The Pillar met on 9 June via zoom
The Chair reported:
- The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Education and Youth, has indicated that there is a need to create a culture of collaboration between universities and industry which will benefit students, universities and businesses. This will help drive Australia’s economic recovery by providing students with the skills and knowledge required to work in industry. Building relationships between universities and business will also help to achieve ambitions for more research commercialisation and ensure that Australia is obtaining world-class research. The following review, (read here) will be led by two Australia’s preeminent university leaders, it is expected that the review will be completed by August 2021. The Hon Tudge also has indicated that an Australian Strategy for International Education is in development. This Strategy will set out how to redesign Australian international education for 2030.
- Australian universities received no additional funding from this year’s Federal Budget. Deakin has received a 12 million budget allocation for development of mental health training.
Reports and G21 Update
Keith Ballie, G21 Board Liaison provided a brief overview of the G21 Pillar Collaboration workshops activities and outcomes. Reference was made to Richard Marles, the Shadow Minister for Small Business who has stated that there is a need to turn science into jobs and encourage children to study STEM at schools. It was further cited that Australia needs to dramatically improve its capacity to commercialise public research and make the economy more complex.
Currently, the Country Complexity Index produced every year by Harvard University, has ranked Australia 87th in the world which is low in the total ranking of 133.
Re-engaging and supporting pathways to employment
Maree Herath, Director Harvest Recruitment provided an update on the development of a micro credentials series that will build and enhance Digital Capability. Three(3) Think tanks involving 40 employers, 25 corporates and 15 specialist groups have been completed. A number of themes have emerged as a result of the consultation process. Some of the areas in demand include:
- Web app and software development (programming languages)
- Data science and analytics
- Office 365 suite of products
- IT protocols
- Cyber security
Presentation G21 – Update from G21 Pillar Collaboration workshop
Giulia Baggio, G21 CEO provided an update on the results of the G21 Priorities and Pillar Refresh workshops conducted April and May 2021. As a result of these workshops:
- 5 themes emerged as priorities for G21 and 9 focus areas identified
- Pillar strengths and weaknesses were discussed and how best to achieve cross pillar collaboration.
A number of priority projects have been identified to grow our key industries including health and aged care, advanced manufacturing, Insurance and Clean energy (renewables, hydrogen, wind and solar).
The proposed next step is to develop options for discussion at the August G21 Board meeting, present preferred models to pillar leaders and members, September/October, survey members and present a new model to the Board October /November. It is planned to trial the new model commencing February 2022.
Catriona Salt, Area Executive Director – Barwon, South West Victoria Region suggested that the Macklin and Firth reviews be considered and aligned to the new strategies and a DET representative be involved in all discussions.
Next Meeting: The next Education and Training Pillar meeting has been scheduled August 11 2021 – Onsite at Deakin University Council Chambers or via ZOOM