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            The following is a summary list of recent media releases received by the
                                                    Association.

                                                           Included in the Indigenous Employment
           NEWS FROM THE                                   programme are:

        FEDERAL GOVERNMENT                                    Wage      assistance     for     employers       of
                                                               disadvantaged indigenous job seekers;
       Work for the Dole – It’s Working for
       Australia                      26 May                  A placement incentive for Community
                                                               Development Employment Projects;
       Tony     Abbott,    Minister   for   Employment
       Services comments on the release of an                 A   package     involving        major     private
       evaluation of the Work for the Dole Pilot               sector    companies     wishing       to   recruit
       Programme prepared by the Department of                 indigenous Australians;
       Employment,        Workplace     Relations   and
                                                              Projects providing structured training
       Small Business.         The evaluation followed
                                                               and      employment          opportunities      for
       a survey of more than 9000 Work for the
                                                               indigenous people in the private sector
       Dole participants, a review of ten Work for
                                                               and      with       indigenous       community
       the Dole projects, and in-depth interviews
                                                               organisations.       The policy details that
       of 150 participants.
                                                               structured training, usually involving
       He comments on the success of the pilot,                new apprenticeships for 10 or more
       noting that three months after leaving                  people, will be supported under this
       Work for the Dole, 34% of participants                  program,     and      that     projects    in   the
       were in employment at the time of the                   private    sector    and     with    indigenous
       survey and 11% had gone on to education                 communities will be funded on the
       and training.          A further 23% of those           basis of best value for money.
       unemployed             when    surveyed      had
                                                           For further policy details, contact the
       experienced some paid employment since
                                                           Association’s office.
       participating.
                                                           Better Pathways from School to Work for
       $115 Million for Indigenous Employment              Indigenous Students              25 May
                                                 25 May
       Peter    Reith,    Minister    for   Employment,
       Workplace Relations and Small Business
       launches a comprehensive $115 million
       employment          policy     for    indigenous
       Australians.       The three pronged policy
       consists   of     an   Indigenous    Employment
       Programme, an Indigenous Small Business
       Fund, and a more focussed Job Network.


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                                             amacklin@vta.vic.edu.au                                            1
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       Dr David Kemp, Minister for Education,                As    a   result,     and    following          extensive
       Training and Youth Affairs, congratulates             consultation, the Government has moved
       Employment Minister Peter Reith for his               so that incentives will be available to
       launch of the Government’s Indigenous                 employers       enrolling     existing          staff     to
       Employment Policy.            The $115 million        Certificate 3 or 4 New Apprenticeships,
       policy includes a range of initiatives to             either     where       the   worker        has         been
       increase    the    training       and    employment   employed by the company for less than 3
       opportunities          available    to   indigenous   months full time, or 12 months part time,
       Australians.                                          or where the nominal full time training
                                                             duration is for 2 years or more.
       Dr Kemp states that improved educational
       achievement for indigenous Australians is             Areas of the traditional apprenticeships
       a key national priority for the Howard                will continue to attract full incentives.
       Government.                                           Previous       arrangements         will        also     be
                                                             reintroduced             whereby                 trainees
       Government Tightens Eligibility Criteria for          commencing Certificate 3 traineeships are
       Re-Skilling Existing Worker Incentive                 not considered to be existing employees if,
       Payments                             21 May
                                                             within the preceding 12 months, they
       Dr David Kemp, Minister for Education,
                                                             have previously completed a Certificate 2
       Training and Youth Affairs, announces a
                                                             New       Apprenticeship       which            attracted
       tightening of the eligibility criteria for
                                                             Commonwealth incentives.
       employers         to     access     Commonwealth
       incentive     payments        under       the   New   Australia to Assist in Developing Global
       Apprenticeship scheme.                                On-Line Learning Standards        19 May

       By way of background, Dr Kemp states that             Dr David Kemp, Minister for Education,
       in   1998,     the       Government      announced    Training and Youth Affairs, announces
       changes to the incentive regime which                 special      funding    of   $525,000           to     boost
       allowed employers of existing workers to              Australia’s role in developing technology
       attract full Commonwealth incentives if               standards for on-line learning.
       they re-skilled their staff in the higher             Specifically, the funding will enable the
       level      qualifications          of    the    New   University of New England to establish a
       Apprenticeships initiative. The purpose of            co-ordinating centre and allow Australia
       this was to encourage employers to retrain            to    take     part     in    the      Instructional
       their existing workforce.                             Management Systems (IMS) project as a full
       He states that it has now become apparent             member for a further three years. The IMS
       that the rapid increase in numbers of New             is   an   international      project       to    develop
       Apprentices is putting pressure on the                standards, allowing on-line educational
       system which was originally designed to               content      and    applications      from        diverse
       focus largely on new workforce entrants.              sources to work together smoothly.




