national network of publicly owned Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes and university TAFE divisions
and the Australia-Pacific Training Coalition (APTC).
In this time of unprecedented health, social and economic challenges, TAFE Directors Australia would like to express our best wishes to the TAFEs and the whole of the education community in Australia and abroad. We hope that you are keeping healthy and safe and we look forward to working with you on building an education sector that will come stronger out of these times of crisis.
TDA will continue to support the TAFEs throughout the coronavirus pandemic and work with the Australian Government on finding the best ways to address the unprecedented challenges that the sector is facing. We will also keep the safety and welfare of our students, both domestic and those who chose Australia as their education destination, at the forefront of our actions. We also look forward to continuing to work with our partners in Australia and overseas on improving the vocational education sector.
In 2019, TAFE institutes were delivering over 1,200 courses to nearly 780,000 students, and our members continue to enjoy a majority share of government-funded training.
TAFE remains the dominant partner in vocational education and training (VET) across most of Australia’s core skilled occupations, and with major Australian industry.
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On behalf of TAFEs around Australia, TDA is excited to be launching TAFETalks. TAFETalks provide a virtual platform for TAFE staff and other interested VET stakeholders to come together, to share, learn and create connections across institutes and states and territories on current issues and priorities. Join TDA CEO, Craig Robertson in conversation with the National Skills Commissioner, Adam Boyton at 12:00 AEST on 15 April 2021 for a look at the year ahead. Registration is essential.
Australian TAFEs have shown their responsiveness, resilience and innovation during the global COVID-19 pandemic, a new publication from TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) shows. TDA surveyed TAFEs in the latter half of the year to understand their journey through COVID-19. The result is The Power of TAFE: The COVID Story which describes the rapid and structured transformation that TAFEs underwent during 2020 in response to COVID-19. It documents the approaches adopted by TAFEs – how students coped and how staff adapted. The scale of the digital transformation was unprecedented.