Advancing Australia’s VET Sector – curated industry news #10 2021

Dear friends and colleagues,

Another turbulent few weeks as we head into the home stretch for the end of the year!

We had the Federal Government make an exuberant announcement in the last week of November that Australia’s borders were finally re-opening for fully vaccinated students on the 1st of December to help further cement the nation’s economic recovery.

After being locked out for almost two years, this news was enthusiastically received by Australia’s education industry and international students as “perhaps the most welcome announcement since the beginning of the pandemic”.

Australia turns on green light for international students | Pie News

However, the lights turned red fairly swiftly with the global emergence of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant and by 29 November the border opening had been paused.

PMO OFFICE MEDIA STATEMENT: Pause to further easing of border restriction

“On the basis of medical advice provided by the Chief Medical Officer of Australia, Professor Paul Kelly, the National Security Committee has taken the necessary and temporary decision to pause the next step to safely reopen Australia to international skilled and student cohorts, as well as humanitarian, working holiday maker and provisional family visa holders from 1 December until 15 December.”

In the meantime, the recently released Australian Strategy for International Education 2021‑2030 charts a path to sustainable growth for Australia’s international education sector, with a focus on diversification, meeting national skills needs, students at the centre and global competitiveness.

Claire Field writing in the Campus Morning Mail sees “significant challenges” posed by this new international student strategy, which has received little public debate despite its potential to fundamentally change the international education sector in Australia.

Moving onto the vocational education and training space, we’ve provided an overview of ASQA’s shift this year towards ‘RTO self-assurance’ including a link to Joe Newbery of Newbery Consulting’s more in-depth analysis of what this all means for RTO owners and managers.

There’s also a great recent piece on redefining, rethinking and reimagining business models, with five key themes emerging from the pandemic; a piece on learning design (new fad or the future?); and an opinion piece on the evolving relationship between education providers and online education since the introduction of MOOCs and the impact of COVID-19.

We’ve also included a great thought piece from The Conversation on microcredentials – what are they, and will they really revolutionise education and improve job prospects? You’ll find links to all all articles included below.

From all of us here at RTO Advance we would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a very merry and special time during these holidays with the people that matter most to you.

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