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ASQA CEO: Sector needs rigorous enforcement

Claims the authority is slow and heavy handed don’t stand up to facts; ‘vague’ standards are to blame for problems. By Chris Robinson. In recent months, a number of stakeholders in Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector have taken ...

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Greens detest contestability

Rhiannon says the current model sends too much public funding to private training organisations. By Dallas Bastian. The Greens are calling for an immediate end to TAFE cuts and a complete overhaul of the VET funding system following the release ...

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Every decade it’s the same thing

Forty years after Kangan, TAFE is still facing many of the same problems; it’s time to break that cycle. By Adrian Marron. Twenty years ago, I assisted a colleague in creating a strategic 10-year vision for our college. Re-reading it ...

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In the grip of ‘Regulatoris Rex’

Every aspect of the national VET regulator needs a review, starting with its paranoid mindset. By Rohan Cresp. The national vocational education and training regulator – the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) – has a challenging remit. It is responsible, ...

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Wiggle room

Learners today need flexibility for complex moves and shifts throughout their careers; and while the system is far from perfect, students are indeed moving around. By Roger Harris. Where have all the flowers gone in the vision of the Bradley ...

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High resolve

Here are five ways the sector can improve itself, and Australia, in the year ahead. By Stephen Conway. TAFE in Australia needs to be promoted at all opportunities for what it is and what it contributes to the way of ...

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Domestic partners, global focus

When institutions in our VET sector collaborate to win international projects, the results include not only stronger local institutions but also the delivery of social and economic benefits to other nations. By John Maddock. “The career of James Wakapu is ...

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An odd year in VET, with more to follow

2013 produced some strange developments, making 2014 less predictable. By John Mitchell. 2013 was an odd year for the VET sector, increasing the likelihood that 2014 will be even stranger. Following on from 2012 which was characterized by the unprecedented ...

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New territory for vocational training

The emerging polytechnic model straddles the interface of vocational training and higher education, and also addresses an anomaly in the area of support for student fees. By Meeuwis Boelen. The year 2013 marks the rise of the polytechnic with both ...

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Recipe for action for the new government

Incoming governments usually like to tinker with VET and this time a good place to begin the process would be with ASQA. By Jim Nicholls. Recent experience with the Australian Skills Quality Authority would suggest that it may be losing ...

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