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Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards (PICA) WA 2016

The Printing Industries Craftsmanship Awards (PICA) has been celebrating excellence in the print, packaging and visual communications industry in Western Australia since 1978. PICA recognises quality and innovation in the industry by presenting awards for outstanding work and ideas. Read more.

Australian Womensport and Recreation Association E-Mentoring Program

Applications are now open for the 2016 E-Mentoring Program to assist women to take the next step in their career and develop and achieve their career goals. Read more.

Creative Partnerships Award-Winners Announced

Five leaders from philanthropy, business and the arts were honoured for their rich contribution to Australia’s cultural life at the new Creative Partnerships Awards at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art this week. Read more.

New TAFE Interim Managing Directors Appointed

The State Government have announced the new TAFE College Governing Councils and interim Managing Directors appointed to oversee the reform of Western Australia's public training sector. ​Read more.

New Skills Service Organisation (SSO) Websites

Following the establishment of Skills Service Organisations (SSO's) to support industry in the development of training packages  (replacing the previous Industry Skills Councils), the organisations now have their new websites up and running. Read more.

VET Funding in Australia: Background, Trends and Future Directions

VET funding in Australia: Background, trends and future directions is a paper published by The Mitchell Institute and summarises the evolution of the VET shared funding model and assesses its effectiveness over time in terms of funding, participation and enrolments. Read more.

Extended Transition Period for Updated Training Package Qualifications

To assist registered training organisations (RTOs) to prepare for and implement revised training packages, the Australian Government Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and state and territory Skills Ministers have agreed to temporarily increase the period allowed to transition students to the updated training package qualifications under Standard 1.26 (a) of the Standards for RTOs 2015.  Read more.

December 2015 Quarterly Labour and Economic Snapshot

The Department of Training and Workforce Development has just released the December 2015 quarterly Labour and Economic Snapshot. The snapshot provides an overview of the State’s economic and labour market conditions. Click here to view the snapshot.

New Website to Support VET at Secondary School

The federal government has launched a new website designed to improve the quality of vocational education and training (VET) for secondary school students. The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Senator Scott Ryan, announced the 'Preparing Secondary Students for Work' website and online assessment tool. Read more.

Girls in ICT Day 2016

Girls in ICT Day is an annual International Telecommunications Union (ITU) event. The day aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the information and communication technology sector (ICT). Read more.

Bigger, Better, Safer: 2014/15 Western Australian Aquatics Industry Report

Public swimming pools in Western Australia attracted 10.4 million visits and employed 3,500 people in full time, part time and casual positions in 2014/15 as revealed in the latest Bigger, Better Safer: 2014/15 Western Australian Aquatics Industry Report. Read more.

Skills Checkpoint Pilot

The Skills Checkpoint Pilot is a free career advisory service funded by the Australian Government for employed individuals aged 45 to 54 years situated in the pilot locations. Read more.

IP Australia Launches New Competition

A new online competition from IP Australia seeks to inspire innovators and entrepreneurs to maximise their intellectual property rights. The contest asks businesses to develop a creative digital submission explaining their invention, brand, design or artistic product and the value of the particular IP strategy they have established. Read more.

SIT Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package Version 1.1

The SIT Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Training Package has been updated and Version 1.1 was released on the 1st of April 2016 to reflect the correct prerequisites for the following units that were not previously showing on Read more.
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