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Extended interview with Tim Flannery

Posted on: September 29, 2014

Internationally renowned environmental sustainability expert Tim Flannery, has recently taken up a Professorial fellowship role with the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne. In an extended interview with Campus Review, Flannery accused Tony Abbott of insulting Australians through his recent snub of a major climate change summit and ...

Flannery slams PM for skipping summit

Posted on: September 29, 2014

One of Australia’s most eminent sustainability academics and activists has labelled Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s failure to attend last week’s United Nations climate change summit an insult to all Australians. The UN summit, which took place in New York last week, was attended by almost two-thirds of the world’s leaders; however, Abbott ...

NT prisons outspend VET

Posted on: September 25, 2014

Fresh analysis revealing that the NT’s VET budget is being increasingly dwarfed by the territory’s justice and prison budget has led to criticisms that local politicians are finding it easier to deal with disadvantaged citizens via prisons rather than education. Dr Don Zoellner, a Northern Institute research associate at Charles Darwin ...

Heads we win – heads we lose?

Posted on: September 19, 2014

The return to less democratic forms of selecting departmental leaders puts the ability of staff to influence decision-making in jeopardy. When I first made the trip across the ditch more than 40 years ago, Australian university departments were like those I had left behind in New Zealand – governed in a hierarchical ...

Regulation loosens for VET providers, institutions

Posted on: September 15, 2014

Reputable VET providers and institutions will be given greater freedoms to offer new courses and alter existing programs under the latest reforms to the sector unveiled last week by the industry minister, Ian Macfarlane. The minister said existing arrangements under the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) involved too much red tape and ...

NCVER director named ACPET chief

Posted on: September 12, 2014

Rod Camm has been appointed chief executive of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training. Camm, now the managing director of the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research, will take up his new role in the coming weeks. Building employer confidence in VET-sector qualifications is the key to a healthy future ...

Programs target apprenticeship completions

Posted on: September 9, 2014

VET sector groups have welcomed new federal government initiatives aimed at improving apprenticeship completion rates. Under the arrangements set to begin from July next year, the government will provide $200 million a year to the newly announced Australian Apprenticeship Support Network, which will be tasked with providing greater advice and support to apprentices. The ...

ACPET chief focuses on confidence

Posted on: September 1, 2014

Building employer confidence in VET sector qualifications is the key to a healthy future for the sector according to the newly appointed chief executive of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET). Rod Camm, who was announced last week as the council’s new CEO, said that whilst the majority ...

Tertiary think tank goes radical

Posted on: August 28, 2014

A revolutionary tertiary education preparation pathway for school leavers and a reputation overhaul for VET sector training were amongst a range of deliberately radical ideas a think tank has floated regarding the future of higher education in Australia. The proposals – developed by a group of senior tertiary education figures under Chatham House ...

Drained and weakened

Posted on: August 15, 2014

The proposed new standards for training providers in VET will favour profiteers not quality. Do you believe you can have lower taxes, cheaper electricity, fewer rainy days and fewer cars on the road? If so, you will be impressed by the presentation of the proposed new standards for training providers and ...