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Acknowledging refugees on World Refugee Day – comment by CEO Jenny Dodd

From 1827 to 2022 a form of TAFE has existed. That’s nearly 200 years! The first adult technical college was founded in Hobart in 1827 and that was followed closely by a college in Sydney in 1833. TAFE is a part of the fabric of adult education and training in every State and Territory and in all metropolitan and most regional communities.

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Pathways are on everyone’s lips – comment by CEO Jenny Dodd

Pathways have become part of the lexicon of many groups of late. This embraces everything from providers thinking about possible micro-credential pathways, to Skills Organisations such as DSO reflecting on ‘simplified digital pathways’, to those who are consulting on how to address recommendations 11-13 of the 2019 AQF review.

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‘The future is moving so fast’ – comment by CEO Jenny Dodd

Last Thursday as I was reading the Australian Financial Review I was struck by the words of Catherine Livingstone, Chair of the Board of CBA, ‘You learn from the past, but you don’t dwell on the past. Once you’ve learned the lessons, you really need to look at the future because the future is moving so fast’.

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The regulator to approve the products it will regulate – comment by CEO Jenny Dodd

Many eyebrows were raised around the sector last week when ASQA was announced as the approver of training products in the new environment of Industry Clusters. That is, from 1 January 2023 ASQA will decide whether training products are ready to enter the market. ASQA will replace the approval role currently held by the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC). The regulator approving the products that it will then regulate is an interesting decision.

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Businesses contributing to lifelong learning – comment by CEO Jenny Dodd

PwC Australia’s 25th CEO Survey and AiGroup’s CEO Business Prospects Survey, both released in the last two weeks, indicate that businesses will invest significantly in training during 2022The cost of repaying students scammed by disreputable colleges in the VET FEE-HELP scandal has soared to $3.3 billion, and could reach $4.6 billion, the federal government says. The Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, Stuart Robert said that more than 180,000 students have had their VET FEE-HELP debts re-credited since 2016. Mr Robert said, “dodgy providers specifically targeted people living in public housing, people with disability, people with substance

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