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Budget reversal for youth allowance tax relief

Students' ability to claim educational expenses against their youth allowance will reportedly be reversed in next month's budget. Students have cried foul over the federal government’s reported plans to cancel their tax deductions in next month’s budget. The Australian Financial ...

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Cone of silence

The biggest tertiary education shake-up since Dawkins is being conducted in a data-free zone. The federal government is sitting on information about the impacts of its historic shake-up of tertiary education, with at least eight reports - including regular annual ...

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Govt announces indigenous HE review

A new review will strive for cultural change in universities as well as equity for indigenous students and academics. The federal government has ticked another Bradley box, announcing a review of higher education access and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres ...

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Most VET not 'tertiary'

The peak public providers' definition of 'tertiary' is too narrow, VET experts say. The definition of ‘tertiary’ devised by the peak university and TAFE groups – that tertiary education means diploma level and above – excludes the vast majority of ...

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Income support best way of fixing equity: Go8

The Go8 has broken ranks with other university groups in suggesting that base funding shouldn't have an equity component. Improved youth allowance arrangements would be more effective than the government’s equity program – the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program ...

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Changes afoot in ‘fortress NSW’

In moves that could signal big changes to Australia's last major centralised TAFE system, the new O'Farrell government of NSW has dropped the term "training" from the name of a puffed-up education department and poached the architect of Victoria's market-based ...

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ACT pushes national student card

Students have backed the ACT's push for a concession card recognised by public transport operators throughout Australia. In what could become a back-door push to convince the two largest states to provide public transport concessions to international students, the ACT ...

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TAFEs, unis split over CSPs

TAFEs want commonwealth funding for their degrees, and the peak university group agrees - but says there's no hurry. The peak TAFE and university bodies are at loggerheads over higher education funding, with TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) arguing that its ...

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NSW VET changes bad news: Greens

Bureaucratic and ministerial changes in NSW will make VET more invisible than ever, say the Greens. Burying VET in a bureaucratic leviathan - and denying it naming rights - is the worst thing that could have happened to TAFE, according ...

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