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If laissez-faire rules, TAFE suffers

There is plenty of empirical evidence that shows that marketised systems in tertiary education result in dodgy providers, appalling delivery and lowered standards that in turn elicit more regulations and demands for compliance, writes Leesa Wheelahan The federal government’s 2011 ...

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Market design and contestable funding

The government is going full steam ahead with market design for VET. But the cost of failure is high and the consequences won’t necessarily be known for many years, says Leesa Wheelahan. Education Minister Julia Gillard, in a speech in ...

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Closing the divide

What is needed for TAFE to take its place as a higher education provider, asks Leesa Wheelahan.   TAFE institutes now offer degrees and associate degrees in five states in Australia. We are no longer discussing whether TAFE should offer ...

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