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Navitas English staff strike

Teachers and administrators at Sydney Navitas English colleges have taken industrial action as part of a long-running pay dispute. The Independent Education Union and Navitas have been in negotiation since February. The college has offered staff a 2 per cent ...

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Senate inquiry approves VET changes

Legislation to protect students from unscrupulous vocational education providers has been given the tick of approval by a government-dominated Senate inquiry. In its report tabled in parliament on Monday, the committee says the former Labor government’s VET FEE-HELP scheme was ...

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Opinion: VET reform promises disappointment

Recent Senate paper builds up reader expectations of a robust effort to reform VET – but the Coalition’s minority report shoots down those hopes. By John Mitchell A familiar experience: you start reading a new government report on the VET ...

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Labor joins push for national VET ombudsman

Labor has joined private VET’s peak body in a push for the sector to have a national ombudsman. Rod Camm, Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) chief executive, recommended the establishment of a national VET ombudsman following a ...

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Freeze VET funding to ‘risky’ providers: TDA

TAFE Directors Australia has called on the government to urgently freeze funding to “high risk” vocational training providers and ban others amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the VET FEE-HELP scheme. In a statement issued on Monday morning, TDA chief executive Martin ...

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Deregistered Unique faces ACCC court action

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has initiated legal proceedings against VET provider Unique International College over allegations the company made “false or misleading representations and engaged in misleading or deceptive and unconscionable conduct”. In a statement issued late yesterday, ...

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Private VET must go after own offenders: Camm

Private VET must self-regulate effectively to stop dodgy providers, the Australian Council for Private Education and Training has said. In his response to the Senate inquiry into the sector, ACPET chief executive Rod Camm acknowledged systemic flaws in private VET ...

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Greens lead rally against TAFE cuts in NSW

People across NSW took to the streets and their keyboards this week to protest the Baird Government’s TAFE privatisation bid. Last month, NSW Greens MP Dr John Kaye obtained a document that showed the Baird Government was considering cutting $63 million from ...

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