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                          please contact Alice Macklin at the Association’s Office -
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       As part of the funding arrangement, UNE            Dr David Kemp announces Federal Budget
       will establish and operate the Australian          details with respect to education, and
       IMS Centre for an initial period of 18             states    that    this       Budget    sees    increased
       months.    The Centre will act on behalf of        funding of $870 million for education
       the education and training communities             over the next four years. He states that the
       and     report    to   a   managing    committee   money      will    support       higher       standards,
       comprising       Government,    education    and   increased opportunity and greater choice
       training         sectors       and      industry   in education for all Australians.
       representatives.
                                                          The      total    Government          commitment       to
       Additional information on the project can          education amounts to $11 billion per
       be found at http://www.imsproject.org              annum       over       the    budget     and    forward
                                                          estimates period, to develop strong, more
       Meet the Press: Dr David Kemp, National            equitable        and     vibrant      education       and
       Ten Network                      16 May
                                                          training sectors into the next millennium.
       Dr David Kemp is questioned on a range
                                                          $5 billion is provided for schooling, $4.2
       of issues, including the lack of additional
                                                          billion for universities, and $1.6 billion
       funding for the TAFE system Australia
                                                          to    support      vocational         education       and
       wide.
                                                          training.
       Dr Kemp replies that the ANTA Board has
                                                          (See following media release for details of
       refused to recommend to the Government
                                                          the Budget with respect to vocational
       that it increase direct funding for TAFE
                                                          education and training.)
       itself, because there are “very significant
       efficiencies” to be gained in that sector,         $1.6 Billion Each Year for                      Training
       and over the last two years, through that          Opportunities for all Australians                 11 May
       policy, an additional 70,000 additional            Dr    David       Kemp        announces        that   the
       TAFE places have been created.          He adds    Howard Government will provide funding
       that     the     Government     has    increased   of $354 million in 1999-2000 for New
       funding    for    vocational    education,   and   Apprenticeships,             providing    an    annual
       that this is why there is presently a record       commitment of more than $1.6 billion to
       number of people in apprenticeships.               support VET, including programmes for
                                                          unemployed young people in Australia.
       $870 Million More for Education           11 May   He states that this represents an increase of
                                                          $130 million over a four year period.




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       The    funds       will        support       the        further        A further $26 million in funding over
       development of the national VET system,                                 the        1999-2000               and      2000-01
       and the increase of incentives which have                               financial years for the continuation of
       resulted      in    record          numbers           of   New          the successful Jobs Pathway Program to
       Apprentices in training which now stand                                 provide VET opportunities in schools;
       at an all time high.            The funds will also                    Funding of $400,000 to the Developing
       support school leavers moving from school                               an Enterprising Culture – Women in
       to    work     through          the        Jobs       Pathway           Small Business programme.      The
       Programme          and    funding            through        the         funding will support the development
       Australian National Training Authority.                                 of training materials to assist women to
                                                                               participate in the small business sector.

                                                                          Additional Help for Disadvantaged Young
       In summary, the budget includes:                                   Australians                       11 May

           $354 million in 1999-2000 for New                             As       part     of        the        Federal      Budget,

            Apprenticeships                with          a        total   Parliamentary          Secretary         for   Education,

            commitment of $1.5 billion over 4                             Training and Youth Affairs, Ms Trish

            years;                                                        Worth      announces             the    continuation       of
                                                                          funding to the value of $60 million of the
           an additional $51.4 million over 5
                                                                          Job Placement, Education and Training
            years for the Rural and Regional New
                                                                          Programme (JPET). JPET provides a range
            Apprenticeships            program            from       1
                                                                          of services to help young people at risk,
            January 1999 to boost employment
                                                                          aged       15-21,          to    overcome      barriers    to
            opportunities in emerging industries
                                                                          getting stable accommodation, find work,
            for 30,000 New Apprentices in rural
                                                                          access training, or re-enter the education
            Australia.      The program provides an
                                                                          system.
            additional $1000 incentive when an
            employer progresses a new apprentice
                                                                          Australia’s Environment Benefits from an
            from     Certificate       2     to    Certificate       3    Increase in Green Corps Places      11 May
            training.                                                     The      Hon     Trish          Worth,    Parliamentary
           Maintenance          of     funding           of      $918    Secretary       for    Education,         Training        and
            million for 1999 to ANTA to support                           Youth Affairs, announces funding of $90
            use choice and higher standards in                            million     for       an    addition        6,800    Green
            TAFE and the private training sector.                         Corps places over the next 4 financial
            In addition, ANTA will receive $172.6                         years.
            million over four years for National
            Programmes.




