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VET course withdrawal fees banned

A federal government ban on withdrawal fees for students who quit VET courses is proof that a deregulated education market encourages unscrupulous activity by providers, the National Tertiary Education Union has said. The new regulations, announced last week by the Assistant ...

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One watchdog is not enough

It’s high fantasy to think one quality regulator could oversee VET and higher education. By John Mitchell Before the recent federal Budget, a thought bubble popped up in the media. The thought was that the nation could save money by ...

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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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