From September 26 to October 1, 2016, Mr. Eka Simanjuntak, the Managing Director of The Willi Toisuta & Associates, accompanied the team from Human Resources Development Council, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), namely Mr. Teguh Setyabudi (Head of Council), Mr. Budi Antoro (Head of Center) and Mr. Urkanus Sihombing, traveled to Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, and Perth, Australia. The purpose of this official travel are:

  1. Attending the opening ceremony of Training of Trainers at The University of The Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. 14 trainers from 5 BPSDM MoHA training centers (Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta and Makassar) participated in this training. This program was designed by WTA and USC; fully funded by the Australian Government through DFAT. In this 4 weeks training, the participants will learn about a wide range of knowledge and skills  in designing, delivering, and assessing training.
  2. Visiting some educational and training institutions, The Queensland Combined Emergency Services Academy (QCESA) and two campuses owned by TAFE Queensland, i.e. Skill Tech and South Bank. During the official travel in Perth, the team held a meeting with the vice-chancellor, dean of the school of education, and representatives of the school of business and law from Edith Cowan University.

Queensland Combined Emergency Services Academy (QCESA)

The visit to QCESA was to study the system of human resources capacity building in disaster management and fire brigade field. The manager of QCESA welcomed the team and explained about QCESA including all the training programs carried out in QCESA. QCESA is a recruitment and training center for managers and firefighters who work throughout Queensland. In QCESA, the firefighters are educated and trained with a variety of basic and advanced training they need to carry out their duty. The visit ended by visiting the various facilities available at the education and training center.

Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Queensland

Evidently, BPSDM MoHA has five training centers and is responsible for local government training throughout Indonesia. Managing all 5 training centers and supervising the entire trainings all over Indonesia is an arduous task. Therefore, the team require visit to TAFE Queensland. TAFE Queensland is one of the largest training institution owned by the Queensland State Government. They provide more than 500 various training programs and has approximately 70 campuses throughout Queensland. TAFE has trained approximately 180,000 students in a year.

On this occasion, BPSDM MoHA team was welcomed by Ms. Janelle Chapman, the International Director TAFE Queensland, and the staffs. Ms. Janelle explained about TAFE and its experiences providing training in Queensland as well as cooperating with various countries around the world, including in Indonesia. Afterward, the team was invited to visit Skill Tech and South Bank campus; held by TAFE Queensland. Both campuses are located around Brisbane.

Edith Cowan University (ECU)

At the end of the trip, BPSDM team visited Edith Cowan University which located in Perth, Western Australia.  ECU is a fast-growing university despite it is one of the universities in Australia that is relatively new(est. 1991). ECU has acknowledged five-star in teaching quality for 8 consecutive years.

During the team meeting, BPSDM team was led by Mr. Teguh Setyabudi and ECU team was led by Assc. Prof. Helen Vella Bonavita, PhD (Dean International). Both parties discussed about the possibility to cooperate in establishing the competence standards for each position in provincial and local government levels, assisting in building systems to enhance the competence for provincial and local governments officers, primarily to enhance the public officers. At last, BPSDM team took a tour around the ECU Campus in Joondalup and Mount Lawley.