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                          please contact Alice Macklin at the Association’s Office -
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                                                     amacklin@vta.vic.edu.au                                                          4
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       Green     Corps     natural           environment      and    The view of the Ministers was that SMEs
       heritage projects involve volunteers aged                     will    be   the    engine      of   growth    in   the
       17 to 20 working on a full time basis.                        knowledge based economies of the future,
       Volunteers are paid a training allowance                      and that faster growth by SMEs requires
       and receive a minimum of 134 hours of                         action across a wide range of policy areas
       accredited training.              A new round of              and a co-ordinated approach across the
       projects commences every two months, each                     APEC work program.
       involving up to 350 young volunteers.
                                                                     With regard to education, the Meeting
       Ms Worth highlights the employment and                        identified five education issues for SMEs.
       training outcomes of Green Corps to date,                     Specifically, there is a need to:
       including:
                                                                         Promote       effective    education-business
          20% of Round Five participants who                             linkages to support knowledge based
           completed            their        placement       were         enterprises;
           studying        in    education          or   training
                                                                         Develop the capabilities of the current
           courses three months later.                   Of these,
                                                                          pool of managers;
           21% were at university and 52% were
           at TAFE;                                                      Develop future SME managers;

          A further 44% of all participants were                        Facilitate the transfer of skills between
           in     unsubsidised           employment         three         economies;
           months later.                                                 Develop skills for entrepreneurs and
                                                                          consumers        to       enhance      consumer
       APEC 6th Annual Small and Medium                                   protection.
       Enterprise Ministerial Meeting 28 Apr
       Tony      Abbott,    Minister          for   Employment       For a copy of the Joint Ministerial
       Services, reports on the APEC Small and                       Statement which provides further details
       Medium       Enterprises          (SME)       Ministerial     on each of these items, please contact the
       meeting       which              he      attended       in    Association’s office.
       Christchurch on 26-28 April.
                                                                     Over Half of 15-24 Year Olds in Education
       The meeting canvassed a number of issues                                                                       28 Apr
       regarding the impediments to growth of                        The     Australian         Bureau      of     Statistics
       SMEs in APEC economies, one of which                          releases a survey which shows that 51% of
       was education.                                                Australians 15 to 24 year old population
                                                                     of     2,639,000       were      participating       in
                                                                     education at September 1998, compared to
                                                                     49% in 1993.           Of these, 693,000 were
                                                                     attending a school, 403,000 a higher
                                                                     education institution and 210,000 were
                                                                     attending a TAFE institute/college.


                If you would like further information on any of the above media releases
                           please contact Alice Macklin at the Association’s Office -
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                                                    amacklin@vta.vic.edu.au                                                5
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       Interestingly,    the      662,000        15-24     year   If    the    Government            maintained        Labor’s
       olds attending a tertiary education in                     investment levels at 3% of GDP, it would
       September 1998 was a decrease of 31,000                    be spending an extra $2.87 billion in this
       over the September 1997 figure.                            Budget.

