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ASQA, ACPET defend quality

The Australian Skills and Quality Authority and peak industry body the Australian Council of Private Education and Training have defended both the quality of vocational training and its regulation following the release of data revealing that just 1 in 5 providers has passed ...

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Reform deal not close as Senate breaks

The Coalition will spend the next three weeks negotiating with cross-bench senators over amendments to its higher-education reforms that would allow the government’s contentious legislation package to pass the upper house. A three-week break in parliamentary sitting follows the release ...

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Poll reveals public, academics disagree on reforms

A poll shows many academic staff are at odds with university leaders – and a majority of Australians – over the government’s higher-education reforms as the legislation continues its journey through the Senate. The results of a national survey released yesterday, carried ...

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Coalition shows yield on interest rates

The Coalition Government has given its clearest indication yet that it will drop plans to introduce real interest rates to HECS-HELP loans as it works to pass its higher-education reform bill through the Senate. In its eagerly anticipated report stemming ...

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Opinion: Take the time, get it right

Even if you don’t believe the proposed reforms will lead to disaster, there is no solid evidence to say one way or the other – and nothing should happen until there is. My starting point in this complex debate is ...

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Australian universities pay tribute to Whitlam

Australian universities have honoured former prime minister Gough Whitlam, who died yesterday at age 98. University of Western Sydney vice-chancellor professor Barney Glover, whose university has been the home of the Whitlam Institute since 2000, issued a statement yesterday praising the Labor ...

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VET funding loses ground

Australian government funding for VET education is in decline whilst schools and universities become a higher investment priority, an analysis has shown. The examination of education funding based on ABS data was carried out by independent research and policy think-tank ...

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Advance care directives still rare

New data indicating that almost 9 in 10 Australians have no determined advance care directives (AD) has led to calls for regulatory changes aimed at increasing uptake. A national phone-based survey, conducted by researchers at the Queensland University of Technology, found ...

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