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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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Take it even higher

  Reform is necessary to make integrated higher education qualifications more accessible and equitable. By Martin Riordan. TAFE vocational degrees and higher education qualifications have been developed in response to increasing industry demand for higher knowledge, technology skills and work-ready ...

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‘Too Hard’ Basket overflowing

VET’s charmers have few snakes dancing to their tune. By John Mitchell. Hanging on the wall in my office is a print I purchased long ago of a Michael Leunig cartoon that depicts a character dressed up as a snake ...

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Keep them working longer? Big task

Precious little has been reported about how to extend the 50-plus crowd’s  working years and the role VET must play in this effort. By Sally Thompson. Late last year, the Productivity Commission released a report titled An ageing Australia: Preparing ...

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