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A sector that needs to survive

Community-based RTOs perform a critical service for disadvantaged learners, yet they are in danger of disappearing. By Sally Thompson. The impact of VET skills reform on TAFE, particularly in Victoria, has been well documented and debated in Campus Review. However, ...

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Deregulation is de rigueur

The Coalition is zeroing in on red tape; a comprehensive review of VET’s regulatory structure must be a part of those efforts. By Glenn Withers Deregulation is de rigueur. Certainly the Coalition has come to office with a mantra of ...

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Driving change means laying down pathways

These are volatile times in the TAFE sector; to survive, leaders need to establish a culture that is ready for change. By Christina Hong The current seismic shifts occurring across the VET landscape and the intensity of the dynamic at ...

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Shine a light on quality

It’s past time to raise the standards for VET teacher qualifications. By Erica Smith Over the last three years, there has been considerable debate about the quality of vocational education and training teaching in Australia. This debate began in earnest ...

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Worth every penny – and more?

p>What rate of return on investment in VET would turn the heads of the new government, John Mitchell asks. Predictably, the newly installed federal government will be lobbied by education groups from all sectors and political persuasions. Hopefully the new ...

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Uni/TAFE merger to go ahead

p>The state’s first dual-sector university was given the green light with the Newman government signing an agreement to merge Central Queensland University (CQU) with the Central Queensland Institute of TAFE (CQ TAFE). By Antonia Maiolo. Education minister John-Paul Langbroek said ...

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Another way to work it

It’s a good time for alternate approaches to lowering youth unemployment, such as the trade diploma.  By Bruce Mackenzie. One of the imponderables of government policy relates to the future of vocational education and training in Australia. In just over ...

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Where the middle road leads

Study finds age, field have biggest impact on effectiveness of mid-level qualifications. By Nick Fredman Vocational certificates have traditionally been tied to the trades, and bachelor’s degrees to the professions. What’s the labour market niche for those qualifications that fall ...

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The carer crisis looms

Is anything more important than refugee boats and the price of carbon? One CEO says yes – if you’re paying attention. By John Mitchell. With the federal election looming, the national media is consumed by a narrow range of issues, ...

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