VTA Position & Discussion Papers' Archive
This response focuses on the key areas of policy reforms and recommendations contained in Part II of the Report, Education and Innovation, Section 3. Further reform of the education system can improve productivity and participation and, most specifically area 3.4 Strengthening the VET system.
The Expert Panel appointed by the Government is seeking feedback on the Essential Services Commission’s report and recommendations. This survey provides important information to the Panel about VTA's views.
To help inform its strategy to improve the competitiveness of the Victorian economy, the Victorian Government has asked the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission to undertake an inquiry that will identify the main elements of a state-based reform agenda. VTA's response includes 14 key messages.
VTA remains unconvinced that the funding mechanisms and fee structures introduced to reform the VET sector in Victoria are the most effective and efficient to achieving workforce needs where skills shortages exist particularly in thin markets.
In 2010 VTA/TDA jointly responded to the Productivity Commission's study into the VET workforce. The Commission issued a draft reserach report and invited VTA/TDA to further comment. Please find here the VTA/TDA joint submission in response to the Draft Research Report on the VET Workforce.
The VTA's response focuses on the policy objectives and consequences of a range of reforms in the training and skills environment. It identifies and focuses on the impact of these reforms on both the cost and burden of regulation.
VTA Submission: Creating a future direction for Australian
vocational education and training (November 2010)(479KB)
VTA's response to the Skills Australia discussion paper Creating a future direction for Australian vocational education and training focusing on the improvement of the VET experience with particular focus on apprentices.
Joint TAFE Associations’ Submission on the quality of teaching in VET (October 2010) (288 KB)
This submission is made by TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) and Victorian TAFE Association (VTA) to the DEEWR project on the quality of teaching in VET on behalf of their individual and collective constituencies.
This submission is made by the Victorian TAFE Association (VTA), TAFE Directors Australia (TDA), and the Victorian TAFE Development Centre (TDC) on behalf of their individual and collective constituencies. The VTA, TDA and the TDC are in agreement that a capable and competent VET workforce is fundamental to the achievement of the Government’s productivity agenda.
VTA Response to Victorian Tertiary Education Plan (June 2010) (186 KB)
Skills Victoria has released a Report advising on the development of the Victorian Tertiary Education Plan. The VTA Response considers the recommendations of the Report.
VTA Response to Stronger Futures for all Young Victorians (June 2010) (60 KB)
The Victorian Government released a discussion paper Stronger Futures for all Young Victorians. The VTA Response provides a TAFE perspective to the questions highlighted in the discussion paper.
VTA Response to Securing Jobs For Your Future Implementation Review 2010 (May 2010) (225 KB)
In order to achieve the policy goals of Victoria’s new skills system it is imperative that more Victorians can gain access, and not be denied access at affordable costs, to VET. The VTA in its response to the Review of the implementation of Securing Jobs for Your Future makes 11 recommendations and 24 proposed policy improvements. VTA looks forward to ongoing dialogue with DIIRD on the matters raised in this response.
VTA response to Skills Australia "Workforce Futures' (Nov 2009) (29 KB)
VTA welcomed the opportunity to comment on the papers to promote discussion towards an Australian Workforce Development
Strategy and strongly supports a national approach.
VTA in its response to AQF Council reaffirms the need to have an enabling level in a new AQF framework, recommends a separate framework for describing the complexity of generic skills and offers specific comments in relation to qualification types descriptors and measures of the volume of learning
VTA response to 'Provincial Victoria: Directions for the Next Decade' (Sept 2009) (73 KB)
All regional TAFE providers have strategic plans to grow their activities in each region and capital works plans to underpin these. The revenue base of Victoria’s regionally based public TAFE providers in 2008 exceeded $300m. Regional TAFE providers support an effective full time workforce of approximately 3000 and make substantial investments benefiting regional economies.
VTA response to 'Australian Apprentices Taskforce Discussion Paper' June 2009 (July 2009) (160 KB)
The Victorian TAFE Association endorses the establishment of the Australian Apprentices Taskforce to explore opportunities to support participation in Australian Apprenticeships during the current economic downturn and to equip Australian enterprises with the skills to take advantage of opportunities as the economy strengthens.
