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Skills contest

Following the federal minister’s announcement that industry skills council contracts will be tendered anew, the head of one ISC defends his organisation’s approach. By John Mitchell Industry skills councils are a critical component of the national VET architecture, particularly as ...

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VET funding loses ground

Australian government funding for VET education is in decline whilst schools and universities become a higher investment priority, an analysis has shown. The examination of education funding based on ABS data was carried out by independent research and policy think-tank ...

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The silent shake-up

VET’s review hasn’t matched the fanfare of higher education’s but the sector is going through major changes to serve the needs of both school-leavers and industry. By Greg McMillan Since the first whispers of university deregulation prior to May’s federal ...

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Critiquing the bureaucrats

Here’s what a VET assessment expert has to say about the government’s proposed reforms. By John Mitchell Who would you rather make the final decisions about the standards required for training providers in Australia, bureaucrats or educators? The federal government has ...

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Drained and weakened

The proposed new standards for training providers in VET will favour profiteers not quality. Do you believe you can have lower taxes, cheaper electricity, fewer rainy days and fewer cars on the road? If so, you will be impressed by ...

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Journey for two

The merger of Kangan and Bendigo is designed to bring financial stability and a supportive new organisational structure. By Grant Sutherland. On May 23, Kangan Institute and Bendigo TAFE formally announced they have agreed to merge. The premier of Victoria ...

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Out front, shaping the view

TAFE institutes’ collaborations can help shape the employment scene and economic growth in regional areas. By Lisa Line. From the third floor of The Gordon’s City Campus, the view looking north across Corio Bay is striking. The distinctive granite peaks ...

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Reach and re-creation

Regional TAFE institute’s plans for growth and adaptation give energetic new meaning to ‘a little R&R’. By Kerry Penton. My institute has 19 campuses spread across 154,000 square kilometres and I’m passionate about engaging local people to hear firsthand the ...

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Funding in the fishbowl

Vocation’s recent listing on the Australian Stock Exchange brings a new level of public scrutiny to revenue models for the sector. By John Mitchell. When speakers at conferences decide to abandon their PowerPoint slides and speak unscripted, they often reveal ...

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