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Evidence-blind policy

For years, academics have highlighted the lack of research data about the effectiveness of marketised funding approaches for tertiary education. Now the government has some – and it’s sitting on it. The federal government has sat on a year-old report ...

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Prudential model for TEQSA: Bradley

TEQSA could revolutionise global tertiary education à la HECS in the 80s. The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency is borrowing from the financial industry’s regulator in designing the world’s first risk framework for higher education, TEQSA’s interim chair told ...

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Funding regulator for HE: UniMelb

The government must fund universities to meet the standards demanded by TEQSA – and an independent body to ensure the funding is adequate – according to UniMelb’s submission to the base funding review. The federal government should establish an independent ...

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“Internal” skills gaps worsening: ACCI

Employers like dealing with universities but not their graduates, according to a new employer survey. Universities are more satisfactory providers than TAFEs and particularly private VET colleges, with a survey of 669 employers rating universities as best and private colleges ...

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Moving the mountain to the Mid West

A WA town has found a way to get regional students to start university courses, and almost all of them to finish. Just bring the universities to town. A unique community organisation in Western Australia’s Mid West region, which brings ...

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HECS for income support?

The income support review could sidestep the endless argument over regional students’ eligibility for independent youth allowance. Regional students could be offered new Commonwealth loans to help them meet their living costs, with the repayments rolled into their HECS debts, ...

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Academic research 'lost without translation'

Academics have limited influence on public policy because they don’t give bureaucrats what they need, says Australia’s top public servant. Policy-makers in government turn to think tanks and consultants for evidence to base their policies on, because academic research is ...

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VET completion rates underestimated: skills council

A report challenging claims of low VET completion rates has sparked a spat between the service industries skills council and the national VET research centre. A report commissioned by the service industries’ skills council has revealed retail training completion rates ...

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The right referral? Lessons from the NVR

The NVR experience provides lessons for the federal government’s next shot at grabbing state powers – over health, for example. The federal government might have secured the peak TAFE bodies’ support for its legislative program to establish a national VET ...

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