22 June 2012 : TAFE Newsflash 2/12

There have been a number of recent developments which are likely to have a major impact on VET and TAFE, including the announcement of the Skills and Training Taskforce and the transfer of the state's powers of regulation of VET providers to the federal government. Additionally, TAFE Council has endorsed a course of action for the current EB negotiations.

Skills and Training Taskforce.

The Newman government has announced the setting up of the Skills and Training Taskforce,  which will examine the VET system in Queensland and recommend “the appropriate governance structure … to provide accountability, value for money and long-term co-operation between industry and government in Queensland”.

The Minister is on the record as saying: "It will review the role and function of all statutory bodies that contribute to the VET sector in Queensland to ensure they are aligned and fulfil their role in meeting Queensland's economic and employment objectives."

The chair is Michael Roche, CEO of the Queensland Resources Council, and the appointed members are drawn from the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, the Housing Industry Association, the Australian Industry Group, Growcom, the National Retail Association and Careers Australia Group. The Australian Council for Private Education and Training will be represented by CEO, Claire Field. Union representation consists of Michael Ravbar, State Secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union. Institute directors and TAFE representative unions have no direct representation on the body.

Official members include:

  • Julie Grantham, Director-General, Department of Education, Training and Employment
  • Jon Grayson, Director-General, Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • Helen Gluer, Under Treasurer, Department of Treasury and Trade.

The interim report is expected in September.

VET regulation

Last night, the state government passed the Vocational Education and Training (Commonwealth Powers) Bill, transferring its powers to regulate registered training organisations (RTOs) to the federal government. The move places all Queensland RTOs under the auspices of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). The state bodies, the Training and Employment Recognition Council (TERC) and the Registration Management Entity (RME) meet for the last time over the next week.

EB7 update 2

On Friday 15 June, TAFE Council met in an extraordinary meeting called by QTU President Kevin Bates under Rule 13.4 (c )(ii) of the Constitution and Rules of the QTU, to address issues surrounding the current enterprise bargaining process.

The government has still not formed a policy from which the department can create a bargaining position, yet the deadline for the agreement is looming and this government has a firm "no back-dating" policy in regards to negotiations.

Taking these and other considerations into account, including the now established Skills and Training Taskforce, TAFE Council authorised the officers of the Union to undertake a course of action to progress outstanding matters, and to take matters to the Industrial Relations Commission should a firm offer not be forthcoming.

Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary,
Queensland Teachers' Union,  21 Graham St,  Milton,Q.4064