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Choosing where the VET billions go

It was fortuitous that while COAG was meeting to sign off on a new tranche of reforms for the tertiary sector, the Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association conference in Canberra was addressing issues around the value and voice ...

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VET entitlement plan seems a gamble

The entry of “training entitlement” now agreed by COAG is the new wild card for Australia’s VET reform. The Commonwealth proceeded with its $1.75 billion proposal for entitlement, wrapped in the promise to extend income contingent loans. Yet it pushed ...

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What international students need from teachers

 Course facts and figures from teachers are not enough for many foreign students, it’s that little bit of extra ‘life’ support that can really help, writes Arfa Noor.  Friends and fellow students have often questioned my decision to start my ...

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How the government got agreement on VET

How come the federal government succeeded in getting all jurisdictions to adopt its VET reforms despite negative and bellicose initial reactions from some premiers, particularly those of Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria? As policy expert Dr Gavin Moodie told Campus ...

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Keep VET firmly in sight

If the TAFE system tumbles they will not be putting it back together again writes Pat Forward. In recent weeks in Campus Review, a number of high profile commentators have defended the deteriorating state of the VET system in Victoria. ...

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Quality teaching not markets ‘should be’ VET focus

Governments are sending unclear and contradictory messages to teachers, a leading researcher tells John Mitchell. COAG decisions on VET funding arrangements are of secondary importance compared with the future quality of teaching across the sector. Funding arrangements are simply a ...

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Great Wall of opportunity

In a letter from Guangzhou, Stuart Middleton asks why Australia and New Zealand don’t train more Chinese tradespeople. I have come up to China with a civic delegation from Auckland with all the trappings that go with that – banquets, ...

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Back to future for VET

The recently released Skills for All Australians, as the advance organiser for the COAG discussions, provides a capstone for a process commenced by the Prime Minister when she was minister for education.  As the minister, Julia Gillard gave a number ...

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Should nursing be a four-year degree?

Some healthcare leaders argue that undergraduates need an extra year of study? Three experienced nurses share their views.  Nursing is a four-year program in many parts of the world but remains a three-year undergraduate degree in Australia and New Zealand. ...

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