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Training dollars must hit the target

The days of copious government funding for VET programs are over, so spending wisely is critical. By Jim Barron Here we are in the latter throes of the election campaign and every stakeholder group is shouting its loudest to be ...

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Abbott backs cheap loans for tradies

Coalition touts incentives to encourage apprenticeships. By Antonia Maiolo. Opposition leader Tony Abbott has announced plans for interest-free loans of up to $20,000 for apprentices, starting from next year. The HECS-style system would help apprentices pay for their training, tools ...

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CQU cuts 166 jobs

Decline in international students led to losses; staff input helps some retain jobs. By Aileen Macalintal Central Queensland University has cut 166 jobs in order to generate about $25 million in budget savings, mostly in response to the downturn in ...

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Greens say STEMs can’t grow from cuts

Party backs chief scientist’s call for more federal spending on education. The Australian Greens have renewed their call for the federal government to restore $2.3 billion in university budget cuts and increase base public funding in light of the chief ...

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Course quality flagged by new minister

  Despite concerns, Kim Carr is careful to avoid talk of reintroducing admissions caps. By Antonia Maiolo The new Minister for Higher Education, Kim Carr, has not clarified whether he will reintroduce university enrolment caps, despite signalling the need to ...

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Oh Minister – the circus must stop!

  After one of the most tumultuous weeks in politics, the national newspapers finally caught up with the fact that a change of leader actually also means a huge wrenching in terms of policy in Australia. By Danny Bielik We ...

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A win for international education

Students worldwide are more likely to consider Australia as their education destination now the dollar has fallen. The recent fall in the Australian dollar is a bonus for the $14 billion-a-year international education industry. The drop in currency has resulted ...

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Union calls for change to act

  The NTEU says members are angry with UWS management over their stance during negotiations for a new enterprise agreement. The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) is calling for amendments to the Fair Work Act after it accused the Fair ...

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