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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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Enrolments soar in Vic VET

Rampant demand for VET in Victoria may not be all it seems Enrolments have skyrocketed in what’s currently Australia’s only fully demand-driven tertiary education system, sounding a cautionary note for a federal government that’s committed to a demand-driven system for ...

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Equity improvements queried

More disadvantaged students applied for university last year. But not enough, according to the experts. Newly released DEEWR statistics suggest universities are making progress towards the government’s equity target, with the proportion of low socioeconomic status (SES) applicants increasing a ...

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Demand growth cools

The government has claimed credit for record student numbers. But the latest figures suggest the labour market was the main driver of a 17-year spike in university applications last year - and of this year's much more modest growth. The ...

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New study may prompt Canberra merger

The ACT government has left the door open for what could become the nation’s fifth or even sixth dual-sector university. The ACT government has accepted some of the recommendations of its Tertiary Education Taskforce, which called for Canberra to reinvent ...

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Private providers, TAFE stoush in NSW

The change in government in NSW - traditionally the state most resistant to VET market reforms - has unleashed a private-public brawl. The peak private training body has moved fast to cash in on the change of government in NSW, ...

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Principles should determine funding share: UA

"Historical fixes" shouldn't govern how much university students contribute to their own education, says UA. Australia should move beyond an "arbitrary" approach to tuition fees and apply basic principles to decide just how much private funders - including students - ...

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ESOS Assurance Fund losses compound

Recently released financial statements show why international education's backup consumer protection fund needed a $30 million backup in loans. The backup consumer protection mechanism for international students, the ESOS Assurance Fund, was almost $8 million in the red before the ...

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