February 2018 | VALBEC | Web version

In this Issue

1. 2018 ACAL Conference - Call for presentations

2. Not all ACE courses are GST-free

3. Excellence in LLN Practice Award Open

4. Cultural Competence Program - SBS

5. Vacancies

6. New Numeracy Resource

7. Fine Print in 2018

8. Renew your membership

9. VALBEC Facebook page

1. 2018 ACAL Conference hosted by VALBEC

Learning in Diverse Communities • Strengths, Reflections, Questions

ACAL Conference hosted by VALBEC

September 12, 13 and 14, 2018 • Melbourne

Call for presentations

2. Not all ACE courses are GST-free

From the ATO

Are you an ACE course provider?

If you are an Adult and Community Education (ACE) course provider it is important to be aware of when you need to pay or charge GST on the sales and delivery of ACE courses.


3. Excellence in LLN Practice Award Open

LLN teachers do amazing and inspiring things with our students day in and day out. Have you started, ran and completed a project with your students or staff recently that has made a real impact, or perhaps your years of innovative work is something you can sit down and write about? Have you shown leadership in your LLN community in the VET sector? All this and more allows you to take your place as an applicant for the Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award for the 2018 Australian Training Awards. It is direct entry and you can be nominated by peers or yourself. Take the time. You deserve to be recognised.

Opening and closing dates differ depending on which award category you apply for.

Why apply

4. Cultural Competence Program - SBS

The Cultural Competence Program (CCP) is an online training course aimed at building capability around cultural diversity in the workplace. It features engaging multimedia learning modules and a wealth of resources.

For businesses, the CCP can be delivered to employees via app, online, LMS or blended learning.

Individuals can access the CCP via an app. It is a recognised CPD activity for some Australian organisations.


5. Vacancies

EAL/LLN positions

LWA is looking for qualified EAL/LLN teaching professionals who will add value to our team. Experience teaching, assessing and application of the ACSF in the AMEP / SEE Program is essential. Positions are yearly casual contracts based in Melbourne, with frequent travel required.


EAL Program Officer Western Metro


Olympic Adult Education has 2 positions vacant

· CGEA II teacher on Monday 12:30 -3:00 and Friday 9:30 – 12:00 and 12:30 -3:00.

· SEE/AMEP co-ordinator 3 days per week

· Immediate start. Generous conditions. Harmonious workplace.

· Please phone 03 9450 2665 for position descriptions.

6. New Numeracy Resource

Numeracy: teaching maths in contextNumeracy: teaching maths in context by Dave Tout is a new publication from Multifangled. In the resource Dave describes an approach to teaching maths based on applied and contextual learning principles where the teaching and learning of maths starts from a contextual, task based and investigative point of view and the maths is developed from the context and task. 

The approach is helpful for teachers of students who need a practical rather than formal mathematical background for their everyday life skills and further education, training or work aspirations. The text illustrates how this approach works through some sample contexts such as cars and driving, sport, cooking and catering, and draws together mathematics from the areas of number, measurement, space, data and statistics, and algebra. Worksheets to support the activities are available online at multifangled.com.au

Numeracy: teaching maths in context is available from multifangled.com.au in hard copy or as a digital download. Cost $29.70 + postage & handling.

Sample pages

Multifangled have made a batch of sample pages available so you can preview the book.

Win a free digital copy

Multifangled have generously made five copies available for VALBEC members. All you need to do is complete the Multifangled form and you'll go into the draw.

You must submit by noon AEDT on February 12.

Complete this form

7. Fine Print in 2018

Huge thanks to Lynne Matheson. who has retired after editing the journal for 4 years. Welcome to Deryn Mansell our new editor. Deryn is a published writer, experienced editor and teacher.
The Fine Print editorial group are working together with Deryn to bring you the first edition for 2018 which will be out in April. We will bring you a range of inteetsting articles with the usual features, 'practical matters', book reviews and stories of successful programs in the field.

If you have an idea for something you would like to see in Fine Print this year or would like to contribute an article please email fineprint@valbec.org.au

8. Membership renewal is now due

VALBEC membership renewal

VALBEC members benefits include

2018 additional benefit – ACAL Conference discount

Individual membership - Employed Full Time (or on a time fraction 0.6 or above) - $102.00
Individual membership - Part time and Sessional - $61.00
Full time tertiary student or unemployed teacher - $43.00
Institutional membership - Small Organisation (less than 4 EFT staff) - $160.00
Institutional membership - Base rate- $245.00
Institutional membership - Multi-Campus (includes 6 copies of ‘Fine Print’) - $425.00

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