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There is at present an inequity between TAFEs and universities in relation to access to high speed on-net collaborative space. This project aims to test the value to the VET sector of such a resource, with a view to consideration of what this might mean in terms of a potential roll-out of this type of connectivity across Australia. Proof of Concept Network Project Final ReportJanuary 2010 Page 41 of 55
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Attachment 7.1 Project Workplan A high bandwidth tertiary network would aim to provide a single post-secondary high speed network and put TAFEs on par with universities in terms of access to bandwidth. In addition to the benefits listed in 1.b.2 above, the focus on a move towards a tertiary sector/network will enhance collaboration across the VET sector and between the VET and higher education sectors; and improve articulation between universities and VET institutions. This project is intended to test the extent to which a high bandwidth dedicated fibre-optic network is of value to, and may provide improved outcomes for, education and training. Relationship with other government initiatives This proof of concept project will: o build on the Australian Government’s $88 million investment in the high-speed research network for universities, the Australian Research and Education Network (AREN), by extending this network to the training sector o complement work being done in the schools sector in relation to the Digital Education Revolution o complement work being done in the states and territories in relation to high bandwidth connectivity and e-learning. c. Outline of project DEEWR, the governments of South Australia, Victoria and the ACT, SABRENet Limited and AARNet Pty Ltd will collaborate to develop a proof of concept fibre-optic TAFE on-net network by: initiating a fibre-optic TAFE network connecting selected South Australian, Victorian and ACT TAFE sites, through the AARNet backbone (the fibre-optic backbone being used by the university sector) establishing a seamless connection between the TAFE and university networks that will enable cross-sectoral collaboration building fibre-optic tail circuits between the AARNet backbone and selected TAFEs most importantly, trialling network applications that demonstrate the capacity for such a network to improve education and training outcomes. NOTE - This project does not preclude participating TAFEs from also accessing AARNet commodity net services via fibre-optic circuits constructed for this project. However, the relevant TAFE contracting bodies would need to negotiate and pay for these arrangements separately (outside the scope and funding of this project). d. Desired outcomes and how they will be measured i. Outcomes o effective testing of the concept of an on-net education network for the TAFE sector that will inform future decisions in relation to the potential roll out of a national tertiary education network o an understanding of the potential costs and benefits of a potential national tertiary education network o
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