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COAG uncertainty on skills reform

A federal government threat to redirect the $9 billion for national skills development away from state and territory coffers has not caused a rush to sign up for the revised agreement. The states and territories are still poring over the ...

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Running with the digital natives

 Universities need to start teaching academics and teachers to be residents of the web if we are to have any hope of bridging the technological divide.   Our culture is changing every day. Look around and you will see a world ...

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SA VET international enrolments down $127M

While international education revenue in Australia took a $3.3 billion dive last year spare a thought for South Australia, which has taken a $127 million haircut in a small market as VET international student enrolments crash. Last year, SA’s international education ...

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Statistics can drive us to distraction

The real picture of an institution’s success can be disguised by inaccurate descriptions of course completion figures. One of the greater consumer scandals of the recent past in New Zealand were the revelations that the importers of second-hand motor vehicles were ...

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No going back on VET change

 The statistics speak for themselves, private providers in Victoria are successfully expanding access to vocational education and training and now handle 40 per cent of subsidised students.  In 2008, the Victorian government initiated what it termed “skills reform” in the ...

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A middle ground in the VET debate

There is room for public and private institutions in the sector, but to say no change is needed is wrong and risks us missing great opportunities, writes Rod Camm. I am watching with interest the current public debate on VET ...

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VET ‘a forgotten corner’ by Gonski

Experts in the sector say the Gonski review has ignored an opportunity to advance vocational education in The number of students doing Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools programs has steadily increased in recent years from 171,700 in 2006 to ...

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Progress comes with some pain

With private providers in the firing line, ACPET chief executive Claire Field reflects on the council’s 20 years of leadership in the sector. As many Campus Review readers will know, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Australian Council ...

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VET debate is ‘out of balance’

The bad performance of some VET providers should not overshadow the good job that the majority of private operators are doing in Victoria says Peter Hall. It is disappointing that yet again in recent weeks, commentary in Campus Review and ...

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TAFEs power regional economies

Skills Victoria’s implementation of market-based VET funding has raised some fundamental issues for the sector. The implementation has prompted stakeholders to express concern about whether the era of industry leadership of VET is now over, replaced by student entitlement, and ...

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