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Sector policy in Australia: Skill shock

  There is a serious policy vacuum on skills funding. By Martin Riordan The rush by Canberra to raid previously sacrosanct university funding, and states leaping to raise TAFE and vocational education fees or withdraw group training funds amid the ...

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Gippsland-Ballarat regional uni to proceed

Despite the uncertainty of the times and changes to government funding, the planned joint venture of Monash University and the University of Ballarat will go ahead. Monash vice-chancellor Ed Byrne said, “The impact of the government's announcement is not yet ...

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The Science of Compliance

One of the risks of running an educational institution is keeping compliant with government regulations. Every six months, I hear of another college hit with a non-compliance transgression for failing to check their students’ visa status or some other compliance-related ...

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Labor slashes university funding

The Gillard government’s planned funding boost for schools will be at the expense of universities, with the announcement that it will strip an additional $2.3 billion from the tertiary sector. Wayne Swan and higher education minister Craig Emerson announced over ...

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Donning the business hat

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Universities are billion-dollar enterprises today, so the leaders need training in financial practice or an understanding of it. Phil Dolan may just be the role model for the academic of the future. The professor, who is dean of the University ...

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Researchers feel chill winds

Universities fear any funding freeze will cost up to 1700 jobs and send valuable projects overseas Recent reports suggesting the federal government may be about to freeze grants on research are a cause for grave concern, says Professor Jill Trewhella ...

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Budding accountants get a Big Break

A competition is helping students to gain an insight into the business world and make a difference for a good cause.  CPA Australia, one of the world’s largest accounting bodies, has challenged undergraduates to put their business skills to the ...

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TAFE trauma: Baillieu govt $300M funding cut

The Victorian TAFE Association, the National Tertiary Education Union and community groups are fighting hard to get the Victorian government to reverse its decision to cut up to $300 million from the TAFE budget. While the Victorian government has set ...

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Accreditation delays hold up innovation

The slow regulatory process by TEQSA and ASQA has put private providers at a disadvantage compared with public institutions. By. There is considerable dialogue at present around the impact of the new regulatory regimes in higher education and vocational education ...

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Disciplines doing more with standards

The review of learning and teaching has been a great opportunity for higher education but support is needed for it to continue. As a result of the ALTC’s Learning and Teaching Standards project (LTAS), disciplines across Australia have available to ...

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