VTA response to 'Strengthening the AQF:A Proposal' (May 2009) (151 KB)
It is timely that the AQF Council reflects on the current AQF and its relevance to 21st Century Australia and global post-compulsory education practices. The Victorian TAFE Association (VTA) endorses the work being undertaken to explore opportunities to strengthen the AQF to meet short, medium and longer term education and training needs.
VTA Commentary : Foundations for the Future (May 2009) (139 KB)
Foundations for the Future - Draft Proposals for Future Governance, Architecture and Market Design for the National Training System.
The principles and objectives to apply to future governance of the National Training System described in the Position Paper and emphasise on the strategic leadership role of industry are strongly supported by VTA.
VTA fully supports the need to have a national approach to developing the sustainability agenda for vocational and technical education.
The initiative to develop a common policy and terminology for credit arrangements across education and training sectors is applauded. The perceived benefits for learners and students are critical in ensuring clear and effective pathways between courses, sectors and providers.
VTA Response to VET Training Products for the 21st Century Consultation Paper (March 2009) (153 KB)
Victorian TAFE Association supports a national industry led VET system and commends the National Quality Council/COAG Joint Steering Committee for initiating this consultation as part of the development of a draft policy framework for VET Training Products for the 21st Century.
VTA's response includes key points covering: Defining and Developing Competency; VET Qualifications; Training Packages - Structure and Content; and Credit Systems and Recognition Arrangements.
VTA is of the view that the Job Ready Certificate policy described in the Discussion Paper. The proposed Job Ready Certificate limits eligibility and therefore disadvantages certain groups of young Australians and learners in non-school settings. Secondly the paper ignores policy initiatives in the past two years that strengthen quality standards (AQTF 2007) and the delivery, assessment and reporting of employability skills in AQF VET qualifications. Duplication of effort must be avoided. This response comments specifically on the proposed key features of the Job Ready Certificate and the underpinning principles described in the discussion paper.
The VTA's Response to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, major review of Australia’s higher education system.
The VTA's Response to the Victorian Government's April 2008 Securing our future economic prosperity: discussion paper on skills reform.
The VTA's Comparative Discussion Paper on Workforce Planning in TAFE and its appendices. Each state (including the territories) is attempting to deal with the issues of a changing environment and workforce in a way suited to their particular circumstances. A comparison of these approaches will highlight best practices and generate further ideas for workforce planning and development initiatives for Victoria.
Back Door to University or Front Door to Open Learning? Submission prepared in response to: Varieties of Learning: the interface between higher education and vocational education and training (Sept 2002) (569 KB)
Educator Careers and Job Classifications : A Discussion Paper Prepared for
the VTA (August 2002) (111 KB)
by Professor Gerry Griffin & Fitzfin Consulting Pty Ltd
Workforce : The Continuous Transition : A VTA discussion paper (August 2001)
Arising from the VTA Search Forum "The Future of the TAFE Workforce Search" 21-22 August 2001
Online learning and innovation (June 2001) (91 KB) Monograph Series 2:2 June 2001
The VET Professional and TAFE Teacher Qualifications (March 2001) (386 KB) Monograph Series 2:1 March 2001
Key Performance Measures in Vocational Education and Training - A Discussion Paper (October 2000) (89 KB) Monograph Series 1:2 October 2000
Educational Autonomy TAFE and Autonomy - Beyond Corporate Governance (July 2000) (217 KB) Monograph Series 1:1 July 2000
and Traineeship System: A Critical Analysis (March 2000) (111 KB)
A submission to the Review of the Quality of Training in Victoriaís Apprenticeship and Traineeship System
The Quality of Vocational
Education and Training in Victoria (May 2000) (126 KB)
A submission to the Senate Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education Committee
Submission to the
Inquiry into the Appropriate Roles of Institutes of Technical and Further
Education (October 1997) (43 KB)
House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training