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OPINION: Cast the sector in a better light

Reports have recently put forth a negative view of the sector; the full story must be told. By Phil Honeywood The past few months has provided some great news for Australia’s international education sector. Whether it be consistent increases in ...

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OPINION: SA VET training hits rock bottom

Just when you thought the South Australian government had buried the VET sector through blithering incompetence, there’s a knock from below, writes Malcolm King The SA government poured $568 million in to Skills for All course subsidies over the past ...

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Public scrutiny improves policy

The difference in how two Labor governments handled criticism of programs shows how bringing problems to light leads to better reform. By John Mitchell Just one glance at the policy failures in the VET sector suggests there is eminent sense ...

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OPINION: Govt must continue fight for reform

Retention by the Government of the Reform Legislation from the 2014 budget is very important for the sector and must be brought forward again, writes Adrian McComb. For private higher education the government’s proposed reforms promise equitable treatment and wider options for ...

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Reform at the speed of scandal

As unprecedented troubles engulf the sector, the government’s option to keep the pace of change methodical is vanishing rapidly. By John Mitchell All governments probably hope the general public never gains too many insights into a sector. That way, governments ...

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It hasn’t paid off

A document has emerged showing the extent of the shift of funds out of TAFE and into large, for-profit providers – without achieving objectives for the public. By John Mitchell A new report on the VET sector provides proof that, ...

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Plaudits follow punishment

After federal politicians spend years progressively dismantling TAFE, a report from Parliament heaps praise upon the public provider. By John Mitchell There was much noise around the VET sector in late 2014, but few public comments were made about a ...

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Navitas, UWS sign new partnership

Navitas Limited has today announced a new million-dollar deal with the University of Western Sydney to open an international college. Under the joint venture, a pathway college for international students will be established on UWS’s Parramatta campus from October to ...

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Penalties for dodgy training providers

Dodgy training providers may be slapped with potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines under a new penalty regime. From Friday, registered training organisations face fines if they fail to provide clear information to prospective students about the course ...

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ACPET launches codes for members, agents

The Australian Council for Private Education and Training has officially launched its latest measure aimed at industry self-regulation – a new code of ethics for members. The document, along with a separate Code of Practice for the Engagement of Education Agents, comes ...

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