       Females outnumber males by 34,000 at
                                                                  Howard’s        ‘Education     Budget’:
       higher education institutions, while in                    Shortsighted, Unbalanced and Unfair 11 May
       TAFE, the reverse was true, where 54,000                   Michael            Lee     criticises      the     level    of
       more males than females were enrolled.                     education spending in the Government’s
       Full    details   are    published    in                   1999/2000 Budget, stating that it does not
       Participation in Education (Persons aged                   “go       close     to   filling     the    $2.7     billion
       15 – 24) Australia (Cat No. 6272.0)                        education           hole    John      Howard        dug     in
       available at all ABS bookshops.  A                         1996”.
       summary      can      be found   at                             Mr    Lee’s     comments        cover       inadequate
       http://www.abs.gov.au                                      research           funding,        inequities       between
                                                                  private and Government Schools funding,
       THE OPPOSITION’S VIEW                                      and equity in higher education.                     He also
                                                                  queries       how        the    budget       can     be    an
       Australia’s      Education         and          Research   ‘education          budget’     when        there     is   no
       Deficit                                                    growth funding for TAFE.
                                                         13 May
       Michael       Lee,      Shadow           Minister    for   Training Rorts Widespread                              6 May
       Education        condemns            the         Howard    Senator Kim Carr, Labor’s Parliamentary
       Government       following         its     1999/2000       Secretary for Education, comments on the
       Budget,     stating     that   the       Government’s      abuse         of         Commonwealth              employer
       fiscal    surplus     is   built    on      a    massive   incentives for the New Apprenticeships
       education and research deficit.                            program.          Senator Carr provided evidence
       He states that in Labor’s last five years, the             to    a     Senate       Estimates      Committee         with
       percentage of the nation’s wealth invested                 evidence of companies signing up their
       in education, research and training rose                   entire workforce as trainees, in order to
       from 2.35% of GDP to 2.99%. In Howard’s                    take         advantage          of         Commonwealth
       first four budgets, this investment was                    incentives, and to avoid State Workcare
       reduced back to 2.53% in 1999/2000,                        and payroll tax payments.
       and by 2001-02, the Commonwealth’s
       investment     in     education, research and
       training will have dropped back to 1990
       levels of 2.36%.




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       Senator Carr queries the logic of Dr Kemp’s                       Mr Beazley stresses that education is more
       decision         to         expand        the      employer       than another branch of policy or a line
       incentives to existing workers, noting that                       item in the Budget – it is the foundation
       under         the           current          arrangements,        of our future national competitiveness and
       employers can receive up to $5000 as a                            the foundation of fairness for all our
       reward for employing a trainee, or for                            people.
       converting       an         existing      worker     into    a
       trainee.     He comments that there are few
                                                                          NEWS FROM THE STATE
       checks and balances in place to ensure
       that this money goes to support genuine                               GOVERNMENT
       vocational education and training, and
                                                                         $103 Million Training Package for Young
       that there are cases where employees had
                                                                         Victorians                        4 May
       signed      up     for       a    traineeship        in     the
                                                                         Phil Honeywood comments on the State
       workplace, but had received no training.
                                                                         Budget, noting that additional funding
                                                                         totalling $103 million over four years has
       Kim Beazley Address: Nation-Building:
       The Social Imperative           5 May                             been      provided      to    expand        vocational
       Opposition Leader, Kim Beazley, addresses                         education and training to Victorians.
       the Australia Unlimited Conference on the                         $93.8 million will be provided over the
       subject of nation-building – the social                           next      four   years       to    create     training
       imperative.        With regard to education, he                   opportunities     for    50,000       young people
       stresses    that       at       the   core    of   the    new     across the State. $18.1 million will be
       mandate for 21st century government lies                          provided in 1999/2000, $23.1 million in
       the challenge of creating a knowledge                             2000/2001 and $26.3 million for each of
       based society.                                                    the next two years.
       Mr     Beazley         quotes         with      alarm       the   In   addition,    State      Government        capital
       admission         in        the       Government’s        own     works funding totalling $23.6 million is
       Budget Papers that public investment in                           being provided to Victoria University of
       education will fall by 6% between 1996-                           Technology       (TAFE       division),     Box      Hill
       97 to 2001-2.                   He refers to the ALP’s            TAFE, Chisholm TAFE, Wodonga TAFE,
       earmarked commitment to education as                              Kangan Batman TAFE, Bendigo TAFE, and
       laid out at the last election, specifically,                      the University of Ballarat.            This amount
       $1.5       billion         in     extra      resources      for   also includes $2 million to expand the
       education             in        Australia,         including      communications               infrastructure           for
       improved TAFE, university and research                            regional TAFE Institutes.
       funding.
                                                                         Other initiatives include:




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            $7.1 million over three years for the                       The         Australian               Vice-Chancellor’s
             Information        Technology            and         Chip   Committee comments that the March visa
             Skills Project, designed to support the                     figures   (latest         figures    available)      have
             development          of     the     semiconductor           failed to reverse the steep decline of the
             design and manufacturing industry in                        past two years in this lead indicator for
             Victoria;                                                   Australia’s $3.2 billion education export
                                                                         industry.
            $2.4 million over two years for the
             extension     of      the      successful        Youth      The AVCC has responded by calling on the
             Employment           Initiative,         to     provide     Government         to      reverse    a      number     of
             1100    16       –        20      year        olds    the   decisions       which            have        acted     as
             opportunity to undertake a one year                         disincentives for overseas students growth,
             full-time traineeship involving on and                      and to financially support the overseas
             off the job training.                                       marketing of higher education to a level
                                                                         proportionate to its support for overseas

