TAFE South Australia News

TAFE SA joint winner of Multicultural Award

Mar 18, 2015

Governor’s Multicultural Awards

TAFE SA Board Member John Branson AM and with Robin MurtTAFE SA has been recognised for providing outstanding services that recognise cultural diversity, as joint winner of the Public Sector Award in the 2014 Governor’s Multicultural Awards announced on Tuesday 17 March 2015.

TAFE SA was acknowledged for all its activities that foster productivity, prosperity and social inclusion through quality training and skills development.

Our students come from 145 different countries, with 12 per cent of staff from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background.

TAFE SA’s access and equity policy aims to achieve equal educational and vocational outcomes for all students and to improve the position of particular groups in society, including people from non-English speaking backgrounds. For many students, TAFE SA is their first experience of cultural diversity.

Many campuses, especially Adelaide City Campus have hundreds of international, migrant and refugee background students who attend classes each week, designed to be inclusive of students’ diverse backgrounds. Many sites have prayer rooms, cooking facilities and cafeterias that offer culturally appropriate meal choices.

New initiatives in 2014 included:

  • Launching the TAFE SA "Racism. It Stops With Me" campaign and setting up a working group to identify and implement strategies to combat racism, including partnering with the three universities in a united front across the tertiary education sector.
  • A Ramadan Fact Sheet was placed on the TAFE SA intranet, with notes for lecturers and staff who work with individual Muslims.
  • The Foundation Skills Unit dedicated some of its own budget to offer the eighth Multicultural Women’s Leadership Courses.
  • The International Student Hub provided a range of support services to international students before and during their study in South Australia, including pre-departure advice and after arrival airport pick-up, accommodation and orientation.
  • Work was done with the Limestone Coast Regional Development Australia and Skills for Jobs in the Regions, to train migrants to interpret the needs of migrants who struggle to communicate.
  • English Language Services has been the State’s premier and largest English language centre for more than 60 years.
  • TAFE SA developed a professional standing of Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) practitioners as well as teaching foundation skills in English Language Literacy and Numeracy.
  • TAFE SA partnered with the Australian Refugee Assocation to make scholarships available to refugees.

Congratulations to all staff who have helped TAFE SA to achieve this prestigious recognition of service. The trophy will be on display in the Office of the Chief Executive.

Photo caption: TAFE SA Board Member John Branson AM and with Robin Murt.