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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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ASQA investigating Evocca

The Australian Skills Quality Authority has confirmed it is looking into the operations and practices of private education provider Evocca in relation to a number of complaints against the company. Evocca has responded publicly to the latest in a series ...

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Government tightens focus on “unscrupulous” providers

The Federal government has pledged that new legislation, introduced to parliament this week, will allow authorities to crack down on unscrupulous VET providers while improving training standards. In announcing the introduction of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment ...

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For-profit VET funding not paying off, report states

VET leaders have defended the sector following the release of a highly critical report. The Capture Of Public Wealth By The For-Profit Vet Sector found that existing taxpayer-funded models regarding for-profit education providers had failed to deliver high-quality training or ...

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