengthen processes and procedures and forming a National Child Safety Working Group to ensure children are safe while training and touring.
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PwC Skills for Australia have reviewed 3D printing units and skill sets in the Printing and Graphic Arts Training Package. The review included an investigation into broader industry needs. Four units have been developed (one new), with draft products available for review and feedback:
Feedback due 22 May 2018.
Homegrown feature film Breath, based on Western Australian author Tim Winton's Miles Franklin Award winning novel of the same name, has launched with a premiere hosted by the Albany Entertainment Centre.
Breath, filmed entirely on location in the Great Southern region, marks the directorial debut of well-known Australian actor Simon Baker. The local production had a significant impact on the region's economy - supporting an estimated 150 jobs over the project's life and generating an estimated $5.6 million short-term benefit for the local economy. Breath received major production investment support from Screen Australia ($2 million), Screenwest and Lotterywest ($800,000), as well as Royalties for Regions in association with the Great Southern Development Commission ($1.5 million).
Screenwest administered and monitored the Royalties for Regions contribution, along with its own investment, and worked with the Great Southern Development Commission to ensure the project met its 'buy local' and human capacity development obligations.
Meanwhile, the Federal government has announced a new Location Incentive Program aimed at supporting the sector and creating work for local talent. The $140 million program will be delivered over four years from 2019 to attract large budget international productions to be filmed in Australia. It is expected to bring in over $260 million per year in new foreign expenditure to the local economy.
Read about the Location Incentive Program here.
International conversations and research about the Future of Work have become ubiquitous over the last three years, with a large volume of research work informing dialogue about the economic and social impact of the increased automation that will replace jobs and tasks within jobs. This conversation has become a major component of FutureNow’s research as it has such significant implications for education and training and ongoing workforce upskilling.
As a result, FutureNow has created a new page to assemble resources related to the Future of Work, and will update the page iteratively as significant new works are published.
Explore the current list here.
The latest edition of Nitro, the Australian Council of Deans and Directors of Creative Arts’ (DDCA) six-weekly publication, explores the impact of the Creative Arts in the tertiary sector and more broadly. DDCA Vice President Clive Barstow, Executive Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University, explores the impact that a system heavily reliant on metrics has on the difficult-to-measure Arts and Cultural sector.
Barstow’s observations reflect those of many of FutureNow’s stakeholders within the Arts and Education sectors. In particular, industry note that a rigid focus on occupational outcomes fails to account for the varied career trajectories of arts graduates, or to acknowledge the broad set of skills a student acquires through studying an arts discipline. Barstow argues the current political agenda privileges STEM over STEAM and fails to recognise the broader impact and contribution of the Arts. FutureNow’s industry consultations have identified concerns that the defunding of Arts qualifications and pathways that result from such bias undermine quality delivery and create access issues.
Read the full article here.
The finalists for the 2018 Western Australian of the Year Awards have been announced. The awards celebrate exceptional West Australians who have made an extraordinary impact in the community and demonstrated excellence in their field. Thirty-two finalists have been selected across seven categories, including the Wesfarmers Aboriginal Award, Woodside Energy Arts & Culture Award, Perdaman Business Award, Alcoa of Australia Community Award, APM Professions Award, Channel 7 Sports Award and the BHP Youth Award. FutureNow's Board Member and Chief Executive Officer of WA Sports Federation, Rob Thompson, is one of four finalists in the Channel 7 Sports Award. Click here for more information.
An enhanced auspicing research tool has been developed in collaboration with the Department of Education and the Training Accreditation Council Secretariat. This tool will help schools to research and choose suitable registered training organisations (RTOs) before entering into auspicing arrangements for the delivery of vocational education and training (VET) qualifications to their secondary students.
The auspicing research tool includes:
Go to the Department of Training and Workforce Development's website for more information and to access the tool.
The updated Vocational education and training qualifications register for secondary students is available on the Department of Training and Workforce Development's website. The register includes industry advice on qualifications and delivery options that are more likely to lead to successful student outcomes. It also provides information to help schools and registered training organisations (RTOs) determine their capacity to deliver and assess a qualification to the required industry standards.
The register has been updated for the 2019 school year, and lists over 400 VET qualifications. It captures changes to training package qualifications, accredited courses and school-based apprenticeships and traineeships endorsed before 30 November 2017.
It is strongly recommended that schools and RTOs offer green or orange flagged qualifications through industry supported delivery options. It is also important to consider all advice about a qualification as there may be specific requirements or industry recommendations regarding delivery and/or assessment.