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Straight talk


Addressing Campus Review’s recent Futureproof Now conference in Sydney, International Education Association of Australia chief executive Phil Honeywood discussed some home truths the sector must acknowledge. I want to talk about what I’m calling ‘five plus one’ issues that are ...

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Fee income reliant on foreign students: Grattan


International education fees dominate the income universities receive from students, a new background paper from the Grattan Institute’s Higher Education Program shows. University Fees: what students pay in deregulated markets revealed $4.3 billion of the $6 billion universities receive from ...

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Plaster shifts, not blame


  VET’s house is falling apart, and policymakers won’t save it by trying to pretend market design hasn’t caused the problem. By John Mitchell If you were looking for the clearest summary of the current mess in the VET sector, ...

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One watchdog is not enough


It’s high fantasy to think one quality regulator could oversee VET and higher education. By John Mitchell Before the recent federal Budget, a thought bubble popped up in the media. The thought was that the nation could save money by ...

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OPINION: SA VET training hits rock bottom

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Just when you thought the South Australian government had buried the VET sector through blithering incompetence, there’s a knock from below, writes Malcolm King The SA government poured $568 million in to Skills for All course subsidies over the past ...

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