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Annual Report 1991 Department of Education



Annual Report 1991 Department of Education

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Tabled Paper 1288


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT






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EDUCATION POST-SCHOOL EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT TECHNICAL AND FURTHER EDUCATION POLICY During 1991, the Northern Territory continued to contribute to national policy development in Technical and Further Education (TAFE) through its representation on, and participation in, a number of national committees and working parties. These included the Vocational Education, Employment and Training Committee, the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition, the National TAFE Management Information and Statistics Systems, and the Register of Australian Tertiary Education. The Northern Territory was also represented on a working party to develop the National Plan of Action for Women in TAFEendorsed by all Ministers of Vocational Education and Training during 1991the NT strategy for which was prepared for launching early in 1992. In particular, published and unpublished research material on the educa tion and training of Aboriginal women was compiled from around Australia to prepare for a workshop early in 1992 on 'Aboriginal Women in TAFE', a component of the national plan for which the Northern Territory has specific responsibility. TAFE ADVISORY COUNCIL (TAFEAC) TAFE AC continued to advise the Minister on all matters related to post-school education and training in the Northern Territory. Membership of the council included representatives from the Department of Education, college councils, the Northern Territory University's Institute of TAFE and the Public Service Commissioner (responsible for matters related to employment and training), as well as industry and union representatives. Following a Northern Territory general election in late 1990, the subsequent re-arrangement of portfolios and the decisions of the Estimates Review Com mittee, the employment and training functions of the Office of the Public Service Commissioner were transferred to the Department of Education. Accordingly, it was decided to replace the TAFE Advisory Council and the Industry and Employment Training Advisory Council GETAC), the advisory body on matters relating to employment and training, with a single statutory body, the Northern Territory Employment and Training Authority. Pending the enactment of legislation to establish the new authority, TAFE AC 8