2019 VTA State Conference
Thursday 15 and Friday 16 August 2019. The theme of this year's conference is TAFE: Delivering on the Public Mission.
At the passing of Victoria’s revolutionary Education Act 1872 and its weaving of public education into the fabric of this state, then Governor Lord John Manners-Sutton declared that the Act would “promote the happiness, intelligence, and prosperity of the people”.
It is now possible to take the sentiments behind the Governor’s words for granted as few would disagree that public education provides benefits to both the individual citizen and to society as a whole. Indeed, it is this spirit that informs the activities of TAFE and its civic duty to support the wellbeing and prosperity of the people and communities it serves.
But 177 years after the passing of the seminal Act, it is worth pausing to reflect on the role of public education and how it can best position itself to contribute to solving new and intensifying challenges such as global warming, social change and the future of work.
This conference will focus on the public mission of our TAFE institutes. It will consider the contribution made by public education institutions like TAFE, beyond ‘retail’, or financial metrics and explore its evolving role and contribution to social, economic and environmental wellbeing.
With a line-up of national and international luminaries leading and informing the discussion, the conference is sure to challenge steadfast views and provide a roadmap for the future of TAFE and public education.