                FROM THE STATE                                           promotion       of      Australia       as    a   tourist
                                                                         destination.
                 OPPOSITION …
                                                                         GST is a Tax on Literacy, A Tax on
       Vic Youth Jobless Rate the Worst in                               Education, and a Tax on Knowledge 21
       Australia                                                         May
                                                              21 May
                                                                         The    Australian          Publishers        Association
       State Labor Leader, Steve Bracks, comments                        criticises the Government’s plans for a GST
       on the latest ABS statistics which shows                          on books, the key to knowledge, education
       Victoria’s youth unemployment rate is now                         and literacy, and argues strongly for a
       the    highest    in     Australia, and               half    a   zero   rating        on     books     and     associated
       percent above the national average.                               materials.
       He also notes that Victoria’s overall jobless                     APA Executive Director, Susan Blackwell,
       rate has risen from 7.3% to 8%.                            This   states that in an age where individuals
       contrasts with NSW’s unemployment rate                            acquire      new        skills      throughout       their
       which has fallen 1.1% to 6.9%.                                    lifetime, it is vital that books are easily
                                                                         and cheaply available.
           OTHER GROUPS HAVE                                             She also provides data on negative price
               THEIR SAY                                                 elasticities of the demand for books from
                                                                         studies undertaken in the UK, the US,
       Promoting Education as a Major Export
                                                                         Canada, France and Ireland.
       Industry                       25 May

                                                                         Wills Response Strong but “Education
                                                                         Budget” Missing Key Linkages  21 May




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       The        Australian           Vice-Chancellors        The Association believes the Government
       Committee         (AVCC)      states     that    the    should also encourage the emergence of
       Government’s claim to be delivering an                  education and training systems which are
       ‘Education Budget’ is still to be realised.             more responsive to the rapidly changing
       While schools and some research has been                needs      of    the    industry,        and    to    direct
       well treated, the AVCC states that the                  education          funding        to     provide        more
       Government has neglected to strengthen                  tertiary        and      post-tertiary         places     in
       the ‘middle’ – the rest of university and               information technology related courses.
       vocational programs.
                                                               Details of the Government’s plans can be
       The AVCC stresses that quality education                accessed on http://www.dcita.gov.au
       for the next decade requires levels of
       public     investment       significantly     higher    Universities as ‘GST Free Institutions’ 28 Apr
       than the reduced levels of the previous                 The             Australian             Vice-Chancellors
       decade.           Acting    Executive       Director,   Committee (AVCC) welcomes amendments
       Professor Ian Chubb, states that education              by the Democrats and by Greens Senator
       does not stop at school, and start again in             Bob Brown which would have the effect of
       the research laboratory.        Rather, it needs        making all education providers, including
       nurturing at every stage.                               universities, schools            and     TAFE colleges
                                                               “GST-free institutions”.
       AIIA Welcomes the Federal Govt’s
                                                               AVCC Executive Director, Stuart Hamilton,
       Package of Measures to Address the
       Developing Shortage of IT&T Skilled                     highlights the administrative costs and
       People                        30 Apr                    confusion         associated       with    a     GST      on
       The      Australian        Information      Industry    universities’ education activities. He states
       Association (AIIA) welcomes the Federal                 that if the Government is not willing to
       Government’s package of measures to help                embrace a general exemption for all the
       Australia’s   information        technology      and    educational             (as      opposed         to      the
       telecommunications            (IT&T)     industries     commercial) activities of universities, then
       overcome a shortage of skilled staff.                   it needs to undertake a series of specific
                                                               adjustments to overcome the most glaring
       Specific    areas     supported        include   the
                                                               anomalies in the current draft of the
       Government’s plans to research into future
                                                               legislation.           These adjustments concern
       skill    needs,    industry    recruitment       and
                                                               treatment of Government grants, ancillary
       training, and into the barriers to some
                                                               fees,   enrolment         in     non-award           courses,
       groups to participating in IT&T courses.
                                                               accommodation                 services     and         other
       The Government also proposes to examine
                                                               incidental services.
       and improve the education and training
       outputs.




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