national network of publicly owned Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes and university TAFE divisions
and the Australia-Pacific Training Coalition (APTC).
Our vision is for TAFE to be recognised as the pre-eminent provider of tertiary education in Australia and as a global standard in vocational education and training.
The priority for TAFE Directors Australia is to continue to demonstrate the power of the TAFE model. Not only in terms of its service across all communities in Australia but also its strong industry focus to bring contemporary skills and vocational education to all students so they can power the workforce and economic recovery.
TAFE Directors Australia will continue to support TAFEs in the post coronavirus environment and work with the Australian Government on finding the best ways to address the unprecedented challenges that face our society. TAFEs are well placed to respond and adapt to the effects of rapid technological change, digitalisation, climate change, demographic trends, and new forms of work. The 2020 COVID year showed us how resilient and innovative TAFEs could be in reshaping their work and driving change.
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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Micro-credentials appear to be the new black in learning, here in Australia and around the world. Colleges and Institutes Canada has released a national framework for micro-credentials. Here in Australia, the former minister for education, Dan Tehan announced the micro-credentials marketplace and the review of the Australia Qualifications Framework also made recommendations about micro-credentials. The review of senior secondary pathways also recommended they be considered in senior schooling. There’s been little policy action since. What do we mean by micro-credentials? Craig Robertson explores this question for the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA).
TAFE Directors Australia has produced two new videos to help international audiences better understand the Australian vocational education system, and TAFEs’ role in technical vocational education and training.