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Unis $3 billion better off under us: ALP

Labor claims universities have reaped a $3 billion windfall since it took office. But a higher education analyst says its projections are misleading. Federal spending on higher education is about $3 billion more than it would have been if the ...

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VET centrepiece?

This wasn’t really VET’s year, budget papers suggest. The federal government nominated its $3 billion Building Australia’s future workforcepackage as the centrepiece of last week’s budget. But an analysis of budget commitments suggests the real VET windfall was somewhere between $255 ...

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Completion rates higher: NCVER

New NCVER modelling has revised trade apprentice completion rates upwards. But the rates still aren’t good – and they’re virtually unchanged in non-trades areas like administration and sales. Apprenticeship completion rates in trade and technical fields are about a quarter ...

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Budget cuts early repayment bonuses

A budget reduction to early HECS repayment incentives – unexpected, unlike the halving of the up-front payment discount – will help the government save almost half a billion dollars. On top of the halving of the 20 per cent discount ...

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Split demand

Student demand and industry demand aren’t the same thing. In May 2009, with the Bradley report still warm from the presses, the Rudd government’s second budget heralded a “new era” for universities. “This reform will ensure universities cater to the ...

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Don’t fear comparisons: Skills Australia

All VET providers – not just private colleges – should be more transparent, says Skills Australia. Private VET providers would be forced to divulge full details of their services and success rates, and TAFEs would have to boost their transparency, ...

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Vic budget exceeds expectations

Victorian VET was happy with last week’s state budget, but a renowned legal figure has attacked the state’s eligibility rules. Victoria’s Higher Education and Skills Minister, Peter Hall, has kept the faith with the state’s VET sector, with the state ...

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