Reimagining tertiary education for Australia

Reimagining tertiary education for Australia

Oct 30
Join CEDA for a discussion on how society can rethink and revitalise tertiary education to maximise participation and reflect the changing demands of the Australian labour market.


Professor Peter Noonan, Professor of Tertiary Education Policy, Mitchell Institute, Victoria University
Jenny Dodd, Chief Executive Officer, TasTAFE
James Twaddle, Partner, Pwc
Dr Cain Polidano, Senior Research Fellow, ARC Life Course Centre Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne

Event overview

Australia’s tertiary education sector is vital to the strength and prosperity of our economy and society. However, the way we have designed our system is becoming outdated and not keeping pace with technological and social advancement.

Professor Peter Noonan and CEDA’s panel of experts will explore:

  • How we bridge the dichotomy between higher education and VET and the impact this creates on our funding models;
  • The overall decline in tertiary participation due to a decline in VET participation and how to reverse this trend; and
  • How Federal Government, state governments and institutions can embark upon a reform agenda that rethinks and revitalises tertiary education that will meet future workforce needs.

Event presentations

Professor Peter Noonan, Victoria University MP3 | PDF

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF

Meet the keynote speaker

Professor Peter Noonan
Professor of Tertiary Education Policy, Mitchell Institute, Victoria University

Peter Noonan is Professor of Tertiary Education Policy in the Centre for Research on International Education Systems at Victoria University. He is also a Fellow of the Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne. He is a member of the Editorial Board for the Policy Reviews in Higher Education Journal. His major research interests are on the design, governance and funding of tertiary education systems. Peter was a member of the expert panel for the Review of Australian Higher Education (Bradley Review) and is currently Chair of the Expert Panel for the Review of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Meet the panel

Jenny Dodd
Chief Executive Officer, TasTAFE

James Twaddle
Partner, Pwc

Meet the moderator

Dr Cain Polidano
Senior Research Fellow, ARC Life Course Centre Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne

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