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TAFE SA in crisis

The state government is cutting funds from public training providers, just when employment is becoming more scarce. By Malcolm King Like a drunken hoon in an underpowered car, the South Australian Government is speeding towards disaster, with the public bouncing ...

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Evocca slams ABC over graduation data

Evocca College has hit out at the ABC, accusing the national broadcaster of having “gravely misrepresented” its graduate and enrolment numbers. Stories broadcast on the ABC’s AM program, and published online by ABC news, cited figures sourced from the federal government’s ...

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VET FEE-HELP audit adds to scrutiny

The federal opposition has welcomed the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) announcement that it will scrutinise the VET FEE-HELP scheme. VET FEE-HELP is set up to help eligible students studying higher-level VET qualifications pay their tuition fees. But Labor Senator Kim Carr along with MP ...

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Next on the hot seat

The Vocation Ltd share price’s fall will mean some tough questions for governments from powerful stakeholders concerned about regulation and standards. By John Mitchell A trigger for the recent dive in the share price of Vocation Ltd was the realisation ...

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Senate VET inquiry launches today

A sweeping inquiry into the regulation and funding of private vocational education and training providers is set to kick off in the Senate today after being delayed by Thursday’s sensational events in the upper house. The inquiry’s terms of reference, negotiated between Labor ...

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Private VET inquiry expected in Senate

A motion calling for a Senate inquiry into the regulation and funding of private vocational education and training providers is set to be passed today. The inquiry would follow the Coalition Government’s recently announced crackdown on “unscrupulous or misleading behaviour by ‘brokers’ ...

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Bold and broad reform

Recently announced government action in the face of an acute crisis engulfing the apprenticeship and traineeship sector should help – but a true fix requires wider action. By Martin Riordan Australian education and training ministers pledged recently in Adelaide to ...

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ASQA, ACPET defend quality

The Australian Skills and Quality Authority and peak industry body the Australian Council of Private Education and Training have defended both the quality of vocational training and its regulation following the release of data revealing that just 1 in 5 providers has passed ...

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Private educators vow to crush bad apples

A consortium of private higher-education and VET bodies has pledged action to eradicate the industry of “poor performers who damage the reputations of the majority of quality providers”. In a communique released this week following a national summit hosted by ...

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