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2011 News

9 December 2011: MCD Assessment Panel Report

Following its decision to approve an application from the Melbourne College of Divinity to operate as a specialised university with the title 'MCD University of Divinity', the VRQA Board has authorised the publication of the MCD Assessment Panel Report (pdf - 480.84kb) 

The report of the panel was the key document in the VRQA’s decision making process, which is summarised in the MCD contextualising statement (pdf - 124.1kb)

6 November 2011: The Victorian Government has appointed three new VRQA Board members

The Victorian Government has appointed three new VRQA Board members - Stephen Elder, Michonne van Rees and Richard Tudor.

 Read more about the VRQA Board members...

25 August 2011 : VRQA approves MCD application to operate as a specialised university

On 25 August 2011, the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) approved an application from the Melbourne College of Divinity to operate as a specialised university with the title, ‘MCD University of Divinity’. Approval is for a period of five years from 1 January 2012.

 Read more about the MCD application to operate as a specialised university....

24 June 2011: Transition to ASQA information sessions

In the week beginning 20 June 2011 the VRQA conducted three information sessions for RTOs transferring to the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

Read more about the ASQA information sessions...

22 June 2011: Commonwealth changes to the regulation of ELICOS and Foundation Program courses for international students

On 21 June 2011 the Commonwealth Government announced changes to the regulation of education providers who deliver English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) or Foundation Program courses to international students.

Read more about changes to the regulation of ELICOS and Foundation Program courses for international students...

17 June 2011: Transition of Victorian RTOs to the Australian Skills and Quality Authority (ASQA)

The Commonwealth legislation establishing the new national VET regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), has now been proclaimed for commencement from 1 July 2011. The VRQA is currently preparing for the transition of the Victorian RTOs which currently deliver courses in a state other than Victoria or Western Australia (either via face to face training or online/distance education) and RTOs which deliver courses to international students.

Read more about the transition of Victorian RTOs to ASQA...

17 May 2011: Public comments received for Melbourne College of Divinity application for university status

National Protocol D lists criteria and processes for establishing Australian Universities and includes provision for public comment on proposed new universities.  A public consultation process was conducted in March - April 2011, and 32 submissions were received.

Read more about the public comments received in regards to MCD's application...

10 May 2011: National VET regulator (ASQA) to commence operations from 1 July 2011

The National VET Regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), has announced that it expects to commence operations from 1 July 2011.

Read more about the commencement of ASQA...

21 April 2011: Quality Indicators Reporting Software version 2.4 released

The Quality Indicators Reporting Software version 2.4 for Windows has now been released and all RTOs need to install this version. To download the software for the Quality Indicators questionnaires see the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website

Friday 11 March 2011: Public comment invited Melbourne College of Divinity application for university status

On 30 August 2010 the Melbourne College of Divinity (MCD) submitted an application to the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) for approval to operate as an Australian university with the specialised title ‘The Australian University of Divinity’. 

The MCD is constituted under the Melbourne College of Divinity Act 1910 (as amended) as a higher education institution with self-accrediting status. 

The VRQA is assessing the MCD application in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006(the ETR Act) and the National Protocols for Higher Education Approval Processes and associated National Guidelines.  In accordance with the ETR Act, when deciding an application the VRQA may also have regard to Government policies and priorities and any other matter related to the management or operations of the institution that are relevant to the ability of the institution to operate as a University.

The VRQA has established a panel of senior academics, including specialists in relevant fields, which is currently assessing the application. In accordance with the National Protocols the panel will then make a recommendation to the VRQA for decision.   

The assessment panel is chaired by Professor Peter Sheehan AO, former Vice-Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University.  The other four members are Professor David Battersby, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ballarat (nominee of the Victorian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee); Dr Anne Martin, former Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University and member of the VRQA’s Higher Education Advisory Committee; Professor James Haire AM, Professor of Theology at Charles Sturt University and Executive Director, Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, Canberra; and Associate Professor Harry Oldmeadow, Coordinator of Religion and Spirituality Studies, Bendigo Arts Program, La Trobe University.

National Protocol D lists criteria and processes for establishing Australian Universities and includes provision for public comment on proposed new universities:  ‘Submissions from the public consultation process will be considered by the assessment panel as relevant and a summary of the submissions will be provided to the responsible decision-maker.’

MCD has provided background information to support its case (see: MCD Background Paper for Consultation (PDF - 369Kb)). Interested parties are invited to respond to claims made by the applicant as they see appropriate and to indicate their support or otherwise of the proposed operation of MCD as a university under the preferred specialised title, ‘The Australian University of Divinity’.

Submissions will be treated in confidence during the assessment process. A list of the submissions received will be posted on the VRQA website and links to the submissions will be activated when the decision making process is complete.  Information that is commercial-in-confidence will be protected, however anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Comment on the application is sought from interested parties by 19 April 2011

Please submit to this email address and title ‘MCD application’, or by mail to VRQA (Higher Education), GPO Box 2317, Melbourne, VIC. 3001.

If you experience any technical difficulties lodging your submission please contact the VRQA on 03 9651 3276.

 

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